22:7 “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Keeping the words of Revelation’s prophecy means we believe in and fix our attention on Christ’s Return. That great finality finishes all history, incinerates the present heavens and earth and brings the New Jerusalem out of Heaven to be the Single City of God’s New World.
Remember: we will never be more useful on earth than in realizing our real citizenship is in Heaven Philippians 3:20. That was the message preached by the Russian Christian to her Communist tormentors. Why did they hurt Christians, she asked. They were ones who lived under the Holy Spirit’s tutelage. They prayed for Communist officials. They offered benevolence to anyone in need. Why harm the very people who did them the most good?
They had no answer to her questions and no argument with her evidences. Neither did they change their hatred of Christians. They hated them “without a cause” John 15:25. They proved the accuracy of Aslan’s condemnation of unsaved humanity: they never have trouble protecting themselves from what would do them good. Chronicles of Narnia.
Christians in peril by serving in dangerous circumstances nevertheless remain faithful to Jesus, willingly sharing his afflictions Colossians 1:24. While aware of the cost of serving Jesus, they don’t count it. It’s what he called them to be and do, and they delight in the confidence he has in calling them to serve.
America, shamefully following Soviet-Russia’s vicious and inexcusable hatred of Christianity, still boasts of being a compassionate people. No tragedy occurs but that hundreds rush to alleviate the pain misfortune afflicts.
Some rush to help as Christ’s servants, advertising their concern. Others arrive to help thinking it’s all about human compassion. But if anyone reads the late James Kennedy’s book What If Jesus Had Never Been Born, they would discover that their desire to help is a result of the days when the Christian faith controlled the conscience of America. And the Holy Spirit continues to work through even them as they have compassion on others in need, while He seeks the opportunity to impress on them their need of Jesus. Fini