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Holy Spirit's Revelation
(Revelation 1.1)
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"The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John." (Revelation 1.1)✞

Soon Take Place

Holy SpiritFrom very early times, the book of "Revelation" was closely connected with the work of the Holy Spirit. In fact, there was no other part of the Bible which was so lit up by God's Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit's revelation brings us understanding and insight into the Christian life today. "Revelation" was no technical theological concept but simply an "unveiling" of what God wanted us to see. It was what God was revealing to all who desired to see.✞

Spirit brings Insight

scrollThe Jewish people's hope in the "End Times" was the the direct intervention of God in history called the "eschaton." The word "eschatology" meaning "study of the last days" came from this root. For Jews, eschatology included the gathering in of the scattered peoples of Israel called the "diaspora" as well as the coming of the Messiah and the after life in glory. They also believed in the return of the "Tsadikim" who were 36 righteous persons in each generation who would welcome the divine presence of the Messiah. To the Jew, all time was divided into two ages. The first age began with the Creation and ended with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD. According to the Jewish calendar, BC "before Christ" was referred to as "BCE," "before the common era". In the Julian and Gregorian calendars, which are widely used today except by Jews, "AD" "anno domini" meant in Medieval Latin "in the year of the Lord." The Jews transcribed this as "CE" meaning "the common era." In Jewish terms, the year 2018 coincides with 5778 and lasts until September 21st 2018 when the year 5779 begins. The Jewish calendar did not recognize the Christian one and continued to count in years from the beginning of the Biblical Creation. The Jewish year 5779 means that this is their estimation of the number of years since the first day of the Creation to the present. The present evil age will be followed by the age of God to come. Between the two end times there will be a time of terrible trial. Many Christians understand from the Scriptures that this will last seven years before the final victory of Christ. As you read of these end times, allow the vivid word pictures in them to flow over you to allow the Holy Spirit to help you understand what must soon take place.✞

"Holy Spirit's Revelation"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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