This Sunday, the Church continues with the reading of the Book of the Apocalypse.
In his vision of the heavenly liturgy, John sees a throne with someone as resplendent as precious stones seated on it. Around him, four creatures praise him day and night: “Holy, holy, holy, The Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.”
John sees at the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on both sides and sealed with seven seals. But no one is found worthy to open it. At this, John starts to cry, for if no one can open the scroll, whatever is written on it will never come to pass. Then one of the elders approaches him and says, “The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, so that he can open the scroll."
When John lifts his eyes, however, behold: the Lion is a Lamb that carries the marks of having been slaughtered. He is alive now because he has triumphed over death. That is why he appears with seven thorns--a sign of the fullness of the power he has received--and seven eyes--a sign of the fullness of wisdom he has received. His power and his wisdom come not from his ability to destroy but from having given up his life for the salvation of humanity. He is Christ.
In his presence, the four creatures who worship God fall before him and worship him with a ‘new song.' He breaks the seven seals, and the scroll is rolled open, which triggers all that is written in the scroll to take place--the last pertaining history: The invasion of a foreign nation (The Parthian Empire), bringing destruction and hunger, followed by plagues designed to convert sinners, and, finally, the destruction of Babylon and the Beast (The Roman Empire), the Dragon (Satan), the total victory over death and the liberation of the Children of God, who from then on enjoy the peace of the New Jerusalem.
Most of the events described in the book of the Apocalypse have already taken place in history, and yet it still remains of interest to Christians of all ages because its central message is eternal and universal: GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE. And while it is true that Christians still suffer for their faith (it is believed that 1 in 9 Christians suffer persecution), victory over the Devil and his schemes and over death itself is certain.