Who Are God’s Servants?

Wim Malgo (1922-1992)

An interpretation of the last book of the Bible. Part 4. Revelation 1:1.

When we consider the first verse of Revelation, we notice that John was commissioned to show this manifestation of Jesus Christ to His servants, according to the will of God.

Who is God’s servant? A child of God who has subordinated his or her will to the will of the Lord and is obedient to Him. The Psalmist asks, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Ps 8:4). But precisely when we are servants of God is when we have the highest importance in His eyes. Nothing separates us from the living God so much as our accursed self-will, and nothing connects us to Him so much as His saving and loving will in Jesus Christ.

So, especially in the last days, God’s servants shouldn’t be ignorant of what the Lamb of God will do at the end of the Age of Grace: The Lord will eliminate the dominion of Satan and all satanic and anti-Christian powers, and establish His glorious kingdom of peace! Thus, Revelation isn’t a closed book, as is often claimed, but an open one meant for all the servants of God in the darkness of the end times, to guide and strengthen their faith in the Lord Jesus. Therefore, at the end of Revelation, the Lord tells John exactly the opposite of what He had told Daniel: “And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand” (Rev 22:10).

In other words, “I want it kept open. It should be revealed to everyone who searches diligently in it.” But the Lord said to the prophet Daniel, who had received his prophecies about 650 years earlier, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Dan 12:4).

We’re living in this “time of the end” today, which is why knowledge is increasing. By His grace, the Lord has given us a great deal of knowledge through the prophetic Word. But now the Word of Scripture, which we sing and read so gladly during Advent, is fulfilled: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Is 60:1-2).

In the plan of salvation, this is fulfilled in Israel first, and then in the Church of Jesus. We are in the midst of salvation’s Advent! “Behold, he cometh with clouds…” The darkness shouldn’t frighten you, because the darker the night, the closer the morning! Thus, it is written in Isaiah 21:11, “The morning cometh, and also the night…” (Is 21:12).

Midnight Call - 10/2019

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