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EXALTATION OF THE LAMB

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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WAR AGAINST THE SAINTS

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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LAMB, SHEPHERD, KING

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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FIRST SEAL

The Lamb opened the first seal, releasing a rider with a “bow” seated on a white horse, setting out to “conquer”Revelation 6:1-2.

Immediately after his enthronement, the “Lamb” began to open the “seven seals,” starting with the first four. His right to open the scroll is based on his sacrificial death. The Book of Revelation portrays events and processes put into motion by the Death, Resurrection, and Enthronement of Jesus, the “faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”

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SEVEN SEALS – OVERVIEW

Upon his arrival before the Throne, immediately the Lamb began to open the seven seals of the sealed scroll.

Often the forces unleashed by the “seven seals” are linked to the horrific calamities many expect to occur before the return of Jesus, and especially so with the first four seal openings, popularly described as the “four horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Supposedly, with His patience exhausted, God plagues rebellious humanity in a last-ditch effort to bring men to repentance.

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