The meaning of the Book of Revelation
By Dr. Robert Owens
A twisted mess of conflicting desires. We want what we want until we get it than we wonder why we wanted it to begin with. So often the wanting is much more fulfilling than the getting because the having is always transitory and the losing is inevitable.
Does that about sum up your experience in the world? It does mine until I met Jesus and committed my life to Him. The answer never quite fit the question. Or was it that the question never quite fit the answer. Either way I always ended up half way home half of the time standing on a cold corner waiting to die alone.
I was always asking, “What’s it all about?” Everything seemed so senseless. You work hard all your life and then you die with no U-Haul behind the hearse and no pockets in the shroud. As they used to say in the old neighborhood, “Life’s a bitch and then you die.”
Once I gave my life to Jesus things changed. Hope was birthed in my life and joy filled my heart. Along the way I found two things that didn’t fit the mold of the having not fulfilling the expectation of the wanting. Giving my life to Jesus has proven to be much more than I ever could have expected. And the gift of my wife and the life we have together in Christ grows deeper each day and is better than I ever dreamed possible.
But as to the “What’s it all about?” question God did not leave us without an answer. Many seek it in the Book of Revelation. I have found it there and I want to share it with all who can receive it.
In the Sci-Fi classic A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the mice ask the ultimate question, “What is the meaning to life, the universe, and everything?” Although an enormous supercomputer named Deep Thought over a period of 7.5 million years eventually comes up with the answer, “42” it somehow leaves everyone a bit unsatisfied.
In real life there is an answer to this ultimate question. His name is Jesus.
It is only through my hope in Him that I can walk through this hopeless world. It is only through my joy in Him that I can face the sorrow of knowing that everything in this world that isn’t in Him is meaningless. Life in this world is a race around a circle looking for a point. You’re young forever until you’re old. Almost everyone says, “If I would have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself” but few ever do even after they know this truth. The young disregard the old and the old disrespect the young. One hand washes another yet neither hand is ever clean.
The religions of this world seek to make us gods. The religion of God seeks to make us Gods’. We cannot possess that which we do not have and that which does not have us seeks to possess us. We enter this world lost and God wants us to find Him so that we can find ourselves in Him. What is the sound of one hand clapping? It is the sound of fingers slapping the heel of our hand. What is the answer to the unanswerable question? It’s found in my exegesis of the entire book of Revelation in one sentence.
Jesus is God, God wins in the end, and no matter how bad it gets we should pray, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”
There you go. That’s it. In other words, “Know Jesus and know peace or, no Jesus and no peace. Every one of us gets to choose for ourselves and in the perfect economy of God through His perfect justice each of us gets what we choose.
Dr. Robert Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2018 Contact Dr. Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens or visit Dr. Owens Amazon Page / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens