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Revelation (Part 3)

Introduction to Revelation

The book of Revelation has fascinated people—both Christians and non-Christians—for 2000 years. And it’s no wonder! With astonishing images of dragons and angels, wars and disasters, the book claims to open up to us what God has planned for the last days of history. The title of the book is actually “The Apocalypse,” which doesn’t mean “end of the world” or “great disaster,” but rather simply “the revelation.” In other words, in this book God revealed his plans to his people through a man named John.

Revelation was written in about A.D. 95, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian. John, one of the disciples of Jesus, had been exiled to the prison island of Patmos because of his preaching about Jesus, when on one particular Lord’s Day the risen Jesus revealed these things to him.

What John saw was mind-blowing. With history soon coming to a crashing end, God’s people would be pressed to the point of destruction until Jesus the Christ returned to do at least three things: end evil for good, save His people, and make a new world for them. For people under persecution and immense pressure to compromise their faith, Revelation is an enormously encouraging book. Its message? “Hold on! It may all seem out of control, but history is firmly in the hand of God, and it’s Jesus who rules over all!” Just as that message encouraged the earliest Christians, so it encourages us as we strive to hold firm, press on, and remain faithful to our King, even in the face of mounting pressure from the world around us.

Revelation 5:9-12

9 And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.’ 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!

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