An ENCORE is a repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert.
The Revelation of Jesus is the encore of the Gospels…it reveals how the finished work of Christ through his life, death, resurrection and ascension is repeated in every sphere and sector of life throughout and across every era of time until eternity.
The acts of God are a trilogy: the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Revelation. God is like Jesus and has always been like Jesus, but without Revelation you can quickly dissociate the God of the Old Testament and the Jesus of the Gospels. The reason why 278 of 404 verses in Revelation are references to Old Testament passages is so that we may see that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
The risen Jesus in Revelation preaches to the Church from the OT. If you are a NT or Gospel only church then you’re not preaching like Jesus.
The reason a NT church doesn’t teach Revelation is because the book is the revelation of the OT…not a future world but a present place.
Revelation is like looking in a mirror. It’s based on something that has happened behind you, but is continuously playing out in front of you.
After the ascension, when Christians speak of Jesus they can no longer speak of just the Gospels, but must include his Revelation.
If the Revelation is always present, then it forever tells the future. If it is only future, then it is never present.
Luke has his Gospel of all that Jesus began to do and teach and then in the Acts of all Jesus continues to do now by the Holy Spirit in you.
John has his Gospel of all that Jesus did for us to believe and then in Revelation we are given the first volume of all those books that couldn’t be written of the many other things Jesus did. John 21:25
What Jesus as God veiled in flesh accomplished in his life, death, burial, and resurrection is actually on display in Revelation.
The Gospel in Revelation is the mysterious disclosure of how all things play out in the story since Jesus became king of the nations.
In the Gospel Jesus reveals the Father. In Revelation the Father reveals Jesus.
If you’ve never seen the Gospel in Revelation then you’ve only heard the Gospel
Jesus in the Gospels is like walking thru a Gallery while the art is still shrouded in sheets…come back later to see the art unveiled…in Revelation.
In 1979 during my freshman Old Testament survey class in college I read about the Tree of Life. As a young man just growing in my biblical awareness and having read the entire New Testament I was faintly aware that I had read about the Tree of Life previously. After some time thumbing around I relocated it in the book of Revelation. That is where my fascination began as I saw the one story or grand narrative with matching bookends.
In 1986, during a casual reading of my Bible, while waiting for my wife I curiously returned to the book of Revelation. My reading however stopped abruptly after reading the opening verse, The Revelation of Jesus Christ…suddenly I was able to see it although I didn’t understand it. This book reveals Jesus and I have spent most of life in and out of Revelation like a man who keeps fiddling around with his hobby.
Over the years my views on Revelation have caused me to be marginalized in the community of the church. However, now over the past decade there has been a renaissance of what I have been teaching since the late 80’s. My hope in sharing is to re-open the book, re-awaken a vision of Jesus that is the Encore of the Gospel.