Revelation One

Revelation One

Looking deeper into the prophecy of the book of Revelation

Note: This study will be continually update as we go along

 

Now to begin it is well to start by saying that some years back I wrote a Bible study for the website on Revelation and never truly believe that it went deep enough. In addition, never gave enough scriptures to go along with the text of scripture in that study. Now in the personal understanding of the book of Revelation that has already been posted on the website was quite long because I did the first three chapters of the book of Revelation. Yes, in like manner there is much more to cover in Revelation 1. The reason and purpose for going deeper into the prophecy of the book of Revelation is because to you are hearing more about the prophecy of the end times.

To begin this study into a deeper understanding or revelation of the prophecy of the book of Revelation it is well to state first, that you can find in many of my books that have been written about the book of Revelation, about the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3. Therefore, this pastor has a strong belief that we truly need a deep, deep understanding of the prophecy of the book of Revelation today within the modern-day evangelical church made up of Jews and Gentiles. Furthermore, it is well to let you know that I will be using many translations of the Bible for this study of going deeper into the prophecy of the book of Revelation. Moreover, to let you know that I am by no means does this pastor have a full understanding of the prophecy of the book of Revelation for I am still learning. Yet in like manner I strongly believe that the prophecy of the book of Revelation is coming to pass now and will be advancing fast and will become even faster in the days to come.

It is also well to note early that the book of Revelation is the Divine prophecy of the Lord Jesus Christ that He will show unto His servants the thing which must take place shortly, Revelation 1:1. IN addition, in this study I will also be sharing with you, about the visions I had concerning the prophecy of the book of Revelation, and the prophecy of the apostle Paul regarding the apostasy of the church in the last days. In addition, I will share with you this thought for your understanding for going deeper into the prophecy of the book of Revelation, which is that over 500 plus scriptures in the Old Testament prophecy is stated in the book of Revelation with key phrase and key words from the Old Testament. However, what is even more surprising is that most of the New Testament refers to the prophecy of the book of Revelation and the end times.

For example, in the book of Romans chapter eight beginning with verse thirty through to verse thirty-nine where that Paul tell us that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and it is stated many ways in many chapters of the book of Revelation. Now you can find this information also on the internet about how much of the Old Testament is stated in the book of Revelation.

As the writers of the New Testament began their writing of the epistles they greeted the people of those small congregation or local churches with the greeting of grace and peace. Therefore, as we begin to unveil or unpack the deeper understanding of the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, it is well for you to understand that there is so much that needs to be addressed about the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ that affect the church now and in the coming days. However, it is also well to say that there is much to be written regarding this prophecy.

Yes, all of you know that there are 22 chapters in the book of Revelation that gives us warning as well as the promises of God to those who hold fast to the faith in the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Consider this thought as you study that you are studying the prophecy of the Lord’s revelation to the church then and to the modern-day church today and what will that place shortly and what one will encounter in the coming days. Again, let me say that this is a personal understanding of the prophecy of the book of Revelation of what I believe will happen to those who do not pay heed to the prophecy of this book of Revelation. No this understanding is not the understanding of the many writers, scholars, theologians, and the many saints of the church today.

Again, let me be completely honest with you by stating that in this personal commentary I must begin by saying that I am not writing to make a theological discussion or debate, however, I am writing from a personal understanding or revelation about the prophetic words of our Lord had recorded in the chapters of the book of Revelation telling His servants what His Father was about to do in the coming days. Yes, there are many scholars, theologians, and many interpreters who are writing on the book of Revelation, as well as having their theological debates, on the Revelation of Jesus Christ of which they write from their apocalyptic understanding to portray the prophetic word of the book of Revelation. Nevertheless, an again, this writing is form my own personal means of understanding of the prophetic word of the book of Revelation, as well as what to study of how the book of Revelation reveals, as well as what the Spirit of God reveals it unto me, of which I believe to be a prophetic and apostolic, if I was going to write in a theological manner. No, I am not writing in this manner, however, to be honest it probably will be to most individuals both prophetic and apostolic or even theological, however, it will be taken from the scriptures of the Old Testament prophets and from the apostles of the New Testament word of prophecy given unto them by God the Father and His Son.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew 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: Dan_2:28-29; Amo_3:7; Rom_16:25; Gal_1:12; Eph_3:3
which God gave: Joh_3:32, Joh_8:26, Joh_12:49
to show unto His servants: Rev_22:6; Psa_25:14; Joh_15:15
which must shortly coome to pass: Rev_1:3, Rev_1:19, Rev_4:1, Rev_22:10, 2Pe_3:8
and he sent: Rev_22:6, Rev_22:16; Dan_8:16, Dan_9:21, Dan_9:23
servant John: Rev_1:4, Rev_1:9, Rev_21:2

Let me begin by saying that for me as well as many other Christians there has always been a question about who is the authentic author of the book of Revelation as well as other books of the Bible? The Spirit of God came unto me saying it is time to go back and revise of what you have wrote this far since and study in 2003, and in 2010, however, this time write it in a personal commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Now in 2019 I am writing a revision of that commentary by writing a study about going deeper into the prophecy of the book of Revelation.

Yes, back in about 2011,The the Spirit of God revealed unto me a new and personal understanding about Revelation 1:1 of a five-fold order of authentic authority for unveiling the Revelation of Jesus Christ and of the things that must shortly come to pass. In addition, the Spirit also revealed there can only be one author of this book of prophecy and one writer, Jesus is the authentic author and the apostle John is the writer. Yes, it is well to state that many would disagree with me about who is the author. Note that God is the supreme authority, and the Son is second, third is His servants, fourth is His angel, and fifth is His servant John. I stress this point about the authentic authority to show, the what, who, how, and why the Revelation of Jesus Christ is to unfold in this order.

However, in this study of going deeper in the prophecy of Revelation let me add by saying this all these years of my teaching, preaching, and studying the book of Revelation I never gave it a thought about the authentic authority or of the servants, responsibility to deliver the message of prophecy regarding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Not to sound harsh about what I am about to state: However, I believe that there are many Christians for one reason or another who miss the whole concept of this text of scripture of Revelation 1:1, especially the authentic order handed down by God. In addition, and again, I do not make light of this statement for this reason that so many of the modern-day Christians do not believe that they have the authority to teach or proclaim the message and mysteries of the prophecy written about the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Moreover, those of us who call ourselves servants are to be baring the witness of this word of prophecy about the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

When looking for a deeper understanding of our Lord’s revelation to send to the churches then and for the modern-day church today it is well for you to note first that after God gave Him the revelation it was to “show His servants”. Below I have used from this Bible Dictionary the meaning of “gave” and to show you how there can be various thoughts when interpreting this first text of scripture here in Revelation 1.

G1325 δίδωμι didomi (d̮iy’-d̮ō-miy)
to give.
{used in a very wide application (properly or by implication, literally or figuratively); greatly modified by the connection; used as an alternative in most of the tenses}
[a prolonged form of a primary verb]
KJV: adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (+ with the hand), strike (+ with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield
Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries of Greek and Hebrew

G1401 δοῦλος doulos (d̮ou’-los) n.
1. (involuntarily) a slave.
2. (of necessity) a bond-servant.
3. (figuratively) a voluntary, fully devoted servant.
{literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency}
[from G1210]
KJV: bond(-man), servant
Root(s): G1210
Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries of Greek and Hebrew

It is also well to note as we begin: This is not the Revelation of John, moreover, it is therefore, Revelation of Jesus Christ. Consider this of what the Revelation of Jesus means regarding His name “Jesus” means “God’s Savior”, “Christ” means the “Anointed One [Messiah]”. Furthermore, John is doing the writing about Jesus as well as the revelation that is given by Jesus Christ. Jesus gives these visions unto about what John is to write about or write down and send to the seven churches. Moreover, this revelation of Jesus is directed unto John, to show unto the servants of God and Christ Jesus to reveal the inspired word or the Oracle of God of the things that must shortly come to pass to every nation of the earth. Therefore, John is writing unto every servant of Jesus’ the events that will take place in the last days in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. In addition, so that the servants of God and Christ Jesus will have the wisdom and knowledge to understand all events in the Revelation of Jesus Christ and about God’s warning of the wrath to come upon this earth.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ should be evidently clear that the subject of the whole book of Revelation is about Jesus Christ and the unveiling or revealing of the things that God told Daniel to close, up the book until the end of time Daniel 12. Then it should be clear of what is being stated in this very first text of scripture that Jesus our Lord is getting ready to unveil the prophecy of the end of time. Consider this; from this thought, in the sense of the word revelation when it is spoken that it is commonly understood that something has been revealed or going to be revealed now or in the future. It might also be understood in this manner that something that was hid before or unknown before is about to be disclosed by a spoken communication to reveal the unknown.

