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Holy Spirit 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 earliest times, the "Book of Revelation" has been closely connected with the work of the Holy Spirit. There is no other part of the Bible which is so lit up by God's Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit revelation brings us understanding and insight into the Christian life today. The word, "Revelation" is no technical theological concept but simply means an "unveiling" of what God wants us to see. It is what God is revealing to all who desire to understand.

Spirit Brings Insight

ScrollThe Jewish people's hope in the "end times" is for the direct intervention of God in history called the "eschaton." The word "eschatology" meaning "study of the last days" comes from this root. For Jews, eschatology includes the gathering in of the scattered peoples of Israel called the "diaspora" from all around the world to Israel as well as the coming of the Messiah and the afterlife in glory. They also believe in the return of the "Tsadikim" who are thirty-six righteous persons in each generation who are to welcome the divine presence of the Messiah.

Two Ages

To the Jew, all time is divided into two ages. The first age begins with the Creation and ends with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD. According to the Jewish calendar, "BC" meaning "before Christ" is referred to as "BCE," or "before the common era." In the Christian Julian and Gregorian calendars, which are widely used today except by Jews, "AD" or "anno domini" means in Medieval Latin "in the year of the Lord." The Jews transcribe this as "CE" meaning "the common era." In Jewish terms, the year 2020 AD coincides with the year 5780 CE and lasts until September 21st, 2020 when the year 5781 CE in the Jewish calendar begins. The Jewish calendar does not recognize the Christian one and continues to count in years from the beginning of the Biblical Creation. The Jewish year 5781 means that this is their estimation of the number of years since the first day of the Creation to the present.

Age to Come

The Jews believe that the present evil age is to 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. Try to open up yourself to the Holy Spirit to help you understand what must soon take place.

"Holy Spirit Revelation"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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