Because of his “faithful witness,” Jesus reigns supreme over the kings of the earth and even over his vilest enemies.
At the start of Revelation, Jesus is designated the “ruler over the kings of the earth,” and in the present tense. His absolute sovereignty is based on his sacrificial death and resurrection, and NOT on any hereditary rights, economic or military might. He is the anointed king appointed by Yahweh to reign from the “throne of David.”
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Both Revelation and Daniel proclaim the absolute sovereignty of God over the course of history and the fate of nations.
Revelation states that the “beast” was “given” the authority to operate for a period of “forty-two months,” power over the nations, and the right to “wage war against the saints and to overcome them.” Satan’s creature could not wreak havoc upon the earth or against the church until authorized to do so, and only for the time allotted by the “Lamb.”
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Jesus is the promised ruler from the line of David, the Shepherd of ALL nations – Revelation 12:5.
The “son” born from the woman is the Messiah destined to “shepherd the nations.” Following his enthronement, heaven declared: “Now is come the kingdom of God and the authority of His Christ.” His defeat of Satan meant the commencement of his reign over the “nations” from the messianic throne.
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Jesus as* the sacrificial Lamb began his messianic reign following his death and resurrection, and now he is shepherding the nations.
The book of Revelation assures beleaguered congregations that Jesus does reign and has events firmly under his control despite appearances and hostility from the surrounding society. His kingly authority is based on his past death and resurrection, and the latter marked the commencement of his reign from the messianic throne.
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The salutations from the throne to the churches highlight key themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus – Revelation 1:4-8.
Next, the book presents greetings to the “churches” from the “throne,” from God, Jesus, and the “Seven Spirits.” It stresses Christ’s present over the political powers of the earth, and his sovereignty is based on his Death and Resurrection. The recipients of the book are identified, the “seven churches” in Asia .
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