Survival And Triumph In Spiritual Warfare According To The Book Of Revelation

Jesus hasn’t given us the book of Revelation to provide raw material for constructing a last-days’ timeline, nor to arm us with ammunition for arguing with other Christians. We’re enmeshed in a greater conflict with eternal consequences, threatened by venomous, vicious, aggressive, deceptive foes. In this battlefield crisis, we must respond to what Christ reveals about himself, ourselves, and our enemies in ways that align with our Lord’s purposes…

The ultimate key to our survival and triumph in this spiritual warfare isn’t a discerning recognition of our aggressive opponent, as important as that is. More important is a clear, heart-absorbing gaze at the glory of Christ our champion. Revelation’s sobering scenes of disaster on earth are punctuated by radiant portraits of heavenly worship. God is the ruler, seated in glorious majesty, controlling everything everywhere in his creation, and receiving ceaseless adoration from innumerable admirers surrounding his throne. Revelation opens not only with blessings on God’s beleaguered people (1:3-5), but also with a doxology, an announcement of the glory of Christ: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood…be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1:5–6). Read More»

Dennis E. Johnson | “How Should We Respond to the Book of Revelation?” | September 22, 2021


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