The Lord’s Last Messages’s to His Church And John’s Vision of Jesus


WHAT ARE THE LORD’S LAST MESSAGES TO HIS CHURCH
(The Book of the Revelation)

Our Text Today:

Rev 1:1-11

We will begin a study today in the Book of Revelation that will go through to the end of August 2010. It will be a good time to get a blessing.

Luk 11:28 says  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

What is “revelation”? What does this word mean?

The Webster dictionary says this is: The act of disclosing or [discovering to others what was before unknown to them]

The Apostle Paul said what he had learned, he learned when Jesus “revealed” Himself to him.

Eph 3:3 says  How [that by revelation] [he made known unto me the mystery]; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

He repeated this to the Corinthians:

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the [revelations], [there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure].

The Strong’s dictionary of Greek terms says:  disclosure: – appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation.

The word revelation itself is used 12 times in the Bible and all in the New Testament but [it is used only one time in the book of Revelation].

Easton says: An uncovering, a bringing to light of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen.

Some say it is an “unveiling” of the Lord Jesus. unveiled means: [Plainly; without disguise].

In other words, Our Lord Jesus Christ has made this as plain as He could and still keep it so we can understand it. We know He is not the author of confusion. John could only describe what he saw in terms of what he had seen throughout his life. John got a glimpse into the future to a place indescribable except in terms that he knew.

The Book of Revelation is the book that ties it all together. Jesus said the Prophecy and the Law up till His time stopped with John the Baptist. None of the prophets had figured out the Church age any more than they had figured out the two comings of Christ. The scriptures were there as we can see but they could not see the two events.

Mat 11:13 says  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

You see John preached the coming Kingdom but the “Church” age would come before that time began. The Book of Revelation picks up from that point, with the time of “grace” given through His own blood, and goes on through the Church age, then the Rapture, then the Tribulation period, then the Millennial Kingdom(which John was preaching) and then to “Eternal Life” in the New Heaven and a New Earth.

So many people call this book the book of doom, or the end times or anything to make people scared to read and study.

Actually this is “a book of life”. When the words “end of time” are used, we must take those words literally just like we should the whole Bible.

IT WILL BE THE END OF TIME, AS NO MORE DAYS, NO MORE MINUTES, NO MORE HOURS, NO MORE SUNRISES OR SUNSETS. THE VERY LAST SUNRISE YOU SEE WILL BE THE LAST DAY. THERE WILL BE NO MORE DAYS, [ONLY LIFE ETERNAL].

THE ONLY WAY TO MISS THIS LAST DAY IS TO “NOT” KNOW CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR. SADLY MANY WILL CHOOSE TO NOT BELIEVE. THEY WILL NOT MISS OUT ON ETERNAL LIFE, [THEY WILL JUST SPEND IT IN THE LAKE OF FIRE].

UNDERSTANDING THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD IS THE KEY TO THE BOOK OF REVELATION. HE IS COMING IN TWO STAGES. IN THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH HE WILL COMES AS FAR AS THE CLOUDS:

1Th 4:17  Then [we which are alive and remain shall (be caught up) together with them in the clouds], to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

What does the word Rapture mean? A seizing by violence. Rapidity with violence; a hurrying along with velocity; as rolling with torrent rapture.

1Co 15:52  (In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye), at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The word Rapture may not be in the Bible but the definition of that word for sure is there!

*****AND LATER IN PROBABLY ABOUT SEVEN YEARS OUR TIME HE WILL COME ALL THE WAY TO THE GROUND:

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
*****Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, [why stand ye gazing up into heaven?] this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Act 1:12  Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

We should observe what these angels were saying. They said what are you doing still standing here. You need to get busy with the Masters work till He comes.

*****CHRIST WILL RETURN TO THE EXACT SAME PLACE WHERE HE LEFT!

Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

**********LET’S BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING OUR TEXT:

Rev 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]:
Rev 1:2  [Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw].
Rev 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).

Verse 1.)

A.) The very first words tells us this book is about the “revealing”, the unveiling of Jesus Christ. This book is about Jesus not the man of sin. This book is about God!

B.) The very first verse tells us the source of this “revelation”. That source is the Almighty God. (Theos) is used here in this verse meaning the supreme God.

C.) The very first verse tells us the reason God has revealed all this about “His” “Son” “Jesus Christ”. These things will shortly come to pass. We can well say that it has been almost 2000 years since Christ went back to Heaven, so what is the word “shortly”?

What does this word shortly mean? Most believe that it is used as a short time and this is true whether we see it now or another 1000 years, though I believe it to be much sooner or as John writes it “Surely I come quickly”

BUT let’s dig a bit deeper. This term can also mean that “I’m writing this in as few words as I can and in the language of man (John) so you can understand.

The old Webster dictionary has these meanings:

Shortly: In few words, briefly, as to express ideas more in verse than in prose.
Prose: to write or relate in a tedious way in man’s words.

