Reading the Revelation is just too much. There is so much over the top imagery that it is easy to just tune out. So sorry for being so slow on putting this up.
These chapters of the Revelation are filled with the verses which have been so contentious between the churches because they describe John’s vision of the future. We do not know which future. Is it ours, or was it the future for Roman times – one big allegory for the overthrow of Rome – as my vicar says.
I find that too reductionist though. This is a strange and hard-to-follow story of a major battle in heaven – and it seems to me that while we suffer hardships on earth, while evil still exists, that the battle is ongoing, on earth at least.
Anyway, the good news is that the Lion of Judah – Jesus – has won the battle in heaven with his death on the cross. In these chapters the Lamb/Lion is opening the seals which bring about the four riders of the Apocalypt. Maybe that is the part we are up to on earth! Certainly there is poverty and hunger and famine and a lack of peace.
So as you can see from my ramblings, I am still most confused about the Revelation. But I do know the ending – the building of the new Jerusalem – so we can only look forward to that day, whenever God has planned it to be.
“The Lamb went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sits on the throne. As he did so, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”
So just think, our prayers are the incense of heaven!
Dear Father God,
Thank You that my prayers are in Your House. Please let them be worthy of You. Thank You for the mystery and hope You give us in the midst of the sometimes tawdry world… Thank You that we still have spring, and tadpoles, and baby foxes, and friends. Thank You for those beautiful things. Please help me love You most and teach Your ways to my children. Please forgive my sins. In Jesus’ name, Amen