Five times in the Book of Revelation, Jesus, God the Son, says He is the “First and the Last.” What is Jesus claiming? The first time God uses this designation of Himself is in Isaiah 41:4. Whenever the New Testament uses a phrase, a name, a symbol, or any other figure that has its origins in the Old Testament, we should study to discover what the original intent of it is. In this case it is obvious from the context of Isaiah 41:4 that God is claiming Himself sovereign over history. In Revelation Jesus claims Himself the First and the Last, thus claiming to be the Sovereign Lord over history.
Jerusalem is Babylon in John’s Revelation I am convinced that Jerusalem is Babylon in the Book of Revelation. In biblical expression, Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, is representative of Israel as a whole; Jerusalem is essentially Israel. We should note that the book of Revelation uses the spiritual character of Old Testament nations to [...]