No-one would deny that Revelation a complex book. A lot of symbols, prophecy and layers of potential interpretations. The last book of the Bible has inspired stacks of books, art and more than a few “out there” predictions and false prophecies.
Yes, Revelation is complex, but it is also profoundly simple. In studying Revelation through BSF, I have seen that Revelation is really just about one thing. One person who will be lifted up for all eternity. All the suppositions, possibilities and interpretations in the world will fade in the presence of His glory. Whether premillennial, post-millennial or figurative millennium, Jesus is coming!
The important thing is to know Him. Do you acknowledge Jesus, the God-man as Saviour, Lord and King? Are you willing to stand before Him and worship now and forever?
False teachings on this subject are numerous—certain groups claim that Jesus was not God, or that some other Messiah will be revealed to a select few. Do not be taken in by their message of a Jesus who is not divine or whose work of redemption is somehow incomplete.
In my first blog in this series, One Story, I looked at the idea of the Bible as one narrative from beginning to end and the clue at the end of the book of Revelation to the One Story idea (Revelation 1:8) “He is the Alpha, the Omega, the beginning and the end.”
Apparently quoting the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet was done by rabbis when they wanted to indicate the whole of anything.* Since the New Testament was written in Greek, the language of most of the known ancient world, it seems to me that using the Greek alphabet instead of the Hebrew, takes this idea a step further,—Jesus is the whole of everything for everyone.
Looking at the whole story, spanning millennia, Jesus was present in the beginning. He is the Word…(John 1:1) the one who created. Colossians 1:15- 20 clearly spells out Jesus eternal nature and lordship over all.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
As the yet unnamed Redeemer, he is the one referred to in the promise made in Genesis 3:15 as the offspring of the woman who would crush the head of the evil one.
At several more pivotal points in the Old Testament, a Christ figure appears as “the angel of the LORD,”according to most Biblical scholars. To Abraham he is Melchizedek, (Genesis 14:18-20) and to Jacob, the one he wrestled with. (Genesis 32:24-30) Possibly, it was He who came to intercept Joshua as commander of the army of the Lord. (Joshua 5:14-15) He appeared to Gideon (Judges 6) and it is possible it was him in the fiery heat of the furnace with Daniel’s three friends who refused to bow to a false God. (Daniel 3). These things took place even before the prophecies about Him coming to earth were fulfilled.
At the fullness of time, Jesus came as a human child, the Son of Man to the virgin Mary and to all humankind. He went as the sacrifice Lamb to the cross and upon His return to heaven, sent his own Holy Spirit to live within His people and transform them into his likeness, until the day of His next coming, which will also come at the fullness of God’s time.
Revelation is the culmination of everything the bride, Jesus’ church has been waiting for. “Faithful and true describe the character, the words and the actions of the Lord Jesus.” (notes Lesson 24, p.4) He will return as promised, to judge, (Revelation 19:11) to rule, and finally to bless all those who bear His mark and His name. Jesus shares the throne with the Father, as Lamb and King. (Revelation 5:6, 3:21)
This same Jesus, “the Alpha, the Omega, beginning and the end is coming.” (Revelation 22:13)
Are you ready?
This blog is not affiliated or endorsed by BSF. Nor are the following posts any sort of definitive theological commentary. The opinions expressed here are simply my own thoughts and reflections on the book and what I am learning from the study.
Unless otherwise noted, all references are quoted from the New International Version or New International Version 1984.