The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Friday, July 05, 2013 8:00 AM
We have come to view the Scriptures as a great pyramid of revealed information. The Old Testament forms the broad base of this pyramid of knowledge. Upon the foundation of these thirty-nine books are placed twenty-six of the books of the New Testament. The Revelation of Jesus Christ we envision as the brilliant golden capstone of this entire corpus of Scripture. This "little book" of divine secrets was conceived, composed, inscribed, sealed, safe-guarded, and finally presented as a precious pre-nuptial Marriage gift by God the Father to the Lamb of God, following his Son's resurrection from the dead and ascension back into heaven (Matt. 24:36; Rev. 5:1-10; 10:1-11). It was left to the Lamb of God to unseal and reveal this treasured book of secrets to his servants.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ is essentially a book of short term prophecies (Rev. 1:1; 22:6). In fact, 97% of John's Patmos visions pertain to things accomplished within the apostle's own generation. John's short term prophecies primarily focus upon the Roman siege against Jerusalem, and that gathering together of the elect which our Lord had prophesied would take place "immediately after the tribulation of those days" (Matt. 24:15-34).
John was a pre-millennialist. In making this observation we are only implying the apostle believed the binding of Satan and the first resurrection were events "which must shortly come to pass." Clearly, John anticipated these executive acts of Jehovah's King of kings as inaugural events in the reign of Christ for "a thousand years" (Rev. 20:1-6). Despite all the popular myths and anti-scriptural embellishments uninspired men have heaped upon this Millennium, this long intermediate period only captures 1% of John's attention. The real emphasis of John's book of prophecy is given to the brief microns which precede and follow this long intermediate macron of time. Only 2% of John's attention is given to that "little time" which follows "the thousand years." John's prophecies relating to the Millennium and post-millennial events are limited to a literary paraphrase and digression confined to chapter 20. It is evident, the Millennium envisioned by John was limited in duration; that is, it had a beginning point and a time "when the thousand years are finished" (20:1-3, 7). Both John and Paul indicate Satan was going to be bruised and bound shortly; that is, within the apostles' own generation (Rom.16:20; Matt. 24:34). Therefore, we must either be living within the millennial period envisioned; or else in that little period which follows the reign of Christ for a thousand years. It is evident John's long term prophecies anticipate the Russian (aka. Magogite) siege against Jerusalem (Rev. 20:7-9). -DEL