A common warning in today's society is the phrase, "spoiler alert." This phrase is usually found on movie or book reviews, where the viewer is warned that major plot points and endings will be talked about. So if you haven't seen Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, *spoiler alert* Darth Vader is Luke's father!
No one likes having a movie or story ruined for them by having the ending revealed before they get a chance to watch it. You avoid those friends and family members who binged the latest Netflix series in fear that they'll spoil it for you. However, there is one story that has already revealed its ending, in which I think we should be grateful for. That story of course is the 2nd coming of Christ, found in the Bible.
The beauty of Scripture is that from the Old Testament to the New, God is directing us towards one person ... Jesus! The Old Testament points to the insufficiency of the law and the need for a once and for all sacrifice who is to come. It points to a time of eternal righteousness where this King will rule. The New Testament begins with the first advent of Christ and leads us all the way to the promise of His second coming. The Biblical story from beginning to end is centered around Christ! (Luke 24:27).
*Spoiler Alert* Jesus wins! This is one of the rare occasions where knowing the ending, is far better for us than being left in the dark. All of the end time prophecies, Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc. - give believers the great hope that Christ is coming back and He is going to reign and rule with us for all eternity! We aren't left wondering if the Person of our salvation and faith is going to ultimately win in the end. We aren't just standing fingers crossed at the end of our lives wishing it was all true. Victory is guaranteed! We KNOW that we have an eternal home in Heaven, we KNOW that Christ is alive, we KNOW that He is coming back, we KNOW that sin will be defeated, and we KNOW that we will live forever in the glorious kingdom of Christ! What a great hope, the reality of which should drastically change the way we live today. I thank God for the revelation of His ultimate victory found in His Word. I thank God that the ending has been "spoiled." I thank God that He is coming back and "has put everything under His feet." (1 Corinthians 15:27).