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THE MYSTERY OF JESUS
The Book of the Revelation of Jesus gives God’s record of all of history from the founding of Christ’s Church through the ages until the end of the earth and the ushering in of Heaven.
The 1st three chapters deal with the church age.
The 4th and 5th take us heavenward by means of Christ’s promised coming and taking His Bride home (the Rapture).
Then in chapters 6-19 we find the wrath of God upon sin and sinners, with chapters 6-9 show the six seals and the first six trumpets.
Now in chapter 10, we have the preparations for the second half of the Tribulation by means of the 7th trumpet. Here we see the King of Kings place His feet on land and sea. Jesus is the conqueror, He has taken back His earth, He is planting His feet as Owner and taking possession of what is rightly His. This is Jesus the Redeemer who took the Title Deed to the Universe from the Majesty on High in chapter 5. He is the One who loosed each seal and now He prepares for the final assault upon hard-hearted earthlings who refuse to bow to Him. With a roar like a lion, He expresses His POWER and with the sounding of thunder, He declares the coming judgment.
In the New Testament, a mystery is not something eerie or inscrutable, but rather “a truth that was hidden by God in times past and is now revealed to those who are in His family.” A mystery is a “sacred secret” that is unknown to unbelievers but understood and treasured by the people of God.
The mystery of the kingdom (see Matt. 13:11) Jesus presented here was the truth that the good news was rejected by the majority. This had not been revealed in the Old Testament.
the mystery of Israel’s unbelief and rejection of the Messiah (Rom. 11:25);
the mystery of the rapture (1 Cor. 15:51–52).
the mystery of the unity of believers (Eph. 3:3–6);
the mystery of the church as Christ’s bride (Eph. 5:24–32);
the mystery of the indwelling Christ, “the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:26–27).
The mystery of God in flesh, the incarnation of the Son of God, a truth not fully revealed in the Old Testament (Col. 2:2–3);
the mystery of iniquity (2 Thess. 2:7);
the mystery of Babylon—the terrible, vile, economic, and religious system of the end times (Rev. 17);
The mystery age will be completed when Christ returns in glory (Rev. 10:7).
This is the mystery of all of human history. Why has God permitted evil? The answer comes in Revelation 10 as the Lord makes a vow that this mystery will be finished. There will be no more delay.
As Revelation 10 opens, we stare at the mystery of Jesus. It is on the backdrop of the earth which lies in an ecological desolation; the land and sea are ravaged. The benumbed survivors have hastily buried billions of corpses in mass graves. The horrible roar of demon locusts is silent for who knows how much longer. Those horrific mounted calvaries from Hell seem to have ceased their murderous campaign. The sun is getting brighter from the strange darkening that caused such weather disasters, the smoke of the grass and forest fires has started to settle and some specks of light green anticipate grass should again soon be poking up from the scorched earth. The bittered waters of the earth are getting clear again and no stellar debris has fallen to earth lately. It is half time and the midpoint of the Tribulation has come. And the mystery is, what has been the effect of all this unleashed wrath of God on the Cosmos? Has the cosmic rebellion ceased? Has Satan bowed his knee and confessed that Jesus is Lord? Has the decimated populace of earth seen “the Light which lighteth every” one born into the world? No.
My favorite Prophetic Bible Study Resources are:
1. The DTS, Bible Knowledge Commentary set I use: https://amzn.to/2RKBAiJ
2. The MacArthur Study Bible I use: https://amzn.to/33vqwsm
3. The Phillips, Exploring the Future book I use: https://amzn.to/3hiNtHm
4. The Payne, Encyclopedia of Prophecy I use: https://amzn.to/3y4OGIg
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