Reading Revelation with the Surrealists: Part 5- All Things New

The Allegory of Silk (Salvador Dali)

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.  Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  -Revelation 21:5-7

God is the God of new beginnings. After all the violence, all the turmoil there is new life. Here is the core of Revelation, John’s ultimate message: “Whatever you have to endure, however you are persecuted, terrorized, whatever disasters you encounter, the world is God’s and God will make it new.” In the end there will be no more pain, no tears, no fear; only joy and the worship of God.

All who resisted the beast are welcomed into the presence of God. Over and over God has called us to live lives characterized by baptism and worship. This is why, in this vision of eternity all our existence is worship. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

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