Next thing that is to be consider is the phrase “which God gave Him”. In this phrase one should see the inseparable relationship which is first between God and His Son. Secondly, that God has imparted or communicated unto His Son the revelation that truly flows throughout the book of Revelation as the prophecy of the whole book of Revelation and this flow is repeated later in referring to the Lamb of God. This should be clear that God has now imparted or communicated unto His Son the revelation of the coming days or the end of time that is to be revealed unto His servants. Then we must therefore remember what Jesus spoke unto His disciples in the gospel of John chapter eight when He stated: “Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28 NKJV) Then one might say that what the Father gave unto Jesus to show unto His servants is to be communicated by the servants of Christ Jesus.

Again; and before, I go any further let me state that there has been a lot of theologically discussion over who is the author of the book of Revelation and the views over the events which I believe will soon take place if not already began. Therefore, because of the debate over who the author is over the Revelation of Jesus Christ, I do believe that there can only be one logically conclusion is Jesus Christ who has given the vision unto John to write what he sees and send it to the churches in Asia Revelation 1:11. Let me further stress again, that this is not the revelation of the apostle John; however, it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Moreover, Jesus is the one whom God gave the revelation to; and Revelation1:1, and makes it quite clear that Jesus was the one that would state this prophetic revelation, “to show unto His servants the things which must shortly come to pass”. For here in verse one where it is clearly stated that this revelation was signified by and angel and sent unto Jesus servant John, and then in verse eleven John is told to write it down in a book what he sees and send it to the seven churches in Asia. Yet I also believe that this statement is to be understood in accordance with God’s perspective on the time of prophecy to be revealed from other texts of scriptures. The point that I am bringing to your attention here is that in verse three it clearly states that the time is at hand and this is of crucial importance for the modern-day church to understand.

To show unto His servants: That is to say that I do believe that it is the people within the church made up of Jews and Gentiles that are the servants of God and Jesus Christ. Let me be so bold as to state it in another manner as to what I do believe that when Jesus stated this that He meant all Christians who represents God and God’s word are His servants.

Here are some general references to servants: 1 Peter 2:16; Revelation 2:20, 19:2, 22:3;

reference to prophets: 1 Chronicles 6:49; Daniel 6:20:

General reference to the apostles: Matthew 10:2; Luke 6:13; 1 Corinthians 4:9, 15:9; 2 Corinthians 11:5, 13; Romans 1:1; Galatians 1:10, 19; Ephesians 4:11; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:1; James 1:1; Revelation 18:20.

Yet I am quite sure that there are some who will profess that they are not the servants of the Lord for they are only Christians and that position as servant belongs to the pastor of the church. Therefore, what Christ commands unto John and is stated in verse eleven, where that it is clearly stated that John and was told to write a book of what he saw and send it to the seven churches, Revelation 1:11. Therefore, it should be clear that every Christian should know the contents of this book of prophecy that Jesus sent unto the church then and the modern-day church today. Then the word revelation shows or commonly points out, to cause someone to see or one might go so far as to say to reveal insight that is appropriate.

However, anybody who has studied the Bible for any length of time needs to understand truly and fully understand that there is the authentic authority that is five-fold and that it is the five-fold ministry and its authority which the apostle Paul wrote unto them at Ephesus; in Ephesian 4:11, and what John wrote in Revelation 1:1. Moreover, the logic for repeating it over is that you and I being Christians, need to truly and fully understand the appoint authority, and what has been appointed by God. Yes, the Christians today that is within the modern-day church must truly and fully consider and comprehend or understand that they are the recipients of that appoint authority especially whom God has appointed with that authority. In addition, then let us also consider how badly this authority is abused by many who have been appointed to that authority within the church that Jesus addresses in His messages to the seven churches about this abuse.

Therefore, instead of them teaching the saints of the church how to prepare for the return of Christ or equipping the church for the Lord’s return, and the work of ministry in the modern-day church, they only teach the grace and love of God. In addition, let me remind you again that Paul also wrote unto the church at Ephesus about the five-fold ministry and the purpose for that five-fold ministry and it was for equipping the saints Ephesians 4:11-13. Even before you get to the book of Revelation Jesus in the four gospels, you will find where that the Lord begins by stating or teaching with His prophetic warnings, and His apostles as well have written many of these prophetic warning about the false prophets, false teachers, and even those who would have the spirit of antichrist.

Again, I further believe that it is well to repeat that for me as well as many Christians that there have always been questions, about the authentic author of the book of Revelation. In addition, and taking it a step further by stating that many of the questions are over the book of Revelation and how that there are so many different interpretations or revealing over this magnificence prophetic revelation unto the normal individual Christian. Yes, I strongly believe that it comes from the apocalyptic language and many false opinions or views where that it causes so much misconception or misunderstanding with them and it is mainly over how that many are receiving this revelation from Christ that is being taught. The reasoning for stating the above statement is regarding the fact of false prophets, false doctrine, and false teachers that are within the church that Jesus said would come in Matthew 24.

However, you will also find written in other books of the Bible about those individuals having the gift of prophecy or revelation to be prophesized to Israel first in the Old Testament and then to the church about the end time, and in addition that all are to have the mind of Christ. Well as I open up this deeper study of Revelation it is in my own understanding as well, and therefore, in this personal study for a deeper understanding and for writing a commentary. That in this first chapter of the book of Revelation and in the first verse of scripture of why would the Spirit of God bring to mind the question about authentic authority. Now, I repeat that you will find what I believe to be a five-fold order of authentic ministry of leadership and about who is the true author and who is the true writer. Again, I do believe that Jesus Christ is the author and that God gave unto Him the revelation to show unto His servants of the events that must shortly come to pass. It was sent and signified by His angel unto His servant John, Revelation 1:1.

Note: More fully how the order of this authentic leadership is hand down in verse one, that we all know that God is the supreme authority and He gave this revelation unto His Son to show unto His servants. The reason and logic of why I make these comments about the five-fold order of authority to show unto you the who, what, and how the prophecy of the revelation of Jesus Christ is to unfold by and through the order of authentic leadership and the given instructions by Christ here 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 which is handed down by God and His Son. Therefore, I believe that I am safe in saying that those of us who call ourselves servants are to be the ones baring the witness or the testimony of the revelation of Jesus Christ our Lord.

So far, in verse one I have only dealt with the authentic authority God which has been given and now let me turn yet another very important issues here in this first text of scripture of Revelation. In this text of scripture there is yet also another important announcement that it is a book about the Revelation of Jesus Christ and it is about those who are commission or called by God as servants. Yet another way of interpreting this first text of scripture is that it embraces the fact that it is a revelation or an uncovering of the things which must shortly come to pass by Jesus Christ.

However, one might also take it a step further by considering, that this is for each and every Christian who have been called by God; and Jesus Christ, which I do strongly believe that They will make known the events which will take place in the coming days. Yes, let me also add that this is leading up to new heaven and New Jerusalem coming down from God Revelation 21. Yes, this very opening text truly makes it clear that God through His Son is going to reveal or uncover the things which must shortly come to pass.

