Good News (Gospel)

Gospel Part 6: The Revelation Series

Gospel 10- The Good News of the Book of Revelation

The good news of the end time is the outcome it would bring to humanity that no one would miss the mark anymore. Those that are saved will not feel the pain and suffering on judgment day as we will be brought to another dimension.

Rapture and Tribulation are two common beliefs that will occur at the end time. It is the end for those who sinned and were not forgiven because they either did not humble themselves to turn to God for forgiveness or they sinned that is unforgivable to God’s standard. On the other hand, it is the beginning of a new life for those who are in full submission to what God wants us to be, and what we can be for Him. Both the condemned and the saved will not know what happened in the past.

The condemned will have no life as they will perish like a balloon that burst out and lost its air, and continue to descend to nothingness, while the saved will ascend to everlasting joy and have the spirit of God to fulfill the purpose why He created us to be like Him and live with Him forevermore.

The word rapture does not exist in the Bible but due to Christians’ teachings, it was absorbed and believed that it is about lifting the faithful in the air to meet the Son, Jesus. What was mentioned was very close if not exactly the passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:17—“Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”  

The legacy of the Son will live with us forever. He did not escape death but he won it overwhelmingly when he was raised by the Father and now seats at the right hand of the Father. The Spirit of God within us is Jesus’ gift from the Father so they will always be with us and form the Trinity. The clouds that were mentioned that we will meet the Son on the air are the crowds of witnesses, where only believers will witness this event. Some believe that the coming soon of Jesus has already occurred and revealed to the chosen ones, however, it remains concealed to those who are called but still need to do some work, and are still in the second portion of sanctification.

Tribulation is hardship, pain, and suffering.  Drought or famine, epidemic, wildfire, tsunami, COVID pandemic, endemic, the rampant killing of the innocents, kidnapping, drugs, nations controlling other nations, and any disasters big and small that are unbearable to human lives could be considered as tribulations. Those instabilities that are mentioned above and occur in human lives are the tribulations in biblical events. Isn’t it obvious that what we are experiencing now is like a shadow of the past tribulation brought forth in the present time, going forward to the future?  What would be our response? Why does it say the Revelation and yet it was written symbolically, and allegorically and is subject to misinterpretation?

Revelation is supposedly a book of faith, hope, and love rather than fear of being thrown to the lake of fire because of sin that cannot be won by human flesh. Since it is written for us to make every effort to present ourselves, to be approved by God,  to accurately handle the word of truth and understand it rightly.  We need to patiently wait for God’s timing if we are not one of those whom he called but not chosen. It is God’s glory to conceal things and it is our pure hearts that can testify that we are worthy to receive the hidden truth that is revealed to some and remain hidden to many, or it could have already been revealed to you and you are not aware of it.

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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