Jesus speaking with his disciples before his death, said unto his disciples regarding the future of his kingdom, and his authority on the day his kingdom is established: John 5:24-28 “Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that hears my words, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
And saying these things, Jesus points to the reality that he will have and is the final authority granting those accepting his teaching to do what he commands everlasting life. He will raise them up to life in his eternal kingdom from the dead when he will have established his kingdom, but those rejecting his word; as the final authority they will be condemned to everlasting punishment, they will fall on the day of his return.
However, this was not only for those believing in his word in the present times, this message and promise of everlasting life, and condemnation is going out to those who had believed in the past, the forgotten generations, and the future generations who will live to see the return and establishment of Christ’ kingdom.
Therefore, Jesus continued, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father has life in himself; so, has he given to the Son to have life in himself; and has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”
God has given Christ the final say; therefore, Jesus is titled the first and the last in the book and message John wrote to the seven churches. Because on the day of his wrath, and at the end of his outpouring wrath, Jesus will raise all who have died and judge them according to their works.
Therefore said Jesus, John 5:28-29 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
And writing to the seven churches, and revealing the glory of Christ in his coming kingdom, and the honor of the saints in the coming kingdom of Jesus Christ. John revealed the glory Christ received from the nations brought before his throne.
Defeated, the four beasts, empires that had risen upon the earth in their generations, and the kings throughout the ages ruling over those kingdoms along with the people of the nations over which they once ruled, were brought before Christ and being brought before Christ, they glorified Christ as King and Lord in the presence of the twenty-four elders dressed in white with a crown of gold on their heads, and in the presence of the saints who had overcome the four beasts in those past generations. And when the defeated kingdoms and beast give glory to God, the elders, and the saints give glory to Jesus Christ who had conquered his enemies, and their God who had brought them victory and a kingdom.
Revelation 4:4-11 “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats, I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” The leaders of the people of God throughout the ages were given a place of power with Christ in his kingdom to judge the nations sitting upon thrones of glory with Christ.
“And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thundering and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” The elders, the leaders of the seven churches sit together to judge the nations, and with authority, they judged and brought low the kingdom of the Antichrist.
“And before the throne, there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.”
God has washed us in his own blood and sanctified us to stand before his throne in service unto his God and Father. And through faithfulness, and enduring until the end, we have conquered the nations, fierce and terrible nations upon the earth, whose nature and behaviors were that of beastly creatures of the earth who subdued nations and resisted the kingdom of Christ until he came.
“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” The nations bowed their knees before the King of kings, and all the people that served these kings, and the nations over which they once ruled.
“And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created.”