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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The King is Coming” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
John states the theme of the Revelation in another triplet. He points to the imminent return of Christ as the basic theme of the entire book: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds.” Then he adds the triplet:
1. And every eye will see Him
2. Even those who pierced Him
3. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him
The promise is one of future triumph. The Savior is ultimately coming to take over the earth. He will not return as the lowly servant, humble shepherd, or rejected prophet. This time He will return as King of kings, and the whole world will know it. The focus here is on the final aspect of His return in judgment on an unbelieving world. Then, and only then, will the apostle Paul’s words be fulfilled: “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.“
John the revelator states the theme of the book in Revelation 1:7, and Christ, the source of the Revelation, repeats it in Revelation 1:8. “I am the Alpha and the Omega” refers to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet (like A and Z in English). Thus, Christ is both the beginning and the ending. In Him, all things were created, and in Him all things will be consummated. The Savior is then described as the Lord who: is, was, and is to come.
He is the eternal Son of God. Like the Father, he always was, He is, and He always will be. The emphasis, however, is on the present tense and focuses on the eternal presence of God. He is the ever-present One: “I am that I am.” Since all things are present to the mind of God, He sees the end from the beginning as though it were already happening. Thus, He can disclose the future to John in the visions of the Apocalypse.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — The Fate of the Earth (Part 10)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Days of Elijah” by Twila Paris