Here are some of the new thoughts which has come to mind regarding the first three verses of Revelation 1.
To begin the new thoughts are about the role of authentic leadership and the leaders of the church then and the modern-day evangelical church today, and who has been appointed them to that leadership and why it was given or handed down in the manner which is stated in Revelation 1. Then it is here in the opening text of scripture in the book of Revelation that I believe establishes the setting which contains the origin of how God gives authentic authority unto His servants. It is a Divine Revelation that has been given to inform believers or Christians of what lies ahead in, the near future. It is well to note how this verse of scripture states the authentic authority of whom is to bare record or testimony of the things that must shortly come to pass. In addition, I, further believe this to be the five-fold authority of who is to proclaim and teach the importance of understanding this prophecy of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING REVELATION 1
INTRODUCTION AND BENEDICTION
Introducing the Revelation of Jesus Christ
Which God gave Him to show His servants
Regarding things which much shortly take place
Sent and signified by His angel
To His servant John, who bore witness…
To the word of God
To the testimony of Jesus Christ
To all things that he saw
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear this prophecy
Blessed are those who keep those things written in it, for the time is near
GREETINGS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES
From John, to the seven churches in Asia
With grace and peace
From Him who is and who was and who is to come
From the seven Spirits who are before His throne
From Jesus Christ
The faithful witness
The firstborn from the dead
The ruler over the kings of the earth
Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood
Who made us kings and priests to His God and Father
To Whom be glory and dominion forever and ever!
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHRIST’S COMING
He is coming with clouds
Every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him
All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him
Even so, Amen (so be it)
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End”
“Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty”
THE VISION OF THE SON OF MAN
JOHN’S CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO THE VISION
Their brother and companion
In the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ
On the island called Patmos
For the word of God
For the testimony of Jesus Christ
In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day
WHAT HE HEARD BEHIND HIM
A loud voice, as of a trumpet
Saying to him
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last”
“What you see, write in a book”
“Send it to the seven churches which are in Asia…”
WHAT HE SAW, AND HIS REACTION
Turning to see the voice, he saw
Seven golden lampstands
In the midst of the seven lampstands, One like the Son of Man
Clothed with a garment down to the feet, girded about the chest with a golden band
His head and hair white as wool, white as snow
His eyes like a flame of fire
His feet like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace
His voice as the sound of many waters
In His right hand, seven stars
Out of His mouth, a sharp two-edged sword
His countenance like the sun shining in its strength
Seeing Him, John fell at His feet as dead
THE LORD’S WORDS TO JOHN
“Do not be afraid”
“I am the First and the Last”
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.”
“I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
“The things which you have seen”
“The things which are”
“The things which will take place after this”
“The mystery of the seven stars…and the seven golden lampstands”
“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches”
“The seven lampstands…are the seven churches”
Compare these different translations of Revelation 1:1
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things that must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Revelation 1:1 KJV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants- things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Revelation 1:1 NKJV
[This is] the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of divine mysteries]. God gave it to Him to disclose and make known to His bod-servants certain things which must shortly and speedily come to pass in their entirety. And He sent and communicated it through His angel (messenger) to His bond-servant John, Revelation 1:1 Amplified
This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him concerning the events that will happen soon. An angel was sent to God’s servants John so that John could share the revelation whit God’s other servants. Revelation 1:1 NLT
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show unto his servants, (even) the things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified (it) by his angel unto his servant John; Revelation 1:1 ASV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, Revelation 1:1 NASB
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Revelation 1:1 NRSV
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place; He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John; Revelation 1:1 NIV
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Revelation 1:1 RSV
A revealing of Jesus, the Messiah. God gave it to make plain to his servants what is about to happen. He published and delivered it by angel to his servant John. Revelation 1:1 MSG
This is the revelation which God gave to Yeshua the Messiah, so that he could show his servants what must happen soon. He communicated it by sending his angel to his servant Yochanan, Revelation 1:1 CJB
Outline for Study Revelation 1
Yes, these outlines will look like all of the other outlines of the book of Revelation
Introduction or Analysis: Revelation 1: The things which you have seen Revelation 1:1-3
My purpose for looking at so many translations is to get the full view of how Revelation 1:1 is interpreted. I state this as a pastor who believes in rightly dividing the word of truth in Christ Jesus.
