When Jesus addressed the church in Laodicea, He introduced Himself this way in Revelation 3:14
And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
He described Himself as the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness[i]. What does it mean that Jesus is the Amen? Amen means, it is true. Jesus is the Amen, the faithful and true witness. He verifies the truth, He is the truth. And He testifies to the truth. If He is your Savior, He produces the evidence (what some of us call the fruit) that He is the LORD God, Emmanuel, Messiah, and King of kings. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). This is also the name for Jesus as He rides leading the angel armies to avenge us on The Day of the Lord. Revelation 19:11-16 says,
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
This is the promise we await, the beginning of eternity. The Day will be either rapturous bliss or terrifying horror, depending on whether Jesus is your Lord or not. It is already set, a promise. God is faithful to bring us to that day.
When we say “amen”, we are saying, “Yes I testify that what was said is true! I agree!” Isaiah 65:16 uses the Hebrew word for Amen as a title for God. Jesus description refers the reader to that scripture. Isaiah 65:15-19 reads,
You shall leave your name to my chosen for a curse,
and the Lord God will put you to death,
but his servants he will call by another name.
16 So that he who blesses himself in the land
shall bless himself by the God of truth,
and he who takes an oath in the land
shall swear by the God of truth;
because the former troubles are forgotten
and are hidden from my eyes.
17 “For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and be glad in my people;
no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping
and the cry of distress.
He reminds us that we have a hope and future ready and waiting for us, a hope that is as good as done. The victory of that new day in the New Heaven and the New Earth is in our future, but it is already written and true. And God is faithful to preserve us for that day when we will spend eternity united with Him. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5 encourages us.
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
While we are here on this present earth, God is faithful to who He has made us to be. We work and walk now toward that goal by doing all He commands and letting Him direct our journey because we trust Him. We trust Him because He is the God of Truth, The God of Amen, Faithful and True. We know Him. And Believer, if you have not yet reached that knowledge of Him yet, hang in there, trust Him by faith and He will prove it to you.
Paul’s prayer for the church at Philippi is also a beautiful promise for us, a promise we can hold onto for now as The Holy Spirit transforms us and for the future when we will rejoice in eternity with The Lord. Philippians 1:3-11 reads,
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
I know so many of us are suffering. I know that life is not a rose garden for any of us. We walk through trials, tribulations, persecution, and hardship. But we are not alone. And we are not ignorant of our future, our purpose, nor the promises of our Good and Faithful God. We are not blind to the blessings, joy, and promises of our Lord either. God is not like us, wanting to say yes but prepared to say no because we don’t have the depth of faith to trust Him completely. 2 Corinthians 1:15-22 in The Message reads,
15-16 Confident of your welcome, I had originally planned two great visits with you—coming by on my way to Macedonia province, and then again on my return trip. Then we could have had a bon-voyage party as you sent me off to Judea. That was the plan.
17-19 Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a careless yes canceled by an indifferent no. How could it be? When Silas and Timothy and I proclaimed the Son of God among you, did you pick up on any yes-and-no, on-again, off-again waffling? Wasn’t it a clean, strong Yes?
20-22 Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.
Every Yes of God is found in Jesus. Without Jesus, the promises of eternity mean nothing. Those who do not know Jesus as Lord will not take part in the beautiful eternity He promises us. We may waffle, even inadvertently but God never does. God’s will is manifested in His Word, Jesus Christ. He is our Amen and He puts His Yes in us. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit. Our future is guaranteed because The Father promised it, Jesus manifested it, and The Spirit guaranteed it. Ephesians 1:11-14 in The Message says it this way,
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
13-14 It’s in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that we’ll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life.
[i]Campbell, D. (2016). Salt & Light: Devotionals to Understanding the Book of Revelation. Ocoee, FL: DC Books.