One of the things that I realized when seeing the truth of what the bible is really saying is that the mainstream view really enjoys making things more complicated than they have to be. I am talking about taking something that is fairly straight forward and turning it into a tangled web of confusion. I don't mean any offense and I am not trying to be harsh but this quick short teaching will give a pretty clear example of this.
The topic is the coming of the Lord "to reward each man according to their works".
We read all 22 chapters of the book of Revelation and often times we get swept away in the vivid imagery and symbolism. Sometimes our minds fly away off into another dimension and we imagine what it could be talking about. Thankfully God gave us clear time indicators all throughout the bible to help keep us in check. We must be faithful to these time indicators and let them help us apply a proper method of interpretation all the way through the bible. This includes all 22 chapters of the book of Revelation.
In the latter chapters of Revelation we see the final events before the end. We see Mystery Babylon (Old Covenant Jerusalem) being destroyed and burned up. We see the kings of the land mourn over the city. We see John getting a vision of this symbolic New Jerusalem coming down adorned as a NEW bride for God. Why would he get that vision and call it "NEW Jerusalem?"
Well because OLD Jerusalem had just been destroyed. He is just playing one off of the other there. We as New Covenant believers are part of the New Jerusalem. Galatians chapter 4 is clear that the New Jerusalem which is above, is symbolic for the New Covenant. Very clear cut.
The New Jerusalem is said to be "a bride" for God. Now if this is a literal place like many assume, how could a place be "a bride"? The bride of Christ is His church. People. Not a place.
But AFTER all of the symbolism and imagery in the last few chapters passes and we get to the very last chapter of Revelation, what do we read?
"“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work." Revelation 22:12
Now remember, this is at the END of the revelation. After ALL the events have taken place! Now let's compare this to what Jesus said so we can see just how simple this truly is....
"For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Matthew 16:27-28
Do you see that?
How simple is that?
Jesus PROMISED that some of the men He was speaking to would still be alive when He would Come in His Kingdom. It would also be at that same time that He would reward each according to their works.
Now consider this...
If the rewarding according to works was going to occur before some of the men standing there in AD30 had died...
If after ALL the events within the book of Revelation were finished, THEN Christ was going to come to reward those according to their works....
Do you know what that means?
It means that the entire book of Revelation has been fulfilled.
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