OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION IS FULFILLED...
WHAT'S THE POINT OF IT TODAY?
I know some think prophecy is all I think about. But I hope this
note shows that prophecy involves more than unfulfilled disasters, and has
great implications concerning WHAT THE CHURCH COULD and SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT
I think if you
read my thoughts, you would agree there is much relevance to fulfilled prophecy
And to you who
disregard any interest in studying Revelation, I think this may change your
mind as well.
If not, hey!
To each his own! This is a free country!
Many have heard
the past fulfillment interpretation of the book of Revelation, and reacted
prematurely saying that such a thought renders Revelation irrelevant to the
church of our day and to each of us as Believers. Such a response is extremely
incorrect. In fact, past fulfillment causes one to realize just how much
more we should be doing for the Lord because of its implications. My entire
concept has changed about my life as a Christian right in the here and now
as a result of this understanding!
I also wish to address the thought that many people have who indicate they
relegate Revelation and its information as not so important in their lives
as, say, the need to win souls, for example. I propose that a futuristic
interpretation and concept of Revelation has engendered just such a belief
in the minds of these people. After all, if the events listed in Revelation
have not yet occurred, then why be worried about them now?
To look at the events of Revelation, for the most part, as having already
been fulfilled, implies a very vital truth. And it is this implication
that has simply overhauled my own life as a Christian.
Let me begin by saying that if we were to relegate any past events of history
as recorded in the Bible as irrelevant to our lives as Christians, then we
had better throw out most of the New Testament! All four gospels are the
history of Christ's ministry in this world. The crucifixion is a historical
event! The book of Acts is the history of the early church. Much of the
epistles speak about Paul's words concerning the problems with the various
churches in that first century. Throw these books out, if history is irrelevant
to our day today!
However, we all know such a thought is ridiculous! We need the accounts
of Christ's life and crucifixion. We need the accounts of the early church
in the book of Acts and the lists of problems and how Paul dealt with them
in the early church period. Why? These events have IMPLICATIONS that affect
our lives today as believers. I do not even have to explain the need for
such implications, as that should be obvious to any believer today. But
the partially fulfilled approach to the book of Revelation is no less a valid point
that should urge us to greatly value this book today.
The thought that the destruction of Jerusalem, for rejecting Christ and
calling for pagan Caesar to be her king instead, as we propose is a great
issue in the Book of Revelation, tells us that the destruction is all past
and fulfilled. The implications to this proposition are enormous! We end
up with the City of the New Jerusalem with a river of life flowing from
it, and a tree of life with leaves for the nations' healing and fruit for
meat. And just before John says "Amen", he wrote words inviting all who
thirst to come to this very River of Life and drink, right now, of its waters!
We propose the City is the church of Jesus Christ! Do we do so as the
result of flights of fancy interpretation? Absolutely not. Jesus, Himself
called us a city!
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on
an hill cannot be hid.
The writer of Hebrews synonymously called the church the Heavenly Jerusalem.
Heb 12:22-23 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city
of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of
angels, (23) To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which
are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of
just men made perfect,
Paul wrote about the mother, the church, as Jerusalem which is above.
Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother
of us all.
Jerusalem above is not going to be the mother of us all. She is and she
was 2000 years ago in Paul's day! She "is" the mother of us all.
God foretold that His people would be called a city!
Isa 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory
of the LORD is risen upon thee. (2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover
the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee,
and his glory shall be seen upon thee. (3) And the Gentiles shall come to
thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
The early church viewed this prophecy as speaking about their day.
Act 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set
thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto
the ends of the earth.
And Isaiah continues and reads:
Isa 60:11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they
shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of
the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
Isa 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending
unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the
soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Isa 60:15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went
through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
People might say this has not been fulfilled, despite the words of Acts
13:47, but nobody can deny that these words are saying that it is the PEOPLE
OF GOD that are to be called a City. Isaiah 62 plainly states this to be
Isa 62:12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed
of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
What does this imply? What does this tell us if we are to understand
that we are already in the New Jerusalem, in the form of the New Testament
church? It means a lot!
