The Key that Unlocks the Book of Revelation

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Some prophecy teachers claim that Israel is the interpretive key to prophecy, especially in the book of Revelation. This is a regressive view considering what the New Testament teaches about Jesus and his pivotal role in unfolding the redemptive plan of God.
The prologue to the gospel of John presents Jesus as the logos, God’s great and final revelation. It contrasts him with the previous revelation given by Moses. The word that became flesh in Jesus Christ, “tabernacled among us”; he is the true tabernacle in whom God’s presence dwells, not a manmade structure in the city of Jerusalem.
God’s fullness, grace, and truth are found only in Jesus. Moses “gave the law,” the Torah, but “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” It is the Son alone who has seen God and, therefore, “interprets.” The verb has no object, the statement is open-ended; quite simply, “Jesus interprets” (John 1:18).
Similarly, in the book of Hebrews, the “word” spoken in the Son is God’s final revelation. In contrast, the words spoken “in the prophets” in the past were partial; incomplete.  Unlike all the prophets, the Son “achieved the purification of sins” and, therefore, sat down at God’s right hand to inherit a “name” vastly superior to that of angels, Moses, Aaron, and all of his other predecessors (Hebrews 1:1-3).
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who alone is “worthy” to take the sealed scroll from the divine throne and to open its seals. In doing so, he begins to unveil and execute the contents of the scroll which will end in nothing less than the New Creation. Therefore, all creation declares him worthy to receive all power, glory, and authority because by his death he redeemed men and women from every nation to become a kingdom of priests for God (Revelation 5:6-12). It is the sacrificial Lamb who immediately upon arrival at the throne begins to open the seven seals.
The book of Revelation is a “revelation of Jesus Christ”; he is the one to whom it belongs, he gives it to his servants, and he provides the interpretations of its visions. Jesus is the one who possesses all authority and the “keys to Death and Hades” because of his death and resurrection, not the nation of Israel. Christ, the glorious “son of man,” is the one who “opens and no man shuts” (Revelation 1:1, 1:17-20).
Jesus Christ, the “faithful witness and the firstborn of the dead,” is the key that unlocks the book of Revelation. Its plan and visions are founded on his past death and resurrection. Unlike the prophecies of the book of Daniel, the book of Revelation is an unsealed book precisely because its message is founded on the past death and resurrection of Jesus (Daniel 12:1, Revelation 22:10).

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