May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, ‘THAT YOU MAY BE JUSTIFIED IN YOUR WORDS, AND PREVAIL WHEN YOU ARE JUDGED.’—Romans 3:4
As I travel this globe, I am deeply convinced that no one has been lied about, misunderstood, accused, blamed, misperceived, and in need of vindication more than God. Looking at the books of Daniel and Revelation, I sense a pervasive theme surfacing. First, each chapter in Daniel points forward to the final vindication of God’s character:
Chapter 1 – God’s Earthly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Vindicated
Chapter 2 – World’s Kingdoms Revolt / God’s Kingdom Triumphant
Chapter 3 – God’s Earthly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Vindicated
Chapter 4 – World’s Kingdoms Revolt / God’s Kingdom Triumphant
Chapter 5 – God’s Sanctuary-Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Triumphant
Chapter 6 – God’s Earthly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Vindicated
Chapter 7 – God’s Heavenly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Restored
Chapters 8-9 – God’s Heavenly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Restored
Chapters 10-12 – God’s Heavenly Kingdom Attacked / God’s Kingdom Restored
Second, the theme of Revelation is very easy to decipher as well, if you will go through and simply read the worship statements therein. Many times, we gloss over these as just flowery statements about God by beings in heavenly places, but go back and reread them. Use them as signposts. Then go back and let the rest fill in the spaces between. What you will begin to sense is that the whole book is about the decimation and then restoration of God’s character not simply on earth, but before the entire unfallen universe as well.
Chapter 8 shares that when the seventh seal is opened, there will be a space of silence in Heaven (Revelation 8:1). I personally believe that this will be when all eyes finally see, in the moments of God’s full, undiluted disclosure, the magnitude of His character of love, when every knee should bow and every tongue will confess that God is what He has always said He was (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11, and Philippians 2:10). Just before the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, Revelation states that the “mystery of God” will be finished (Revelation 10:7)! This is the same time when the angel of chapter 18 will lighten the earth once again with a revelation of God’s character unequalled since the days of Calvary (Revelation 18:1).
In light of all this, I am reminded, in the context of the times in which we live, of those in the scriptures who made a decision to live on intimate terms with the God of this universe. God speaks of these individuals as “My friends” (Isaiah 41:8). Today, I believe we are to “understand the times,” perceiving what we are to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). It is time for the friends of God to cry out, to proclaim from the rooftops, “Behold your God” (Isaiah 40:9).
I have met many people in my life, but none has ever loved me the way I feel loved in the moments when I catch a glimpse, when I receive a glimmer of a right perception of what God was doing for me on the cross. The revelation of God’s love for me at Calvary astounds me. For this and this alone, God is my best friend. Even if there were nothing in it for me, His love has so deeply affected my life that it has won me at such a heart level that I feel resonance when I meditate on this week’s theme. I want to do something for Him! I want to give my life, my all, to Him for His cause! I want to be used by Him to rescue His person from all the lies perpetrated in His name. Especially in these closing hours of earth’s history, I hear God’s whisper in my heart,
“My son, be wise, and make My heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches Me” (Proverbs 27:11).
God, I hear You, this week. You have my vote. Take my life and use it to “lighten this earth” with Your glory once again.
“Some have been asking how long, and I am telling you, it will not be long.
Truth pressed down to the ground will rise again. No lie can live forever.”—MLK Jr.