Glimpses of Glory
And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: ~Revelation 22:3
A glimpse is a glance, impression, and peek. Revelation 22 gives us a glorious view of our time in glory. It is a glimpse into what everlasting life in an everlasting kingdom will consist of. As we read this chapter, the glimpse given to us is of a place, a Person, a people, a priority, a precaution, and a preparation.
We see a stream.
“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” The psalmist speaks about this river when he said, “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God.” This river speaks to us about salvation. Jesus is the water of life by which a man who accepts Him by faith shall never thirst again. It speaks about sanctification. It is pure and clear as crystal. In eternity, we will attain glorification and be like Jesus, for we shall see Him as he is.
We see a seat.
There is the throne of God and of the Lamb. Jesus is both God and our Savior. In glory, He is forever seated on His throne. Jesus is the rightful King. He is the root and offspring of David. Jesus is the righteous King. He is the Lord our righteousness. Jesus is the reigning King. He is “the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God.” He is the “only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” He is our King Who is forever on His throne.
We see a cessation.
There is no more curse. Death, sin, and Satan have been defeated. There is no sin or temptation. Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet are in the Lake of Fire. There is no more night. In glory, the Lord is the perpetual light. “They need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light.” “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” There is also no trespassing. “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Condemned sinners cannot enter through the gates of glory.
We see a seal.
“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” How wonderful it will be that we will see His face. We will see His gladness as He receives us into glory. We will see His glory as we are transformed into the same image as Him. Then, how wonderful it is that His name will be written on our foreheads. The Beast will place his mark on men during the Great Tribulation. “The Lord knoweth them that are his.” The Lord’s name on our foreheads will identify us as being His purchased possession and will give us access to all the privileges in glory.
We see the circumspect.
“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” These glimpses into glory are given to keep us circumspect and steadfast. Jesus is coming quickly. Don’t be caught off guard. In spite of how difficult things may get, “continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of.” Be faithful in obeying God’s Word and doing what we have been commanded to do. In doing so, we may have confidence and not be ashamed at His coming. Glimpses of glory give us a preview of the wonderful privileges that God has in store for us. You can be victorious and finish your course successfully.
Have a victorious God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 23-24