Bible Insights

Eternal God

Was, and Is, and Is to Come

In the apocalyptic account in the book of Revelation, it talks about the “beast,” saying that from the point of the end times, he “once was and now is not.”

Compare that to the characterization of God, which states that he “was, and is, and is to come.” He is eternal, with both a past and a future.

That is a marked difference—and comforting one, too.

For God, that means his existence is in the past, the present, and the future.

Whereas the beast has no future. The beast’s existence, therefore, is limited and finite, while God’s existence is unlimited and infinite. God will prevail; the beast will be defeated.

[See Revelation 17:8, 11, Revelation 4:8, and Revelation 19:20.]

Read more in Peter’s devotional Bible study, A New Heaven and a New Earth: 40 Practical Insights from John’s Book of Revelation.

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.

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