In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.
Aren’t some of the prophecies in Revelation still in the future?
(1) Only a very few events in Revelation occur in the distant future: those introduced as resulting from the “1000 year reign of Christ” (Rev 20). Obviously a 1000 years cannot transpire soon. So the 1000 year reign (begun in the first century, Rev 1:6) continues into the future, the conclusion of the 1000 year reign with the coming of Christ in flaming fire, the resurrection of the dead, and the universal judgment await the future. Revelation 20 is John’s one glance to the future, to show it all will end after Christ has had his enormous reign.
(2) Actually the New Heavens and Earth in Revelation 20 return back to the first century. John’s backdrop is Isaiah 65:17-20 which speaks of his creating a new heavens and earth. We note there, though, that Isaiah 65:20 speaks of birth, death, and aging — obviously not features of eternity: “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Shall be thought accursed.”
(3) Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 6:15 that when we are in Christ we are a “new creation.”
(4) Thus, the new creation is simply the establishment of Christianity in the world, which is destined to effect worldwide redemption through the progress of the gospel.
The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole,
then focuses on its glorious conclusion.
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