The Absolute Security of Trusting Jesus' Timing
"Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen."-Jude 24-25, emphasis added
No book is more tied to the rest of the Bible than Revelation, for Revelation is not only the conclusion but also the summation of the entire Scriptures. Everything that began in Genesis, and has woven its way through all the other Books of the Bible, comes to a conclusion here.
Now let us look closely at Revelation 19 as God pulls back the veil and reveals the awesome majesty of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in all His glory! Remember that this is the vivid, eyewitness account of John. He briefly saw this whole revelation from God's perspective-almost at once. Imagine what it would have been like for John to actually see the Second Coming of Christ: "I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war" (Revelation 19:11, NIV).
The One who ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9-11) and had been seated at the Father's right hand (Hebrews 8:1; 10:12; 1 Peter 3:22) will return to take back the earth from the usurper and establish His kingdom (Revelation 5:1-10). The nature of Christ's Second Coming shows how it differs from the Rapture. At the Rapture, Christ meets His own in the air; in Revelation 19 He comes with them to earth. At the Rapture, there is no judgment; the Second Coming is all about judgment. The Day of the Lord (as the Second Coming is called in the Old Testament) is preceded by blackness-a darkened sun, a moon turned blood red, stars seemingly falling from the sky, thick smoke like from a furnace-then lightning and blinding light as Jesus comes. These details are not recorded in Rapture passages (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
In verse 11 are also two of the wonderful titles of Jesus Christ--Faithful and True. These titles remind us that we can fully trust Him. Not one word He spoke will ever be false. Not one promise He made will ever fail. Christ came for His saints, as He promised (Revelation 4:1), and now He will return with them. During all of human history, He has been watching and waiting. Nothing has missed His eyes. Now He will begin to bring Truth to bear upon all lies, falsehoods, and deception.
In the broad scope of God's plan for the ages, we know that His timing can be nothing other than perfect. He is never too early and never too late; His timing is always precise. Every genuine prophecy ever made will be fulfilled--exactly as predicted.
On a personal level, the same holds true. We can trust Jesus to hear every prayer that is according to His will, and if He hears us, we have the petition requested (1 John 5:14-15)-at just the right and sometimes absolutely incredible moment.
We can always rest in the absolute security of His perfect timing, whether it is that of fulfilling prophecy or meeting individual needs, for He is the God who does all things well (Mark 7:37)!
In the quietness of your heart, reflect upon God's perfect timing, and then worshipfully sing (or pray) this little chorus to the Lord.
In His Time
In His time, in His time,
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, please show me ev'ry day as you're teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say in Your time.
In Your time, in Your time,
You make all things beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring; may each song I have to sing
Be to You a lovely thing in Your time.
As you meditate on the wondrous character of Jesus, let your heart feel sweetly secure in the One who is called "Faithful and True"-the lover of your soul! No one but Jesus is always faithful and true, and very few are regularly that way. You can expect to be let down at some point by others, but Jesus will never let you down!
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