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Revelation: The Closing Remarks, Final Comments and Bibliography

He who testifies to these things says, surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so come Lord Jesus.”

This does not signify the nearness of the final judgment, only the nearness to unfolding of the events in the greater portion of the Revelation. It is a warning of the movement of judgment concerning the times witnessed and recorded. It in no way offers that the final judgment of man had been concluded in the now distant past. Some of the signs in the book clearly look to the future; and that means those which speak of a total and final judgment of mankind. Yet equally clear, most of what the book dealt with had been fulfilled for many centuries in the fall of Israel and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

Closing Comments:
The Apostles, Prophets, and the Saints stand avenged. The enemies of God and Christ from the time of the tribulation recorded in the book have been dispatched. The martyrs who gave their lives have been awarded their place in heaven. The final judgment of Satan is prophesied as awaiting, ready and sure. That which God had said would be will come to pass; and that leads us to the consideration – all that stands predicted to occur either has or will occur. What God had included in the mystery of God for man has been revealed. Nothing has been omitted or left out: all is enacted or ready to go. Jerusalem and the Law of Moses has been removed. Israel is no longer.  The Roman empire, that pagan empire, is reduced to ruin, the temples have been emptied out and destroyed. No sound is heard from the ruins. The Lord God in heaven has reduced the power of this most foul kingdom of men to waste and ruin. Nothing can or will prevail before the Word of God; and all of this should be taken as a lesson in the working of God into our days; and to teach valuable lessons of God’s power and the surety of the Word.

The Revelation of Jesus has a message that has been, for the most part, long ago fulfilled. This does not mean there is no lesson in it for us today, or that it is without modern force. We have God and Christ’s final revelation to mankind — what are we doing with it? Do we recognize that Israel is now gone and Rome long ago destroyed? What remains for us is to work out “…our own salvation with fear and trembling.” Are we busy with that or are we distracted by fables and tall tales? As long as the earth shall stand and God’s will for mankind is moving toward Judgment, these lessons should ought to have our attention. God will take care of those who seek him. He does not promise days without trial, rather he forecast them. He does not grant endless prosperity to his children here, but rather they may be forced to endure the ruination of the ages too, and they will have to strive through the forces and inclinations that issue out of the kingdoms of men. Yet despite all, he will return to gather his own: His chosen. He guarantees it with the greatest reward, and clearly that if we will obey his commandments, and do the work set forth by his Son; we will know that our names will be found in “the Book of Life.” Our place will be secured in the new heaven and earth, with a home in the New Jerusalem, there to serve God and His Christ in peace throughout eternity.

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