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Jesus Is Coming
John has constructed the distinctive software of the gospel he gives in Revelation into the very construction of the ebook.
The opening (Rev. 1:1–8) and shutting (Rev. 22:6–21) reveal issues as they’re and promise that Jesus is coming quickly. Then the letters to the seven church buildings on this planet (Rev. 1:9–3:22) are matched by the concluding depiction of the church in glory within the new heaven and earth (Rev. 21:1–22:5). Within the midst of his tribulation and the struggles of the church buildings, John is given a throne-room imaginative and prescient that features Christ conquering and opening the scroll (Rev. 4:1–6:17). That is matched close to the top of the ebook by his imaginative and prescient of Christ returning to beat, arrange his thousand-year kingdom, then open the scrolls for judgment (Rev. 19:11–20:15). John’s imaginative and prescient of the sealing of the 144,000 saints and the trumpets that carry plagues (Rev. 7:1–9:21) is paralleled by his imaginative and prescient of the redemption of the 144,000 and the outpouring of the bowls of wrath (Rev. 14:1–19:10). John is attested as a real prophet as he eats the scroll-like Ezekiel (Rev. 10:1–11), and the church buildings are warned towards the deception of the false prophet (Rev. 13:11–18).
Gospel religion makes folks proper with God and produces gospel faithfulness, which reaps gospel reward.
The 2 complementary accounts of Devil’s struggle on the church because it proclaims the gospel (Rev. 11:1–14; 12:1–13:10) body the centerpiece of the ebook, through which “the kingdom of the world” turns into “the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” on the blast of the seventh trumpet (Rev. 11:15–19). This construction proclaims that Christ is Lord, in order that although Devil is persecuting the church buildings and although they’re small and beleaguered, they’ll but maintain quick the phrase of God and testimony of Jesus, with the expectation that their affected person endurance can be rewarded.
Gospel religion makes folks proper with God and produces gospel faithfulness, which reaps gospel reward. The ebook of Revelation is a triumphant imaginative and prescient of God’s last victory over all of the forces of evil on this planet. This last victory is secured due to the blood of the Lamb that purifies God’s folks for his final reign. Revelation is full of the gracious functions of God, to strengthen his folks.
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