Revelation 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Who bare record: Rev_1:9, Rev_6:9, Rev_12:11, Rev_12:17; Joh_1:32, Joh_12:17, Joh_19:35, Joh_21:24; 1Co_1:6, 1Co_2:1; 1Jn_5:7-11; 3Jn_1:12
and of all that he saw: Rev_1:19; Joh_3:11; Act_4:20, Act_22:15, Act_26:16; 1Jn_1:1, 1Jn_4:14

Who bare: A key and vital thought which needs to be considered by all Christians, from this understanding regarding the Holy Scriptures that we as human-being within the church are to bare the witness of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. In addition, that we are the human instruments of God and His Son, as the servants of the Lord with the credentials and credibility to bare that responsibility of God’s word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Then I believe that these questions are in order to ask: Today do we bare record of the word of God? Do we bare the testimony of Jesus Christ? Do we the church bare testimony of the Revelation of Jesus Christ? Yet I do also feel that these three questions are vital when we consider the work of the modern-day church that is living in the last days. Now, the apostle John is on the isle of Patmos and he was there for bearing witness of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. In addition, it is well to bring to your attention that in this text of scripture clearly brings stress the point of what all John saw.

Verse two also opens with a very important fact about who is to bear the true witness of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Yes, the key factor is “who bare record” I point this out for this line of thinking by asking myself do I truly bare witness or record of the word of God in my life to where that other see that testimony of Jesus Christ in my life. When we put verse one and two together for the truth of understanding with this authentic order of leadership of the servanthood then we in like manner are the ones who are to bare record of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ today within the modern-day church in regarding to what John saw and wrote about his visions in the book of Revelation. I stress this point further regarding what John saw, because of what John saw while he was present with Christ in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and what he saw in the vision of the Revelation of Jesus Christ that was to be sent to the churches then and to the modern-day churches today.

The word “bare” could be interpreted to communicate the word from God or to state the word of God to be proclaimed. Therefore, we the church should also bare witness with all zeal of the authentic testimony recorded in the New Testament and especially in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 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.

All things that he saw: Now, when it comes to what John saw, then we as Christians must therefore, truly consider everything that the apostle John experienced and saw from the time that he was with Jesus up to these visions that he now writes in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The logic behind this statement is that John wrote the gospel of John, and the epistles of John, and finally the Revelation of Jesus Christ; therefore, these writings bare witness of what John saw before and what he now see in these visions of the prophecy of the book of Revelation. Yet in all truth who is better qualified to write this prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ than the man who walked with Jesus and watch Him die on the cross for our salvation and for countless to come.

Revelation 1:3 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. 
Blessed is he: Rev_22:7; Pro_8:34; Dan_12:12-13; Luk_11:28
for the time is at hand: Rev_22:6, Rev_22:10, Rev_22:12, Rev_22:20; Rom_13:11; Jas_5:8-9; 1Pe_4:7; 2Pe_3:8

Note: The phrases that are underlined and secondly there are many general references to these phrases:
That readeth: Luke 4:16-20; Acts 13:14, 27; 15:21; 2 Corinthians 3:15; Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16; 1 Timothy 4:13: Hear and Keep: Luke 11:28; Matthew 7:21; James 1:25; John 8:51; 14:15-16; 17:6; 1 John 2:3; Revelation 3:8; time is at hand: Philippians 4:5; Hebrews 10:37; James 5:8; Revelation 3:11, 22:20

As I begin to unpack this third verse of scripture here in Revelation 1, let me state unto you what I believe first, for it is here within this text of scripture of why that I believe truly and without a doubt that it is where the rubber meets the road for all Christians and the leaders of the church. My logic for stating it in this manner to begin with is to reflect the point strongly of where many of us Christians and leaders as well as pastors fall short; and therefore, in all truth that it is where we give away our blessing because of the way it is stated in this verse of scripture, “BLESSED IS HE THAT READETH”. Yet I can also say that I have heard and read the negative side or negative thoughts about this third text of scripture where that I can repeat it again that there is much discourse in regards, over how to interpret this text of scripture. For some state that Christ is not going to bless you for just reading the book of Revelation. Yet there are those who state just the opposite opinion regarding this text of scripture. However, I would ask, have you ever considered this fact that maybe, just maybe, that Christ our Lord is giving unto you His Divine incentive to read His prophecy. Secondly, has anyone consider that the blessing comes by reading this prophecy and therefore they know how to prepare for the coming events of the coming days.

NOTE AND NOTE WELL: The point or fact is of that which needs to be made known; and stressed, and that we should bear in mind; is this, that when any of us as leaders of the modern-day church or any individual Christian who says that I do not read the book of Revelation because it is so hard to understand they turn down their blessing. My reasoning behind this statement is for two reason one because they do not read the prophecy of this book; and therefore, they cannot hear the words of testimony of this prophecy. Secondly, I do strongly believe this is the complete reason; and therefore, it is sad to state further their line of reasoning. However, in all truth what they are saying or stating, is a very sad fact yet what I truly feel that they stating that they cannot believe that God would do such a thing as to pour out His wrath upon them who proclaim to be saved that is written in the book of Revelation.

Consider what Paul writes unto them at Ephesus when he states “by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:4 NKJV) In addition, what Paul writes unto Timothy and said unto him study to show thy-self approved in rightly dividing the word of truth 2 Timothy 2:15. Then if we are to keep the words of this prophecy which has been written within the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ for the time is at hand then how we will gain the promise of reward of this third text of scripture?

The first thing that I feel that Christians need to understand more fully of what many say is that the mysteries of this book of Revelation or what will always be hidden in the word of God. Yes, I can say that there are mystery in the book of Revelation. However, it is about the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ which we find in every first verse and this first chapter of the book of Revelation is where Jesus is beginning to reveal the mysteries of what will that place in the future unto His servants. Therefore, it is within this line of reasoning that it should be stated over and over unto the Christians that it is a prophecy that God gave unto His Son to be showed or given unto His servants of the things that must shortly come to pass to be made known then and to the modern-day church of Jews and Gentles. The Christians, here on this earth needs to prepare themselves in a spiritual manner for having a spiritual knowledge about the prophecy of the Bible and especially about the prophecy of the book of Revelation by reading it, by hearing it, and by keeping the words of this prophecy of Jesus Christ.

It is well worth repeating that we can only receive these revelations by reading it, by hearing it, and by keeping it, for this prophecy of the book of Revelation and the promises in it is of our eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven which is to come to where we will spend our life in eternity. In addition, going back to what is stated in 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 vision of prophecy.

Again, it is in my personal understanding of verse three, and to my way of thinking it is of the utmost importance to state this reality of truth about the book of Revelation, for this is where that we can find a truth that we will be blessed by the Lord by reading the prophecy that is recorded within the pages of the book of Revelation stated in Revelation 1:3. For it is in these first three texts of scriptures here in Revelation where that these verses bring out a clear understanding of who Jesus will reveal in His Revelation to which is His servants, and who is to bare the testimony of this Divine revelation, of Jesus Christ; and yes, the most important fact is them who is to be blessed by keeping this revelation of prophecy.

Why that I continue to state it over about what this third verse of scripture is because that Christ states through this text of scripture unto John, “blessed is he that readeth,” and furthermore, it is well to bring to your attention that this is where that Christ, starts or begins by offering His blessing to “anyone who reads the word of this prophecy,” “anyone hears the words of this prophecy,” “and anyone who keeps the words of this prophecy.” Note this: that when we go back to the gospel of Matthew and consider what Jesus taught in His message on the Sermon on The Mount, when He started with these words “blessed are those” which we call the beatitudes Matthew 5:3-12. Secondly, is John state “hear the words of this prophecy” KJV therefore, what I feel is that Christ truly wants is for us to know and understand is that we need to have a spiritual hearing to hear the words of this prophecy. Thirdly, and most importantly is that Christ wants each of us to be obedient to these words of His prophecy so that we will be able to gain form this promise, and from all of the other blessings promised in the book of Revelation.

for the time is at hand: Prophetically speaking as a pastor, teacher, and writer that this is a key phrase that we find here in verse three of Revelation 1, that to my understanding makes a clear red flag of a prophetic warning to where that we the people of the modern-day church should pay heed regarding the time period for truly the time is at hand for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Again, by repeating this key phrase that it should not be taken lightly or carelessly, for I truly believe that there is a strong prophetic message of warning from the Lord, where that the Lord is truly making clear that the time is at hand. In addition, that this text is truly giving early the introduction that is regarding the rest of prophecy that is written in the rest of the book of Revelation. Now we are still in this third text of scriptures and I am now considering more on the emphasis of why Jesus states after He offers a blessing, His reasoning for stating, “for the time is at hand”. It sounds like that God’s Son is saying unto the church then as well as the modern-day church today that we should making ourselves ready for His return.

