There are realities surrounding the incarnation of Christ that transcend mere human history. When we come to the 12th chapter of the book of Revelation, we see the significance of Christ’s coming against the timeless backdrop of the cosmic warfare going on in the spiritual realm between the prince of darkness and the Light of the World. In the first six verses, we are introduced to the main characters in this “Sky-Drama,” and we are brought to realize our own place in this cosmic battle.
The question comes, “if God is so loving and so good and our salvation is so great, why is there the necessity of suffering?” The answer Paul gives us here is because we are redeemed people still living in the midst of a sinful world, and though we already have the blessings of forgiveness and adoption and growing sanctification in the Holy Spirit, God’s consummation of history remains a future event. So we trust our Father and joyfully endure the trials of this life knowing that God’s promise of our glorification remains yet to be fulfilled.