What Does the Book of Revelation Mean?

     “By calling the Egyptians the People of God – He means that they will share in the honour which God designed to bestow in a  peculiar manner on the Jews [meaning the Older Testament’s Israelites] alone.   When He calls Assyrians ‘the work of His hands’ – He distinguishes them by the title peculiar to His Church.”  

     What a great day is coming!   For the Moslems of Egypt, the Judaists of Israel, and the Islamic nations of the Neo-Assyrian Iraq — will yet come to Christ, and join His Church! 

     God makes a precious promise in Isaiah 59:1820.   There, it is predicted that the Lord God "will repay according to their deeds — fury to His adversaries; recompense to His enemies — to the islands He will repay recompense!   So shall they


fear the Name of the Lord from the West, and His glory from the rising of the sun [in the East].   When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.   'Then the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob' — says the Lord." 

     Here, Calvin comments: "This work of redemption shall be so splendid and illustrious — that the whole World shall…praise and celebrate….   Struck with fear, it shall render glory to God….   He means the conversion of the Gentiles….   Even to the utmost boundaries of the Earth, the Name of God shall be revered and honoured, so that the Gentiles shall not only tremble but shall serve and adore Him with true repentance…. 

     "'A Redeemer shall come to Zion' [Isaiah 59:20]….   Paul quotes this passage (Romans 11:26-29), to show that there is still some remaining hope among the Jews….   Because God is continually mindful of His Covenant, and ‘His gifts and calling are without repentance’ — Paul justly concludes that it is impossible that there shall not at length be some remnant that come to Christ and obtain that salvation….   The Jews [too] must at length be collected, along with the Gentiles — so that out of both, 'there may be one fold' under Christ (John 10:16)….   He could not be the Redeemer of the World without belonging   to…Jews!" 

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