"When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands.
And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.
He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves.
He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid!
I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave."
- Revelation 1:12-18 (NLT)
Don't you hate it when someone spoils the ending to a book you're reading or a movie you want to see? It may be an annoyance in the fiction world, but in the real world we know the end. We have that in the book of Revelation. It is the real life eternity for those who have trusted Jesus. While it may look like we're losing, we know we live from victory because Jesus is alive, seated on a throne, and will one day claim those who are His.
Father, regardless of what the world looks like today, we know that You have already won the victory. It is victory, not that we live for, but that we live from. You are alive forevermore and so are we. The enemy is defeated and we are just having to live with the living dead for a moment.