"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus."
The Scripture Journaling schedule that I follow calls for us to get through the Book of Revelation in a mere 5 days of reading. It's quite an interesting read to go through it all this quickly. First of all, it can be overwhelming - so many images & symbols! Most scholars don't even know what they all mean or stand for, since it was intentionally written to be cryptic (to avoid the "powers that be" from being able to decipher it!).
What I took away from today's reading can be summed up in one word: ENDURANCE! There is a lot going on in this world... both things we can see and other spiritual realities we can't. Evil exists. But we, as followers of Jesus, are called to resist evil and be faithful. The Scriptures give us a pathway to follow. We're not called to be perfect (everyone sins), but rather faithful (including seeking & receiving forgiveness). It won't be easy. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming at times.
BUT FEAR NOT! God is with us! Fight the good fight! Keep the Faith! Endure! Endure! Endure!!!
(Amen to that!)