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Season is at Hand

According to the first verse of  Revelation , the book is the “ revelation of Jesus Christ ” for his “ servants ,” who are identified as the “ seven churches of Asia .” Its contents concern “ what things must come to pass soon .” The unveiling of this information is vital because the “ season is at hand ”; therefore, “ blessed is he who reads, and they who heed the words of the prophecy. ” With the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the season of the end has commenced  - [ Photo by  LuAnn Hunt  on Unsplash ].

City of Abraham

OVERVIEW  –  New Jerusalem is populated in fulfillment of the promise to Abraham to “bless all nations” in the Promised Land  –  Revelation 21:24-22:5 . The  Book of Revelation  concludes with a beautiful picture of the immense and glorious city of “ New Jerusalem ” populated by the “ innumerable multitude ” of men redeemed by Jesus from every nation, the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham of “ land ” and of “ blessings to all the nations of the earth ,” all “ purchased by the blood of the Lamb ” - [ Photo by Mindaugas Vitkus on Unsplash ].

Persecuting Beast

  OVERVIEW   –   In Revelation, the Dragon and his servants wage war against the saints of the Lamb, the Church, and not against nations or ethnic groups .  The visions of  Revelation  portray the cosmic war waged between Satan and Jesus, one that plays out in the daily struggles of the church. The earthly vassals of the “ Dragon ” execute his attacks on the Church, especially the “ beast from the sea ,” the “ false prophet ,” and “ Babylon, the Great Harlot .” The “ war ” is waged by deceivers working within, and persecutors working from without, the church - [ Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash ].

Redeemed People of the Earth

The book of Revelation uses a variety of terms and symbols for the church that is under assault, both from within and without. The men and women who are redeemed from the earth form a company that transcends all national, social, and cultural boundaries. Tribulation is not an aberration, but integral to what it means to follow the “ Lamb wherever he goes .” - [ Photo by Paz Arando on Unsplash ].

Arrogant King of the North

Beginning with the fourfold division of the Greek kingdom, the interpreting angel outlined the coming conflicts between two of the subsequent realms that culminated in the rise of a “ contemptible ” ruler. Previously, the rise and division of the Greek empire was portrayed in the vision of the “Ram and the Goat,” representing the kingdoms of the “ Medes and Persians ” and of “ Greece ” - [Photo by FERNANDO TRIVIÑO on Unsplash].

Literal and Nonliteral Language

OVERVIEW - The book of Revelation informs the reader from the start that it communicates symbolically - [ Photo by  Paul Skorupskas  on Unsplash ].  Must prophecy be interpreted only or even primarily in a “literal” fashion unless a passage specifically indicates otherwise? Often in our minds, there is an unstated assumption that literal language is more reliable than nonliteral, an assumption that becomes especially problematic when interpreting Revelation .