Comment: You've heard of the "already, not yet"?

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You've heard of the "already, not yet"?

Scripture tells us that Christ reigns now (Acts 2:32-33, Matthew 3:27). That's the "already." The "not yet" will happen when sin is destroyed and Satan is thrown into hell.

The 12 tribes? Where are they now? Where were they when Revelation was written?

It's figurative language, taken from the Old Testament. To understand Revelation at all, it must be read it in light of the Old Testament apocalyptic descriptions of prophecies that were fulfilled, such as Egypt's fall, Ezekiel 32:7-8:

"And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God."

We know that did not happen literally. That's judgment language and we know the prophecy was fulfilled. The same type of language is in Revelation.