Now going back to further understand “for the time is at hand” I believe that it is within these five roles of authentic leadership, then the question is: How does the church learn about who holds the proper role of authentic leadership? Secondly, who is to reveal the message that the time is at hand? To answer these questions would be from this perspective: Yes, I know and understand that there are many who would say that they are not called to be a church leader or to minister in any form of ministry. Yet in all honesty are we all not called by God to become heirs to be joint heirs with Christ. Furthermore, does not the word of the New Testament tell us that we are to have the mind of Christ and to strive to be like our Father in heaven.

As we move forward to this fourth text of scripture I believe that we further need to pay close attention to the whole content of this text of scripture for it addresses the church then and even yet for the modern-day church today for the revelation in this text of scripture that has been recorded here comes from Christ and the throne of God.

Revelation 1:4
John: Rev_1:1
to the: Rev_1:11, Rev_1:20, Rev_2:1, Rev_2:8, Rev_2:12, Rev_2:18, Rev_3:1, Rev_3:7, Rev_3:14; Act_19:10; 1Pe_1:1
Grace: Rom_1:7; 1Co_1:3; 2Co_1:2; 1Pe_1:2
him: Rev_1:8; Exo_3:14; Psa_90:2, Psa_102:25-27; Isa_41:4, Isa_57:15; Mic_5:2; Joh_1:1; Heb_1:10-13, Heb_13:8; Jas_1:17
from the: Rev_3:1, Rev_4:5, Rev_5:6; Zec_3:9, Zec_4:10, Zec_6:5; 1Co_12:4-13

In this text of scripture I believe that it is well that we strongly take note:

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)

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, (Revelation 1:4 NKJV)

From Yochaman To: The seven Messianic communities in the province of Asia: Grace and shalom to you from the One who is, who was and who is coming; from the sevenfold Spirits before the throne; (Revelation 1:4 Complete Jewish Bible)

Again, note well: that the key issues or elements of this text of scripture I have underlined

Now the purpose of why that I am using three translations of the Bible here is to compare this greeting unto the seven churches with the prophecy that was prophesied in the Old Testament. In addition, how does this greeting bring a message from Jesus Christ and the Father, and the seven Spirits that are before the throne unto the church and the modern-day church today. Again the question is: How did it pertain to the church then and to the modern-day church today? Here, in this text of scripture regarding the greeting we also need to consider the identification of the writer and secondly who are the recipients that the writer is addressing. Today as for the recipients in this greeting I strongly believe that it is the whole church then and the modern-day church that is made up of Jews and Gentiles or all nations.

The greeting to the seven churches

When it come to understanding the meaning of this greeting, I believe that when you read the epistles or letters in the New Testament you will see that they begin with a greeting or salutation from the writer. Also, here in the book of Revelation and this forth verse of scripture where that it brings a greeting unto the churches in Asia Minor.

It also is well to note that most teachers and leaders of the church teach here in this fourth text of scripture that John is the one making the greeting to the seven churches, however, this is just one way to address or interpret this text of scripture. Yet to my own personal belief and understanding that it is not only John, that is making the greeting; but, God and Christ and, also the seven Spirits before the throne who are also greeting these seven churches. Now the apostle John now begins his writing of this greeting unto the seven churches in Asia Minor by stating grace and peace be unto them; in addition, by addressing also the fact that this greeting is also coming from the complete Godhead doing the greeting. In addition, this is also addressing the spiritual power of the Godhead in the kingdom of heaven that is before the throne of God.

Grace be unto you

Again, let me start by addressing the fact that grace is another one of those subject where there is much discussion and discourse over grace, as well as over what it means to the church as well as every Christian within the modern-day church. Much of this discourse regarding grace is over the old law’s verses grace between scholars and theologians. However, for the writing of this personal commentary let it be stated in this manner that Jesus, God, and the seven Spirits before the throne are sending Their favor or Their grace upon you or to you.

In these next three key phrases, stated in this text of scripture we need to in addition remember what John wrote in the gospel of John verse one: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 KJV) I believe it is well for me to bring out the point of God’s provision of grace that He is sending unto the seven churches then a well as God is sending His grace unto the modern-day church today.

which is: which was which is to come

I strongly believe that one could interpret these three as a trinity, of past, present, and future, and in addition, it could also be interpreted as the Godhead that appeared unto Abraham in Genesis 18. The reason for using Genesis 18 is because that you will find that God reveals unto Abraham what He is going to do in the destroying of Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet there is also this key factor that in the content here in Revelation1:4, we find the revealing of the source in references to the Eternal God, His Son, and His Spirit. One must also keep in mind by remembering that this text of scripture is also referring to the Godhead; of the past, present, and the future. In addition, one might go so far as to interpret it as the church in the past, the church in the present, and the church in the future.

Again, this commentary is about teaching the Lord Jesus Christ and His Revelation that is revealing His prophetic revelation unto His servants to prepare the church today for the coming days before His return. Therefore, I believe this question is in order: How does our human reasoning come to understand these three, which is, which was, which is to come, as well as our human belief? Second question is: How does the church spiritually understand which is, which was, and which is to come? Moreover, I further believe that it is difficult to truly explain a complete context of understanding of these three things regarding the Godhead of the past, present, and future. Yet, what I truly read and understand here within this text of scripture is just one of the ways that our Lord is revealing His prophetic message of introduction of His return unto His servants.

from the seven Spirits which are before his throne

Yes, this is another one of these important issues that pertains to the prophecy of the Old Testament of where that I can see of what is being revealed here in verse four is this: Where that John relates about the spiritual power of God, that is the seven Spirits that are before the throne and therefore by further stating that this greeting comes from the throne of God. Secondly, that this continues in verse five by showing the Lord’s faithful unto His Father to go to the cross to save the people of whom God has called that they may have eternal life. However, you will find that in Revelation four and five also addressed the seven Spirits that goes back to the prophecy of the Old Testament. Before we go any further it is well to note the number seven and its meaning, seven means complete or perfect number. The book of Revelation, contains the number seven in various ways and is written by many as the book of seven. The apostle John goes on to relate in this greeting the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God.

When I began to look at all, of the in-depth meaning of the book of Revelation and in verse four here 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? How do these seven Spirits before the throne of God pertain to the church today? However, let each of us consider that these seven Spirits that are before the throne reveals the importance of Their holy function or operation within the modern-day church today. According to other interpreters of the Bible most of them agree that this is the prophecy given by the prophet Isaiah about the Spirits that would fall upon Christ Isaiah 11:2.

As described above in the prophecy of Isaiah
Spirit of the Lord
Spirit of wisdom
Spirit of understanding
Spirit of counsel
Spirit of might
Spirit of knowledge
Spirit of the fear of the Lord

As I further study on in the book of Revelation 4:5 again I read that these are seven Spirits of God are the seven lamps burning before the throne of God. However, what I further found was in Revelation 5:6 that these seven Spirits of God were sent out into the earth. If these seven Spirits of God were sent out into the earth 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 I am further seeking a deeper understanding of the Seven Spirits of God sent to the earth. The seven Spirits that was sent to the earth was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah in chapter eleven verse two. Now for what I am about to state many may not agree with, however, it is what the Spirit of God revealed unto me that these seven Spirits that was sent unto the earth was sent in Jesus to give unto God’s people spiritual knowledge and spiritual wisdom that comes in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

From other writers and commentaries that there is many interpretations or understandings about the seven Spirits of God. Yes, you will find other places 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.

