SYNOPSIS – The Messiah “shepherds” the nations by the “word” that proceeds out of his mouth – His “armies” participate in his present reign – Revelation 19:11-16.
The narrative anticipates the final destruction of the “Beast” and the “False Prophet” by introducing Jesus as a warrior figure riding a “white horse.” The groundwork for this climactic “battle” was laid in Chapter 17 with the announcement of the impending victory of the “Lamb” over the “Beast” and the “kings of the earth,” for he is “Lord of lords and King of kings” – (Revelation 17:14-18).
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SYNOPSIS – The Lamb overcomes the Beast and the kings of the earth, but in a very paradoxical manner – Revelation 17:14-18.
Next, John is provided with the interpretation of what he has just seen. The “Great Whore, Babylon” is the “great city” that sways the political powers of the earth that are allied with the “Beast from the Sea.” Her persecution of the “saints” is an extension of the “war” waged by the “Dragon” against the “Lamb.” Inevitably, Jesus overcomes the “Beast,” the “Great Whore,” and the “kings of the earth”; however, he does so in a most ironic fashion.
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SYNOPSIS: The priestly company of 144,000 unblemished “males” constitutes a “first fruits” of the coming harvest – “Purchased” from among the nations, this priestly company now “follows the Lamb wherever he goes” – Revelation 14:1-5.
The 144,000 “males” John saw previously encamped around the Tabernacle in the Wilderness appear now on “Mount Zion” where they stand with the Lamb. Collectively, they constitute a company of priests, the “first fruits” of the far greater and future harvest.
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SYNOPSIS: Upon his arrival before the Throne, the Lamb commences immediately to open the Seven Seals of the Sealed Scroll.
The malevolent forces unleashed by the opening of the Seven Seals are linked often by Bible commentators to the horrific calamities expected to occur shortly before the return of Jesus in glory at the end of the age. This is especially so with the first four seal openings, the so-called “four horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Continue reading The Seven Seals – Overview
SYNOPSIS: The central figure of the book is the freshly slain Lamb who alone has the authority to open the Sealed Scroll, beginning with its seven seals – Revelation 5:5-14.
In the previous paragraph, John saw a scroll sealed with seven seals held in the right hand of the “One Who Sits on the Throne.” A search was made throughout the Cosmos to find someone worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. No one “worthy” was found, whether located in heaven, on the earth, or under the earth. This caused John to weep profusely. As long as the Sealed Scroll remained sealed, its contents could not be implemented. Continue reading Worthy is the Lamb