Zechariah 12: 1—13: 9
It is sobering to realize that part of Israel’s restoration is coming to realization that they crucified their Messiah. They have to come face to face with their sin and it’s a heartbreaking look at their actions. 12: 10-11 says they will look on the One they pierced and morn Him like their firstborn son. But, as God always does, restoration comes after the heartbreak. We have to understand the depth of our sin before we can really understand and enjoy the fountain opened up to us.
Revelation 19: 1-21
The Second Coming of Christ. It’s a real thing. We wait for the time described in today’s reading because only then will we have peace. The final battle ends with The Beast being thrown in the Lake of Fire for eternity. The Second Coming of Christ causes all the heavens to worship at fever pitch because all the souls of Creation know that finally Christ will rule and we all will be restored to the perfection we lost all the way back in Genesis. Christ finally crushed the head of the serpent like He promised in Genesis 3: 15.
So, all that is great, and it is our future hope, but what do we do until this happens. Well check out what the angel told John. “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” In the meantime, we study the prophecy so we can give a clear witness for Jesus. There is nothing that you can do that is worth more than to worship the Lord and study the scripture. If you do this, He will give you ample opportunity to give people who don’t know Jesus an account of what He has done in your life. Believe God when He says that Tribulation will be horrible and there is no greater torment than being separated from God for eternity. Use that belief to drive your study of the Bible, your worship of God and your drive to tell others about Jesus. If you could see me right now, I am about two ticks away from jumping on my desk and starting yell, “Go tell it on the mountain!!!” LOL, too much coffee maybe?