Revelation 1:5
who is: Rev_3:14; Psa_89:36-37; Isa_55:4; Joh_3:11, Joh_3:32, Joh_8:14-16, Joh_18:37; 1Ti_6:13; 1Jn_5:7-10
and the first: Act_26:23; 1Co_15:20-23; Col_1:18
and the prince: Rev_11:15, Rev_17:14, Rev_19:16; Psa_72:11, Psa_89:27; Pro_8:15-16; Dan_2:2, Dan_7:14; Mat_28:18; Eph_1:20-22; 1Ti_6:15
him: Deu_7:8, Deu_23:5; Joh_13:1, Joh_13:34, Joh_15:9; Rom_8:37; Gal_2:20; Eph_2:4, Eph_5:2, Eph_5:25-27; 1Jn_4:10
washed: Rev_7:14; Zec_13:1; Joh_13:8-10; Act_20:28; 1Co_6:11; Heb_9:14; 1Pe_1:19; 1Jn_1:7

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

General Reference to: John 8:14; 1 Timothy 6:13; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 17:14; John 13:34; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 1:7

The greeting continues only now it turns to the “faithful witness of God” which express God in Christ that His testimony that is directed at the church. Consider the church as a reproduction of this testimony of Jesus Christ as a unity in Christ Jesus which is are means of salvation. In addition, for explaining this text of scripture when it comes to being a faithful witness is very important to the church today: For we can consider it in these two kinds of testimonies it either convicts or it acquit of our sins. In addition, it is well to note that the word faithful translated from the Greek language means reliable or trustworthy.

Therefore, when I consider the word trustworthy it reminds me of what is stated in the book of Numbers which states: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make good?” (Numbers 23:19 KJV) Furthermore, Jesus is the faithful witness in truth, and yet not solely His own witness, but that also of the Godhead. Nevertheless, we must also in addition remember what the scriptures states about having more than one witness to judge a matter Deuteronomy 17:6 and 19:15.

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 John 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” meaning 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, 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.

Key Thoughts and Words
Revelation 1:4
God’s grace God’s throne
God’s peace God eternal Revelation 1:5
Christ the faithful witness
King of kings
Christ love
Christ cleansing
Our sins
The blood of Christ Revelation 1:6
Spiritual kingship
Spiritual priesthood
Glorifying God Amen

Revelation 1:6
made: Rev_5:10, Rev_20:6; Exo_19:6; Isa_61:6; Rom_12:1; 1Pe_2:5-9
to him: Rev_4:11, Rev_5:12-14; Psa_72:18-19; Dan_4:34; Mat_6:13; Joh_5:23; Php_2:11; 1Ti_6:16; Heb_13:21; 1Pe_4:11, 1Pe_5:11; 2Pe_3:18; Jud_1:25

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

Beginning with this understanding from the book of James chapter two verse five states: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised to them that love Him?” (James 2:5 KJV) Yes, there are other passages of scriptures like this one that relate that God has made us heirs or a vessel to where God will supply our needs. One might go so far as to say that we have been made a Royal family that has the destiny to live with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in the kingdom to come. As a family of God, it should be fully understood, clearly that we have an intimate relationship with God.

Therefore, we should anticipate, our future association with God and Christ Jesus in the kingdom of heaven. However, when considering further this text of scripture goes back to the original promise of God in the first covenant in Exodus 19:6 “And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6 NKJV) Next, we must consider the prophetic vision of the age to come prophesies by the prophet Isaiah, Isaiah 61:6 “But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord: men shall call you Ministers of God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.” (Isaiah 61:6 NKJV)

Yes, I believe that all Christians or Believers are a spiritual priest. My view and logic that is in regards of what Peter bring out in 1 Peter 2:9 where that Peter states: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)

Here in this text of scripture bring out the fact that we are to praise the Lord. Therefore, I believe that this means to do it with our highest esteem.

Revelation 1:7
he cometh: Rev_14:14-16; Psa_97:2; Isa_19:1; Dan_7:13; Nah_1:3; Mat_24:30, Mat_26:64; Mar_13:26, Mar_14:62; Luk_21:27; Act_1:9-11; 1Th_4:17
and every: Rev_22:4; Num_24:17; Job_19:26-27, Job_33:26; 1Th_1:10; 1Jn_3:2; Jud_1:14
and they: Psa_22:16; Zec_12:10; Joh_19:34, Joh_19:37; Heb_6:6, Heb_10:29
and all: Rev_6:15-17, Rev_18:15-19; Mat_24:30; Luk_23:28-30
Even So: Rev_18:20, Rev_19:1-3, Rev_22:20; Jdg_5:31; Psa_68:1

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

General reference to: he cometh: Revelation 14:14-16; Psalm 97:2; Isaiah 19:1; Daniel 7:13; Nahum 1:3; Matthew 24:30, 26:64; Mark 13:26, 14:62; Luke 21:27; Acts 1:9-11; 1Thessalonains 4:17; and every eye: Revelation 22:4; Numbers 24:17; Job_19:26-27, 33:26; 1Thessalonians 1:10; 1John 3:2; Judges 1:14; and they: Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34, 37; Hebrews 6:6, 10:29; and all: Revelation 6:15-17, 18:15-19; Matthew 24:30; Luke 23:28-30;Even So: Rev_18:20, 19:1-3, 22:20; Judges 5:31; Psalm 68:1

Again, I have underlined what I believe the important issues or phrases, which I believe that should be truly understood by the saints of the modern-day church in all nations that I truly believe that we are living in the last days. This text of scripture, I also feel that it holds many key elements about Christ return or His Second Coming and the means of how He will come and what will take place with all of the inhabitants of the earth. 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: This can truly be understood as Christ Second Coming the first resurrection of the saints of the church. In addition, what is stated in Acts chapter one that Christ will return in like manner on the clouds, stated in Acts 1:11. Yes, as we the modern-day church looks for this joyful event to take place to see Him coming on the clouds which is the Lord to return or Second Coming. Yet I feel that as we study for a true understanding of how to make ourselves ready for His return, I believe that it is well 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 from the Old Testament in connection, with God’s Divine activities with His creation to the people of Israel first and then with the church living in the last days.

One can look through the scriptures and find many texts of scriptures that refers to the clouds and a cloud, and yes there is indeed scriptures written that 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 scriptures 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.

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 that return. Yet this brings up the age-old question how will the whole earth see this Divine manifestation of Christ coming back again to earth. As for this pastor the Spirit of God has not revealed this mystery unto me.

they also which pierced him:
General Reference to pierced: Psalm 22:16; Zechariah 12:19; John 19:34, 37: Hebrews 6:6; 10:29

Yes, from the main teaching of “they that pierced Him” is referring to the Jewish religious leaders the ones that had Christ delivered unto Pilot to have Him crucified. However, in one sense of the word here, I am not truly sure; but, some way some how I believe that all will mourn at Christ Second Coming who have not accepted Christ as Lord. My reasoning for stating it in this manner is that all who have not accepted Christ well see all of their sorrows and shame that will be taken away in the judgment to come. And what is a sad though that in this Second Coming of Christ that many a good Christian have not prepare themselves for the Lord’s return is another reason why all will mourn. Furthermore, and reapeating it again in all honesty and truth whether you stand or fall in these last days, it will be according to whether you have prepared yourself to overcome the evils of Satan in these last days. Yes, again with all truth if you have taken the stand against Satan you will not be deceived by him.

