The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The first phrase of the first verse of the book of Revelation identifies the central theme of this book:
Revelation 1:1 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,
The book of Revelation gives a glimpse of the things that will soon come to pass, but the ultimate purpose is 'The Revelation Jesus Christ'. Philippians 2 tells us that even though Jesus was in the form of God, He humbled Himself, took on the role of a bondservant and the appearance of man. He veiled Himself at His first appearance so that He could accomplish His purpose of dying on the cross for our sins. However, when He returns, the veil will be removed and His glory will be revealed. Every knee will bow in heaven, earth, and under the earth and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. He came as a servant to call the church to follow, but when He returns, He will come as the King of kings. Now continue with Revelation 1:
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
Compare this to the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel 7:
13 " I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
These two passages refer to the same event from two different perspectives. In the previous section, we saw that the tribes of ...
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