I am fascinated by movies. I don’t watch very many of them and know almost none of the current actors. In fact, I would not even recognize most of them. Once when I was in Jerusalem, I had a fifteen-minute discussion with a guy named Antonio. We were just admiring one of the many sites in the Holy Land. He was a nice guy with a heavy accent. Just the two of us passing time and sharing pleasantries. When I turned around to go back to our tour group, I realized that there were about 250 people on the hill above us look intently at both of us. Some were taking pictures and most of the women were giggling like school children. When I climbed up the hill I was bombarded with questions about “Antonio” and never really understood why they cared. “What was he like? What did He say? What did you talk about? Why is he here? Where is he going?” Then they told me he was Antonio Banderas and I was still nonplused. I had no idea who he was or what this Antonio Banderas did. I had to go look it up later. Like I said, I am fascinated by movies. Not the movies themselves or the actors, but the response of people to them.
I know many people who have seen the same movie over 100 times. They know every line, they know all the actors, they have visited the location where the movie was filmed, they know every bit of trivia, and most of those movies have an incredible ending. Every time they see the ending they are caught up in the same emotion as if it was fresh and new all over again. Some even cry at the same point in the movie every time, even when they know what is going to happen ahead of time. They are so caught up in the story that they lose themselves in it. For many, they act as if they are participants in the events. I often hear people telling them, “You know this is just a movie, right?’
This weekend, starting July 1, we will be starting our new series at Remnant Church of Sarasota titled, “What in the World is Going On?”. God tells us that we will be blessed if we read and hear His Revelation and He warns us to not add to or take away from this Book of Prophecy. We cannot give this Book of the Bible any less consideration or attention than we give to any other Book of the Bible. Any voice or opinion that we hear that dissuades us from this study is not coming from God. He tells His children to study it. It is not surprising that Satan would try to keep us from studying the book where he is ultimately defeated, we go home to be with Jesus, sin is exterminated, God’s justice is finally restored, and Jesus is victoriously established for all of eternity as King of Kings. The Book of Revelation is the story of the ultimate victory of Jesus. It is what we live for and it is our blessed hope. It is a story that has an incredible ending. It is not just a great movie with a good ending, it is a true story where we will step into the events and play our role in the story. It is clearly the true story of our future.
It is not surprising that Satan would try to keep us from studying the book where he is ultimately defeated, we go home to be with Jesus, sin is exterminated, God’s justice is finally restored, and Jesus is victoriously established for all of eternity as King of Kings.
Like those who watch a good movie over and over because it has an incredible ending, God’s children should know the book of Revelation like the back of our hand, having read it dozens if not hundreds of times. We should know the words of the Apostle John before he says them. We should cry out victory when Jesus returns and pump our fists like the crew of Top Gun when Satan is defeated and Jesus is victorious. We should celebrate our lives in the Millennial Kingdom like George Bailey celebrated the gift that was his Wonderful Life.
One day in the not-too-distant future, I will once again be sitting in Jerusalem with someone who is truly famous and deserves to be. I may not have known Antonio, but I am making sure that I know Jesus. Revelation is His blockbuster, it is His story, it is His victory and it is our future. I can’t wait to share it with you. Lord willing, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday night.