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Friday, 30 December 2011

Day 365: Satan’s destruction

The end is nigh. No, really.
Christ destroys the beast and his armies
Revelation 19:11-21
The millennium
Revelation 20:1-6
The final battle
Revelation 20:7-10
The great white throne
Revelation 20:11-15

Riding out into battle is a Christ figure. Glorious this time - the white knight on his charger coming to his people’s rescue. Reading this just after Christmas makes me think that this isn’t simply a future event, it’s already happened. We didn’t realise that a baby in a manger was our glorious rescuer, that a broken man on a cross was defeating the beast and his armies as his parched lungs croaked out their final word. But he was. And is. And is to come.
Oh come on. If you watch Doctor Who you know that time isn’t straightforward. Jesus in Revelation oscillates between looking magnificent, and looking like a sacrifice. Which is he? Both of course.
After death comes judgement. In a spine tingling scene, a great white throne is placed, and earth and heavens flee from its presence, and from the One sitting on it. And the books are opened.
There is no escape. There will be justice. Everything has been recorded, and a day will come when everything will be seen for what it really is. No more lies, no deception, no special pleading. The truth will be told. Hallelujah!

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