It means that we should be ruling and reigning as Kings right now. The
dominion that everyone is waiting for to exert over the earth in the future,
is a dominion we should be enjoying right now! This shook me to my very core!
I was waiting for the millennium to begin and to one day rule as a king
and priest. But I realized God already made us these things.
Rev 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6)
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory
and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
"Hath made" is past tense! We were made kings and priests. Hello, kings
So what does it mean, then, to rule over certain cities, if this is a "now"
It means revival! Church, we should be ruling our cities by having such
mighty revival that righteousness begins prevailing in our communities. To
one is given ten cities. This means on member of the church has enough power
and anointing and ministry to lead revivals in ten cities! Do you deny this?
Would not not say God could do this? Church, this message has challenged
my soul and pushed me towards greater victories and more powerful influence
through my own ministry! I was shaken to the core when these thoughts hit
me. I thought of much time I have wasted! I was waiting for millennium
to rule and reign with Jesus. But I realized I can rule right now in victory
over my own life, by enjoying power over sin, as Paul indicated in Romans
6 when he said "sin shall not have dominion over you."
I began to see how anemic the church has become!
If that city is the people of God right now, as all indications from the
rest of the Bible, as far as I see them, are telling me, then I need to get
off my backside and start ruling and overcoming obstacles and stepping out
in faith for God to use me in revival! If my thoughts are correct, then
there are thousands of churches that are wasting precious time in thinking
they are not yet kings and priests, and cannot rule right now. They are
satisfied to think they are a witness in their city, and so long as they
have open doors on Sunday, for hungry souls to come if they really want Jesus,
then they are doing God's will.
No, they are not!
We need to be conquering our cities. We need to be stomping out the effects
of devils and unclean spirits in our towns, by starting to live victoriously
in our personal lives! We have saints who can barely hold onto Jesus, let
alone conquer temptation in their lives, and refuse to let sin have dominion
rampant! Please understand I am not trying to be mean and hard. It's just
the truth! Paul said sin shall not have dominion over you, since you have
been buried into Jesus' death, and have thereby caused the destruction of
the old man, so we should not serve sin. Yet believers look at such a thing
as impossible because "we still have this old flesh." However, Paul contended
that, despite our mortal bodies, God's Spirit can quicken these bodies so
that we should not live the rest of our days to the lust of the flesh and
to the flesh. Paul did it!
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (12) Therefore, brethren, we are debtors,
not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
What reason did Paul give for not having to be debtors to live after the
flesh? It was because Christ's Spirit is in us to quicken our mortal bodies.
That means that He can empower us right now while we have mortal bodies,
so that we do not have sin reign over us.
Rom 6:12 Let
not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the
He is contrasting sin ruling in our mortal bodies, with our mortal bodies
being quickened to no longer live after the flesh!
Meanwhile, saints do not believe this is possible! This "old flesh" still
holds us down so much, and we won't have victory until we are changed. No
sir! Paul said that in this present life sin does not have to have dominion
over us. We should dominate sin! We are, presently, kings and priests!
And we shall rule in this world!
No, I am not speaking about KINGDOM NOW doctrine, that proposes we take
over the government offices of Ottawa and Washington.
We've got churches where there are not any more gifts of the Spirit in
operation than an occasional message in tongues and an interpretation of
tongues, or a healing every few months, and yet we call ourselves "Apostolic"!
This message stirred me up!
The ramifications of the fact that the wrath and destruction in the Book
of Revelation is fulfilled, leads one to realize that this City needs to be
pumping out the River of Life so that all who are athirst can come and drink
of its waters right now, not 2,000 years from now, or even 10 years from
Jesus clearly explained that the river of living waters is the Holy Ghost
that is a well inside us!
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing
up into everlasting life.
John 7:38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out
of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (39) (But this spake he
of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy
Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
How can we read these verses, and then interpret Revelation's river of
living water as a literal and physical river of H20?
And the tree of life is in the church, also.