It is well to note in this brief introduction of a deeper study into this prophecy of the book of Revelation is is well to remind you that we will have to begin to use more of the Old Testament prophecy to interpret each text of scriptures which refers to the prophecy of Christ or the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Yes, one could state as many scholars and theologians do that this phrase is referring to the Jews, however, maybe there is another thing to consider that just maybe Christ is referring to the people who do not accept Him as their salvation. 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 that 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

General reference to all kindreds: Revelation 6:15-17; 18:15-19; Matthew 24:30; Luke 23:28-30

Again, I strongly believe that this is speaking of all of the non-Christians. However, on a sadder note it is sad to state that there are those who claim to be Christians and are not will also be the ones that wail because of His Second Coming for they have not made themselves ready for the Lord’s return. Yet to my understanding this will be the time when people will take into account their neglect of hearing the Spirit of God speaking unto them the invitation to accepted Christ as Lord.

This can be interpreted as all tribes of the land or all nations of the earth. Revelation 1:7 In addition, when considering all kindreds of the earth we therefore, need to also consider nations, tribes, tongues, and peoples that will wail when He returns. Furthermore, one might also parallel this phrase with the fall of Babylon. Again, one also needs consider that wail means to mourn and going back to the prophecy of Zechariah and repeating this prophecy where that it states about the mourning for this is the what the Messianic prophecy of the one that was pierced, Zechariah 12:10.

Here are just a few more of 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.

Revelation 1:8
Alpha: Rev_1:11, Rev_1:17, Rev_2:8, Rev_21:6, Rev_22:13; Isa_41:4, Isa_43:10, Isa_44:6, Isa_48:12
which is: Rev_1:4
the Almighty: Rev_4:8, Rev_11:17, Rev_16:14, Rev_19:15, Rev_21:22; Gen_17:1, Gen_28:3, Gen_35:11, Gen_43:14, Gen_48:3; Gen_49:25; Exo_6:3; Num_24:4; Isa_9:6; 2Co_6:18

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

General reference to: Alpha: Revelation 1:11, 1:17, 2:8, 21:6, 22:13; Isaiah 41:4, 43:10, 44:6, 48:12; which is: Revelation 1:4; the Almighty: Revelation 4:8, 11:17, 16:14, 19:15, 21:22; Genesis 17:1, 28:3, 35:11, 43:14, 48:3; 49:25; Exodus 6:3; Numbers 24:4; Isaiah 9:6; 2Corinthians 6:18

Yes, one could say that there is between scholars and theologians as well as Christians where there is much discussion as to whether to view the whole Godhead and the eternal power in this text of scripture. Now what I believe is that Christ is speaking about Himself in the context He is speaking. However, one might also interpret it as Christ is making a self-revelation. Now remember when you look at the Greek Alphabet you will find it saying from A to Z in English this can also refer to the sovereignty of God or that God is eternal. In addition, it represents totality everything that begins and ends whit Christ Jesus for He is Lord. Furthermore, “the Lord, God Almighty,” is continual used throughout the prophecy of the book of Revelation that refers to His sovereignty.

Revelation 1:9
John: Rev_1:4
companion: Rev_2:9-10, Rev_7:14; Joh_16:33; Act_14:22; Rom_8:17; 1Co_4:9-13; Php_1:7, Php_4:14; 2Ti_1:8, 2Ti_2:3-12
in the: Rev_3:10, Rev_13:10, Rev_14:12; Rom_2:7-8, Rom_5:3-4, Rom_8:25; 2Th_1:4-5, 2Th_3:5; Heb_10:36; Jas_5:7-8

for the word: Rev_1:2, Rev_6:9, Rev_11:7, Rev_12:11, Rev_12:17, Rev_19:10

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

General reference to: John: Revelation 1:4; companion: Revelation 2:9-10, 7:14; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 8:17; 1Corinthians 4:9-13; Philippians 1:7, 4:14; 2Timothy 1:8, 2:3-12 in the isle: Revelation 3:10,14:12; Romans 2:7-8, 5:3-4, 8:25; 2Thessalonians 1:4-5, 3:5; Hebrews 10:36; James 5:7-8
John now begins yet to addresses another important fact to them, that we the modern-day church should also interpret which is that John tells the Christian people of then where that and John makes it clear unto them that he was a companion in tribulation as well. However, one might interpret what John is telling them in this a time period that he was also a faithful companion during their intensified tribulation. It is well to note that there are some theologians and scholars who refer to this text of scripture as the great tribulation. After I became a minister of the word of the Lord, and began to study the scriptures more closely, I began to see another side to this text of scripture, which it was spiritual pertaining to the natural. Consider this thought as well that John was telling them that he was facing the same spiritual tribulation with them in his natural state. However, there is another tribulation coming that will mark the end of time and the wrath of God.

The apostle John here in this text of scripture, I believe that one could interpret it in this manner that John is saying I am a companion in your present afflictions. Yes, I further believe that John is referring to this kind of understanding that patience is perseverance or endurance and therefore true Christians will endure through their tribulation for receiving the promise of God or the promise given here in the book of Revelation. The Lord also spoke about having tribulation and even being hated for His name sake or for the testimony you give unto others about your belief in Christ Jesus Matthew 5.

for the word: Rev_1:2, Rev_6:9, Rev_11:7, Rev_12:11, Rev_12:17, Rev_19:10

Revelation 1:10
in: Rev_4:2, Rev_17:3, Rev_21:10; Mat_22:43; Act_10:10-33; 2Co_12:2-4
on the: Joh_20:19, Joh_20:26; Act_20:7; 1Co_16:2
as: Rev_4:1, Rev_10:3-8

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Revelation 1:10

General reference to: in: Revelation 4:2, 17:3, 21:10; Matthew 22:43; Acts 10:10-33; 2Corinthians 12:2-4; on the: John 20:19, 20:26; Acts 20:7; 1Corinthians 16:2; as a trumpet: Revelation 4:1, 10:3-8

Here in verse 10, I believe that John reveals the supernatural power of being in the Spirit. Yes, you can find throughout the New Testament where that it states “in the Spirit” that describes a Christians relationship with God. In addition, one might also consider that John was revealing how that he was fully immersed in the Spirit on the Lord Day. Yet we also need to consider how intense John’s worship was to be fully immersed in the Spirit. Moreover, you will find throughout the New Testament where that it states “in the Spirit” that describes Christian relationship with God. You will find in the book of Jude where he states to build up your faith most holy faith and pray in the Spirit Jude verse 20.

Yet there is another key element that one might consider and that is the full intensity of the Spirit that was upon John that would prepare him for the visions he was about to see. Taking you back, when I was a young man and attending Sunday School I heard it stated by some pastors and teachers, teach that John was in a trans when he heard that voice calling out and turn to see who was speaking. However, there is yet this possibility that John was being filled with the Spirit in order that he would be able to fully understand or perceive the prophetic figures he would see in all of his visions, because the book of Revelation frequently states the different sounds being made during his visions.

The Lord’s day here I believe was on a Sunday when John was in the Spirit when he heard the voice speaking unto him. Yet my personal understanding is that the apostle John here is revealing the beginning of his vision that will come by the Lord for him to see and write in a book and send to the seven churches Revelation 1:11. Yet I further believe that through these visions of John that there is coming a time of tribulation not like any tribulation that was ever before the beginning of this world Matthew 24:21 and Daniel 9:26. Yet another way that I have heard it stated back when I was a younger man and that John was in a trans when he heard the voice of the Lord speaking unto him. Yes, some many years later when I went into the ministry full time that I began to see yet another truth regarding this text of scripture.

A great voice is mentioned in different places in the book of Revelation more often than any other book in the New Testament, in addition, they are usually referring to the last days or last things.

