Lord of All

Because of his “faithful witness,” Jesus reigns supreme over the kings of the earth and even over his vilest enemies .  At the start of Revelation , Jesus is called the “ ruler over the kings of the earth ,” and in the present tense. His absolute sovereignty is based on his past sacrificial death and resurrection, NOT on any hereditary rights, economic or military might. He is the anointed king appointed by Yahweh to reign from the “ throne of David ” - [ Photo by Eliott Van Buggenhout on Unsplash ].

Unsealing the Scroll

Daniel was commanded to “seal the scroll,” but John is commanded NOT to do so, “for the season is at hand.”   At the close of his visions, Daniel was commanded to “ close the words and seal the book until the season of the end .” But in the book of Revelation , the “ scroll ” is unsealed and opened, revealing its contents. Daniel was told to “ seal the scroll ,” but John was commanded NOT to do so, and the verbal parallels are deliberate - [ Scroll Photo by Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash ].

Gathering of the Elect

Jesus will arrive to gather his people on the “Day of the Lord,” and in the New Testament, this event becomes the “Day of Christ.”   Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul refutes false claims about the coming f Jesus, arguing that the “ day of the Lord ” will not come until the “ apostasy ” and the “ revelation of the man of lawlessness ” occur “ first .” And when that day does arrive, it will be the time when Jesus will “ gather ” Paul and his fellow believers to himself - [ Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash ].

Last Days People

The church is the battlefield where the final war is waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan.   In the book of  Revelation , the Risen Jesus addresses the real-life trials and tribulations of seven first-century churches. In the process, he presents information and exhortations relevant to all churches throughout the present age. The daily struggles of these marginalized congregations are a microcosm of the ongoing cosmic battle between Jesus, the “ Dragon ,” and his people - [ Beach Twilight - Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash ].

Good News for all Nations

The gospel of the kingdom announced by Jesus is a message of hope and joy for men and women in every nation .  After his resurrection, Jesus declared: “ All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations !” As the Lord over all things , he dispatched his disciples to proclaim his sovereignty and the good news of salvation to men and women in every nation, whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, and male or female - [ Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash ].