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Victory in Jesus
Bible study of the victory of Jesus in Revelation.

Revelation is a book of victory.

In this series, I want to expand upon that theme, and show the victories revealed within Revelation.

Division of the Book
It helps us digest the message of Revelation if we understand the basic breakdown of the book.

  • Rev. 1 Introduction.
  • Rev. 2-3 Messages to seven churches of Asia.
  • Rev. 4-11 First prophesy.
  • Rev. 12-19 Second prophesy.
  • Rev. 20:1-22:5 The saints in heaven.
  • Rev. 22:6-21 Closing exhortations.

The book of Revelation begins by introducing the victory we have in Christ, the ruler of the kings of the earth.

  • "and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood -- and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father -- to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen" (Rev. 1:5-6).

Chapter One closes showing our victorious Lord, who rose from the dead, gloriously arrayed as He sits on God's throne (Rev. 1:12-20).

Messages to the Seven Churches
In the messages to the seven churches of Asia, Jesus promises victory to those who overcome.

  • Jesus will grant them to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God (Rev. 2:7).
  • They will not be hurt by the second death (Rev. 2:11).
  • They will be given some of the hidden manna, a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but those who receive it (Rev. 2:17).
  • They will be given authority over the nations, and given the morning star (Rev. 2:26-28).
  • They will be clothed in white garments, their names will not be erased from the book of life, and Jesus will confess their names before His Father and the angels (Rev. 3:5).
  • Jesus will make them pillars in the temple of God, and write on them the name of His God and the name of the city of His God, the new Jerusalem (Rev. 3:12).
  • Jesus will grant them to sit down with Him on His throne (Rev. 3:21).

First Prophesy
The book of Revelation tells of Christ's victory over Satan and the nations, whom Satan had deceived. Thus, Revelation tells of the saints' victory through Christ.

This is expressed twice, in two major prophesies.

The first prophesy is in Revelation chapters 5-11, and the second is in chapters 12-19. The first prophesy begins with our victorious God (Father) reigning upon His throne, by whom Christ is victorious over Satan and the world, saving the saints from their persecutors (Rev. 4).

Then the prophesy shows the victorious Lamb (Jesus), who was worthy to open the book and the seven seals. Those who worship Him say:

  • "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth" (Rev. 5:9-10).
  • "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing" (Rev. 5:12).

The seven seals show the Lord giving the saints white robes, and punishing sinful men upon the earth.

Before the last seal is opened, there is an interlude, and the saints are sealed, revealing a victorious multitude in heaven.

  • "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat; for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes" (Rev. 7:14-17).

After the seventh seal is loosed, seven trumpets sound, again showing the punishment of sinful men upon the earth.

Then when the last trumpet sounds, voices in heaven victoriously proclaim:

  • "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign" (Rev. 11:15-17).

Second Prophesy
Like the first major prophesy of Revelation, the second prophesy foretells of the victory of Christ and the saints.

  • Rev. 12:1-3, 6, 13-17 victory of the woman, who fled into the wilderness to the place prepared by God.
  • Rev. 12:4-5 victory of Christ at His birth.
  • Rev. 12:7-9 victory of Michael and his angels over Satan.
  • Rev. 12:1011 victory of the saints over Satan.
  • Rev. 14 victory of the first fruits over Satan and the beasts, doom of those who worship the beast.
  • Rev. 15 saints victorious over the beast rejoice in heaven.
  • Rev. 16-19 victory of the Lamb over the beast and false prophet.
  • Rev. 19:7-10 victory of the saints at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Throughout the Revelation, the saints are persecuted while patiently awaiting the coming of Christ.

The second major prophesy ends with a picture of Christ's great victory over Satan and His ministers, showing Christ coming on a white horse. He's called Faithful and True, as He comes judging and waging war.

"His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God" (Rev. 19:12-13).

And "from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, 'KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS'" (Rev. 19:15-16).

The Thousand Years
Now defeated, Satan is bound for a thousand years in the abyss, while Jesus victoriously reigns in heaven (Rev. 20:1-4).

  • Note: A thousand years symbolizes a long, complete period of time, in contrast to ten days which symbolizes a short, complete period of time.

The saints are also victorious as they come to life in the first resurrection, and reign with Christ for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4-5).

  • "Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years" (Rev. 20:6).

Satan's Final Release
When the thousand years are complete, Satan will be released again for a short time (Rev. 20:3, 7).

He'll come out of the abyss to deceive the nations once more, and wage war with the saints (Rev. 18:23; 20:8).

Then fire will come out of heaven and devour the ministers of Satan. And God will again give the saints victory over Satan, casting the devil into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:9-10).

Then comes the judgment, when everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10).

Each person will be judged according to his deeds, and punished for his sins, except the ones whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life (Rev. 20:11-15).

At the judgment, the saints will be victorious over sin and death, entering the New Jerusalem, while everyone else is cast into the lake of fire, where they'll spend eternity (Rev. 20:14f).

The Saints in Heaven
After judgment, the saints live in heaven for eternity, victorious over sin and death.

God "will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away'" (Rev. 21:4).

And He'll give them the water of life without cost, as His children (Rev. 21:6-7).

"There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever" (Rev. 22:3-5).

Closing Exhortations
The Revelation closes with final exhortations to heed "the words of the prophesy of this book" (Rev. 22:7).

Those who heed the warning and obey the Lord are blessed, victorious through Christ our Lord!

They "wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city" (Rev. 22:14).