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Ending of a Godly Vision (40 of 41)
Series: The Unveiling
• (READ TEXT) Let's consider the topic, "The ending of a godly vision." I remind you that, in chapter 4, John was invited through the door into a heavenly vision with the words, "Come up Here" and now the vision seems to be winding down.
• Think about endings in your life (I.E. High School, College, a job, etc). Consider how you viewed those endings. Most of the time we think of the sadness or solemn nature of the occasion. Other endings might include divorce, death, or even a disaster. Sadness.
• However, there is another emotion to an ending. It is 'happily ever after.' Do you remember that? Childhood stories used to end this way. For me, I think about my Sci-Fi movies and how many ends with a fresh start for a bright future.
• As we enter Chapter 22 we recognize that the battle is over, the victory is won, and we have seen a grand view of heaven (Ch 21), and think about who 'will and won't' be there. As the vision comes to an end, John the Apostle is inside of heaven and gives us a firsthand account. Let me offer you 4 thoughts:
1. The Picture He Paints - It's been said that a 'picture paints a thousand words' and a 'word can paint a thousand pictures.' As John opens this chapter, he gives us two pictures;
a. A River - He says, "The angel show me a river." This is a river of clear, cool, refreshing, and even run water. In this river flows the water of life.
• Very few drinks, if any, are as good, refreshing, and satisfying as water. In the Boy Scouts we used to go camping. On more than one trip we ran out of water. But no problem, we would go down to the 'running stream' and get some. The water was clean and pure because it was flowing or running. The faster the stream, the better the water. However, generally we would KNOW the source of the water (I.E. Spring fed or Manmade). In Cantonment (where my wife and I met and married), ...
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