Finally, John the Witness is shown the end of the world in a rapid-fire sequence of scenes (346).
- Jesus returns to the earth with his church and wins an instant & total victory over the forces of evil.
- Satan is bound for a thousand years, during which time Jesus restores & rules the earth.
- Satan is then unbound briefly. His inevitable attack against Jesus results in his inevitable defeat; Satan’s forces are totally crushed & he is consigned permanently to hell.
- All people are judged by God. Those who submitted to Jesus are taken to heaven; those who rejected Jesus are also consigned permanently to hell.
The revelation concludes with encouraging images of God’s heavenly glory. In Genesis, the first book of the inspired Jewish scriptures, we get a glimpse of God’s created children living with him in an earthly paradise. At the end of Revelation, we get similar glimpses of God’s faithful children, living with him in a heavenly paradise, beyond the ravages of time.
At the conclusion of the revelation, John is given several important commands by Jesus:
- We are to worship God, not men. (Nothing good comes from worshiping men, as the prior revelations have made clear.)
- God’s people are to rely on God’s Holy Spirit to do their jobs for Jesus; those jobs involve telling & showing other people what Jesus does for us and what Jesus expects us to do for him.
- We are exhorted to trust the inspired scriptures for understanding the end to come — not adding to them or taking away from them. (The Bible may not contain everything there is to know about God, but those things it does contain are things we need to know about God.)
- In this regard, we are encouraged to expect that Jesus may come back at any time, to begin the end described in these revelations. As Jesus taught his chosen witnesses, it’s absolutely important always to be ready for his return.
(346) Revelation 19-22