Monday, November 14, 2011

How Does Christ Win the Final Battle?

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
What is the grand climax of the book of Revelation? Not Bad News, but Good News!
True, the terrible fall of "Babylon" and the unthinkable "seven last plagues" figure largely. But they are eclipsed by the glorious triumph of that Lamb of God. He is "King of kings and Lord of lords," who rides on that "white horse," and who has "eyes as a flame of fire, and on His head many crowns; and a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself," whose "vesture is dipped in blood, ... and the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him upon white horses" (Rev. 19:11-4).

He wins the great war of eternity in His final battle with the "dragon," the Enemy who invented sin in heaven when his name was Lucifer, son of the morning, who made himself become "that serpent of old, ... the devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world" (2:9).

And how does Christ win this final battle?

Revelation 19 discloses His triumph: He wins the heart and the hand of a difficult-to-win "woman." She finally surrenders her repentant soul to become His Bride. "The marriage of the Lamb" is the occasion for the rejoicing of the inhabitants of heaven, as Heaven has never rejoiced in past eternity. John hears "as it were the voice of a great multitude, ... the Lord God Omnipotent reigns." Christ is now triumphant! "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give Him glory," are the lyrics of four grand Hallelujah Choruses that ring through the reaches of infinitude, "for the marriage of the Lamb has come [at last!], and His wife has made herself ready"(vss. 6-9). Invitations to the wedding banquet are right now being accepted, and ... [sadly some] rejected. The celebration is on! Come!

No novel ever written is as thrilling as this love story finally played out to its climax.

--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: November 7, 2005.
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