Revelation 11:17 (ESV)
Recently a group of us went downtown and participated in a game where we were locked in a room, given a couple clues, and asked to figure out how to escape the room in order to break free (yes, we actually paid our own hard-earned money to be locked away). As we solved certain clues, more rooms and details were opened up to us. We had one hour to solve the mystery and break out of the final room. If the group was successful at beating the game, we would be given a sticker and the right to purchase a shirt that said “I Escaped!” on it. If not, each member of the group would receive a sticker that said “I Almost Escaped!” on it. Before our team started the game, we were able to see several teams come out of their game room. Some were celebrating in jubilation while others seemed bummed out that they didn’t have enough time, clues or the ability to beat the game.
This modern day game requires the ability to think logically, be quick on your feet, and work in an orderly fashion. The clues become progressively more difficult as time goes along; and just when you think that you followed all the rules and solved the problem, another room opens up and a whole new set of clues are revealed. This same exact game concept can be applied to understanding the final book of the Bible.
Revelation, one of the most prophetic books in all of the Bible, is like a syllabus: a course outline of what is to come. Clues from all throughout the Bible are read and uncovered, and the story of what was, is, and is to come, plays out in an apocalyptic epistle.
What is first discovered is that the kingdoms of this world are currently under the enemy’s rule, but they won’t always be. The last trumpet will be blown and heard, which will then signal the Lord taking reign of the Kingdom. He will rule and reign forever. There will be a glorious proclamation of victory for The Church (The Bride of Christ). True worship of the King will be established, and instead of receiving a sticker like you do when you beat the game, a celebration of jubilee will take place. Nonstop praise with a resounding hallelujah will occur. Never-ending gratitude will be offered and the complete victory of God will be fully realized by all.