Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


March 24, 2011

A primary function of apocalyptic literature, even scripture, is to encourage those suffering, persecuted, in the crucible, and wondering if they will be defeated. 

"They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

                                                                                                                                 - Revelation 17:14 TNIV 

As John's Revelation comes to its fulfillment, the vision holds the powers of evil and defiance against the Lord accountable, as one by one, they are brought to task.  Like killing a nasty snake, it's an awful struggle but the outcome is certain.  There, that's it!  Yes, it's a struggle, but the outcome is certain.  It's not the great prostitute of Revelation 17 who wins; it's not the kings who adulterated with her, they do not triumph, but a lamb who conquers all.  Not a lamb, but The Lamb, The King of all kings.
That's the message that suffering, oppressed people need to hear; it girds up their loins, summons a new breath of courage.  Maybe that's just the message you need to hear today.  In Christ, you stand with the Lamb, you are one of the Lamb's followers.
Dale Patterson