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We’re Marching To Zion
The Significance Of Revelation
From God’s words in Genesis 3:14-19, where He placed a curse on all of His creation, to Revelation 21:5, where God says “I am making all things new,” there is a Godly ordained journey that will bring to fruition all that is needed to “make all things new.” The books of prophecy provide a view of all that is required to show the final perfection of God’s design for the “new heaven, new earth and new Jerusalem (Revelation Chapters 21-22).
All too often the teaching of the end times is terribly neglected. The Old Testament books of Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah are frequently discussed in a “time then” setting, without their end times value being tapped, much of which provide a connection to the book of Revelation. The New Testament books of Matthew and 1 & 2 Thessalonians also have a good link to the events that are shown in the Book of Revelation. Of major omission from many sermons and lessons is the significance that God has placed on the nation of Israel (Zechariah 8:7-8). Did you know that the opening video in this post is based on an Old Testament scripture (Jeremiah 31:6), “We’re Marching To Zion,” with Zion being the city of Jerusalem? It is a song of Messianic prophecy, which shows key significance to Israel, who are “God’s chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6), and are “leading the march to Zion” through their bloodline and the sovereignty of Immanuel, who is “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14/Matthew 1:23). The march to Zion will end with the second coming of Christ, with the return of raptured saints, (Zechariah 14:1-5; Revelation 19:11-20:6; Matthew 24:29-31..Read Mathew 24:29 carefully).
Jeremiah 31:6 For there shall be a day When the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion, To the Lord our God.’”
The post that you are now reading has videos and verses of scripture that explain the key reasons that the Book of Revelation should be studied and taught in church sermons and class settings. Information has been gleaned from credible teachers of Eschatology, who are listed in the following paragraph; some of those men are now with our Lord.
Drs. C.I. Scofield, Merrill Unger, Charles C. Ryrie, Henry Morris, J. Dwight Pentecost, David Jeremiah, John MacArthur, Frank Charles Thompson, Grant R. Jeffrey, John F. Walvoord, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Swindoll, John Phillips, Ed Hindson, Tim LaHaye, Ron Rhodes, David Reagan, Jimmy DeYoung, Renald Showers, John Ankerberg, and others.
The translation will be from the New King James Bible. The study notes will be from the MacArthur Study Bible. Biblegateway.org is the source that contains the scriptures and notes. My notes will be shown by: (Mine).
Why did God give us the book of Revelation, and when and to whom was the book written?
Why is Israel going to be the focus of end time events?
Significance: 1. Revelation is the “revelation of Christ.” 2. Those who study Revelation are blessed for doing so. (Mine) 3. Revelation 1:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.
Introduction and Benediction
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
1:1 The Revelation. The Gr. word from which the Eng. word “apocalypse” comes lit. means “to uncover, or to reveal.” When it refers to a person, it means that person becomes clearly visible (see Introduction: Title; cf. Luke 2:30–32; Rom. 8:19; 1 Cor. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7). Jesus Christ. The gospels unveil Christ at His first coming in humiliation; Revelation reveals Him in His exaltation: 1) in blazing glory (vv. 7–20); 2) over His church, as its Lord (chaps. 2, 3); 3) in His second coming, as He takes back the earth from the usurper, Satan, and establishes His kingdom (chaps. 4–20); and 4) as He lights up the eternal state (chaps. 21, 22). The NT writers eagerly anticipate this unveiling (1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:7). God gave Him. As a reward for Christ’s perfect submission and atonement, the Father now presented to Him the great record of His future glory (cf. Phil. 2:5–11). Readers eavesdrop on the gift of this book, from the Father to His Son. shortly. The primary meaning of this word (lit. “soon”; cf. 2:5, 16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:12; 2 Tim. 4:9) underscores the imminence of Christ’s return.
Significance: The Apostle John was told by Christ to write that which he had seen and send it to the seven churches of Asia Minor, which is present day Turkey. Those churches had the responsibility of teaching the revelation to their congregations. (Mine)
Vision of the Son of Man
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
1:9 tribulation and kingdom and patience. Four characteristics that John and his believing readers share: 1) persecution for their faith; 2) membership in the redeemed community over which Christ serves as Lord and King; 3) eager anticipation of the glory of His coming millennial reign on earth; and 4) endurance and perseverance in spite of difficult times. island…called Patmos. Located in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and part of a group of about 50 islands, Patmos is a barren, rocky, crescent-shaped island that is about 10 mi. long and less than 6 mi. at its widest point. It served as a Roman penal colony. According to early Christian historian, Eusebius, the emperor Nerva (A.D. 96–98) released John from Patmos.
1:10 in the Spirit. This was not a dream. John was supernaturally transported out of the material world awake—not sleeping—to an experience beyond the normal senses. The Holy Spirit empowered his senses to perceive revelation from God (cf. Acts 10:11). Lord’s Day. This phrase appears in many early Christian writings and refers to Sunday, the day of the Lord’s resurrection. Some have suggested this phrase refers to “the Day of the Lord,” but the context doesn’t support that interpretation, and the grammatical form of the word “Lord” is adjectival, thus “the Lord’s day.” loud voice. Throughout Revelation, a loud sound or voice indicates the solemnity of what God is about to reveal.
1:11 book. The Gr. word refers to a scroll made of parchment formed from papyrus, a reed that grows plentifully along the Nile.
Significance: The Apostle John was told to write the details of the Revelation in time date order in three categories: Past, present and future. (Mine)
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
1:19 This verse provides a simple outline for the entire book: “the things which you have seen” refers to the vision John has just seen (chap. 1); “the things which are” denotes the letters to the churches (chaps. 2, 3); and “the things which will take place after this” refers to the revelation of future history (chaps. 4–22).
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