A. God’s Servants: Revelation 1:1
1 The process of God
A God gave unto
B The foundation of truth to His servants
2 God’s inspired word or revelation: Revelation 1:1
A The substance of the revelation
1 Out of Divine thoughts
2 The word or revelation testified
B. To be a living witness: Revelation 1:2
1 To bear witness John 3:32; Matthew 17:1-13
C. Blessed is he that readeth Revelation 1:3
1 there is requirement or condition
a. read the word
b. hear the word
c. keep the word
D. John’s vision the message to the seven churches:
1 Seven Spirits of God
2 Christ faithful
3 Christ sacrifice
4 Spiritual kings
E. The vision of Christ Second Coming: Revelation 1:7-9
1 Coming with clouds
2 Overpowering presence
4 The God eternal
F. John’s vision on Patmos: Revelation 1:9-10
2 The Day of the Lord
3 Hearing Christ voice
G. The Seven Churches: Revelation 1:11-12, 20
1 The writing
2 The inspired word
3 The speaking
H. The Vision of the Glorified Christ: Revelation 1:13-15
1 Christ the robe of righteousness
2 One who searches the heart
I. Christ the chosen instrument: Revelation 1:16-18
1 The sword of the Spirit or the two-edged sword
2 The light of Christ
3 The touch of Christ
4 Christ our eternal life
J. Mystery of the seven stars or candlesticks: Revelation 1:19:20
Revelation one gives us an introduction or preface to the prophetic word of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Up to this point of this commentary I has made just some brief comments with outlines of how I will personally study this Divine Revelation of Jesus Christ which His Father gave to Him to show unto His servants the things which must shortly come to pass Revelation 1:1. As we begin my study to find the full and true meaning of the prophetic revelation of the words written in the book of Revelation or its Divine and prophetic messages to Israel, to the modern-day church that is living in the last days. Yet it is well for me to state early that I will use various outlines and other examples from time to time to explain what the Spirit of God has revealed.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Revelation 1:1
Yet to begin with here in this first text of scripture where that it clearly begins with the fact that the book of Revelation is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”. As for this pastor I must truly and honestly state that the Spirit of the Living God and His Son revealed unto me that if you are truly walking as a servant, He will reveal that which is hidden things, which God has given unto His Son to show unto His servants. Yes, it was sent and signified by His angel unto His servant John.
Anybody who studies the Bible for any length of time needs to understand truly the authentic authority and the five-fold ministry and its authority which is recorded in Ephesian 4:11 and Revelation 1:1. Moreover, the logic for repeating it is that you and I must fully understand the purpose of authority, as well as how badly this authority is abused by many who have been appointed to authority. Therefore, instead of teaching the saints how to prepare for the return of Christ or equipping the church for the work of ministry. In addition, let me remind you that Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus about the five-fold ministry and the purpose for that five-fold ministry for equipping the saints Ephesians 4:11-13. Even before you get to the book of Revelation the apostles have written many of the warnings about the false prophets, false teachers, and the spirit of antichrist.
For me as well as many other Christians there has always been these questions about the authentic author of the book of Revelation as well as other books of the Bible. Well as we open up this personal study in the first book of Revelation in the first verse you will find a five-fold order of authentic leadership and about who is the author and who is the writer. Jesus Christ is the author and God gave Him the revelation to show to His servants of the events that must shortly come to pass. It was sent and signified by His angel unto His servant John. Note the order of authentic leadership hand down in verse one we all know that God is the supreme authority and He gave the revelation unto His Son to show unto His servants. I make these comments to show the who, what, and how the prophecy of the revelation of Jesus Christ is to unfold by the order of authentic leadership and the given instructions in verse one. Not to be harsh about what I am about to state however, I believe that many Christians for one reason or another miss the whole concept of verse one especially the authentic order is handed down by God. Therefore, I believe that I am safe in saying that those of us who call ourselves servants are to be baring witness of the revelation of Jesus Christ our Lord.
