TODAY’S READING: Revelation 19–22
A stunning missionary Bible climaxes with our Missionary God returning to rule and reign with great power and glory over all the nations for all of time. When King Jesus comes back, He will be awe-inspiring and terrifying. He comes to judge and make war. His eyes will be fire and His robe will be splattered with the blood of the enemies and nations that He has struck. He will rule with a rod of iron (absolute authority); heaven has no room for democracy. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness of God’s wrath, for Jesus has a violent and terrible side of His goodness, a side that will send the devil and the wicked to hell to be tormented night and day forever. Yes, this is Jesus, our King and Lord. He would not be good if He was not violently dedicated to the absolute eradication and punishment of all evil. We must never forget that we will stand one day trembling before the throne of Him “from whose face the earth and heaven fled away” (Rev. 20:11). Thanks be to God! The blood of Jesus saves us from the wrath of God!
The Bible intentionally focuses on nations—the diverse ethnic peoples of earth. Even in its closing chapters, the inspired Word directs our attention to the broad inclusion of grace. In the explanation of the New Jerusalem, it says: “And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor into it… The leaves of the tree of life were for the healing of the nations” (21:24; 22:2). Even the last chapter of the Bible announces that the plan of God includes all the peoples of earth.
Satan has known this all along, which is why in his demented fury he has tried so hard through all the ages to bring entire people groups with him to hell. The reason our good and glorious warrior King confines and punishes the devil is so that he “should deceive the nations no more” (20:3). We make too much of ourselves when we think we are the object of the devil’s primary attention. He has grander ambitions than dragging you and me to hell; he fights to take down entire people groups. Which is why a focus on unreached peoples as the priority of missions is not a fad or a passing strategic whim. From the beginning God has made this His loving aim—all peoples. The devil has thus attacked this great love of God consistently, battling in the heavens and earth to forever bind the ethnic peoples God created for His glory and their joy. Spiritual warfare is not centrally about me or you and our personal little wounds or worries; it’s about unreached peoples. If you want to join the cosmic fight, come battle for the unreached. If you want to hit Satan where it hurts him most, come in this last hour and glorify Jesus by snatching the unreached from the fires of hell.
This is how time will end—in the beauty God designed from the beginning: “The tabernacle of God is with men [from every people group], and He will dwell with them…and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain” (21:3–5). The promises to Abraham and David will be fulfilled—all nations with their eternal King.