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Supremacy of the Son

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Through a series of comparisons, Hebrews presents the supremacy of the Son over all his predecessors .  The  letter to the Hebrews  was sent to a congregation that was facing pressure from outsiders and the possibility of persecution, and therefore, some members were contemplating withdrawing from the assembly to return to the synagogue. The letter presents arguments why doing so will have catastrophic consequences for the individual believer - [ Bible and Cross - Photo by  Damir Spanic  on  Unsplash ].

Linear Chronological Sequence?

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Are Revelation’s visions presented in chronological sequence? If so, how do we explain the many parallel descriptions that link them?  Are  Revelation’s  visions presented in chronological sequence as they unfold? If we assume that to be the case, things quickly become untenable as key events are repeated in multiple visions. For example, the sixth seal culminated in the final day of wrath accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, yet the “ day of the Lord ” and the judgment of the wicked occur also when the seventh trumpet sounds - [ Photo by Simon Rae on Unsplash ].

Common Errors Interpreting Revelation

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The relevance of Revelation for today is lost if we ignore its historical context and read it with incorrect presuppositions .  Revelation  provides a sweeping picture of the church age that highlights the real “wars” that are waged behind the scenes of history, “battles” that manifest in the daily struggles of the church. Its visions show God works through the “ Lamb ” to implement His kingdom and culminates in the arrival of “ New Jerusalem ,” but it begins in the first century with the “ seven churches of Asia ” - [ Photo by  Jan Kahánek  on Unsplash ].

Call to Action

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Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution .  The Book of Revelation is not a tool of divination for peering into the future. Instead, it summons God’s people to vigilance, right living, and faithful witness, all while living in a hostile society . It is not so much about when certain events will occur, but instead, how churches must “ overcome ” in their present situations and, thus, arrive at the city of “ New Jerusalem ” - [ Photo by sue hughes on Unsplash ].

Outline of the Second Division

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The  book of Revelation  is divided into four major literary units, each identifiable by the entry of John “ into the Spirit ” and his relocation to a new visionary vantage point (Patmos, the Throne, the wilderness, “ great high mountain ”). Each of the four divisions is easily subdivided into smaller units; for example, the series of “seven trumpets” - ( Revelation 1:9, 4:1-3, 17:3, 21:10 ). - [ Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash ].

Fourfold Structure of Revelation

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The  book of Revelation  consists of a prologue, the vision proper, and an epilogue. The vision itself falls into four recognizable divisions, each commencing with John finding himself “ in the spirit ” where he receives visions in specific locations. For example, the first vision began with John on the isle of Patmos where he “ came to be in spirit ” and saw a vision of the one “ like a son of man .” - [ Photo by João Silas on Unsplash ].

Death and Exaltation of Jesus in Revelation

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SYNOPSIS :  The book of Revelation links the present reign of Jesus to his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his kingdom. Hugues de BUYER-MIMEURE  on  Unsplash The self-sacrificial death of Jesus and his consequent exaltation figure prominently in the  book of Revelation . His death on the cross is the foundation of its visions. The plan of God to redeem mankind and the Creation through Christ is unveiled in a series of visions. In  Revelation , the death and enthronement of Jesus put His redemptive plans into motion.

End-Time People of Jesus

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The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan .  The book of  Revelation  was sent to seven first-century churches in Asia to address their real-life trials and tribulations. But in the process, it presents messages relevant to all churches throughout the present age. Their daily struggles become the microcosm of the vast cosmic battle that is being waged even now between Jesus and the “ Dragon ” - [ Cape Spear Photo by  Ibrahim Alonge  on  Unsplash ].

Why, Then, the Law?

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OVERVIEW   -   If a man is not justified from the works of the Law, what was the purpose of the Torah given through Moses at Mount Sinai?   –   Galatians 3:19 .  In his  Letter to the Galatians , the Apostle Paul declared that we are set right with God from the “ faith of Jesus Christ ,” and not “ from the works of the Law .” But if keeping the “ works of the Law ” does not justify us before God, logically, this raises the question:  Why, then, the Law? What was the purpose of the  Torah ? Paul answered this question in the third chapter of his letter - [ Sinai - Photo by  Seif Amr  on Unsplash ].