” … the end.”
John’s “Revelation” is a bit like a puzzle, with pieces that fit together with each other and with the rest of Scripture in only one way. Most people give up on trying to put it all together before they even get started. While we may not yet have all the answers, God reveals His power and control over evil and all that happens in the world, both in the present and in the future. From Chapter 6 through Chapter 9 the events in John’s visions proceed in chronological order. Chapters 10-14, however, are not chronological, but rather, give specific information about other details concerning the last 3½ years, or 42 months, or 1260 days of Daniel’s 70th week. Some of the details in these chapters are difficult to understand, but the testimony of the two witnesses, the protection of Israel, the mark of the beast and the Antichrist’s war against believers (the Church) all take place in the final 3½ years prior to Jesus’ return to earth. The choice is clear: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me (Jesus) will find it” (Matthew 16:25). Those who know Jesus Christ, then and now, are called to patient endurance and faithful obedience, knowing that our God reigns!!