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The Bible says in John 6:44: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Where Are We Headed? (Part 3)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book, “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
The book of Revelation presents a series of panoramic pictures, followed by a series of snapshots. You get the big picture first, then the specifics. The pattern of the book is generally: Bad news — details to follow, or good news — details to follow. Therefore, things are not in precise sequential order.
Consider these examples. The seven churches are introduced in Revelation 1:20, but the letters sent to them follow in chapters 2 and 3. The Lamb appears to take the seven-sealed book in Revelation 5:5-7, but the seals are not opened until Revelation 6:1 – 8:1. The seven trumpets are introduced in Revelation 8:2, but the final trumpet does not sound until Revelation 11:15. Armageddon is mentioned in Revelation 16:16, but the details about the fall of “Babylon” and the triumphal return of Christ don’t come until chapters 17 – 19. The Bride of Christ appears at the Marriage Supper in Revelation 19:7-9, but she is not described in full detail until Revelation 21:9-27.
The contents of the Revelation move in a series of progressions:
1. Christ appears to John — on Patmos.
2. He dictates the letters to the seven churches — on earth.
3. John is transported into God’s throne room — in heaven.
4. He sees the future judgments — from heaven.
5. John sees the seven symbolic players — from heaven and earth.
6. He sees the seven last plagues — from heaven.
7. John witnesses the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven and His triumphal return to earth.
8. He views the Millennial Kingdom — on earth.
9. John sees the new heaven and the new earth in eternity.
10. He hears the final invitation appeal and adds his own: “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — Comfort at the Grave (Part 11)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “The King is Coming” by Newsboys