Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. ~Revelation 1:3
One of my greatest joys during this pandemic is our weekly Face Time chats with my daughter, Sarah, and the three grands, Virginia (pictured above), Savannah and Alexandra. While it can never be as satisfying as in-person connections, it certainly has been a comfort since we can't travel to be with them.
Our conversation the other week turns to my word of the year: Hope.
"Have you ever heard of choosing one word for the New Year?" I ask Virginia.
"No," she confirms. "What word did you choose, Gammie?"
When I tell her, she responds without skipping a beat. "What was your word for last year? Apocalypse?"
Oh, how we enjoy some hearty laughter over this quip! I don't even think I knew the word "apocalypse" when I was Virginia's age, much less how to use it in context.
And she is right. 2020 was a disaster on so many levels, not just for our country, but for the entire world. Plagues (Covid), locusts, earthquakes, fires, cities destroyed by rioters . . . the list could go on, but you catch my drift. Many Christians watched and waited. Are these end times? Is the apocalypse upon us? Will Jesus soon return?
I look up "apocalypse" at dictionary.com. Here is the definition in the way Virginia has implemented the word: any universal or widespread destruction or disaster. Yep, that fits the bill for 2020.
But there is also a biblical definition, one of hope and promise: a prophetic revelation, especially concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good permanently triumph over the forces of evil.
Did you catch that? The forces of good permanently triumph.
I don't know about you, but that's the kind of apocalypse I want to experience! And it will only happen when Jesus returns to claim His own.
John tells us the time is near. But since God's time is vastly different than anything our human understanding can grasp, we cannot know the day nor the hour.
So, let's keep the faith. Let us walk in love and pray for one another. Let us trust that God will fulfill all His promises and prophesies when His time is right.