Revelation 1:4-8 — Amplified Bible

John, to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: Grace be granted to you and peace, inner calm and spiritual well-being, from Him Who is existing forever and Who was continually existing in the past and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits that are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who always loves us and who has once for all freed us, washed us, from our sins by His own blood, His sacrificial death — and formed us into a kingdom as His subjects, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes nations of the earth will mourn over Him realizing their sin and guilt, and anticipating the coming wrath. So it is to be. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord God, “Who is existing forever and Who was continually existing in the past and Who is to come, the Almighty, the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all.”


The Second Coming

The Second Coming

The Second Coming
according to the writer
of the Book of Revelation,
is a mystical,
magical moment in the life
of the First Century
Christian Community.
It is a BIG story that contains
a Temple theology
of sacrifice and salvation,
direct quotes from God,
claims and statements of hope,
a new creation story
for the early Christian Community,
and of God’s unending love,
as well as accusations and jugements
for the ones
who are thought
to have murdered Jesus.
The writing style is what is termed,
which means,
writing that is about a catastropic
ending of the world.
It is a writing style that
is consistant of the older,
prophetic writings
found in the books of
Ezikiel, Joel, and Daniel.
The key point
in our Revelation text
is that,
while Jesus will indeed come again,
he is expected to come
in the lifetime of those reading
this book.
It was very exciting for them,
as they imagined
the joy they would feel
as they got to witness how
the very ones who killed Jesus
were going to get to see
for themselves the depravity
of their own actions
and be duly guilt-ridden
and terrified of the torturous end
God had planned for them.
The problem with all this is that
it didn’t happen then,
it didn’t happen later,
and if it happenes in the future,
it more than likely will not happen
anything like it is described here.
Yet, the Second Coming
is a key tennent of the Christian faith,
and while many of us
really do not understand
what it actually means
to make this claim,
or truly believe the
assertion in a literal way,
there are others
who hold to it nonetheless.
For me,
it means that for each of us
Jesus will come and be
present to/for us,
whether in the clouds,
or in our hearts,
in our history,
in our now,
or in our future.
Many of us have experienced
the second coming of Jesus
as we have endured suffering
and been delivered
in ways only explained
as a direct experience
of the presence of Jesus.
Will Jesus someday
come from the clouds in the sky
with the sound of a trumpet?
I don’t know.
But I do know
that Jesus has come for me
through the clouds of my doubt
and fear
and walked me
through my pain
and made me
a whole new creation,
and that is all I need to know.


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