The Book of Revelation tends to scare people. Many think of it in terms of end times, destruction, of horrible beasts, unsightly events and of personal tragedy. But the Book of Revelation is a book about overcoming. It written to encourage all to overcome the lust and sin of this world. Jesus makes this point clear in the second and third chapters of Revelation when He addresses each of the seven churches by saying, “to he/him that overcometh” and then lists off the benefits to be gained for those that do.
To overcome this world requires patience, a lifetime of patience and endurance. This patience and endurance is generated and sustained by our absolute faith in Jesus Christ.
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).
The “patience of the saints”, the time spent in this body, in this world of woe, in complete faith and confidence of the promise to come. And what is the final outcome to those who do endure, who do keep the commandments and who keep the faith in Jesus Christ?
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away….He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:4, 7).
A lifetime of conflict and struggle with this world, of overcoming, of keeping God’s commandments and refusing “that great city” Babylon that, “made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelations 14:8).
Staying out of darkness, in the light and continuously pressing, “toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).
The end of the Book of Revelation, the end for all those that overcome the world, God will “wipe away all tears” and there will be no more death, crying or pain. The end of Revelation reverts back to how it was in the beginning of Genesis. We will walk with God (Genesis 3:8/Revelation 21:24). There will be a “pure river of water, of life” (Genesis 2:10/Revelation 22:1), there will be the “tree of life” (Genesis 2:9/Revelation 22:2) and there will be no more “curse” (Genesis 4:14-15/Revelation 22:3) of the devil and sin.
The Book of Revelation is about overcoming. The end result for those that do is an eternity in the presence of God. Fully in his presence and light, complete in righteousness and eternal life!