Rev 22:2 In
the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there
the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit
every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that
bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
I am glad that David wrote that the saint of God is like a tree whose
leaf does not whither, because Revelation reads that those leaves are for
the healing of the nations! This is speaking about saints of God who walk
not in the way of sinners, not sit in the seat of the scornful! Read the
previous two verses in Psalm 1. And the fruit is brought forth in his season,
just as Revelation stated that the fruit was yielded every month. This is
figurative talk, juts like Psalm 1:3 was figurative talk, of the saints
And this Psalm chimes in harmony with these words:
Isa 61:3 To
appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,
that he might be glorified.
"...that they might be called trees of righteousness"
Jesus is inside us as the Holy Ghost, and pours forth the Rivers of Living
water. Or rather, He should be pouring it forth from our lives. The fact
is that many believers are defeated and the River is locked up within their
souls and not pouring out.
Now, it has been said that such interpretations of Revelation are flights
of fancy, without basis and foundation. However, I have quoted Psalm 1:3,
which nobody would deny was not speaking figuratively about the saints of
God. Psalm 1:1-2 says so! So I am simply making references of the things
noted throughout Revelation, that I claim are figurative, to their established
use of figures of speech in the rest of the Bible.
Revelation stated that the New Jerusalem had twelve foundations having
a name of the twelve apostles in each foundation. Paul already interpreted
that for us as follows:
2:19-22 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens
with the saints, and of the household of God; (20) And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner stone; (21) In whom all the building fitly framed together
groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (22) In whom ye also are builded
together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
DOES IT MATTER IF WE STUDY REVELATION OR NOT?
Rev 1:3 Blessed
is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep
those things which are written therein: ...
I formerly noted that many relegate study of Revelation to be a lesser
issue of importance than other biblical issues. Such thinking is extremely
wrong. Revelation is an entire book of the Bible! Would God have us relegate
an entire book of the Bible to be something of lesser concern than the rest
of the Bible? Think of it. God took time and inspiration to move upon
His servant, John, to write an entire book that people are casting aside
today as unimportant. Oh, they might claim it's important, alright, but
not as important as other issues.
I disagree. God wants us to clearly understand all of the Bible. And
the temptation to cast off any study of Revelation whatsoever goes hand in
hand with the thought that it is not as important as other issues.
Let me address this concept of this book by asking whether or not realization
of how much more we should be doing as the church today, in the way of seeing
more dominion in our personal lives and churches, is important? I think
all would respond with a resounding YES! Well, this is the sort of thinking
that thundered in my ears and echoed for months after I began looking at
Revelation in this light.
I suggest that the reason people cast Revelation aside as a lesser book,
is due to the influence of futurist interpretation of this book. Since
these events are not occurring yet, and are off in the future somewhere,
even if only ten years away, then all we can derive from it is the hope
that evil will be over one day, and go on our merry way and simply staying
saved for the time being. And let's pray we never have to be around in
this world when that judgment comes! "Come before the tribulation, Jesus!"
But if everyone felt that these things were fulfilled in the destruction
of Jerusalem, and that the Church is spiritually standing on a sea of glass,
shouting Hossana to Jesus, because we accepted Him whereas Jerusalem rejected
Him, then this implies a great deal of truths. Revelation 7, in noting
this picture, says that the saints serve God day and night in His temple.
Are we not the temple of the Holy Ghost now? Do we not serve Him now?
When one realizes that a fulfilled concept of Revelation is true, the implications
will impact us so heavily, that we will all feel compelled to loose the power
of God out from within our lives so much more than what we presently are,
and believe God for greater things than we have dared believe Him for before.
I know, because this is what happened to me.
Has my ministry changed? Yes. I have seen more miracles in my ministry,
more anointing upon my preaching, and more faith for greater things. I
leave you with this as my personal testimony as to what a difference Kingdom Eschatology has done in my own life.
What are the fruits of this interpretation? The fruits are evident in
my own ministry. And would not something be truly considered as correct
if the results are that it urges one towards greater exploits for the Lord,
and a deeper appreciation for what we already have provided for us because
of the present experience of the new birth that the cross and resurrection
of Jesus Christ provided for us? I think so!