Recently I have been reading parts of the Book of Revelation. No, I am not doing so because I believe the end of the world is coming with this coronavirus pandemic, even though many may believe that to be the case. Many Christians consider the Book of Revelation as a mysterious end-of-times doomsday prophecy that has no relevant practical application in one’s daily struggles and walk, and that what was revealed to the apostle John in that book is dark, gloomy, and fearful. I beg to strongly differ with that view. I see the Book of Revelation as a blessed promise to the Christian, one that points forward to a new life, a blessed hope, and a glorious victory of good over evil.
When we look around us today, it is easy to feel defeated and not victorious. It is easy to feel defeated when our Christian values are under constant assault from the culture; it is easy to feel defeated when facing a disease pandemic that has no known cure yet; it is easy to feel defeated when our jobs are lost, our businesses are shut down, our retirement accounts have vanished, and our freedoms are restricted; it is easy to feel defeated when circumstances prevent us from gathering together with the saints and have corporate worship; it is easy to feel defeated when surrounded with so much uncertainty. But dear Christian let me point you to these precious promises from the Book of Revelation:
“To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” Rev. 2:7
“He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.” Rev. 2:11
“To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” Rev. 2:17
“He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.” Rev. 2:26-28
“He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Rev. 3:5
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.” Rev. 3:12
“He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Rev. 3:21
And finally, look at these extraordinary promises for us in the Book of Revelation:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.’ And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, 'Write, for these words are faithful and true.' Then He said to me, 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.’” Rev. 21: 1-7
It is hard to feel defeated when we read these wonderful and victorious passages of scripture. And knowing that our victory is not dependent on our own efforts or anything within ourselves but is wholly accomplished by our savior Jesus Christ, our blessed assurance and hope becomes even sweeter.
—Elder Apo Panossian