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Inheritance of the Saints

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Believers are the heirs of Abraham and possession of the inheritance is guaranteed by the gift of the Spirit . The possession of the land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in God’s redemptive plan, one that always envisioned something larger than Israel or a plot of land in the Middle East. With the arrival of the Messiah, the covenant promises find their fulfillment in the “ true seed of Abraham ,” Jesus, including the resurrection and new creation - [ Photo by  Greg Rosenke  on Unsplash ].

Redemption and Adoption

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The Law was an interim stage with a termination point. Therefore, Christians are no longer under it - they are “in Christ.”  In his letter to the Galatians, Paul argues that adopting the rite of circumcision amounts to regression to something rudimentary, a reversion to an earlier stage in the redemptive history of God’s people. If Gentiles adopt a  Torah -compliant lifestyle, they will return to bondage and, once more, experience the social divisions that are inherent in the Mosaic Law - [ Photo by Esau Gonzalez on Unsplash ].

Unsealing the Scroll

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Daniel was commanded to “seal the scroll,” but John is commanded NOT to seal it “for the season is here.”   At the close of his visions, the angel commanded Daniel “ to close the words and seal the book until the season of the end .” In Contrast, in the book of Revelation , the “ scroll ” is unsealed and opened, revealing its contents for all to see. Daniel was told to “ seal the scroll ,” but John was commanded NOT to do so. The verbal parallels are deliberate and telling - [ Photo by Ben White on Unsplash ].

Time of Tribulation

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A time of “indignation” was coming upon the people of God such as they had never experienced - Daniel 12:1-13. Daniel’s final vision concludes with the description of the “ tribulation ” that will befall the Jewish nation, one more severe than any preceding trial in its history. There are no chapter divisions in the original document penned by the prophet, and contextually, chapter 12 is the continuation of the vision in chapters 10 and 11 - [ Ocean Storm - Photo by  Daniel Lerman  on Unsplash ].

The Season is Here

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In Revelation, the “last days,” the “season of the end” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus – Revelation 1:1-4.  The book of  Revelation is the “ revelation of Jesus Christ ” for his “ servants ,” the “ seven churches of Asia .” It concerns “ what things must come to pass soon ,” information that is vital because the “ season is at hand .” Therefore, “ blessed is he who reads, and they who heed the words of the prophecy .” With the death and resurrection of Jesus, the last days have commenced . - [ Hourglass Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash ]

Eschatological People

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The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the “Ancient Serpent,” Satan .  The book of Revelation is addressed to seven first-century churches in the Roman Empire. It focuses on their real-life trials and tribulations, and, in the process, it presents messages relevant to all churches throughout the present age. The daily struggles of the churches are the microcosm of the vast cosmic battle that is being waged between Jesus and the “ Dragon .” - [ Photo by Nathan Jennings on Unsplash ].