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Revelation Predestined Will
(Revelation 13.10)
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"If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed." (Revelation 13.10)✞

Arms Held Wide

Lamb of GodThis passage in Revelation 13 spoke of Jesus Christ as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world as the predestined will of God. "If anyone is to be killed" is written in some manuscripts as "If anyone kills." A close parallel to this would be where Saint Peter spoke of Jesus and his sacrificial death in 1 Peter 1.20a as "chosen before the creation of the world," The Jews held the traditional belief that the archangel Michael, was created before the foundation of the world to be the predestined mediator between Israel and God. It was also thought that Moses was also created before the foundation of the world to have a similar function. There would, therefore, be nothing unfamiliar to Jewish thought in saying that Jesus was before the creation of the world at the predestined will of God to be the Redeemer of humankind. Jeremiah 15.2 reinforced this idea, "And if they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' tell them, 'This is what the Lord says: "Those destined for death, to death; those for the sword, to the sword; those for starvation, to starvation; those for captivity, to captivity."'"

Free Will

Jesus with arms held wideThe controversy between predestination and free will has engaged the church over the centuries and particularly in Reformation times in the Sixteenth Century led by John Calvin (1509-1564) and Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609). It asks, "Is all we do the predestined will of God?" Can we genuinely choose between one action and another? In fact, each argument is only part of the truth, for while we talk and read about free will we also believe as Christians in the predestined will of God. We are both Calvinists and Arminianists at the same time, and that is OK even if it is incomprehensible!✞

"Revelation Predestined Will"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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