God gave unto him
What God gave unto Jesus is now permission to reveal unto His servants what God told Daniel to close up until the end of time. Furthermore, as a book that would bring assurance to them the saints of the church that had walked strongly in their faith. Yes, to be honest this book of Revelation is full of mysteries, symbolism and within humankind or mankind we are limited to understand this Divine Revelation that God gave to Jesus. Now this book of Revelation and its prophecy began in the Old Testament to the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament.
The point that needs to be stress is that God began revealing what would take place in what I will call a partial disclosures of what He would do before He done it. Then in the New Testament the Lord Jesus Christ in His teaching further that prophecy by teaching that the kingdom of God was at hand. This prophecy was carried on by the apostles to prophecies unto the saints of the church, and now we are in that final disclosures that the church calls the Apocalypse of the book of Revelation.
to show unto his servants
NOTE THESE THOUGHTS: These are the persons or individuals Jesus and God has called, to whom this Divine plan was design and now is made known unto Jesus servants. In addition, they are “servants” the servants of God, by a devout and it is by them in a voluntary surrender of themselves to be the servants of the Lord God. They are not only servants, but they are kings and priests. Taking it a step further one might say it in this manner that these are the distinguished servants God’s holy will is given unto them to reveal unto the saint of the church and the inhabitants of the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him; and He will show them His covenant.
things which must shortly come to pass
One of the ways that one could interpret is in the plain that Jesus is revealing unto His servants of the destruction that will take place before the Day of Judgment. However, one might also consider it in this manner that the Revelation of Jesus Christ as the medium of a Divine communication from Almighty God through His Son to be given unto the Son’s servants the thing which must shortly come to pass.
and he sent and signified it by his angel
What I have written up to this point is just a partial understanding that explains the word “revelation” which when understanding the meaning of revelation that it means an unveiling or revealing of things that God told Daniel to close until the end of time Daniel 12:4. Yet one might say that this is one means that could explain the meaning of signified which would show unto us verbally the symbolical language of the symbols as signs of what is written in the book of Revelation.
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. (Revelation 1:2)
Who bare record of the word of God
Of who bare record is of the essential and eternal Word of God, and of his only begotten Son; as John the apostle did in his writing of the gospel of John, and in his epistles, and also in this book of Revelation; and which is a clear evidence of his being the writer of the book of Revelation.
Verse two also opens with a very important fact about who is to bear the true witness of the word of God. When we put verse one and two together with authentic order of leadership of the servants then we in like manner are to bare record of what John saw and wrote. I stress this point because of what John saw while he was with Christ and what he saw in the vision of revelation. Therefore, we the church should also bare witness of the authentic testimony recorded in Revelation of Jesus. If you remember in the gospels John was with Christ on the mountain of transfiguration and saw Christ and now John is to continue baring witness of the things he has seen.
Again, up to this point I have written mainly on and introduction or foundation of my personal understand of why I am writing this personal commentary. I will now begin to unpack my understanding of the book of Revelation.
and of the testimony of Jesus Christ
Let us begin by considering that is, that the books of the New Testament; the gospel, and the book of Acts that is the history of the early church, and the epistles, which testifies of the person of Christ, of the truth of His divinity, and reality of His human nature; of the union of the two natures, divine and human, His person: of His several offices, of prophet, priest and King; of what He did and suffered for his people; and of the blessings of grace which they receive by Him.
