Up to this point I have iterated that Revelation is primarily focused on comforting and challenging seven churches in 1st century Asia Minor. I do this to make sure we understand the original significance of this letter before we leap to its importance for our day and certainly before we consider this book’s relevance to the future of this planet. That doesn’t minimize that Revelation is transparently looking to the future, and as we now know, the distant future from the perspective of the original author. For example, when we read that John is to measure “the Temple of God” (Revelation 11:1), we know that is forward looking since the previous Temple had been destroyed 25 years prior to the writing of Revelation. This matters because the events following this description of the table tell of two witnesses for God that will die, yet be vindicated through reanimation. Perhaps just as importantly, these events occur in the midst of the blowing of the seven trumpets. So even if in some of the wrath of God addressed in Revelation is going to be directed at the powers of the 1st century, many events foretell of evil nations and rulers yet to rise that also will meet the swift justice of the lamb. Tyrants from all ages will meet their match. For what is true now, will be perfectly seen as true in the future: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15). To that we say, and sing, “Hallelujah”.