SYNOPSIS – Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the Great Dénouement, the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous.
At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus presented the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. On the day when the “Son of Man arrives in his glory,” his angels will gather all the nations before him for judgment – They will be divided into two groups, just as the shepherd of a flock separates the “sheep” from the “goats.” The latter will “depart into everlasting destruction,” but the former “into everlasting life.”
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SYNOPSIS: The seventh trumpet blast or “third woe” ushers in the end of the age with the victory of the kingdom of the God and the final judgment – Revelation 11:15-19.
When the seventh seal was opened there followed a silence in heaven for about half an hour before the seven angels began to sound their trumpets. This was so the prayers of the saints could be heard offered on the golden altar (Revelation 8:1-6).
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SYNOPSIS: The sixth seal opening ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth – No one can stand before the Lamb or the Throne – Revelation 6:12-17.
The Lamb next opens the sixth seal, causing celestial and terrestrial trauma as the Day of the Lord dawns. This is nothing less than the “great day of the wrath of God and of the Lamb.” Men from every societal rank panic at the very thought of the impending “wrath.” Every attempt by the “inhabitants of the earth” to hide from the Lamb and the “One Who sits on the Throne” is in vain. There is no escape for anyone; no one is able to “stand” before the Throne. Continue reading Sixth Seal Opening
SYNOPSIS: The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century and sent by John from exile on the isle of Patmos on account of the Gospel – Revelation 1:8-20.
The opening vision centers the reader’s attention on Jesus Christ and his care for the churches of Asia. At least one assembly faced imminent persecution. John does not begin by holding up his apostolic credentials but, instead, identifies himself with the plight of the churches. He is a “fellow-participant” with them in the tribulation. Continue reading First Vision – On Patmos
SYNOPSIS: The Parousia of Jesus will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation.
In his second epistle, the Apostle Peter warned that “in the last days there will come scoffers with scoffing, declaring, where is the promise of his coming, for since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation” – (2 Peter 3:3-4). Continue reading New Creation and the Coming of Jesus
SYNOPSIS: Prophecy teachers who have presumed to know what God alone knows have set up Christians for discouragement and, possibly, apostasy – 2 Peter 3:3-13.
Peter explained the apparent “delay” in the arrival of Jesus and the “Day of the Lord.” In doing so, he coordinated that day with the final judgment and the new creation. Furthermore, argued that the conduct of the church could “hasten” that day’s arrival (2 Peter 3:3-13). Continue reading Hastening the Day of the Lord