My younger sister and I used to argue a lot as kids. But I got the upper hand when I convinced her that she had to stop whenever I said, “Final the End!”
This silly memory came to mind the other day when I read the last chapters of the book of Revelation. After all the atrocities, blasphemies, catastrophes, and devastation written in this book are finished, there will finally and forever be an end to all evil! When the abominable “Babylon” is totally wiped out, the earth mourns and all in heaven rejoice (chapters 17-18). Satan and his two puppets are banished forever to the “fiery lake of burning sulfur,” as are those who have give their allegiance to them.
Heaven finally reigns uncontested—and what a celebration! Its citizens will at last participate in breathtaking splendor and joy.
–A dazzling new heaven and earth
–No more tears, pain, or death!
–Water of life, the tree of life
—The throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. (22:3-5)
Where we will be then depends on whom we follow today.