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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 Spirit"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 then brings us understanding and insights into the Christian life today. "Revelation" was no technical theological idea but simply an "unveiling." It was what God was revealing to all who desire to see.✞

Spirit brings Insight

scrollThe Jewish people's hope in the "End Times" was the the direct intervention of God 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 or 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 compared to the Julian and Gregorian calendars, BC "before Christ" is referred to as BCE, "before the common era". AD "anno domini" meaning in Medieval Latin "in the year of the Lord" was transcribed as CE, "the common era." In Jewish terms, the year 5778 lasts until September 21st 2018 when the year 5779 begins. The Jewish calendar does not recognize the Christian one and continues to count in years from the beginning of Creation. 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. 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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