and of all things that he saw
“and of all things that he saw”: Yes, the apostle John saw with his bodily eyes, what has been recorded in the gospel of Christ, as the human body of Christ, the miracles John witness in it, the transfiguration of it on the mount, the crucifixion of it, and the piercing of it with a spear, and the resurrection of it from the dead; and also the visions recorded in this book; and such a faithful witness serves greatly to confirm the authority of this book of Revelation.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. (Revelation 1:3)
Blessed is he that readeth,
As we begin the third verse of scripture, here is where the rubber meets the road for all Christians and leaders of the church. I state it in this manner to point out where many Christians and leaders as well as pastors give away their blessing because the way it is stated in this verse “BLESSED IS HE THAT READETH”. Yet I can also say that there is much discourse in regards over how to we are to interpret this text of scripture. The point which needs to be made is that when any individual Christian says I do not read the book of Revelation because it is so hard to understand, I believe that they turn down their blessing. My reasoning behind this statement is for two reasons one because they do not read the prophecy of this book, and second is they cannot hear the words of prophecy. Furthermore, Paul also wrote this and stated that I have written a few things unto you read. In addition, Paul writes to Timothy and said unto him study to show thy-self approved. Two we are to keep the things that are written within the prophecy of revelation for the time is at hand we will gain the promise of reward.
The first thing that I feel that Christians need to know and understand about this prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, is to state it over and over that it is a prophecy God gave this to His Son to give to His servants of the things that must shortly come to pass. The Christians, here on earth need to prepare themselves in a spiritual manner by reading, hearing, and keeping the words of this prophecy for receiving the kingdom of heaven which is to come. In addition, going back to verse two I further believe we as Christians are to bare the testimony or record of Christ and the things to come concerning the prophecy of the last days. However, I know that we are not in the same spirit as John was on that day that John received this prophecy.
Again, verse three to my way of thinking is the most important verse here in these three scriptures for they offer a clear understanding of who Jesus will reveal unto His servants, who is to bare this revelation, and the most important is who is to keep this revelation.
Why I have stated this over about this third verse of scripture is because of how that Christ state through how that Christ states it to John, “blessed is he that readeth,” KJV. Christ starts or begins by offering a blessing to anyone who reads the word of this prophecy. Note this: that when we go back and consider what Jesus taught to His disciples in His message or teaching on the Sermon on The Mount He started out with “blessed are those” which we call the beatitudes. Two is where that John state Jesus words “hear the words of this prophecy” KJV. Therefore, what I feel is that Christ truly wants, is for us to understand is that we need to have a spiritual seeing and the spiritual hearing to hear the words of this prophecy. Third and finally that Christ wants each of us to be obedient to the words of this prophecy that we will gain all, of the other blessings promised in the book of Revelation.
Now within the five roles of authentic leadership how does the church learn about who holds the proper role of authentic leadership?
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; Revelation 1:4 KJV
Note: the key issues or elements of this text of scripture I have underlined will be my focuses on this text of scripture.
From Him which is, and which was, and which is to come
This is to my personal understanding as the whole salutation is given in the name of the Holy Trinity: The Father (Him which is, and was, and is to come), the Spirit (the seven spirits), the Son (Jesus Christ). This portion of this text of scripture is the salutation or greeting and is distinctively characteristic of the author of Revelation which is Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Father is Him which is, and which was, and which is to come. Which is and which was form one clause, to be balanced against which is to come. Compare Revelation 11:17; Revelation 16:5; and “was in the beginning with God” (John 1:2 and Genesis 1:1). Which is to come, the One who is coming.
from him which is, and which was, and which is to come: However, there is so many different ways to interpret this for there are some that understand of the whole Trinity; the Father by Him “which is”, being the I am that I am; the Son by him “which was”, “which was with God the Father”, and was God; and the “Spirit” by Him “which is to come”, who was promised to come from the Father and the Son, as a Comforter, and the Spirit of truth: While others think Christ is here only intended, as he is in Revelation 1:8 and by the same expressions; and is He “which is”, since before Abraham He was the “I am”; and He “which was”, as the eternal Logos or Word; and “is to come”, and as being the Judge of quick and dead. However, to my own understanding this should be understood as the first Person, of God the Father; and the phrases are expressive both of His eternity, He being God from everlasting to everlasting; and of his immutability, He being now what he always was, and will be what he now is, and ever was, without any variableness, or shadow of turning: they are a periphrasis, and an explanation of the word “Jehovah”, which includes all tenses, past, present, and the future to come.
