Jesus Claims His Inheritance

He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.
-Revelation 10:2-3, emphasis added

Revelation 1 tells us that the voice of Jesus is powerful. John describes it as "a loud voice, as of a trumpet" (1:10) and "His voice as the sound of many waters" (1:15). In Revelation 5:5b, we learn that "the Lion of the tribe of Judah . . . has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals." And now in Revelation 10:3 we hear the voice of the conquering Lamb roaring as the Lion of Judah in His victory: "When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices." Thus we hear the conquering, almighty voice of Jesus declaring His right to possess His possession!

Jesus lays claim to His rightful possession.As portrayed by this mighty angel, Jesus descends and plants His feet on the land and sea. Whether it is Jesus or just an angel representing Him, this is a picture of laying claim to His possession--an exclusive right of Jesus as the One who purchased it by His blood to reconcile all things to Himself, . . . having made peace through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20).

Jesus is the only One who can reconcile heaven to earth, that which He conquered at the cross. In a special sense, this may show Jesus sharing the right of our redemption, for we are joint heirs with Jesus: and if children, then heirs--heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together (Romans 8:17).

We also see this truth in Hebrews 9:15: He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. And in 2 Timothy 2:12, the apostle Paul said, If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

In Revelation we have already seen some wonderful pictures of Jesus as the Son of Man (1:13); the Creator of the universe (4:2, 11); the slain Lamb (5:6); and the Great High Priest (8:3).

In the Old Testament we find Daniel meeting with a heavenly representative. Let's compare these passages to see if we can identify Daniel's visitor.

 

Daniel 10:5-6, 18

Revelation 1:13-17

Clothed in linen

Clothed with a garment down to the feet

Girded with fine gold

A golden girdle

Body like beryl

Head and hair white as snow

Face as lightning

Face as the sun

Eyes as lamps of fire

Eyes as a flame of fire

Arms and feet like polished brass

Feet like fine brass

Voice like a multitude

Voice as many waters

At the sight, Daniel retained no strength

John fell at His feet as if dead

There can be no doubt about it--Daniel saw the Lord Jesus in His pre-incarnate glory, and John saw Him as the risen and glorified Son. But both of them are the image of the invisible God. And here in Revelation 10:1-6, we have a vision of what may well be Jesus in all His glory coming to take back His earth and, as He lays claim, He gives a loud cry of victory! Oh, won't that be a glorious day!

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