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Revelation's Ultimate Purpose
(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)✞

Given Through Angels

Blue AngelIn the Old Testament in Exodus 19 and 20, Moses received the Law directly from the hands of God, however twice in the New Testament it is said that the Law was given by angels. In Acts 7.53 we read, "you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it." Again in Galatians 3.19b, it says, "The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator." Revelation's ultimate purpose is given by God to John the Apostle or as he is sometimes called John of Patmos. Humans, like the angels, play an important part in the revelation of Jesus Christ and in his coming which is the ultimate purpose of God. God must find a person to whom he can entrust his truth and whom he can use as his mouthpiece.✞

Soon Take Place

Roman BannerRevelation is the "unveiling" of "that which must soon take place." History is not haphazard, it has purpose. It is quite wrong to use the Book of Revelation as a kind of mysterious timetable of what is going to happen thousands of years from now, or even next week. As John sees it, the events it deals with are working themselves out immediately. Revelation's purpose must be interpreted against the background of its own time which for John of Patmos was a second century Roman culture.

"Revelation's Ultimate Purpose"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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