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When Time Shall Be No More (23 of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
This is an interlude or parenthesis in the judgments that are taking place in the book of Revelation. I think this chapter is here for a two reasons. I think it is here, number one, to comfort the people of God. As we study these judgments - they have been so awesome and terrible in the preceding chapters - it is like the Lord says, "I know this is a lot for you to take in, so I am going to give you a little break. I am going to turn from judgment just for a moment and allow you to see once again a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ." So I believe it is to comfort the people of God. Then the second reason I believe this interlude is here is for the confirmation of the sovereignty of God. In the midst of judgment and all the things happening in the Revelation - in the atmosphere, on the earth, all the things that are happening to the world and to those who are dwelling in it - we might say, "Where is God in the situation?" I believe in this chapter God shows that He is in control, that He is sovereign, that He is on the throne, and that we need to keep our hearts and minds stayed upon the Lord Jesus. One of the great things about the book of Revelation (aside from the prophecy) is that it focuses our attention on Christ. It reveals some things about the person of Jesus that help us in our walk with Him as we look to Him and keep our eyes focused upon Him.You remember in Revelation 9 there was an angel who sounded his trumpet, and a star fell from heaven. That star was a Apollyon, the Destroyer; Satan, the Deceiver. Now heaven is opened, and another mighty angel comes down.
"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on ...
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