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Who Is Really in Charge? Revelation 5:1-14

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The Christian Index


At the turn of the first century after Jesus’ birth, many of Christ’s followers were experiencing hardships. Roman officials were persecuting and oppressing Christians, making clear the creed of their day, “Caesar is Lord.” Indeed, John himself had been banished to the island of Patmos.

From different perspectives, therefore, John the Revelator pens the words of this book, not only to encourage the Christians of Asia Minor, but as well to challenge their answer to the question, “Who is really in charge?” The clear and unmistakable focus of the Book of Revelation is this: As the final chapters of redemptive history approach, Jesus Christ triumphs over all His enemies.

John challenges the dictum of his day and asserts, in no uncertain terms, that Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is the only One worthy and able to be in charge. Consider, for example, John’s second vision found in Revelation 5.


Revelation, biblical studies