February 11, 2024

The End of Time

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

Then the angel whom I saw…raised his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it … that there will no longer be a delay.—Revelation 10:5–6 NASB

While serving in the French army during World War II, composer Olivier Messiaen was captured and taken to a prison camp. In this environment, many gave in to despair. But Messiaen turned to God with a faith that amazed other prisoners.

Surrounded by conditions that seemed hopeless, he composed the Quartet for the End of Time. His study of the Bible inspired this music, particularly the book of Revelation and how he imagined the end of time.

In one movement, called “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus,” Messiaen wrote a melody reflecting the truth that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (from John 1:1). Another movement, called, “In Praise of the Immortality of Jesus,” celebrated his faith and the pure love he found in Jesus.

The piece debuted in January 1941, performed before 5,000 French prisoners (and even German soldiers). All were reminded to think not about the world but eternal things. Many prisoners admitted the impact this music made on their lives. It even caused some skeptics to believe.

One day, time will be no more. You will be in God’s presence. Today, in the midst of everything you face, allow God to fill you with His perspective. Don’t focus on problems or the temporary things around you. Think about the “things which are not seen” but are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). That Kingdom will last forever!

Reflection Question: What are your thoughts concerning the end of time?

Prayer
Father, deliver me from concern with worldly things. Help me live so that I am ready for eternity. I dedicate my life to serving You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 10

Prayer
Father, deliver me from concern with worldly things. Help me live so that I am ready for eternity. I dedicate my life to serving You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Revelation 10