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ith  tiny  wrinkles  and  But His enemies will be filled with
                   cries,  He  entered  the    fear.  Allied  with  Satan,  the
          Wworld  and,  wrapped  in            enemies  of  Christ  will  marshal
          strips of cloth, took His first nap   their  legions  against  Christ  and
          on a bed of straw. Subject to time   His  armies.  But  who  can  with-
          and  to  parents,  He  grew  to  stand God's wrath? Christ will win
          manhood  in  Roman-occupied  the  battle  and  reign  victorious
          Judea,  His  gentle  hands  forever!  JESUS,  the  humble
          becoming  strong  and  calloused     suffering  Servant,  is  also  the
          in Joseph's woodworking shop.        powerful,  conquering  King  and
          As a man, He walked through the
          countryside  and  city,  touching    Revelation  is  a  Book  of  Hope.
          individuals, preaching to crowds,    John,  the  beloved  apostle  and
          and training 12 men to carry on      eyewitness of Jesus, proclaimed
          His  work. At  every  step  He  was   that  the  victorius  Lord  would    John  begins  this  Book  by         has  been  echoed  by  Christians
          hounded by those seeking to rid      surely  return  to  vindicate  the    explaining  how  he  received  this   through  the  centuries:  “Amen!
          the world of His influence. Finally,   righteous and judge the wicked.     revelation  from  God.  He  then     Come,  Lord  Jesus!”  (Revelation
          falsely accused and tried, He was    But Revelation is also a Book of      records  specific  messages  from    22:20).
          condemned  to  a  disgraceful  Warning. Things were not as they            JESUS to the seven churches in
          execution by foreign hands. And      should  have  been  in  the  Asia. Suddenly, the scene shifts              As  you  read  the  Book  of  Reve-
          He  died  -  spat  upon,  cursed,    churches,  so  Christ  called  the    as  a  mosaic  of  dramatic  and     lation,  marvel  with  John  at  the
          pierced  by  nails,  and  hung  members  to  commit  themselves            majestic images bursts into view     wondrous  panorama  of  God's
          heavenward  for  all  to  deride,    to live in righteousness.             before John's eyes. This series of   revealed  plan.  Listen  as  Christ
          JESUS, the Godman, gave His life                                           visions portrays the future rise of   warns the churches, and root out
          completely so that all might live!   Although  JESUS  gave  this  evil, culminating in the Antichrist.          any sin that blocks your relation-
                                               revelation  of  Himself  to  John                                          ship  with  Him.  Be  full  of  hope,
          At  God's  appointed  time,  the     more than 2 000 years ago, it still   Then  follows  John's  recounting    knowing  that  God  is  in  control,
          risen and ascended LORD JESUS        stands  as  a  comfort  and  chal-    of the triumph of the King over all   Christ's victory is assured, and all
          will burst onto the world scene.     lenge to God's people today. We       kings, the wedding of the Lamb,      who trust in Him will be saved!
          Then  everyone  will  know  that     can take heart as we understand       the  final  judgment,  and  the
          JESUS is LORD of the Universe!       John's vision of hope. Christ will    coming  of  the  New  Jerusalem.     [Life  Application  Study  Bible,
          Those who love Him will rejoice,     return  to  rescue  His  people  and   Revelation  concludes  with  the    New Living Translation, Tyndale
          greeting their Saviour with hearts   settle accounts with all who defy     promise of Christ's soon return,     House  Publishers  Inc.,  Carol
          overflowing with songs of praise.    Him.                                  and John breathes a prayer that      Stream, Illinois, 2007].
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