It also is well to note that most teachers and leaders of the church teach here that John is the one making the greeting to the seven churches, however, this is just one way to address this text of scripture. Yet to my own personal understanding that it is not only John, but God and Christ are also greeting the seven churches. Now the apostle John now begins in this greeting unto the seven churches in Asia Minor with grace and peace be unto them, therefore, by addressing the complete Godhead. Inaddition, this is also addressing the spiritual power in the kingdom of heaven.
One of the important issues that I can see here in verse four is this: First John relates the spiritual power, of God by stating that it comes from the throne of God. Secondly, that this continues in verse five by showing the Lord’s faithful unto His Father, and the third is to go to the cross to save the people of whom God has called, and the fourth is that they may have eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Before we go any further it is well to note in addition, the number seven and its meaning, seven means complete or perfect number. The apostle John goes on to relate in this greeting the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God.
Spirits which are before his throne
When I began to look at all, of the in-depth meaning of the book of Revelation and in verse four in Revelation one, I, began to have questions regarding the seven Spirits of God. Yes, as everyone else would ask: What are the seven Spirits of God? As I further study on in the book of Revelation 4:5, I read again that these seven Spirits of God. However, what I further found was in Revelation 5:6, where that these seven Spirits of God were sent out into the earth. If these seven Spirits of God were sent out into the earth then the question which came to mind for what purpose was, they sent? Yet today I am still searching the scriptures to find out why they were sent to the earth. Now it is some years later that during the writing of this commentary where that I am further seeking a deeper understanding of the Seven Spirits of God sent to the earth.
From other writers, theologians, scholars who write their spiritual understanding of the scriptures and commentaries where that I found that there is many interpretations or understandings about the seven Spirits of God. Yes, you will find in Revelation where it states the seven Spirits four times, however, you also will find that the prophet Zechariah is given a vision with the lampstand in Revelation 1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is filled with the number seven; we therefore, must remember that this is the number of perfection as well as the concept of perfection of God to fullest degree of speaking unto us through these seven Spirits of God is just one concept of the seven Spirits of God. I will deal more with these seven Spirits of God in Revelation four and five.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5
And from Jesus Christ,
Therefore, to say that this is second person of the trinity and now it truly describes the completeness and the obvious, that it is well to note here of how that the apostle John truly recognizes the presence of the risen Lord Jesus, who is now holds the authority of being not only being the revelator and revelation of the prophetic message of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the prophetic word of the end of time to take place in the coming days.
who is the faithful witness,
Yes, there are many ways that one may gain understanding of the faithful witness.
The first “laid down His life”
secondly “has been through it.”
The third “faithful witness”
The fourth “faithful mercies”
The fifth “they banked upon Him.” PERSONAL THOUGHT
The sixth “faithful”
The seventh “even unto death”
The eighth “faithful witness”
(John 18:37 “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice”). In His crucifixion Jesus bore witness to the faithfulness of God’s ways as contrasted with the ways of “religion,” that is inspired by the devil: strength out of weakness; glory out of shame; joy out of suffering; life out of death.
and the prince of the kings of the earth
Now breaking it down in phrases is to point out the authority of Jesus and who does have the power over sin. This phrase is one of the important phrases here in Revelation 1 that truly reveals the superiority of Jesus Christ and His rule of authority to rule over the earthy rulers. Therefore, it is through the efficacious grace of Christ, and of whom He is Prince or King; but literally I strongly believe too rule the kings and princes of this world according to Revelation 17:2. The “kings of the earth” is a phrase that is often used in the Revelation. (other reference to kings Revelation 1:6; 6:15; 17:2; 18:3,9; 19:19; 21:24; 16:14; 18:3,11,23).
