Over the past several weeks, the local 7th Day Pentecostal Assembly of which I am pastor has been caught up in a prophecy explosion. It was meant to be a serial Sabbath lesson on “The Book of Revelation and the Time of the End”, highlighting key prophetic events. It turned out to be an extended tour of Revelation right from chapter one to 22.
Soon we were making many delightful stops in Daniel. The reason is simple: Revelation can’t be understood and correctly interpreted without studying the prophetic book of Daniel in tandem!
So too will anyone miss the rich depth Christ adds to the drama of end-time Bible prophecy should he or she fail to see the vital connection between the Mount Olivet Prophecy of Christ (Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) and Revelation. Come to think of it, the Seven Seals of Revelation, which hold the key to unlocking the book of Revelation as well as control the prophetic events of the book, are all embedded in the narrative of the Mount Olivet Prophecy of Christ.
A volume on the lesson series is being compiled, and it’s growing. Some of the fruits of the study will certainly find their way onto the pages of this website. I strongly feel that, more than ever before, Revelation must be studied now – and in depth – because “the time is at hand” (Rev. 1:3). It’s the grand finale to the Gospels of all that the historical JESUS accomplished by His ministry, death and glorious resurrection! Revelation is the story of how Christ will actually bring the Kingdom to His Redeemed ones.
Jesus Christ, the Lord and High Priest of the Redeemed is with His Church throughout the ages (Rev. 1:13, 20); the saints will go through the tribulation and overcome (7:14, 15:2); Satan and his evil system of Babylon will be judged (18, 19:15-20; 20:1-3, 14-15); the Creator GOD with His Lamb are Sovereign forever. And the Redeemed of the Lord ‘begins’ eternity on a sweet Edenic note: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him” (Rev. 22:1-3 ESV).
A Garden of God at the beginning of God’s Book to man and at the end of it. God’s plan for man will not be thwarted by anything; it will be carried through. Amen!
In this new column christened ‘A City on a Hill’, I hope to update our cherished visitors on the programmes of the ministry and other issues of interest. The conversation will touch on themes ranging from personal spiritual insights to titbits on end-time Bible prophecy. Come on board!
-Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr , August 2010