The Apocalypse Is Happening Now

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The Apocalypse is Happening Now Will We Hear Its Message?


Brother Lawrence Damien Cos

Dear family

Continuing on Lenten journey today I am reflecting on the Book of
Revelation and what it may mean for those of us now in the age of
Coronavirus. In my evangelical days I saw the Book of Revelation as
pointing to the last days just prior to the return of Christ to this
earth to establish his kingdom. I saw it pointing to a time of wars,
nuclear holocaust, and destruction of earth as we know it now and all
in all as a bad time I didn’t want to be around for and definitely
hoped that I would be ready to be “raptured” out at any moment so I
would miss the great tribulation I believed was coming. I have for
many years now been changing my views and coming to see God as love
who always act in love and with our best interests at heart, As this
pandemic has struck worldwide and find myself under quarantine in my
home the first thing that strikes me is this happens right in the
season of Lent which is a penitential season of self examination,
making things right, so we can be ready for the resurrected Christ,
the power of Pentecost to be able to live a extraordinary life in
ordinary times. As I consider this I come to see Revelation in a whole
new light. I have come to see it not as a book of terror but as a book
of hope. A book whose message if listened to can lead to a new age of
life, healing and the reign of God and God’s peace over all the earth.

The word apocalypse means unveiling. The current pandemic is unveiling
what is wrong with our present world. We have injustice, we have wars,
terror is falling from the skies in many places as bombs and missiles
fall from the sky killing many. We have polluted our rivers, streams,
oceans as well as the air we breathe. Yes greed runs rampant and the
rich seem to be getting richer while the poor get poorer. Diseases
also run rampant with no seeming cure and hate and fear are prevalent
throughout our world. We want to believe we are right and everyone
else is wrong. We fear that which is different and we don’t
understand,  The apocalypse comes to show us all that and that is
good. For it reveals our shortcomings so we then can become partners
together with one another and with God to fix what’s wrong and bring
in a new age.

That is how I am seeing the Book of Revelation. It starts off telling
us we are kings and priests. Then it tells us of the coming of Jesus.
Then it goes on to describe seven churches which were existent then
and I believe are still here now showing both their strong points and
inviting them to repent and change. Then it proceeds to describe a
world where chaos and evil seem to rule unchecked and supreme. The
anti Christ, the beast, and the false prophet seem to be having a
field day and everything is going their way. However intervention
comes. Jesus descends from the clouds with all his saints dealing with
the devil, antichrist, and all who oppose him and establishing his
kingdom over all the earth. Taking a figurative look at this I see
Jesus and his people coming together. In Zechariah 14;4 and following
it says when Christ returns his feet shall touch the Mount of Olives
and it shall be split in two. The word used for olive here refers to
yielding and illuminating as in olive oil used in lamps to give light.
Thus as Christ (meaning anointed one) touches the Mount of Olives it
splits in half making a path yielding and illumination. For what
purpose does this split take place for? Zechariah 4:5 says a valley
shall be formed through which the people of God can escape, Then in
that day when this happens  in Zechariah 4:8-10  it tells us  that
living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, everything shall live and the
Lord shall be king over all the earth. In Revelation 19:15 that when
Christ returns with his saints a sharp sword shall go out of his mouth
with which to strike the nations and prepare for Christ to rule them.
He does this to smite or knockout foreigners or those opposed to God
so he can establish his kingdom. In Hebrews 4:12 it tells us that the
word of God is living and powerful like a two edged sword piercing and
dividing soul and spirit and discerning thoughts and intents of the
heart. So why do we need discernment now?

God is calling us to a new thing and way of living different than
before. He is through illumination and new light showing us a path
which if we will take can lead to a new day. In revelation 21st
chapter it speaks of the New Jerusalem coming down out of the sky.
Jerusalem means city of peace. In Revelation 22:1-2 it says that a
river of living water flows from the throne of God which is in the New
Jerusalem watering trees bearing all manners of fruit and whose leaves
are for the healing of every nation, As we read on in this same
chapter there will be no more curses but only light. Finally God’s
realm will be manifested on earth and all who want to be a part can
be. However it is a choice which we can either reject or accept. This
is what I believe the Coronavirus apocalypse is about. It is unveiling
all that is wrong so we can fix it with God’s help. It is calling us
to embrace a new vision and dawning where once more living water and
healing can flow forth and everything can live. It is calling us in
the spirit of Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus and others who have gone
before to help prepare the way of the Lord and prepare the way for the
coming of his kingdom, Thus the apocalypse is calling loudly and
asking how will we respond? Will we hear its calling and message
embracing it and bring change? Will we ignore it as we have in the
past and have to keep going through the same things over and over
until we get it? The choice is ours how will we choose?

As always comments welcomed

Brother Lawrence Damien Cos