Revelation 11:15

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“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’”

Revelation 11:15

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The book of Revelation is the record of a vision that God gave to the Apostle John while he was on the island of Patmos. The vision, or revelation, pertains to the end of the world, when Christ will return for His church and to establish His eternal kingdom. Many people struggle to read Revelation because it is full of symbolism and prophecy that we don’t yet understand. Much like a puzzle that’s design isn’t fully understood until all the pieces come into place, the prophecies of the end time can feel confusing and maybe even a bit scary.

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But there is one thing that we know FOR SURE about the end time that should give us all peace and cause fear to flee: JESUS IS KING! He promises to come back, to wipe away every tear, to put to death sin, and to defeat the evil one. We can rest in the promise that whatever the end looks like, whether it comes in our lifetime or in the lives of our descendants to come, Jesus is victorious.

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This is a huge promise and something that has been foretold even before Jesus was ever born. We are told in Isaiah that the government will rest on His shoulders, and He will be our King. One day, our Lord and Saviour will remove all false idols and false leaders and take His rightful place as King of all creation.

MIR Immanuel
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You may have heard this before, but we live in the “already, not yet” reality of this verse. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He IS king over all. Sin and death are defeated in His name and His kingdom reigns forever more. That is the “already” part. But there is more to come that hasn’t been fulfilled in our physical timeline.

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Remember that God exists outside of time and space. So, while it is hard to understand how Jesus is already King and still the kingdom of God has not yet been fully established, for God, that is not an issue. See, His victory is already won, already written into the story to come. We already know that He wins. For us, it hasn’t fully happened yet. But it is as sure as can be. It is already, but not yet.

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So how do we live in this reality, torn between the “already” and the “not yet”? How do we walk out our faith in a King who has defeated sin and death while we still struggle against those things in our everyday lives? How do we celebrate the victory that, from our perspective in history, has not yet happened?

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That is where faith comes in. Pastor Tony Evans has a saying that I just love. It’s on a sign in my home to remind me of how faith prevails. It says, “Faith is acting like something is so, even when it’s not so, so that it might be so, simply because God says so.” When we walk in faith and the affirmation of Jesus as the eternal King, we live our lives in light of the promise of His kingdom. We choose to live like the “not yet” is the “already” trusting in Him as supreme ruler in our lives and celebrating His victory in faith.

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When faced with the tension of a broken world not yet set right by the victory of God, we submit our hearts and our hurts to Him, trusting Him to be our sufficiency in the gap. We celebrate things like Christmas and Thanksgiving, New Years and Easter as a reminder and a promise that He is the God who is making all things new.

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We are in the promise of process, being cared for and tended to by the God who is always faithful to finish the good work He began. We are not yet who we are meant to be, and His Kingship is not yet fully recognized at this moment in history. But whether we see it or not, whether it is “already” or “not yet”, it is true and firm- Jesus is Lord. So, let’s act like it every day.

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What would change in your life if you were to live in the “already” instead of the “not yet”? How can you ask Jesus to take more ground in your heart to help you live out the faith in who He says He is and the promise that He will be King forevermore?

EIP Immanuel
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Jesus,

I praise You as KING of all things. Even though from my limited, physical perspective I don’t always see the reality of Your victory, I choose it today. I choose to live in the “already”. Show me what I need to surrender to You to let go of the “not yet” and embrace the “already” of Your rule and reign.

In the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

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“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’” 

Revelation 11:15

Behind the Scenes

The book of Revelation is the record of a vision that God gave to the Apostle John while he was on the island of Patmos. The vision, or revelation, pertains to the end of the world, when Christ will return for His church and to establish His eternal kingdom. Many people struggle to read Revelation because it is full of symbolism and prophecy that we don’t yet understand. Much like a puzzle that’s design isn’t fully understood until all the pieces come into place, the prophecies of the end time can feel confusing and maybe even a bit scary. 

But there is one thing that we know FOR SURE about the end time that should give us all peace and cause fear to flee: JESUS IS KING! He promises to come back, to wipe away every tear, to put to death sin, and to defeat the evil one. We can rest in the promise that whatever the end looks like, whether it comes in our lifetime or in the lives of our descendants to come, Jesus is victorious.  

This is a huge promise and something that has been foretold even before Jesus was ever born. We are told in Isaiah that the government will rest on His shoulders, and He will be our King. One day, our Lord and Saviour will remove all false idols and false leaders and take His rightful place as King of all creation. 

Make It Real

You may have heard this before, but we live in the “already, not yet” reality of this verse. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He IS king over all. Sin and death are defeated in His name and His kingdom reigns forever more. That is the “already” part. But there is more to come that hasn’t been fulfilled in our physical timeline.  

Remember that God exists outside of time and space. So, while it is hard to understand how Jesus is already King and still the kingdom of God has not yet been fully established, for God, that is not an issue. See, His victory is already won, already written into the story to come. We already know that He wins. For us, it hasn’t fully happened yet. But it is as sure as can be. It is already, but not yet.  

So how do we live in this reality, torn between the “already” and the “not yet”? How do we walk out our faith in a King who has defeated sin and death while we still struggle against those things in our everyday lives? How do we celebrate the victory that, from our perspective in history, has not yet happened?  

That is where faith comes in. Pastor Tony Evans has a saying that I just love. It’s on a sign in my home to remind me of how faith prevails. It says, “Faith is acting like something is so, even when it’s not so, so that it might be so, simply because God says so.” When we walk in faith and the affirmation of Jesus as the eternal King, we live our lives in light of the promise of His kingdom. We choose to live like the “not yet” is the “already” trusting in Him as supreme ruler in our lives and celebrating His victory in faith.  

When faced with the tension of a broken world not yet set right by the victory of God, we submit our hearts and our hurts to Him, trusting Him to be our sufficiency in the gap.  We celebrate things like Christmas and Thanksgiving, New Years and Easter as a reminder and a promise that He is the God who is making all things new. 

We are in the promise of process, being cared for and tended to by the God who is always faithful to finish the good work He began. We are not yet who we are meant to be, and His Kingship is not yet fully recognized at this moment in history. But whether we see it or not, whether it is “already” or “not yet”, it is true and firm- Jesus is Lord. So, let’s act like it every day. 

What would change in your life if you were to live in the “already” instead of the “not yet”? How can you ask Jesus to take more ground in your heart to help you live out the faith in who He says He is and the promise that He will be King forevermore?  

Crystal Garnett

Crystal Garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Director and Church Planter

End in Prayer

Jesus, 

I praise You as KING of all things. Even though from my limited, physical perspective I don’t always see the reality of Your victory, I choose it today. I choose to live in the “already”. Show me what I need to surrender to You to let go of the “not yet” and embrace the “already” of Your rule and reign.  

In the name of Jesus Christ, 

Amen

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