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  1. Joel,

    Very good insights on the book of Revelation. There is much more to Revelation than just prophecy. It reveals much more than the future. Most writers that I’ve studied will take current events, make them fit, and sell millions of books before doing it all over again a few years later. The more I study Revelation the more I realize how little we really know about the events to come. Revelation is more than that. Revelation shows us the two natures of Jesus (humanity and Deity). We see Jesus in Revelation 1:8 as the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty, in 5:6-7 as the lamb standing before the throne (symbolic of his human nature and sacrifice), and in 21:5-7 as God, the Alpha and Omega, sitting on the throne. There is only one throne (Rev. 4:2) and Jesus is the one sitting on that throne. The book of Revelation reveals more than the future, it reveals Jesus. I like how you summed it up- God is in control.

    Randy

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  2. Well, I've just finished slowly reading this piece PC and frankly you've surpassed yourself. This is a breathtaking undertaking, beautfully crafted, and I can say this, because my simple mind understood the premise and salient points made, which is no mean feat.

    I await further installments in eager anticipation.

    Cross-posting and sharing as widely as poss.

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  3. Joel,

    This is an excellent piece of writing and convincingly argued. I'm actually going to print it out and further analyze it.

    I especially like the conclusion and this:

    If it is proved that Revelation is an expansion of Psalm 2, it doesn’t have to take away from the prophetic element many people see in it; however, I maintain that Revelation is an example of what may be an early Jewish-Christian Midrash or Targum of Psalm 2 in light of the socio-political experience of the New Community.

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  4. Elshaddai Edwards

    Excellent work, Joel. A teacher once told me that the most important words in Revelation were in verse 1: “the Revelation of Jesus Christ”. The book is first and foremost about Jesus Christ. Excellent work here – I enjoyed reading it and will study further!

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  5. Thanks, Elshaddai! Any insight you could offer, directions to point me, I would appreciate it.

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  6. Lisa

    I had some questions when studying the scriptures Rev 2:26-28 and Psalm 2:6-9, so I googled them and was so grateful to be led to your expansive thoughts on these passages. My 2 questions were relatively simple; 1. In Rev 2:26, who will receive the authority over the nations, the persevering believers, or Christ Himself? Question 2: For the cross-reference to Psalm 2:9, was this concerning the Israeli king that reigned at the time the Psalm was written, or is it a prophetic message about the Messiah? After reading your article I see that Psalm 2:9 BOTH concerns the present Israeli king and serves as a prophecy about the Messiah, and in the same way, Rev 2:26 speaks of Christ’s authority and the power He has imputed to the persevering believer, in whom Christ abides, as Christ says, “to him I will give authority.. as I have received from my Father.” So the authority is given to Christ from the Father, and from Christ to us. Ah, I think I understand it now and am so grateful for the time and thought you put into this. I was enlightened by all the other scriptures you have highlighted as they provide fuller, deeper understanding of the overall picture of Christ’s reining authority, our authority in Him, Christ’s purpose in defeating death, and the final reign of God the Father. Awesome work!! Thank you, thank you.

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    1. Lisa

      (I’m clarifying my statement about Psalm 2:9, I meant to say that it BOTH concerns the Israeli king that reigned at the time the Psalm was written as well as serves as a prophesy about the Messiah)

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    2. Thanks, Lisa! Let me examine this and get back to you on Monday. I think that this is an important conversation to have always.

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    3. 1.) Both, I think. Christ is speaking, but believers are His Body. It might be helpful to read Ephesians for how this works. We overcome because Christ overcame, but Christ overcomes when we overcome. Also, we are joint-heirs with Christ and partakers with Him.

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  7. “Death, according to the Apocalypse, is destroyed in Revelation 20.14.” Although Rev. 21:4 might seem to support this concept, it is apparent that the second death, like the first, is death. Rev. 21 verses 4 and 8 seem to indicate that death will claim no more victims after the great white throne judgment. However, death will not be destroyed until the fulfillment of 1 Cor. 15:28. It is only then that the third class of humanity is vivified, and 1 Cor. 15:22 is fulfilled.

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