first begotten of the dead,
Now in this greeting we see that the apostle John is identifying Jesus as the true and faithful witness, however, one might also consider this as a prayer that the apostle is praying. However, it might also be that the apostle John is pointing out that by praying in this manner you are calling down the blessing of Jesus Christ who was the true and faithful witness for His Father in heaven. What are some of the other facts that we can pull out of these two texts of scriptures? The first thing I can relate to in the phrase “begotten of the dead” is the resurrection of Christ which when we come to Him, we in like manner will be partakers of the first resurrection Revelation 20:6. Secondly, when praying unto the one that loved us enough to go to the cross or lay down His life for us. The third thing I see is that we are made kings and priest unto God the Father to where we will live forever and ever Amen.
Unto him that loved us,
In this verse of scripture I see Jesus, his own people, his own church, his chosen, and the ones who are given him by his Father; these Jesus has loved with an everlasting and unchangeable love, with a love of compassion and delight, or joy, which passes human knowledge, and that it will never end: In addition, that which Jesus has shown in espousing the church made up of Jews and Gentiles, and therefore, undertaking their cause, assuming their nature, and in nothing more than in giving Himself for them as a propitiatory sacrifice, or in dying and shedding His precious blood for us.
and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
To all Christians this phrase the phrase of life for it is that phrase, which shows that we are the individual persons to where that Jesus shows how much He loved us before He washed away our sins. For we cannot not have our sins washed, and then loved, however, we must first love, and accepted and then be washed in the blood. According to other interpreters of the Bible say that the word “washed” is better translated “freed”; for Jesus Christ freed us from our sins. Yes, there can be no mistake in identifying Jesus Christ by this description as the one that washed or freed us from sin. When Jesus Christ shed His blood, He became “the first begotten of the dead.” He defeated death and the devil. That was Jesus Christ’s sole mission for coming to earth; being born of a woman; living in the fleshly body; or human body, and then dying on the cross and shedding His blood. Our Lord Jesus Christ conquered death, and Satan the devil, Hebrews 2:14. Satan’s name is Death.
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6
Key Thoughts and Words
God’s grace God’s throne
God’s peace God eternal Revelation 1:5
Christ the faithful witness
King of kings
The blood of Christ Revelation 1:6
Glorifying God Amen
And hath made us kings and priests unto God
This text of scripture reveals one key element regarding being made kings and priests. Now, personally I believe that Jesus is telling the apostle John that in the kingdom of heaven we will have a spiritual kingship or be made into a spiritual kingdom of priest, this is spoken of by God back in Exodus 19:6, where God was speaking unto Moses to speak God’s word unto Israel. One might also interpret this prophecy of Jesus in this manner in my personal thought, if we are made kings and priest unto God then we are being made into holiness unto God. In addition, it is well to note that Peter and Paul spoke of being kings of the Lord 1 Timothy 6:15 and they state that we are kings in Christ.
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
This scripture phrase I do feel that we need to consider the glory of His deity, and of all His offices; of His being the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth; and of all the benefits and blessings, favours and honours, received from Him by His people: and “dominion”; over all creatures, and over all his saints, and especially in His kingdom, in the last days, which will be an everlasting one; and which is continually to be wished and prayed for, that it would come, and come quickly. “Amen”; so, let it be, and so it shall be.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7
Again, I have underlined the important issues or phrases, which I believe to be understood by the modern-day church that are living in the last days made up of Jews and Gentiles. This text of scripture I also feel that it truly holds many more of the key elements about Christ and His return or His Second Coming and the means of how He will come and what will take place with the inhabitants of the earth who have not accepted Him as their Lord and Saviour. One might also interpret that this text of scripture shows the glory and manifestation of Christ returning and therefore, every eye shall see which is a visible manifestation of Christ glory.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; yes, as we the modern-day church truly looks for this event to take place and the Lord to return. Yet I find that when we study for to make ourselves to make ready for His return, then I believe that it is well for us to know and understand what the word of God states about the clouds in the heavens and the word of prophecy regarding the Lord’s return. In addition, one might consider the clouds that are written about from the pages of the Old Testament in connection, with God’s Divine activities with His creation to the people of Israel first and then with the modern-day church that is living in the last days.
