Today’s Reading: Revelation 6-8
Today’s Reflection: Revelation 6:14-17
14) The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15) Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16) calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17) for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
December 21, 2012 was a day of great anticipation, for that date was believed by many to mark the end of the world. This date marked the end of the long count Mayan calendar and thus some people thought this wasn’t merely the end of a calendar, but the end of everything.
Of course the day came and went without incident. Those who feared calamity breathed a sigh of relief. Those who had not feared continued to laugh and joke about those who believed in apocalyptic prophesies. But all of this obscured one critical truth. There will be an end to this world, and it is coming, though no one knows exactly when.
Matthew 24:35-36 – 35) Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 36) “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”
The book of Revelation speaks extensively of that day, referred to alternately as the great and awesome day of the Lord (Joel 2:11; Zephaniah 1:14-15; Malachi 4:1-5) or the Lord’s day of vengeance (Isaiah 63:1-6) throughout scripture. It’s a frightening day, a terrifying day, a day of darkness and gloom, of death and destruction.
Joel 2:11 – The LORD utters his voice before his army, for his camp is exceedingly great; he who executes his word is powerful. For the day of the LORD is great and very awesome; who can endure it?
It’s the end of the world, as we know it.
But all of these passages also include mentions of God’s mercy and salvation. Because one has come to keep us through the day of the Lord. And that one is the one giving this Revelation: Jesus Christ. Because of Him we don’t need to fear the end. Instead, as we accept Jesus as our Messiah, our saviour and our Lord, we can look forward to being a part of this moment.
Revelation 7:9-10 – 9) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10) and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
The end will come. When it does, where do you want to be? Asking the mountains to hide you, or looking forward to eternity with Christ? This is a choice each of us must make.