It was ninety minutes of high octane movie magic. I was watching the blockbuster movie sequel “Top Gun-Maverick.” Without being a spoiler, this sequel deftly addressed many loose ends and brought closure to themes that were introduced nearly forty years ago in the original 1986 movie, “Top Gun”. As we were leaving the theater, my wife asked me, “Do you think there will be another sequel?”
Interesting question. I thought about what we just saw and replied, “Well, never say never, but I think this is it. It would be hard to believe they can make another sequel.”
Hollywood loves its sequels and in spite of my statement, there is talk of another sequel, a third “Top Gun.” One of the cast members of the current sequel quipped, “That’s classified.” It was a clever reprise of a line made famous in the first movie. If there is a sequel, it would be interesting to speculate what additional story lines would be added and even if Tom Cruise, the actor who played the main character, Maverick, would return.
Hollywood will continue to make sequels as long as the movie franchise makes money. Judging by the success of sequels like Toy Story, Halloween, and Star Wars, it is not a difficult decision. What about our lives? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could script numerous sequels for ourselves? We could tie up loose ends and bring closure to dangling issues in our lives. What about our spiritual lives? Is there a sequel that God has prepared for us? The Bible gives us a surprising answer.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon—that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while.
Revelation 20:1-3 (NLT)
The binding of Satan occurs after the final battle of Armageddon. I would have thought this would be the end of Satan and his demons. Yet, the Bible adds this last line, “Afterward he must be released for a little while.” God is preparing a sequel of cosmic proportions.
When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.
Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:7-10 (NLT)
One last time, Satan re-emerges to torment the world. God defeats Satan and triumphantly declares, “It is finished!”
And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
Revelation 21:5-7 (NLT)
To all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, a glorious sequel will be written for your life. You will have a better life, one that resolves all loose ends and brings closure to the broken relationships, pain, and suffering of this life. What Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross and the Resurrection is complete. Death and suffering are destroyed forever.
This is not Hollywood, this is our life and our eternal destiny is secure.
No more sequels. It is finished!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.