“One of the great tragedies in the church in our day is how Revelation has been so narrowly and incorrectly interpreted with an obsessive focus on the future end time, with the result that we have missed the fact that it contains many profound truths and encouragements concerning Christian life and discipleship. The prophetic visions of Revelation can easily disguise the point that it was written as a letter to the churches, and a letter which is pastoral in nature. The goal of Revelation is to bring encouragement to believers of all ages that God is working out His purposes even in the midst of tragedy, suffering, and apparent Satanic domination. It is the Bible’s battle cry of victory of God over all forces of evil. As such, it is an encouragement to God’s people to persevere in the assurance that their final reward is certain and to worship and glorify God despite trials and despite temptations to march to the world’s drumbeat.”
— G.K. Beale, “Revelation, A Shorter Commentary”
Concerning The Gospel And Our Glad Response:
EVANGELION (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word; and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad, and maketh him sing, dance, and leap for joy: as when David had killed Goliath the giant, came glad tidings unto the Jews, that their fearful and cruel enemy was slain, and were delivered out of all danger: for gladness whereof, they sung, danced, and were joyful.
In like manner is the EVANGELION OF GOD (which we call gospel, and the New Testament) joyful tidings; and, as some say, a good hearing published by the apostles throughout all the world, of Christ the right David; how that He hath fought with sin, with death, and the devil, and overcame them: whereby all men that were in bondage to sin, wounded with death, overcome of the devil, are, without their own merits or deservings, LOOSED, JUSTIFIED, RESTORED to life and SAVED, brought to LIBERTY and RECONCILED unto the favour of God, and set at one with Him again: which tidings as many believe laud, praise, and thank God; are glad, sing and dance for joy. (more…)