7-Step Progressive Revelation ~ The word revelation essentially means revealing. God has, is, and will, reveal Himself to man in seven distinctive stages. This progression occurs during three distinct major categories: General (or Natural) Revelation, Special Revelation, and Applied Revelation. This series will focus on this unfolding seven step progression.
Applied Revelation ~ First we had General Revelation and later Special Revelation. Finally we have Applied (or Implemented) Revelation. The knowledge gained from General and Special Revelation is applied in a practical and intended way.
7—God’s Law Fully Functional (eternal rejoicing) ~ There is coming a future time when everything is complete. At that time God’s order will be fully operational. “And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for athousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4-6).
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John,saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away’” (Revelation 21:1-4).
“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,for the gloryof God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are savedshall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causesan abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Revelation 21:22-27).
Comment ~ Applied Revelation was partially fulfilled since Christ’s First Coming. The complete and functional fulfillment will be realized following His Second Coming.
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