Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Revelation Advent

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John ... (Revelation 1:1, ESV)

I will do a Revelation Advent series for each of the days of Advent.

We live in what the Old Testament called the last days. Christ has broken into the world in his first advent and is ruling. The effects of his rule are seen everywhere, if you have the eyes to see. Before Christ's first coming the knowledge of God was largely limited to Israel. But after Christ's first coming the gospel has gone forth the entire world.

The apostle John, the author of the Gospel of John, wrote Revelation. He tells us that the things in Revelation will take place soon -- and indeed it does. The churches in Asia Minor were about to face strong persecution under Rome. The church of Christ since Jesus' first coming faced both great success and horrific persecution. But as we will see, the people of God persevere to victory. It is not a victory by conventional earthly standards. It is an ironic victory where believers overcome through endurance, suffering, perseverance, and even death. But God will win, and all believers win through Christ.

This advent series will select various passages that give a flavor of the entire book of Revelation, climaxing at the ushering in of the new heavens and earth, the eternal kingdom of God where we will see God face to face.

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