Revelation 1:11
I am: Rev_1:8, Rev_1:17
What: Rev_1:19, Rev_2:1, Rev_10:4, Rev_14:13, Rev_19:9, Rev_21:5; Deu_31:19; Isa_30:8; Jer_30:2; Hab_2:2
seven: Rev_1:4, Rev_2:1, Rev_2:8, Rev_2:12, Rev_2:18, Rev_3:1, Rev_3:7, Rev_3:14
Ephesus: Act_18:19-21, Act_18:24, Act_19:1-41, Act_20:17; 1Co_15:32, 1Co_16:8; Eph_1:1; 1Ti_1:3
Laodicea: Col_4:15-16

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(KJV)

General references to: I am: Rev_1:8, 1:17; What: Revelation 1:19, 2:1, 10:4, 14:13, 19:9, 21:5; Deuteronomy 31:19; Isaiah 30:8; Jeremiah 30:2; Habakkuk 2:2; seven: Revelation 1:4, 2:1, 2:8, 2:12, 2:18, 3:1, 3:7, 3:14 Ephesus: Acts 18:19-21, 18:24, 19:1-41, 20:17; 1Corinthians 15:32, 16:8; Ephesians 1:1; 1Timothy 1:3; Laodicea: Col_4:15-16

Now we begin to see that John’s vision now is where that Jesus begins to clearly instruct John of the things that He wants John to write to the seven churches. Yes, one might even consider this thought that Jesus is specifically telling John to write who He is and what is to occur in what John sees.

The apostle John is commanded to write what he sees!

The Lord again repeats that He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. In addition, the Lord now commands John to write a book on what he sees and send it to the churches in Asia. Now the Lord gives unto John the names of each of the churches that John is to send the book or scroll to. Yet we need to also further consider that the command here is different and to be written in a different manner for it is repeated in verse 19. Consider this that all that John sees he is to put in one scroll to be sent to the seven churches that contains a letter or message for each church. However, another question comes to mind: How many visions are there to be written in this book or scroll to be sent to the seven churches? In addition, I believe that one must also consider that Christ is now dealing with how to directly relate to each one of these seven churches the things which was; which are, that will reveal their spiritual condition or their spiritual relationship with God. However, one might also interpret that is totality revealing His Revelation to all of the churches in the world then and today.

In Revelation 2 and 3 you will find where that Jesus dealing with each church and with their characteristic, let me further addresses it in this way that Christ deals with the good of each church, the bad of each church, and the ugly of each church. Yet I believe that it is also well to note that none of these churches is in the land of Israel that they are all in Asia that is a Gentile nation. Nevertheless, in all truth and with all honesty brought this pastor to ask the question: Why did Jesus use the churches in a Gentile nation? To my understanding now the Lord is making clear of whom are going to be the partakers or recipients of His Revelation for this reason because He now names the churches. Another way of interpreting it would be that the Lord is now giving unto us an introduction to the messages He is going send to the seven churches.

Write in a book or a scroll: These are to be sent to seven distinct churches which represent cities and towns, however, in the modern-day church today we might teach it in this manner.
One representative of various churches throughout church age.
Two representatives of the various stages of church history.

Then there are those individuals within the church who might ask why just seven churches or why only seven? It is well to note here that the number seven is used many times throughout the book of Revelation more than any other book in the Bible. The number seven means complete, completion or perfection. Yet the question might arise why did Christ choose these seven churches in preference to others?

Revelation 1:12
see: Eze_43:5-6; Mic_6:9
I saw: Rev_1:13, Rev_1:20, Rev_2:1; Exo_25:37; Zec_4:2

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; Revelation 1:12 (KJV)

General references to: turned to see the voice: Ezekiel 43:5-6; Micah 6:9;
I saw seven golden: Revelation 1:13, 1:20, 2:1; Exodus 25:37; Zechariah 4:2

The question that comes to mind: What if John had not turn to see who had spoken? I do not know how anyone else feels about this statement of John’s, but I personally feel we the church would not have any kind of understanding of these prophetic messages of the Lord’s warnings, blessing, and promises that are stated here in the book Of Revelation. However, there is another side of this that God would not let Satan defeat Him without revealing unto His servants the things which must shortly come to pass. For our Father in heaven would have got another prophet to give this book of Revelation to the believers in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 1:13
like: Rev_14:14; Eze_1:26-28; Dan_7:9, Dan_7:13, Dan_10:5-6, Dan_10:16; Php_2:7-8; Heb_2:14-17; Heb_4:15
clothed: Dan_10:5
and girt: Rev_15:6; Exo_28:6-8, Exo_39:5; Lev_8:7; Isa_11:5

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

In the midst of the seven candlesticks brings to mind is that John first describes the position where the Lord was standing and then how Jesus was clothed. You will find in the book of Exodus where that God instructs Moses for making the lampstands and the seven-branched lampstand made of pure gold Exodus 25:31-37. Note here in John’s vision that they are seven separate lampstands and perhaps it is like what is described in the temple that Solomon built and the seven lampstands in the inner sanctuary, 1 Kings 8:49. Then in Revelation 1:20 the apostle John reveals that they are the seven churches.

From Revelation 1:13 through to verse 16 you will see the description of the Son of Man. Yes, it is well to note that most scholars and theologians agree that “the Son of Man” is described in the book of Daniel chapter 7:13. Let me in addition, add this thought about the term “Son of Man” is used many times in the four gospels.

Here are the scriptural references to the “Son of Man”
(Matthew 8:20; 9:6; 10:23; 11:17; 12:8, 32, 40; 13:37, 41; 16:13, 27, 28; 17:9, 12, 22; Mark 2:10, 28; 8:31, 38, 9:9, 12, 31; 10:33, 45; 13:26; 13:34; 14:21, 41, 62; 15:39; Luke 5:24; 6:5, 22, 7:34; 9:22, 26, 44, 58, 11:30; 12:8, 10, 40; 17:22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30; 18:8, 31; 19:9, 10; 21:27, 36; 22:22, 48, 69; 24:7; John 1:47, 51; 3:13, 14; 4:51; 5:27; 6:27, 53, 62; 7:23; 8:28; 9:35; 12:23, 34; 13:31).

Now we must consider this text of scripture of why John states “one like unto the Son of man” and the Son of man relationship with the church then and the modern-day church that is living in the last days. The reasoning for starting with relationship is this that the Son of man is where He is standing in the midst of seven candlesticks which I believe could be interpreted as the church, because He is about to state His message to each of the seven churches.

clothed with a garment: One might interpret that the garment that Jesus is clothed here is the robe of righteousness. Yet one might also interpret that it is the garment of a high priest. In addition, one might also interpret it as Jesus is describing the garment He is wearing as our Great High Priest Hebrews 4:14-16. However, one might also interpret as the garment of His Royal office who is standing as a judge. Furthermore, it truly seems most likely that John sees Jesus as the high priest of the kingdom of heaven. Nevertheless, when going back to the Old Testament you will find that God said unto Moses how to make the robe that Aaron would wear as the priestly garment Exodus 28:4; 29:5.

Revelation 1:14
and his hairs: Dan_7:9; Mat_28:3
and his eyes: Rev_2:18, Rev_19:12; Dan_10:6

General references to: and His hair: Daniel 7:9; Matthew 28:3; and His eyes: Revelation 2:18, 19:12; Daniel 10:6

Yes, this text of scripture mainly states a description of what one might interpret as a celestial being by describing the head; hair, eyes, feet, and voice. Now when interpreting His hair as white as snow we need to remember the prophecy of Daniel “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool: his throne was like a fiery flame, and his wheels a burning fire.” (Daniel 7:9 KJV) Therefore, note that God’s had garment was white as snow described here in Daniel 7:9; and therefore, to my understanding this means purity rather than age. However, the reference to Jesus eyes as a flame of fire is also in like that which is in like the description in Daniel’s vision in Daniel 7:13-14. Yes, this gives to my personal understanding regarding the Lord’s eyes are the penetrating eyes of discernment which searches the very depth of our inter-being.

Revelation 1:15
his feet: Rev_2:18; Eze_1:7, Eze_40:3; Dan_10:6
his voice: Rev_14:2, Rev_19:6; Psa_93:4; Isa_17:13; Eze_43:2

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

General references to: His feet: Revelation 2:18; Ezekiel 1:7, 40:3; Daniel 10:6; His voice: Revelation 14:2, 19:6; Psalm 93:4; Isaiah 17:13; Ezekiel 43:2

These verses of scriptures are very important. Why? Because we can now begin to understand what John is telling us about Christ in his vision of 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 in a furnace tells to me that Christ must have went into the deeps of hell to show Satan that He had power over Satan. However, it is also well to take into consideration that John does not go into a complete detailed description of Jesus here. Yet we must also remember that the voice of many waters, I believe suggest what the prophet Ezekiel prophesizes in Ezekiel 43:2.

