Reading through the Bible together
The pure river of life provides never ending blessings from the throne of God. Where Nancy and I currently live, we have marvelous, sweet-tasting well water. I can only imagine what heaven’s water will be like, flowing by the twelve-fruited tree of life. We have debates about what fruits will be available. Our conclusions range from twelve of the finest fruits we like (including durian for me, but not for Nancy) to twelve varieties of mangoes!
An urgency rings through this final chapter of the Bible. Jesus appeals to our hearts three times telling us He’s coming quickly---soon! Let us worship Him wholeheartedly, drinking freely of the grace-filled Water of Life and receiving the promised blessings of obedience. Let us accept Revelation’s prophetic promises.
Jesus reminds us of His authority as the Alpha and Omega meaning that He is eternal and what He says is faithful and true. Christ is so determined that we understand our saving relationship with Him and total dependence on His grace in our lives that He warns us not to change anything in His messages as we look forward to that “blessed hope.” When that day comes, The Great Controversy page 678, tells us powerfully, “The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.”
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Let us together, “Arise! Shine!” and proclaim, “Jesus is coming!”
Ted N C Wilson
President, Seventh-day Adventist Church
Silver Spring, MD