The 14th chapter of the book of Revelation introduces a big change in the flow of events in the history of salvation by starting to narrate the victory of the lamb and His followers. It is a very welcome change for people like me, who are dismayed that the Revelation narrative has spent so much time talking about the terrible things Satan and his agents have done and will do, and the success they have had in targeting those of us who believe in Jesus. Even so, it still doesn’t mean that Satan is the star of the first half.
The whole book of Revelation is “a revelation of Jesus Christ”. But the elephant in the room when we talk about the love of God is that the world He created is full of sin with its pain, sorrow, and death. The Bible story begins at the dawn of creation when Satan managed to hijack God’s plan for humanity. The rest of the Bible tells the story of how God has worked to establish His kingdom and restore humanity in the face of Satan’s continuous opposition. The major turning point in the history of restoring God’s kingdom on Earth came about through Jesus’ life aligned with the values of the kingdom of heaven, clarification of God’s character, and His resurrection from the dead. Jesus’ victory over the power of moral corruption of death made it clear that Satan is a defeated foe.
The second half of the book of Revelation, which we will begin to study in this video, tells the story of how God defeats Satan and eliminates sin, bringing back the harmony and perfection He always had in mind. When it’s all over “God Himself will be with His people. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3,4).
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