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Revelation Explained

Revelation is God's communication to all people concerning Himself, His moral standards and His plan of salvation.

God is invisible and holy. The finite and sinful man cannot see God and live (Exodus 33:20). The glory of the Lord is too great and glorious for anyone to behold. Thus God graciously unveils and manifests Himself, little by little, to man, both Christians and pre-believers, through His marvellous creation.

He has given every man and woman a human conscience, which is able to distinguish right from wrong. Through this conscience, God connects with man, and displays His glory to everyone (Psalm 19:1-6). Other religions and philosophies are human quests for God; but Christianity is God's quest for lost humanity.

Some Christians think that only some spiritual believers can see and have the revelation of God. But the apostle Paul taught otherwise:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-- and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen. Romans 1:18-25

The unrighteous see God clearly through His creation. But they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. They know God but they alter the truth and become disobedient, worshipping the created rather than the Creator! They do not retain God in their knowledge (Rom. 1:28). Knowing the moral laws of God, they disobey them (Rom. 1:32). Therefore the ungodly are "inexcusable" (Rom. 2:1) before God's righteous judgment.

What can man know about God from His creation? God's universal revelation makes it clear that God exists (Rom. 1:20), and that God, the Creator of Everything, from mountains, oceans, vegetation, animals to mankind, is wise (Psalm 104:24) and all-powerful (Psalm 29; 93; Rom. 1:20). All men and women are aware of their own moral responsibilities. They know the difference between right and wrong conduct, and they have a sense of guilt when they do wrong. The requirements of God's moral law (the Ten Commandments) are written on their hearts (Rom. 2:14-15).

Abraham knew the commandments (Genesis 26:5) even before they were written hundred of years later in Mount Sinai. From Genesis, God declared His commandments, statutes and laws even before their public release in Exodus. The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote, "Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe... the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me."

What is the result of divine revelation in nature? Man will worship God - love Him with all of his heart and love his neighbours as himself. But man chooses to worship the created instead of the Creator. Though clearly revealed, man exchanges the Truth of God for a lie. The problem is not the revelation that the Law of God is holy, just and good (Rom. 7:12); the problem is the sinfulness of man who chooses to go his own way (Rom. 8:3-4).

The full and final revelation of God is Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelation is about One Revelation and not Many Revelations. The Revelation of Jesus Christ and not the revelations of angels, Satan, demons, the false prophet and the antichrist. Let’s get excited about Him and not them.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants-- things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Rev 1:1-2

Though the Book of Revelation unveils and discloses hidden things known only to God, everything must be viewed with the centrality of this Revelation of Christ. This book depicts end-time events using symbols, images and numbers.

Why was Revelation written in such imagery? One reason is that it was written in dangerous times. To protect each other from the enemies, it was safer to hide the message in images than to speak plainly. This symbolism preserved an element of mystery about details of times, persons and places. The purpose of such symbolism, however, was not to confuse, but to inform and strengthen believers in the face of persecutions. The overall message of this book is clear: God is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent! Nothing the devil did, does or will do, can frustrate the divine purposes of God - Jesus Christ being fully revealed and glorified!

God, Who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, through Whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2

Christ has declared God to us personally (John 1:18). To see Christ is to see the Father (John 14:9). Christ gave us the words which the Father gave Him (John 17:8). On the Cross, Jesus revealed and demonstrated God's sacrificial love. There He died, bringing us back to God (1 Pet. 3:18). He rose again triumphantly over sin, Satan and the grave. He is alive forevermore, and He is coming back again.

Revelation is all about Jesus, no one else.

Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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