Evil Does Not Persist

Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 20:7-10 A very important, though admittedly challenging passage. Please let me know what you make of it.

During today’s troubling hours and in times to come, evil’s foulness will continue. We, the disciples of Christ Jesus sustain faith in many ways including our certain hope: Evil shall not persist! 

Evil shall not persist! Emphatically and enthusiastically Christ Jesus, the proclaiming Herald of Heaven, speaks across time and space. Evil shall not persist! At the highest volume of redemption’s story: Evil shall not persist!

At Messiah’s return in full redemption all troubles pass away. Tears will be no more. Illness and injury are banished. Death disappears (Revelation 21). Evil shall not persist!

Until that day, evil continuously promotes times of trouble (2 Corinthians 4:4). The foul presence rises to challenge individuals. Across the globe like a virus gone wild, cataclysmic events continue infecting humanity. During these times redemption’s Master Story-teller speaks, defining discipleship—do not leave your first love (Revelation 2:4). 

Reading passages like Revelation 20:7-10 documents the foul dragon’s disease laden breath and contagion; but there is also the conclusion of the matter. A resounding hallelujah chorus of thousands even now rehearses the words—evil does not persist!

The times covered in various parts of Christ’s Revelation include sour soul-threatening days (Matthew 24:22). Discerning the scope of what threat occurs at a precise moment may not be Christ’s intention. Whatever stance you prefer in understanding or identifying the two troubling foul figures mentioned in the Revelation 20:7-10 passage (Gog and Magog), celebrate that there is a crowning consummation in salvation history. Evil does not persist!

Today’s evil, and whatever form future’s evil takes, we know this: evil is habitual. Whatever you choose to believe about the opponent of God be sure of this: evil does not persist! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

Life Application

  1. There is good news. “[Which is] like cold water to a weary soul…[and it] is good news from a distant land” (Proverbs 25:25). Being aware of evil’s presence what disciplines have you set in place to be spiritually sustained?
  2. Consider Psalm 43:5 as rich passage to be memorized. Could you write it on your bathroom mirror so that you might see it first thing in the morning or in the wee hours of a sleep-disturbed night? “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Evil does not persist!

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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