In the Old Testament, Daniel was told that end-time prophecy was sealed or hidden until the time of the end. Daniel saw some amazing visions about the tribulation that he didn’t understand. He wanted to know more, but was told in Daniel 12:9 that the “words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.”
By contrast, we find here in the opening verse that God is providing the unsealing of end-time events. This is the revelation or the apocalypse (from the Greek word translated unveiling) from Jesus Christ.
In Hebrews 1:1 we learn that the “last days” have already begun. There we read, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe” (emphasis mine).
So, we’re in the last days or the last time period—the age of grace or the church age, which began at Pentecost (Acts 2). God unveiled details regarding the end times and the return of Christ as a key focus for the church age. What was hidden from Daniel has now been revealed for those living in the church age—that’s us! No story is complete without an ending. Revelation offers us unsealed insight into the resolution to all things. It finishes the redemptive narrative that began in Genesis.
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