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09 August 2019

Jesus - The Key that Unlocks Prophecy

Synopsis:  Jesus is the key that unlocks the book of Revelation and all other prophetic texts.

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Some popular interpretations claim the nation of Israel is the interpretive key to prophecy, especially the book of Revelation. However, considering what the New Testament teaches about Jesus and his central role in unfolding the plans and nature of God, this becomes a rather regressive understanding of His redemptive purposes. If all God’s promises find their “yea” and “amen” in Jesus, why look to the types and shadows of the old regime for deeper insight? (2 Corinthians 1:20).

The prologue to the gospel of John presents Jesus as the logos, the great and final revelation of God. It contrasts him with the earlier revelation given by Moses. The word that became flesh in Jesus “tabernacled among us” - He is the true “tabernacle” in whom the presence and glory of Yahweh dwell, not any manmade structure, whether a stone building in or a tent carried by priests in the Wilderness.

(John 1:14-18) – “And the Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us, and we gazed upon his glory,—a glory as an Only-begotten from his Father. Full of favour and truth…Because out of his fulness we all received, even favour over against favour. Because the law through Moses was given, favour and truth through Jesus Christ came into existence. No one hath seen God at any time: An Only Begotten God, The One existing within the bosom of the Father, He hath interpreted him.” – (The Emphasized Bible).

The fullness, grace and truth of God are found only in Jesus. Moses “gave the law,” the Torah, however, “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” It is the Son alone who has seen God and, therefore, is more than qualified to “interpret.” In the Greek clause, the verb has no object - The statement is open-ended; quite simply, “Jesus interprets.” Yahweh has declared His full and final “word” on Golgotha, not Sinai.

Likewise, in the book of Hebrews, the “word” spoken by God in the Son is His final and complete word. In contrast, the “word” spoken previously “in the prophets” was partial and incomplete.  Unlike all the prophets before him, the Son “achieved the purification of sins” and, therefore, sat down at God’s right hand to inherit a “name” vastly superior to angels, Moses, Aaron, and all of his other predecessors:

(Hebrews 1:1-4) – “Whereas, in many parts and in many ways of old, God spake unto the fathers in the prophets, At the end of these days, He hath spoken unto us in his Son,—whom he hath appointed heir of all things, through whom also he hath made the ages; Who being an eradiated brightness of his glory, and an exact representation of his very being, also bearing up all things by the utterance of his power, purification of sins having achieved, sat down on the right hand of the majesty in high places: By so much becoming superior to the messengers, by as much as, going beyond them, he hath inherited a more distinguished name.” – (The Emphasized Bible).

In the Book of Revelation, Jesus is the sacrificial Lamb who alone is “worthy” to take the Sealed Scroll from the Throne and open its seals. In doing so, he began to unveil and execute the contents of the scroll, a process that ends in nothing less than the New Creation. Therefore, all creation declares him “worthy” to receive all power, glory, and authority, for by his death he redeemed men and women from every nation to become a kingdom of priests for God (Revelation 5:6-12).

The book is a “revelation of Jesus Christ.” He is the one to whom it belongs, he gives it to his servants and provides them with the interpretations of its contents. Jesus is the one who possesses all authority, including the “keys to Death and Hades,” all based on his Death and Resurrection. 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 and other prophetic texts. The visions of the book are founded on his past Death and Resurrection. He possesses the “Sealed Scroll” and unseals it for his servants. Thus, unlike the book of Daniel, Revelation is an unsealed book (Daniel 12:1, Revelation 22:10).

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