King of Kings Actually, and Lord of Lords!
Hallelujah! The seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he will reign forever and ever.” But I am leaping and bounding too far into the text, Jesus isn’t King of Kings yet, is he? Of course he is, I merely am pointing out that Revelation isn’t necessarily chronological. In fact, it overlaps, doubles back and restates from different vantage points. Once again, I am getting way ahead of myself and the context–which is figuratively, king.
We know the authors, God and John. We know the audience, the seven churches that are in Asia. We will cover the aspirations when we read what the Spirit says to the seven churches. The exegesis, expository and examples will come as we read. We will then attempt to rightly divide the word of truth using all we have read. We also must read to consider the context. Once again, Revelation 1, and don’t forget to waltz:
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. BEHOLD, HE IS COMING WITH THE CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Jesus Christ’s Apocalypse–as we have previously stated. A figurative uncovering or unveiling. Given to him by God to show his true followers or, bond servants–greek word, “doulos,” as the apostle Paul refers to himself. The things which must shortly take place. And we have reached our first stumbling block.
What is the hardest thing for a person to admit? That is correct–when they are wrong. I was wrong. You know what? That wasn’t that hard. I have written, and it is well documented and seen by many who will read this missive, that shortly in this context meant, “in quick succession.” Meaning, that when it all happens, it happens quickly. The problem I had was I didn’t take into account the audience or aspirations. The word shortly here is the same word Paul uses when he says to the believers in Rome, “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” I used a partial CAGED method, in that, I referenced one E, example from other Scripture but didn’t consider the multiple examples, nor did I consider the audience. I took the one example that seemingly proved my hypothesis and ran with it. However, there are about eight examples of which I could have chosen. I used the one that best fit my narrative. I didn’t let the entire Scripture translate Scripture–I picked and chose based on my presuppositions. I chose something that seemed far off but used the word, shortly, to prove a prejudice in my mind, when all the rest of the examples in the New Testament clearly indicate that shortly means, shortly, and soon means soon. I don’t want to belabor this point but I owe you all some E, from the CAGED method. Here are examples from the rest of Scripture (τάχει, Strong’s 5034): Luke 18:8, Acts 12:7, 22:18 and 25:4, Romans 16:20 (the only one I referenced before) 1 Timothy 3:14, and another that we will cover in the future, Lord willing. Please read them and their surrounding context. For the sake of time I will briefly examine one; Acts 22:18: “And I saw him saying to me, ‘make haste and get out of Jerusalem QUICKLY, because they will not accept your testimony about me.'” That seems pretty urgent to me. It doesn’t appear to me Jesus was telling Paul to lay low, wait it out, but when you do leave, leave in rapid succession. No, he was saying, get out now! Shortly, quickly, soon–they all refer to a period of time that is not long. Do we honestly think 2000 years or more is quickly?
Sometimes I know you better than you know yourselves, and this is one of those times. You’re thinking, “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” True, however, consider the penultimate context; notice: “but by his word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.” Peter is writing about the day of judgement and the new heavens and earth. No one in their right mind thinks these things have come to pass.
I hope I have not offended anyone but do hope I have ruffled the proverbial feathers. Please, come back as we dig deeper into the context. We’ll be doing that shortly…