When the movie “The 33” came out, it was only five and a half years after the real life events depicted in the film. Just about every adult remembered these events that captured the world. We all knew the end result of this real event, not because we had read about it but because we seen it with our own eyes. We knew how it would end but we were still on the edge of our seats watching it unfold on the big screen.
The same was the case for Apollo 13. More years had passed so now it was only the older generations that remembered first hand. But even knowing that all the astronauts survived didn’t keep the suspense down. We were riveted. And of course the Titanic was a well know story as well. Despite this story being significantly different that real life encounters, we all knew the ship would sink with most still on board.
Most mystery writers want to keep you thinking about how the end of the story will turn out so they keep twisting it so you will be surprise. But there is one tactic that is sometimes used that tells you part of the end and then builds the story to that point. You know ‘most’ of the ending but just have no idea how the story will eventually get there. The TV Show Flashpoint would do this regularly. Start with a scene and then flash back to “4 hours earlier” so you can watch the events unfold.
When God gave us His story, He gave us the final chapter… He showed us (through John) how the story ends. Although we know the end, He wasn’t clear of the timing (like Flashpoint) so we don’t know for sure how long it will take to get to that point. Our suspense is what happens in this story between the time it was written and the time it depicts in Revelation.
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.” (Rev 21:5-7)
Although the mystery writers use tactics like this to build suspense, God used this tactic to build confidence. This world (with the active powers of Satan influencing all that he can) can be a horrible place at times. God knew that if we didn’t have the confidence of how the story will eventually end, we could easily get discouraged.
Some scholars can get really bent out of shape trying to analyze all the imagery contained in this book, arguing about what it all means. But the big point of the chapter is that our Father in Heaven is saying… “don’t worry my child, I know it can get scary at times… but I got this!”
Now this is not an excuse to not fight or not stand for your faith, because you’re standing strong for your faith in a Topsy Turvey world can be the very thing He plans to use to reach someone else for Him. But it is to keep you from giving up. Take heart, know that He is King.
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