One can look through the scriptures and find many texts of scriptures that refer to the clouds and a cloud, as yes there is indeed the scriptures makes over a, 150 references to the clouds, however, what I find is that few of them makes reference to the natural clouds of which brings rain upon the earth. Moreover, I feel safe in saying that most of these refers to God and the nature of God and His Divine revelation and judgment over His creation. In addition, one might also relate that the clouds make, reference to how God associates with mankind as well as how God made His covenants with Israel and with mankind then and even now God is let us know that His Son is returning in the clouds. Here are just a few references to Christ return: Matthew 24:30, 26:64; Mark 13:26, 14:62; Luke 21:27 these refer to the saints of Christ and the fellowship to them that will be with Him forever.
every eye shall see him: Yes, I truly believe that all eyes shall see the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to this earth at His Second Coming. It is well also to consider this reality that here the revelation, could also be the way that the Lord is revealing that this is His final return and every eye shall see it.
they also which pierced him: It is well to note early that you and me will have to begin to use more of the Old Testament prophecy on how to interpret each text of scriptures which refers to the prophecy of Christ. Yes, one could state in addition, that as many scholars, writers, and theologians do, that this phrase is referring to the Jews, however, maybe there is another thing to consider that just maybe that Christ is in addition, referring to the people who do not accept Him as their salvation and that they therefore, in like manner have also pierced Him. However, one might interpret it in this manner that it is referring to our rebellion against God and Christ Jesus. In addition, you will find that this phrase here in Revelation 1:7 goes back to the prophet Zechariah 12:10 that contains these words “When they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first-born.” Now in this phrase alone I further believe there are many things to consider about those who pierced Him, the reason for saying this is because of the many different opinions on this subject.
all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him: This can be interpreted as all tribes of the land or all nations of the earth. Yet we find that Jesus while He was still with His disciples and teaching them about the signs of His return in Matthew 24 and what would take place with the inhabitants of the earth. In addition, this phrase to my own understanding refers to the fact that Jesus is speaking about all nations and languages upon this earth.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending
In the Greek alphabet these are the first and last letters; however, I truly believe that Jesus is referring to Himself as the beginning and the end to described that He has been with us through all ages. Yet one might also interpret it as the Lord Jesus Christ as being eternal and that in all the ages since the beginning through to the end that He is able to execute everything that He said that He would do that would glorifying to His Father in the kingdom of God.
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come,
Yes, I have written earlier about this phrase in verse 4, and yet it is well to note it repeatly for it truly reminds me that Jesus is making it clear that it is Him speaking. In addition, I believe that it is also speaking of the eternal of God, Son, and Holy Spirit that is unchangeable. However, one might interpret it as that Jesus is the same today as He was yesterday, and will ever be in the future. Yes, you can find it stated many, many times in the Old Testament “Thus saith the Lord” to be exact it is stated 414 times in the King James Version of the Bible. Yet in addition, we must also recognize how that the apostle John is bringing identification to Jesus as the Divine “I AM” where God tells Moses His name.
