Revelation 20:1-6

December 19, 2020

You can read all of today’s passage here.

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while. Rev. 20:1-3

The word* I have chosen today is WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Really, this passage on the last day of the third week of Advent in the year of our Lord 2020?

Lord Jesus, have mercy on me.

Gentle reader, just a reminder that Revelation is apocalypse–and “apocalypse” means an unveiling. It’s not a book of predictions, but a book that speak about the reality of the world as it was at the time of its writing and what the author can envision happening in the realm of God.

In his book Unraptured, Zack Hunt writes, “Apocalypse is a call to repent and an invitation to participate in God’s liberating, justice-restoring work in the world. Apocalypse isn’t a call to figure out secret codes that will unlock a prophetic map to the future. Apocalypse calls us to be vigilant of the signs, but only so that we will be ready to stand up to the false prophets at work in the world, name them for what they are, and resist, not through acts of violence, but through Christlike love for our neighbors. This is how we work out our salvation in the last days” (page 195).

Anyway, I repent of this holy mess. Tomorrow we will be back to the gospel. Today, may God add his blessing to the reading of even this word.

*God’s word bears fruit even still, so disregard my own cynicism if you were able to find a word and a hope that reaches to you from the text. I feel like it would have been better left for the hardcore daily lectionary readers to tackle rather than being presented without context as our reading for today. (Please note: I am the one who determined the daily readings way back in November.)