Understanding the Book of Revelation Part Two
Every false doctrine that is attacking the truth of GodÂ’s Holy Word would be dispelled if the proponents of those doctrines would believe the Book of Revelation. This Masterpiece of GodÂ’s revelation is fundamental Christianity at its best. Every major doctrine of the Bible is on display in the Book of Revelation. The rest of the Bible teaches the doctrines, but the Book of Revelation displays the doctrines in action. Why has the church world missed this great truth? IÂ’m afraid we have allowed the enemies of truth to build straw men about the Book of Revelation, which has driven the book to our shelves instead of our hearts. It is not mystical or hard, but rather open to the hearts of the seekers and the studious. It is revealed on the knees, not in the ivory towers.
The entire Bible goes into action when you begin to study the Book of Revelation. Of all sixty-six books of the Bible, no other book even begins to reveal Christ as matchless as this book does. John the Revelator certainly displays the divine nature of Jesus Christ in the Book of Saint John; but in the Book of Revelation, he reveals or displays the glorified person of our Christ and Savior. John was the only Gospel writer that recorded ChristÂ’s prayer for His saints as recorded in chapter seventeen. John recorded this prayer of Jesus Christ where He uttered these breathtaking words, Â“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world wasÂ” (John 17:5). In the Book of Revelation, John is allowed by Jesus Christ to prove that prayer was answered and to display the triumph of the style in which it was answered.
Anyone that doubts the eternal nature and personhood of GodÂ’s only begotten Son doesnÂ’t need to read anything but this Masterpiece. From chapter one to chapter twenty-two, He is seen crucified, glorified, possessing His FatherÂ’s kingdom, judging the world, redeeming the entire universe, and preparing an eternal New Heaven and Earth. No doctrine that misrepresents the Son of God would have seen the light of day if the misguided souls had believed the Book of Revelation. In this book, He possessed and displayed every name given to Him in all the previous sixty-five books of the Bible.
The trinity of God is on exquisite display in this book. The Father is on His throne and has the redemptive book in his hand. No one except the crucified Â– but glorified Â– Son even dares to approach to open the seven-sealed book. The Holy Spirit is present in all the responsibilities of His office to act upon the human hearts on earth while presenting the Bride to the Father to reign with Christ in Heaven. It is the omnipresent Spirit that bridges the total universe for the events that both separate the affairs in Heaven and on earth and tie it all together at the same time. Only the thrice manifested and revealed Godhead could unite the universe for its completed redemption and renewal.
Dispensational truth is never plainer than in the Book of Revelation. Even the city of New Jerusalem is revealed with twelve gates named after Israel and twelve foundations named after the apostles of the church. The twenty-four elders cannot represent anything less than the church and Israel — His two chosen but distinctive companies of saints. No one will enjoy the FatherÂ’s eternity but those that are either redeemed out of these two major dispensations or the dispensations prior to and ending with AbrahamÂ’s period.
The Pre-Tribulation Rapture is alluded to often in the Holy Bible but never put in a chronological setting until we come to the Book of Revelation. The Son of God left no doubt when this Rapture would occur when He revealed this book to John. No judgment of the completed and final hour could begin until the Lord called John Â“up hitherÂ” and showed him the saints Â– now elders Â– seated around the FatherÂ’s Throne. These saints are never called the church again after Revelation chapter four and verse one. No truth is more certain in this Masterpiece than the Pre-Tribulation Rapture.
You can argue against the seven years of the Great Tribulation until you begin to read the Book of Revelation. The Battle of Armageddon cannot be documented with any finality until you read this book. The Amillennial (no Rapture) or Post-Millennial (Christ comes after the Rapture) lose their entire argument when we believe this great book of the Bible. We see references to the city that the Son of God created but no final proof or description until we read the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is our LordÂ’s final covenant of the future for His saints.
No Bible truth is more wonderfully on display in Revelation than the Â“whosoever willÂ” of Saint John 3:16. The rainbow around the throne of the Father sends a signal of mercy that never fades until the last soul is redeemed. One of the closing statements of chapter twenty-two of this Masterpiece states, Â“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freelyÂ” (Revelation 22:17). There is a multitude in the Book of Revelation that cannot repent but it is because of their choices. There is a constant invitation to others to repent in this book. There are angels flying in the Heavens preaching repentance and two prophets Â– protected until the world hears their message — preaching repentance. This book is a book of redemption.
Last, but not least, the Book of Revelation declares the perfection of the Holy Bible and its infallibility. The foremost commandment in all Scripture says not to touch the Bible or change its great revelation. The Lord Jesus Christ said, Â“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this bookÂ” (Revelation 22:18-19).
The Book of Revelation is the display of truth for every church and every soul. It will bring blessings into your present life and will guarantee eternal life. Read it, obey it, believe it, and rejoice. He sent It To You.
Joseph R. Chambers