Now you will find this term “the Almighty” stated in 43 scriptures of the Old Testament and one time in the book of Revelation. Yes, this term I believe is one of the names of God and that He is Omnipotent. Yet in all truth and honesty I strongly believe that when Christian refer to this word “the Almighty” they think of an all-powerful God. Jesus is our Savior that was victorious and now reigns beside His Father in the kingdom of heaven.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:9
I John, who also am your brother
Now in this text of scripture I first believe that John is speaking about himself who is a brother to them who walk in a fellowship one with another as a Christian. Now most Christian know from their studying the New Testament that John was an apostle of Jesus Christ who walked with Him in faith and fellowship with Him. Therefore, why cannot John also state that in this fellowship, to say that he is a companion to Christian brothers and sisters in tribulation and that he also goes through the same tribulation.
companion in tribulation,
Continuing on with this thought of tribulation one might interpret it in this manner that is an identification of our Christian relationship one with another or that we are co-sharers in Christianity with one another. Yet in all truth I also feel if we are honest with this thought of co-sharing that we now share in a spiritual privilege in are Christian fellowship with God and Jesus Christ. On the other hand, it also relates to this fact that tribulation includes pressure, distress, afflictions, suffering, persecution, slander, threat of death, humiliation, and the list goes on.
In the gospels Jesus told His disciples that there would be tribulation, yet they were to take courage, that He had overcome the world stated in John 16:33. Yes, the apostle Paul states it this way unto Timothy “Yea, and all that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12 KJV.
kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ
Now let us turn our thoughts to yet another important
was in the isle that is called Patmos,
word of God
the testimony of Jesus Christ
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Revelation 1:10
John also here tells in these three texts of scriptures first John states the Lord’s word that “I am the Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending” and the Second that “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day” then of the third important fact is on the Second Coming of Christ as recorded in the Book of Acts chapter one. For the angel of God ask the disciples why did they stand there watching Christ going up to the kingdom of God? The angel goes on to say that Christ will come in the same manner. John also tells the Christian people that he is there companion in tribulation. However, there is another tribulation coming that will mark the end of time. Also, when I was a young man, I heard it stated that John was in a trans when he heard that voice calling out. After I became a minister of the word of the Lord, I began to see another side to this scripture, which it was spiritual.
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. Revelation 1:11
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; Revelation 1:12
Now in these two texts of scriptures then the question that comes to mind: What if John had not turn to see who spoke? I do not know how anyone else feels about this statement of John’s, but I feel that if we would not have these warnings given by Jesus. However, there is another side of this factor that I truly believe and believe strongly that there is no way that God would not let Satan defeat Him. For our Father in heaven would have got another apostle that His Son had chosen to give this prophetic word of the book of Revelation to the believers then and the believers in Christ Jesus today.
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Revelation 1:13
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Revelation 1:14
And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. Revelation 1:15
These three verses of scriptures are also very important for the church to understand for what they state. Why? Because we the church can begin to understand what John is telling us about Christ. First is the purity of the Lord. Second is His eyes which are like a flame of fire tells me that the Lord can see the inter being of each individual person. Another way of stating this is Christ is the searcher of hearts. The third thing is the feet that is burned like they were in a furnace, that tells me that Christ must have went into the deeps of hell to show Satan that He had power over Satan.
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Revelation 1:16
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: Revelation 1:17
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18
Jesus make it clear that we are not to fear for He is the one who holds the keys to hell and of death. In the gospel of Matthew 10:28 however, Jesus tells us the we are to fear the one who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. Also, these verses of scriptures here truly points out how that Christ is the only one who can conqueror death for us. In addition, you will find in the book of Proverbs where that it states, “that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 1:7.
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Revelation 1:19
The book of Revelation is full of the prophecy of the things, which must shortly come to pass. Also, the things that the prophet have been show by Almighty God. Furthermore, the things which are here and now. And finally, the things that must be hereafter.
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 1:20
Churches exist as light-bearers
Note: one of the things that Christ wants us to understand is what He is revealing to the people of the world of what is going to happen to them in the last days. I might also go on to point out that these riders are going fourth to pour out the wrath of God upon the earth and the church that is not faithful.