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Revelation is not about the Body of Christ

The body of Christ is not the subject of the book of Revelation. Here is some evidence to support that fact:
1. Its placement in the sixfold division of the Bible:
  • The OT - The King and His coming Kingdom in promise and prophecy
  • The 4 Gospels - The King and His Kingdom offered and rejected
  • The Acts - The King and His Kingdom re-offered and rejected, transition to the body of Christ
  • The Pauline Epistles - The Kingdom postponed, the King made Head of the Church
  • The Jewish Epistles - The King and His Kingdom once again at hand
  • The Revelation - The King comes to establish His kingdom on the earth 

2. The Jewish character of the book. It is full of Hebrew idioms, expressions, words and phrases, and imagery. The number of OT passages quoted or alluded to in Matthew is 92, Hebrews is 102, but Revelation is 285!
3. Revelation is a book of PROPHECY (Rev. 1:3; 22:7,10,18-19). The body of Christ is not the subject of prophecy but a great mystery that was hid from the prophets and was first revealed to and through the apostle Paul (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:5,9; Col. 1:26). 
4. The vantage point from which John writes the book is the future Day of the LORD (1:10). The Spirit transported him past the Grace Age into the tribulation period (and beyond) to be an eyewitness of the things he was to write. 
5. The promises given to the 7 churches are clearly for tribulation saints. The Bible does not limit the use of the word "church" to the present age (Acts 7:38). Does the body of Christ have to overcome in order to have right to the tree of life and not be hurt of the second death (2:7,11)?
6. Jesus Christ is presented throughout this book in accordance with prophecy and not the revelation of the mystery (Rom. 16:25). He is seen as the Great High Priest and the coming King of kings, not the Head of the church. 
7. The WHOLE book was sent to the seven churches and they were told to KEEP the things in it (Rev. 1:3,11). Are you trying to keep the instruction of 14:9-12 and 22:14 for example?
 
There is more evidence than this but I think these 7 points are suffcient for any thinking person that is not totally blinded by religious tradition to see that Revelation is not about the body of Christ. All scripture is FOR us but it was not all written TO us or ABOUT us! 

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