Revelation 3: He that Overcometh… Will be written into the Book of Life
We learn that Jesus Christ will come “…as a thief… thou shalt not know what hour I shall come upon thee.” (Revelations 3:3) Because we do not know when Jesus Christ will come for the second time, John encourages us to overcome the world by following the commandments and being clothes with white raiment, for those who are faithful and pure in the Second Coming have been given a promise by the Lord; “…I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Revelations 3:5) In other words if we follow Jesus Christ and His commandments, He will be our Redeemer and will confess of our good works before God the Father.
Further promises are made about those who follow the commandments and not the ways of the world; “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God… and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelations 3:12) We learn that we will have a spot in the Kingdom and Temple of God and that we will also receive a new name.
Often times we ask ourselves; Where is God? Why is He permitting bad things to happen? But the truth is that God is always there, we just have to seek Him out!
“…I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him [eat dinner], and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Revelations 3:20-21) If we open the door to Jesus Christ, we can feel His presence. If we are diligent until the end, we too can sit with Jesus Christ in His Kingdom.
2 Peter 3: The Second Coming
Peter explains that in the Last Days many men and women will come saying; “…Where is the promise of his [Jesus Christ] coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:4) These same people will question other things like; ‘Why does God permit suffering?’ However, in order to understand all of this we must acknowledge that God lives, and that by His power the earth has been “…kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7)
We may not understand the ways of our God, however we must remember that time unto God is not the same time unto us. In fact, trying to understand eternity and time outside of the linear time we acknowledge is very difficult. Peter uses an example to explain how time is different for God; “…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8). This does not mean that one day is exactly one thousand years for God, but rather to be used as an example of how different time is viewed by God. We as human beings are used to time in the linear form; that is, point A to point B… with terms like past, present and future. However, time in eternity is more like past present and future with no point A to B. My only guess would be that the past, present and future are all one.
Peter reminds us that; “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise… the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” (2 Peter 3:9-10) We will not have warning of His coming, but He WILL COME. Peter explains that “…some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned…” (2 Peter 3:16) Because of this, education is important; we need to be educated in all things both spiritually, mentally, and physically. Those who are unlearned may be “…led away with the error of the wicked…” (2 Peter 3:17) We should grow in grace and knowledge, so that we will not be led away by the devil.