Six ways that Revelation displays God’s sovereignty over time

  1. God and Christ are everlasting: Alpha and Omega, first and last, beginning and end (Rev. 1.4, 1.8, 1.17, 2.8, 21.6, 22.13)
  2. God knows what must take place (Rev. 1.1, 4.1)
  3. God gives permission for evil to occur, but for short periods of time (Rev. 2.10, 3.10, 6.11, 11.2-3, 12.12, 13.5)
  4. God protects his people or gives them rest for specific time periods (Rev. 3.10, 7.3, 8.1, 12.6, 12.14, 20.2-7)
  5. God has a set time in which to judge the world (Rev. 10.6-7, 11.18, 14.7, ch. 18 repeats the phrase “in one hour” three times)
  6. Even John is not permitted to reveal everything about God’s timetable (Rev. 10.4)

Source: author’s personal sermon preparation

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