The book of Revelation, seditious in its day by affirming Christ’s absolute authority over a Roman Empire even then brutalizing Christians, also warns our society not to hide unbelief in God behind stalking horses such as poverty, homelessness, disasters and, especially, war.
The songs of Revelation will be studied in a succeeding blog. Those of the Gospels and Epistles introduce spiritual themes the Revelation follows. Consider some of the factors: God’s concern for Israel and Christians in history; God’s conquest of all his enemies; God’s use of human leaders to effect his will; God’s offer of forgiveness of sin to all believers, including Gentiles, resulting in peace with God; Christ-centered promises in every reference, in every way: his Deity by nature stressed, his servanthood by choice established, his exaltation at God’s demand to singular honor.
However, first of all and most important of all, GOD’s PRIORITY is stressed in every song. As the Only God, he is FIRST. Which has a lesson for us. It’s only from God’s eternal perspective that mortals can make sense of life, understand life and overcome life. Always, then, interpret historical events and personal experiences from INSIDE God’s Presence and Will. And never from within ourselves, even as Christians. From inside God’s Presence, life-circumstances, perplexities, inconsistencies and temptations will pose no threat to our peace with God and our Christian discipleship. End Part I