The royal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ takes place in history. This enthronement of the Lamb is realized in the war of the Lamb against the forces opposed to Him. This battle continues with growing intensity until the very end of history.
The images of the Apocalypse clearly reveal the fundamental idea indicated in the New Testament concerning the royal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: namely, that this ministry takes place in
and that it takes place not only as the inner manifestation of the power of the accomplished redemption but also as the new and effective action of the «Lamb as it had been slain»
This enthronement of the Lamb is realized in the war of the Lamb against the forces opposed to Him — first in their confused interaction and then in the final separation of the forces of good and the forces of evil. Only as its final result does this tragic accomplishment include the triumph of the new city descending from heaven onto the new earth under the new heaven. This tragedy fills all of history from the Ascension of the Lord to heaven until the very end of history. Christ's enthronement is accomplished by a long and intense battle, and this enthronement represents His continuing ministry, which does not end until the end of history. It represents His royal ministry on earth. Here, according to the mistical images of Revelation, Christ redescends from heaven to earth to the battle, and those who serve Him and do His work participate in it. On the one hand, there are those «that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held»
they lament about themselves: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”
On the other hand, these very same, together with those who did not worship the beast, participate in the first resurrection and reign upon the earth
Since the battle continues with growing intensity until the very end of history, it follows that Christ's royal ministry too is continuing and is not very finished. The entire Apocalypse (i.e., the revelation of the true content of history)
is in fact this continuing enthronement.