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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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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Disciples reign with Jesus by fulfilling their role as “priestly kings” who mediate His light to the world.
At Mount Sinai, Yahweh summoned Israel to become a “kingdom of priests, a holy nation.” If she kept His covenant, the nation would become “my own possession… for all the earth is mine.” God never intended for His people to be a community isolated from the rest of humanity. Instead, Israel was to reflect His light in a world darkened by sin.
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SYNOPSIS – John was exiled on Patmos for his testimony, therefore, he was a “fellow participant” in the Tribulation, Kingdom, and Perseverance “in Jesus” – Revelation 1:9.
Patmos is a small island in the Aegean Sea approximately ninety kilometers west of the city of Ephesus – Eleven kilometers long by seven kilometers wide. It is one of the smaller islands of the Sporades, an archipelago off the west coast of Asia Minor. Roman literature from the imperial period identifies this island chain as a place for the exile of political offenders – (Tacitus, Ann. iii. 68; iv. 30; v. 71).
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To be a citizen of the kingdom requires a life of self-sacrificial service for others, and not power over them – Mark 10:35-45.
Having predicted his trial and execution, Jesus observed the disciples jockeying for position in the coming messianic kingdom. As before, he taught them that citizenship in the kingdom means a life of self-sacrificial service to others. But as he approached the city, even his closest followers had a very different idea of what it meant to “rule” in his Kingdom.
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When we hear the term “last days,” quite naturally, we assume it is a reference to the final short period of history just prior to the return of Jesus in glory. This is a logical assumption. Yet, the New Testament presents this period as an era of fulfillment that began with the Death, Resurrection, and the Exaltation of Jesus.
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