Revelation 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— 6 and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
1. According to Revelation 19:11 and 20:5, Jesus' coming will entail three principle activities: judgment, waging war and reigning.
In Revelation 1:5 we see reference to Jesus Christ ruling in Heaven. In Revelation 1:7 we see Christ coming to restore His people Israel, along with His coming to judge. Then in Revelation 1:16 we see Jesus described in terms corresponding to He readiness to make war with His enemies. Therefore from these two sets of passages, we see both a heavenly aspect of Christ's reign followed by what will be an earthly aspect of His reign.
2. In Revelation 1:7 and 16 we see reference to Jesus' four main activities in His second coming and Kingdom: restoring, waging war, judgment and reigning. In look at Revelation 19-20 we can note the following eight point method by which Jesus is going to accomplish all of these things:
a. slaying. Revelation 19:15
b. tending. Revelation 19:15
c. treading the winepress of wrath. Revelation 19:16
d. seizing the anti-Christ and false prophet. Revelation 19:20
e. casting of the false prophet and anti-Christ into the lake of fire. Revelation 19:20
f. Raising tribulation martyrs and Old Testament Jewish believers from the dead. (based upon Daniel 12:1; John 5:24-28; Revelation 20:4)
g. Restoring the then living nation of Israel who looks upon Him in faith at His return. (Romans 11:25-26; Revelation 1:7; 7:1-8; 14:1-5)
h. Beginning His 1,000 year or Millennial reign upon the earth (Revelation 20:1-6)
In the past three days we have considered the following comparisons between revelation 1 and 19-20: Jesus' names, descriptions and activities. The aim has been to show the reader how glorious and awesome Jesus Christ is and will be at His second coming. The other aim to was to demonstrate how much uniformity and continuity there is from beginning to end in the book of Revelation. May these studies prove edifying and spiritually uplifting to the reader as we look forward to the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)