As I walked into church, I turned my cell phone to silent and vibrate. I slid it into the zipper pocket of my leather Bible carrier along with my keys. The Sunday School lesson was intense and compelling. We were studying the later chapters of Revelation. The imagery and symbolism proved to be challenging and difficult to understand.
At one point, I moved my Bible from one knee to the other. A voice loud enough to be heard by most of the class said, “Sorry, I didn’t get that.” After a moment of awkward silence, laughter broke out. Apparently, when I shifted the Bible’s weight, the keys in the pocket pushed the cell phone button and ‘woke Siri up’.
As the humor faded, I had to confess that in reality there was much about the chapters that I didn’t understand. Nevertheless, there was a lot I did ‘get’. A famous quote attributed to Mark Twain reflected my thoughts. “Some people are troubled by things in the Bible they can’t understand. What troubles me are the things I can understand.”
Although I do not have full and clear understanding of many of passages in Revelation, I know this for sure, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NKJV).
I may not understand everything about end time events, but I do know that the judgment of God against sin will happen as scripture declares. In view of the Biblical declarations, as believers we should follow Paul’s admonition to Timothy: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV). If we heed God’s word, we will not be caught unaware. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4, KJV).
A Precious Promise: “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10, NIV).
~ Brother Roy