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Burj Khalifa in Dubai is one of the tallest buildings in the world. The length of iron bars used in its construction would go over a quarter of the way around the world; the weight of aluminium used is 5 times the weight of the largest airplane in the world; and 110 million kilos of concrete was used on the foundation. When you look at this great building, do you stop to think about the complexity, the materials, and the effort it took to build it? Is that even what the builders want us to focus on?
The book of Revelation is a great book given to John the Apostle by Jesus in a series of visions. The book has a lot of details about God’s dealings with the world and with Satan from the past and into the future. However, the details of the message in the book, and the purpose of the message, are not the same. Engineers study the details of how the Burj Khalifa was built, but you and I simply go out there to enjoy the purpose of the Burj Khalifa – its usefulness and its beauty as we look at it.
We started our study of Revelation from March; the study has focused on the purpose for the message in the book of Revelation. It was given by Jesus to John and reveals Jesus in charge of the destiny of the Church, the destiny of Israel, and the destiny of the world. We see this from Chapters 1 to 12.
We also see from Revelation Chapters 13 to 20 the old enemy, Satan, challenging Jesus authority. Satan started a war in heaven and lost; then set out to destroy Jesus and Israel on earth and lost; then attacked the Church and lost; and then go on to make war twice against God on earth and lost.
When Satan has been clearly revealed to all as the root cause of war and suffering on earth, this old world will be shut down, the new heaven and earth takes its place. Satan will not be a part of this new creation (see Revelation 20 and 21); there will be no diseases there, no pain, no tears, no death, halleluya!
Revelation 21:16 (NIV) states: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
Jesus says at the very end of Revelation that the message is for the Churches, to assure us that Jesus is our David (victorius King) and our bright Morning Star – the brightest star in the sky, seen in the morning, used by travellers throughout history and in many cultures to guide their journey. This is the purpose of Revelation right here – not to make us afraid, but to strengthen our faith in Jesus.
Lord, help us to see the purpose of Revelation clearer and clearer, from day to day, in Jesus name, Amen!