God is the creator of both the physical (natural) realm and the spiritual (supernatural) realm. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16).
The unseen realm is why there are mysteries in God’s Word. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deut. 29:29).
Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that the mystery of His will was revealed to us through Christ’s first coming. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets [the Old Testament times or the early Days], has in these last days [New Testament or the Church Age] spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
Ephesians 1:9 adds that God “made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself.” The mystery doesn’t pertain to God Himself, but to His plans and purposes for mankind, and particularly the Bridegroom and His Bride.
Why does this matter to us today? Because the Bride plays a pivotal role in the culmination of the mystery of God’s will. It’s laid out primarily in the book of Revelation. The last book of our Bible begins with these words: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw” (vs. 1-2).
In other words, this is Jesus’ direct revelation to us, His servants, about the rest of the mystery. That’s why verse 3 adds: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
The book covers the final signs of this age that we are living in, and then explains the Last Day of God’s prophetic Week. You may know this 1,000-year time period as Christ’s millennial reign. The book highlights the first 3½ years of that 7th Day, also known as the Day of the Lord.
Sadly, many Christians avoid this final revelation of the mystery of God’s will because, well, it seems so mysterious. It doesn’t have to be that way. As Isaiah 40:3-5 declares, it’s time to prepare the way for the Lord’s coming. It’s time to make a clear, straight highway, where the low and high places are leveled out, the crooked or twisted places are made straight, and the rough places made smooth. It’s time for the Body of Christ to see clearly the time of the end together.
So we’re starting a new series on the final book. In our next blog, we will give you the broad overview of how the book unfolds. That in itself should clear up a lot of the confusion. We’ll also give you some traveler’s trip to guide you along the journey. We can’t wait to get started!