It is finished
The book of Revelation is an encouragement to focus on this wonderful Christ, who is everything to us. He is the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, the First and Last who said “It is finished”, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, and not just the Offspring but also the Root of David. He is everything: a Lamb with seven horns, seven eyes, seven Spirits. If we see Him, how can we be discouraged? The Word of God shows that we have to focus on Him. If we are looking at the wrong things, we will be discouraged and will weep, like John. But if we turn our eyes to the One sitting on the throne who has the scepter of justice, who loves righteousness and hates lawlessness, then we will be encouraged, full of joy and peace.
If we think that the Lord does not see the whole situation in this world and is doing nothing, we are gravely mistaken. The Lord is full of wisdom. We must ask Him to show us the things that will shortly come to pass, and to see things the way He sees them – not the way we see them. It’s good to have dove’s eyes like in Song of Solomon. A dove can only focus on one thing because it lacks peripheral vision. It has single vision. But we have not only double but multiple vision – which not even an optometrist may be able to cure! Let us experience having dove’s eyes to look only at our Lord Jesus Christ.
We do not want to see so many things, but to focus on the things that cannot be seen. This is faith: “the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:3). “The things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). We must learn to see the things that are eternal. Whatever man does is short-lived. Man lives only for a limited time, but the Lord is alive forevermore! “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore“ (Rev. 1:18).
When the Lord lived on this earth, there were so many terrible, negative things surrounding Him. But He only looked at the Father; that is how He had peace and continued to go on despite all sorts of attacks from the enemy. Ultimately, everyone forsook Him and He was crucified. Was that the end? The enemy may have thought it was the end, but for the Lord, it was just the beginning! All these wonderful words in the book of Revelation should open our eyes to see how God sees everything. If we think something is the end, the Lord will say, “That is just the beginning.” This is God’s way and His wisdom.
God has never taken and will never take the easy way. We like to take the quickest, easiest way and get frustrated if things aren’t completed quickly. But if we turn our eyes to Him, everything is different. Song 196 says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus…And the things of earth will grow strangely dim.” It all depends on what we see! If we look around at the temporary things, then we will sink like Peter. When Peter looked at Jesus walking on the sea, he was able to take a few steps. He should have continued to look at Jesus so as to walk many more steps, but when he turned his eyes to look at the waves, the wind, and the boat rocking back and forth, he started to sink! What is better – to sing or to sink? “Sing unto the Lord a new song” (Psalm 96:1,98:1,149:1; Is. 42:10) – this is the way! Revelation 14:3 says that they sang a new song which no one could learn. If we do not learn that song, we will sink.
Praise the Lord for such wisdom in the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He did not sink, but went all the way to the goal and was not angry with anyone – not even with Peter, who denied Him three times. At His resurrection, He remembered Peter as a man, as a disciple, and foresaw his future. It is wonderful to see things the way God sees them. When we look with our own eyes at what is happening, it looks like everything is falling apart. But when we turn our eyes upward, we see that this is just the beginning. We must learn to see what cannot be seen. If we look at the things which are seen with our outward eyes, we will be deceived. But many very real things can only be seen with our inner eyes. Let us experience Christ’s wisdom to see as He sees, and then everything will look very positive. We will have peace and joy and will sing instead of sinking. Our Lord is really wonderful! Pray for all the saints and bless all the saints. Blessed be God our Father. Unto Him be all blessing, honor, and glory.