When reading the book of Revelation we often fail to keep in the forefront the big picture and how Revelation contributes to our understanding of what God is going to do when this age comes to a close. We focus on such topics as Armageddon, Antichrist, the millennium, the rapture, and other issues that are briefly touched upon at most–or hardly at all. Often when we do this, we can’t see the forest for the trees.
Regardless of how we read Revelation, can we agree on the following?
- We believe God, in his own time and in his own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21:1ff.; Eph. 1:9-10).
- The certain hope of the follower of Jesus is that Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally, and visibly in glory according to his promise (Rev. 1:7;3:11; Titus 2:13).
- The dead will be raised and God and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (Rev. 20:11ff.; John 5:28-29).
- The unrighteous will be consigned to everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41,46).
- The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with God (Rev. 21:1–22:5; Phil. 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:13-18).
[tags]Bible, Revelation, interpretation[/tags]