Revelation

The Sealing of God’s People

Revelation is a vindication of Jesus as Lord, predicting His providential judgment on earthly Jerusalem and affirming His choice and formation of the New Jerusalem, the church. The prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem is followed by the promise of the expansion and victory of Christ’s Kingdom over all the earth and of the final judgment and making of a new heavens and new earth at Christ’s final return, where He and His people will dwell forever. Only those who trust in Jesus and follow Him are the true people of God, the true Israel, and the true Israel includes many kinds of people from all over the world.

The Opening of the Seals

Because we are in God’s image, our hearts cry out for justice. When we or people we love are victims of the sins of others, we long to see those sins punished, and at least part of this longing is not sinful, but reflects the holy character of God. Jesus has been entrusted with executing God’s judgment 1. on the earthly Jerusalem for their rejection of God and persecution of the church 2. on nations now for our sins against God 3. and on the world at the final judgment. We are warned to flee from His wrath by fleeing to Him for mercy.

Light for the Eyes of our Hearts

Just as the sun continues to shine on a cloudy day, the glory of Christ still shines in the heavenly realms whether we can perceive it or not. The apostle John is given the privilege of seeing the glory of God and of Christ in heaven in order to record this vision for the encouragement and transformation of the church.