Category Archives: Book of Revelation

EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT

After his baptism, the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness to be tested by the Devil. But he succeeded where Israel had failed.

After his baptism, the Spirit “drove Jesus into the wilderness” for “forty days and nights,” just as Moses found himself alone on Sinai when he received the Law. And like Israel, Christ was “tested” in the wilderness. But unlike the Israelites, he overcame every test and emerged victorious from the desert – “full of the Holy Spirit” – well-equipped to proclaim the gospel.

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CALL FOR PERSEVERANCE

Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution.

The book of Revelation is not a divination tool for deciphering future mysteries. Instead, it summons God’s people to vigilance, right living, and perseverance in testimony during trials and persecution. Its concern is not when certain events will occur, but how the churches must “overcome” and thus arrive at the city of “New Jerusalem.”

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CITY BUILT BY GOD

The city “whose builder and founder” is God is none other than the New Jerusalem John saw “descending from heaven” Revelation 21:24-22:5.

The book of Revelation concludes with a portrait of the immense and glorious city of “New Jerusalem” populated by the “innumerable multitude” of men redeemed from every nation by the “Lamb,” the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham – “land” and “blessings to all the nations of the earth.”

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LORD OVER ALL

Jesus received complete authority from his Father to reign over the Cosmos. Only his kingdom will endure.

At the height of his power, the absolute monarch of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, boasted before heaven and earth, “Is not this Babylon the great and exceptional kingdom that I built by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” His boast was not an idle one. Babylon was one of the great powers of the ancient world.

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RULER OVER NATIONS

The books of Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations.

In Revelation, the “beast” is “GIVEN” the authority to operate for a period of “forty-two months,” power over the nations, and the right to “wage war against the saints and overcome them.” Satan’s creature cannot wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted.

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SEATED IN THE SANCTUARY

Prior to the return of Jesus, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed when he seats himself in the “sanctuary of God”2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

According to Paul, Jesus will not return until two events take place, the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” The two are inextricably linked. This malevolent figure will cause many believers to apostatize. And not only will he be “revealed,” that unveiling will take place “in the sanctuary of God” where he will “sit down.”

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