Jesus Christ returns, banishes Satan and evil, and reigns with His Saints forever!
Don’t be intimidated into NOT reading Revelation because of all its symbolisms or because it has a lot of disturbing predictions. There’s also a promise of blessing to those who read, hear and keep “the words of this prophecy.” (Rev 1:3)
Furthermore, it is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”! And to know Him MORE should be our goal. (See previous blog “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”) Additionally, there are numerous promises to which the saints can look forward! Here are just a few:
Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach) is revealed as the omnipotent King!
Evil is judged and banished forever! (Rev 20)
No curse, no death, no tears, no sorrow, no crying, no pain for the saints!
The saints of God are rewarded!
The saints of God spend Eternity with God!
St. John has a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord gives warnings, commendations and promises to the churches, and words to heed, considering what will soon come to pass. John, in the spirit, is transported to heaven where he sees creatures and saints worshiping God. Jesus Christ, as the sacrificial Lamb, alone is deemed worthy to open the scroll disclosing things to come. The Savior holds history in His nail-scarred hands. He looses one by one the seals from the scroll, unleashing the judgments warranted by wickedness.
But first, those from the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed for protection from these coming plagues. Nonetheless, evil inherent in the beastly religious and political world systems (aka Babylon/Rome) has throughout time persecuted and killed God’s people and that persecution continues. So John sees in heaven many white-robed saints from every tribe and nation who have died especially during that great and final tribulation.
Amid lightnings, thunders, and earthquakes, Jesus Christ opens the last seal and the “trumpet” judgments begin. Still the unrepentant cling to their idols, demons, witchcraft and sexual immorality. The even more dreadful “bowl” judgments (possibly the same), the “wrath of God”, are poured out on those with the mark of the beast, on those who will not turn to God Almighty. Pompous Babylon falls.
Christ returns astride a white horse with the heavenly hosts to crush His enemies at Armageddon. “The dragon, that serpent of old” is defeated and thrown in the “bottomless pit” for “a thousand years”, after which he is released for a short time. So Satan goes out again to make war against the saints. This time, the devil is thrown into the “lake of fire” where he’s forever tormented. And “anyone not found in the Book of Life is cast into the lake of fire.”
A new heaven and a new earth is established. God dwells with His blessed people. There is no more curse, no death, no tears, no sorrow, no crying, no pain for the saints! Ultimately and everlastingly, Jesus Christ reigns with His saints. Therefore, we pray, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
Is your name written in the Lamb’s (Christ’s) “Book of Life”?
Revelation: SEVEN VISIONS
I believe John had SEVEN VISIONS. “SEVEN”, meaning symbolically “complete or perfect”, is a reoccurring theme in Revelation. Each new vision begins with “After these things….” This is seen more readily maybe in the KJ or NKJ versions. Studying the whole book with this outline brings clarity to some chronological questions such as why the Lord returns/appears more than once within the book of Revelation. There does seem to be a chronological order generally within each vision, with the 4th vision having some parenthetical details (Rev 12: 1-6) which add more detail. The 5th, 6th, and 7th visions also add more detail to what will be happening.
1st VISION: Rev 1:9-3:22
JESUS CHRIST gives letters
to the 7 CHURCHES
2nd VISION: Rev 4:1-6:17
(This gives an overview because Christ appears at the end!)
PRAISE in HEAVEN
The LAMB opening the 7 SEALS on the scroll
CHRIST APPEARS 6:14-17
3rd VISION: Rev 7:1-7:8
SEALING of the 144,000 of the 12 TRIBES of the children of Israel
The number 144,000 means “the Spirit-led life” and 1,000 means “Divine Completeness” or the “Glory of God.” Perhaps it means “the Spirit of God” leading to “the glory of God” being manifested in us! The bride of Christ is sealed! Are you Christ’s bride?
4th VISION: Rev 7:9-15:4
7th Seal = 7 ANGELS with 7 TRUMPETS
Christ returns towards the end of this vision.
FEAST OF TRUMPETS
14:1 “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”
14:14 “Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a Son of Man, with a golden crown on His head, and a sharp sickle in His hand.” Time for judgment!
5th VISION: Rev 15:5-17:18
(details about this judment)
7 ANGELS pour out 7 BOWL JUDGMENTS: the WRATH of God
Good news! “For God did not appoint us [born-again, Spirit-filled Christians] to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thes 5:9
6th VISION: Rev 18:1-18:24
(details about this judment)
The Fall of Babylon
“Come out of her, my people” v. 18:4 Get out of dry religion and follow the LORD!
7th VISION: Rev 19:1-22:5
This is the conclusion of these visions: it has details about the marriage and tells us of the Millennium and the ETERNAL STATE.
The Bride of Christ is wed to Her groom. (Feast of Trumpets?)
But please be mindful that everyone who is saved by the grace of God may NOT be the bride of Christ! Here is why I would consider this:
Romans 8:17 – there’s an “if” in there; also 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Matthew 25:1-13. Also, the Church of Philadelphia, who had no rebuke and kept His Word, will be kept “from the hour of the testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who live on the earth.” Do most churches keep His Word? The Church at Thyatira for their unholy compromise was told: (Rev 2:22) Behold, I will cast her onto a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer great tribulation unless they repent of her deeds. 23 Then I will strike her children dead,
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” (Revelation 22:17; 22:20)
Question: Does the bride and groom go off on their honeymoon for a year as prescribed in the Bible? (Deuteronomy 24:5)
Second Coming of Christ
The LORD returns in the end of the 2nd & 4th visions and also here in Revelation 19:11. But this describes the JUDGMENT of God on those who have not yielded to His rule of righteousness.
That battle of all battles! The capture of beast and false prophet.
The millennium begins (Satan bound) but some rebel!
FEAST OF TABERNACLES
Saints living forever with the LORD!