For the past three months, I’ve been working my way through the twelve books in the Poldark series by Winston Graham. Covering a period of time that stretched from the end of the American Revolution through Napoleon Bonaparte’s final defeat at Waterloo, the saga tells the stories of Ross Poldark, his family, friends, and enemies. Now that I’m nearing the end of the eleventh volume, I’ve become a bit attached to the characters.
(*Spoiler alert! Jump past the next two paragraphs if you are planning on reading the books!)
This morning, I was reading about Captain Ross Poldark’s oldest son, Jeremy. He was insanely happy, having finally married the love of his life, as well as enjoying, surprisingly, a new military career. Things weren’t going well for the rest of the Poldark’s at this stage of the game–Ross was in a French jail suspected as a spy, his son-in-law was facing bankruptcy by his father-in-law’s nemesis, George Warleggan. I couldn’t take it any more! Things were going too well for Jeremy…
If I peeked ahead a few pages, I could find out Jeremy’s future and prepare my emotions…there it was: “Jeremy was dead.” Ahh…I knew it! As I read on, details of the Battle of Waterloo unfolded, and Jeremy was killed. Yes, I cried a little. Am I the only one that actually sheds tears when I read? But knowing ahead of time softened the blow a bit.
How much better would it be to find out good news ahead of time?
Last year, I studied Revelation with Bible Study Fellowship and this year my husband is going through it as well to prepare for a Bible conference. The BSF study was fairly high-level, not getting into much of the disputed details, but primarily concentrated instead on that with which most could agree. But the end result of the study was that I came out much better prepared for the future.
The Book of Revelation is God’s sneak preview for the world. For Christians, it’s a message of hope–Jesus Christ is revealed and God’s plan is at its final phase.
The Book of Revelation is one of the most encouraging books in the Bible, because in it we see our Savior vindicated before the world. Revelation is really a very simple book. It boils down to this: Jesus wins! – Thomas Constable
In his Notes on Revelation, Thomas Constable outlines the three ways that Jesus is revealed to us through the book:
- It reveals the person of Jesus Christ.
- It reveals the power of Jesus Christ.
- It reveals the program of Jesus Christ.
Reading about John’s visions of God’s throne room has changed my worship life. Singing hymns and worship songs that are drawn from these passages has become much sweeter.
God has given us permission. Go ahead, take a peek!