Revelation 1:16
he had: Rev_1:20, Rev_2:1, Rev_3:1, Rev_12:1; Job_38:7; Dan_8:10, Dan_12:3
out: Rev_2:12, Rev_2:16, Rev_19:15, Rev_19:21; Isa_11:4, Isa_49:2; Eph_6:17; Heb_4:12
and his: Rev_10:1; Isa_24:23, Isa_60:19-20; Mal_4:2; Act_26:13

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 (KJV)

General references to: He had in His right hand: Revelation 1:20, 2:1, 3:1, 12:1; Job 38:7; Daniel 8:10, 12:3; out of His mouth: Revelation 10:1; Isaiah 24:23, 60:19-20; Malachi 4:2; Acts 26:13

Jesus now shows unto John that He holds in His hand each of the messages that He will send to the angel, pastor, or messenger to the seven churches that it is sharper than a two-edged sword. However, in the book of Daniel the star refers to them that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and by this brightness they will turn many to righteousness, Daniel 12:3. In addition, let me also add this thought that even today that each, and every one that minister is under the Divine authority of Christ Jesus and it is by this sword that they receive their message from Him.

The two-edged sword in addition to my understanding has Jesus message which contains many things that are pertaining to the spiritual significance for His Divine protection, and His Divine sovereign control over His church. It also could be interpreted as the sword of His judgment which would indicate His sovereignty as the Son of Man. Let us in addition also take into consideration of how that men and women are trifling with the Lord’s two-edged sword of the Lord’s judgment. However, one day in the future where that these kinds of individuals will soon learn that this sword is His holy word that will judge them on the Day of judgment.

By contrast you will find in the book of Hebrews that the word sword is used to bring forth the reality of the word of God that it is sharper than any two-edged sword. Again, here in Revelation 1 the sword is mentioned as the sword of judgment, Divine judgment indicating the omnipotence and sovereignty of the Son of Man.

Next this text of scripture turns to the countenance of the Lord where that it is exalting Him with the strength that shineth like the sun as His Divine strength. In the gospel this is described in the Lord’s transfiguration Matthew 17:2. The apostle Paul on the road to Damascus saw the bright light of the Lord’s countenance on the day that he was saved in Acts 9:1-5. Yet I also strongly believe that this bright light that blinded Saul on the road to Damascus is also the light that brings sinners to repentance as well as assurance to the saints of the church.

Revelation 1:17
I fell: Eze_1:28; Dan_8:18, Dan_10:8-9, Dan_10:17-19; Hab_3:16; Mat_17:2-6; Joh_13:23; Joh_21:20
And he: Dan_8:18, Dan_10:10
Fear not: Gen_15:1; Exo_14:13, Exo_20:20; Isa_41:10; Dan_10:12; Mat_28:4; Mar_16:5-6; Luk_24:37-39
I am: Rev_1:8, Rev_1:11, Rev_2:8, Rev_22:13; Isa_41:4, Isa_44:6, Isa_48:12

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

General references to: I fell: Ezekiel 1:28; Daniel 8:18, 10:8-9, 10:17-19; Habakkuk 3:16; Matthew 17:2-6; John13:23, 21:20; And he: Daniel 8:18, 10:10; Fear not: Genesis 15:1; Exodus 14:13, 20:20; Isaiah 41:10; Daniel 10:12; Matthew 28:4; Mark 16:5-6; Luke 24:37-39; I am: Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 2:8, 22:13; Isaiah 41:4, 44:6, 48:12

Yes, this is another key text of scripture here in Revelation 1. And, I can only image what John must have felt like by seeing the Lord in all of His heavenly glory for the apostle John had a human experience when Jesus was with mankind. What a vision that brings the revelation of the glory of God Almighty and His Son and you can find similar examples throughout the Bible. Yet here is another one of my personal feelings to characterize how John must have felt in that moment that illustrates an intimate relationship or fellowship with the Lord. Therefore, we must also remember that both the Old and New Testaments hold many examples of this manifestation of being in the presence of God. In addition, I bring this to your attention for we see this manifestation with Abraham, Ezekiel, Daniel, as well as the three that was with Jesus when He was transfigured, James, John, and Peter.

Revelation 1:18
that liveth: Job_19:25; Psa_18:46; Joh_14:19; Rom_6:9; 2Co_13:4; Gal_2:20; Col_3:3; Heb_7:25
was: Rom_14:8-9; 2Co_5:14-15; Heb_1:3, Heb_12:2
I am alive: Rev_4:9, Rev_5:14; Heb_7:16, Heb_7:25
the keys: Rev_3:7, Rev_9:1, Rev_20:1-2, Rev_20:14; Psa_68:20; Isa_22:22; Mat_16:19

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

General references to: I am alive He that liveth: Job 19:25; Psalm 18:46; John 14:19; Romans 6:9; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3; Hebrews 7:25; and was dead: Romans 14:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Hebrews 1:3, 12:2; I am alive: Revelation 4:9, 5:14; Hebrews 7:16, 25; the keys of hell and of death: Revelation 3:7, 9:1, 20:1-2, 14; Psalm 68:20; Isaiah 22:22; Matthew 16:19

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 that we are to fear the one who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. Also, these verses of scriptures points, out that Christ is the only one who can conqueror death for us. In addition, this text of scripture refers to the resurrection of Christ and that He lives for evermore. Furthermore, that He has conquered death in His resurrection and He who now holds the keys to hell and death.

Revelation 1:19
the things: Rev_1:11, Rev_1:12-20
and the things which are: Rev. 2:1-3:22
and the things which shall be: Rev. 4:1-22:21

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Revelation 1:19

General references to: the things thou hast seen: Revelation 1:11, 1:12-20; and the things which are: Revelation 2:1-33:22; and the things which shall be hereafter: Revelation 4:1-22:21

Again, let me state that this is a vital text of scripture because it brings out the past, present, and future. Furthermore, I do strongly believe that reveals how that the Lord was in the past and is now Jesus is in the presence of the church today, and revealing His prophetic message of the future. The book of Revelation is full of the prophecy of the future regarding 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.

Taking it a step further where that I believe that Jesu is also revealing what will take place after His messages to the seven churches. The point that I am stressing is that from chapter four in Revelation through to Revelation twenty-two is about revealing all of the events that will occur during the coming days.

Revelation 1:20
mystery: Mat_13:11; Luk_8:10
the seven stars: Rev_1:13, Rev_1:16
the seven golden: Rev_1:12
The seven stars: Rev_2:1, Rev_2:8, Rev_2:12, Rev_2:18, Rev_3:1, Rev_3:7, Rev_3:14; Mal_2:7
and the: Zec_4:2; Mat_5:15-16; Php_2:15-16; 1Ti_3:14-16

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

General references to: mystery: Matthew 13:11; Luke 8:10; the seven stars: Revelation 1:13, 1:16, 2:1, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14; Malachi; the seven golden candlesticks: Revelation 1:12;

Churches exist as light-bearers

Note: First of all, here in this text of scripture one might first interpret that mystery properly means things that are hidden. Yet one of the things that I truly believe is that Christ wants each of us to understand is what He is revealing unto the people of the church and world of what is going to happen unto them in the last days. First the mystery of the seven stars is the revelation of the seven angels to each of the seven churches or seven congregations are the pastors, ministers, or messengers. Yet one might even go so far to say that these are the lamp-bears with the message of the Lord. Yet one might interpret that these are messengers of God. Secondly, Jesus states clearly that the candlesticks are the seven churches or the seven congregations in Asia.

However, in all truth there are difficulties when it comes viewing these symbolic meanings. However, on the other hand one might interpret that the mystery of the seven stars and candlesticks in the human understanding that it means a symbolic meaning of the churches and the recipients in the churches in the world. 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. Revelation Two