The Bible declares that Jesus is both “Lamb” and “King of Kings,” present tense, and it is he who reigns supreme over the earth.
In Revelation, from the start, Jesus is the Lord and King who reigns over the earth and, indeed, the entire Creation. His present status as the “King of kings” is depicted in numerous ways, and it is based on his past death and resurrection. His royal role and supreme authority are inseparable from his identity as the “Lamb who was slain.”
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The “inhabitants of the earth” refuse to follow the “Lamb,” and instead, choose to give allegiance to the “Beast.”
In the book of Revelation, there are no geographic restrictions on the reign of the “beast.” ALL the “inhabitants of the earth” take its “mark” and render homage to it. Not a single government resists the final incarnation of the “Ancient Serpent,” for it is granted “authority over every tribe, people, tongue and nation.”
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The enthronement of Jesus is based on his past death and resurrection, the immovable foundation of his present reign in Revelation.
The sacrifice and exaltation of Jesus are prominent themes in the book of Revelation. God’s plan to redeem humanity through him is unveiled in its visions, and his death, resurrection, and enthronement are put into action. His sovereignty over the Cosmos is the result of his faithful obedience and sacrificial death.
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SYNOPSIS – Language from Daniel’s vision of the “little horn” that waged war against the “saints” is applied in Revelation to the church – Daniel 7:21.
In the interpretation of the image of the “little horn,” this malevolent figure made “war on the saints and prevail over them.” That same image is reapplied in the book of Revelation to the “war” of the “Dragon” and his vassals against the “saints,” those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” Similarly, descriptive language from this same vision was applied by the Apostle Paul to the coming “man of lawlessness.”
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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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