Practical Christionics

Still the Same

As we watch the ball drop in New York City's Time Square or watch the fireworks displays in many countries around the world, we somehow hope that leaving the old year will leave behind the old things and old attitudes. We hope that things will be different somehow when the ball drops to midnight. Yet as countless years of broken "New Years Resolutions" show us, somehow things Still are the Same

The Revelation of Jesus Christ tells us that that is the way we as humans are. In fact, unless an eternal life changing event occurs in our lives, we will remain the same from old year to new year.

Let's breakdown Revelation 22:11 a bit further:

This verse is a "reaction" verse. The speaker, not determined whether it is the angel-guide or the Lord Himself, indicates that each reader of the Revelation will either heed (verse 9) the words or not. As pointed out in the previous verse's discussion, this can only occur while we are alive on this present earth. That is, how we live now, results in an eternal state of being.

This verse is how each of us react to the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17-17) that is inborn into us. Within this verse, there is contained a study in contrasts:

Unbeliever Present Lifestyle
Unbeliever Eternal State
Believer Present Lifestyle
Believer Eternal State

"Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; Jude 17-23
and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy." The garments:
Revelation 3:5; Revelation 3:18; Revelation 7:9-13-14-17

One must come to the conclusion that between "the time is near" (previous verse) and "Behold, I am coming quickly" (next verse), we only have our present life to make the choice of our Eternal State. It is our prayer that you have chosen to become a BELIEVER.

To those who believe that the Old Testament is put aside by the New Testament, the hint of this verse in Daniel 12:5-10-13 may convince you otherwise.