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Military Campaigns of the Beast

SYNOPSIS  -  The language of war is used in Revelation to portray the attacks of the Dragon against the saints  –  Revelation 11:7 ,  12:17 ,  13:7 .  The  book of Revelation  uses the language and imagery of war to illustrate the efforts by Satan and his earthly agents to destroy the “ saints ” of the “ Lamb .” The book shows no interest in conventional or nuclear wars between nation-states; instead, the “ Dragon ” is determined to annihilate the church before his allotted time expires. To achieve victory over believers, he uses deception, compromise, and persecution. - [ Photo by Michal Matlon on Unsplash ].

Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance

SYNOPSIS  –  Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance - “In Jesus”  –  Revelation 1:9 .  At the start of his first vision, John identified himself as a “ fellow-participant ” with the seven churches of Asia in  “ the tribulation and kingdom and endurance  in Jesus .” The Apostle was banished to the island of Patmos because of his testimony for Jesus. Like several of the congregations on the mainland, he endured “ tribulation ” for the sake of the “ kingdom ” of God.  - [ Lighthouse - Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash ].

Hope for All Nations

SYNOPSIS  -  The Gospel of the Kingdom of God announced by Jesus is a message of hope and gladness for men and women of all nations .  After his resurrection, Jesus declared - “ All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me; go therefore and make disciples of all nations .” Installed as the  Lord over all things , he commanded his disciples to proclaim his sovereignty and the good news of the salvation that is now available through him for all men and women from every nation, whether Jew or Gentile, Greek or barbarian, rich or poor, male or female - ( Psalm 2:6-10, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:7-9 ).

Sprouting Fig Tree

SYNOPSIS  - The parable of the budding fig tree pointed to the destruction of the Temple predicted by Jesus – Mark 13:28-29 .  Next, Jesus gave his parable of a “ budding fig tree .” The illustration was the first part of the answer to the disciples’ original question – “ When will these things come to pass? ” The image of a fig tree sprouting foliage provided the clue for the “ when ” of the predicted events – Its sprouting foliage would signal the arrival of “ summer ,” the time of the fulfillment of “ all these things .” - [ Photo by trevor pye on Unsplash ],

Coming on Clouds

  SYNOPSIS  –  The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” to himself  – Mark 13:21-27 .  The narrative now takes us beyond the “ abomination of desolation ,” the destruction of Jerusalem, and the horrific “ tribulation ” to the return of the “ Son of Man ” to gather this “ elect .” How much time will pass between the “ tribulation ” and the arrival of Jesus is not stated. However, during the interim, the church must beware of “ false prophets ” who will disseminate false information about his coming, employing impressive “ signs and wonders ” to validate their claims.

Ravenous Beasts Inside the Church

SYNOPSIS  -  Throughout the present age, the Church has been plagued with deceivers bent on misleading the saints and causing apostasy .  In the New Testament, the term “ antichrist ” is found only in two of the three epistles of John. In his first letter, he warned - “ It is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come to pass .” John did not deny that an individual “ antichrist ” would come - His point was that " many antichrists ” were active already in his churches - A situation that would continue and culminate in the final " Antichrist " prior to the return of Jesus - ( 1 John 2:18 ).