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About-Him.Com Devotional 05-10-2014
Every Eye Shall See Him
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
We know the story of the apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation from the Isle of Patmos. Traditions affirmed by some early church fathers state that John was exiled in AD 95 during the reign of Emperor Domitian. His exile ended when Domitian died in A.D. 96. The tradition may be true, but the bible only tells us that John was there for the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. He could have simply been there on a missionary trip.
However, while there, John had an experience that we all will have sooner or later. He saw the glorified Jesus, face to face. Some will see Him in glory and others in judgment. The choice is up to us, while we are still breathing the breath of life.
John recognized Jesus as one like unto the son of man. He looked similar to the fleshly Jesus that he had known, but this experience was different. He was viewing the One who claimed to be the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
Can you imagine what it would be like to see and talk to the One who had a great voice, like a trumpet and with the sound of many waters? His golden girdle would certainly get our attention. With His snowy hair and eyes of flaming fire along with His feet of brass would certainly make us stand in awe. When John saw His countenance as the sun shinning in its strength, he fell down as dead.
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
The believer has the hope that we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Co. 15:52) and exchange this vile body for one that will be fashioned like the Lord’s glorified body (Php. 3:21)
1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
When Jesus returns, every eye will see Him and those who pierced Him will wail. If those who pierced Him will wail, obviously all of the dead are going to see Him. This would not be an impossibility for the risen Christ who is alive and holding the keys to hell and death.
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
While saints of all the ages are resting and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord, another mass of humanity will see Him in anguish. From the high and mighty to the lowliest slave, all are going to try and hide their faces from Him who is sitting on the throne of heaven. They had heard about the wrath of God and perhaps dismissed it as a fable. Now it will be a reality. The great day of His wrath has come. They rightly ask the question, “Who shall be able to stand.”
Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The word of God pleads with us to recognize that today is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)
The meek and mild Jesus of the gospels is ever pleading, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest (Jn. 7:37).”The glorified Jesus on the throne, will no longer plead with humanity. He will exercise the vengeance of God.
2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
It’s one or the other. There is no other choice.
God bless you all. Keep on holding on and we’ll meet at the throne.
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