We can see that the Apostle John put what he saw in word pictures many times so we to could see what he saw. He gave descriptions many times and we should also try to relate to those pictures. These are not figments of his imagination but actual things he saw in the future that he had never seen and tried to describe so we would know them.

In other words let’s look at the book of Revelation in what it says rather than how soon all this could happen. The other 65 books gives us the picture of when all this could happen and that is “at any time”.

D.) This very first verse tells us God sent and signified by His angel!

(His own angel) Now we know that God is the Lord of the Angelic Host. He is King of the angels just as He is our King and Lord. So this could be any angel but He did use the term “his” and not “an” angel. There is a difference. I believe this to mean an angel that sits in His presence.

This angel was sent on a mission. It was his purpose to make sure John saw all these things.

To “signify” is to: To make known something, either by signs or words; to express or communicate to another any idea, thought, wish, a hod, wink, gesture, signal or other sign.

This angel showed to John a glimpse into the future and John used all his knowledge in his old age to show that future to anyone that studies this great book.

Heb 1:13 says  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
*****Heb 1:14  [Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?]

You know God will use one of these angels to throw Satan into the lake of fire one day soon. Saying is this the one!

Isa 14:15 SAYS  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
*****Isa 14:16  (They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee), saying, [Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms];

SATAN’S DAY IS COMING AND WE LEARN ABOUT THIS DAY IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION! THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT HIM(Satan) THOUGH HE IS IN IT. THIS BOOK IS ABOUT JESUS. THE WHOLE BIBLE IS ABOUT JESUS. THAT’S WHY THE WORLD HATES JESUS!

E.) John is a servant of God. Every Saint of God is a servant of God.

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, [which he hath purchased with his own blood].

If we are not the servants, the “slaves” of God then we are not saved. You have to be purchased to be saved. My Lord owns me and I will serve Him! He not only bought me with His blood, He bought me with His “Love”.

Verse 2.)

John gives us this record of what he saw.

The word “bare” means: The Greek word “martureo” is used here. It’s definition is:

[to be a witness,] that is, testify (literally or figuratively): – charge, give [evidence], bear record, have (obtain, of) good (honest) report, be well reported of, testify, give (have) testimony, (be, bear, give, obtain) witness.

(of the word of God)

2Ti 3:16 says  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

John just didn’t write these things. He was still under the guiding hand of the Holy Spirit!

(the Testimony of Jesus)

A Testimony is: A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact. Such affirmation in judicial proceedings, may be verbal or written, but must be under oath. Testimony differs from evidence; testimony is the declaration of a witness, and evidence is the effect of that declaration on the mind, or the degree of light which it affords.

The Book of Revelation is the “testimony” of Jesus Christ!

Isa 8:20 says  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

(and all things he saw)

This was not a dream to John. This somewhat like a vision but I believe it was a life like vision. In other words it was like seeing it on a movie screen in 3D.

Even though this book is about the “unveiling” of Jesus Christ, there are many visions and events that are brought forth for us to know.

Pro 14:5 was  A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

The Apostle John is this faithful witness to the “testimony of Jesus”!

Verse 3.)

We talk about ways to be blessed of God. This book that everyone is so afraid of comes with the blessing of God.

1.) He who reads:

2Ti 2:15 says  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What is it to read?

a.) To inspect and understand words or character; to peruse silently; as, to read a paper or letter without uttering the words; to read to one’s self.

If we just glance over the word of God and not seek the understanding of it then we haven’t really read it have we.

Neh 8:8  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and [gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading].

God’s word causes conviction and joy!

b.) To know fully.

Act 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Act 8:31  And he said, [How can I, except some man should guide me]? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

We may not always be able to know what we read. We cannot just stop reading but seek help to understand.

c.) Uttered; pronounced, as written words in the proper order; as, the letter was read to the family.

To read out loud. To read before others.

1Th 5:27 says  I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

WIPE THE DUST OFF THAT BIBLE AND REALLY READ THE WORD OF GOD. THE BOOK OF REVELATION PROMISES A BLESSING IF YOU WILL DO THIS.

2.) They that hear:

We can see immediately that this cannot take place unless someone reads these words out loud. So if no one will read, (that can read) then others will not be able to receive a blessing. Nor will they know or understand the word of God. This is one of the main purposes of Sunday School, to read and understand God’s word. I’m not here to give you Bobby’s doctrine. I stand before you so we can learn God’s word together and try to make sense of the word.

The Apostle Paul said when we really read, we can understand the mystery of Jesus.

Eph 3:4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

You see Jesus Christ does not try to hide anything from us. He wants us to know the truth.

1Jn 5:13 says  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; [that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God].

3.) Those that keep the things that are written.

If we do not read God’s word and read out loud to those that cannot read then we will not know what things to keep!

If we do not understand that for this very reason is why there are so many new translations coming out in these the last days. It causes confusion. Who is the author of confusion?

1Co 14:33 says  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

WAKE UP CHURCH! It is still all about Jesus!

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, (the truth), and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(for the time is at hand)

How do we describe time? A particular portion or part of duration, whether past, present or future. The time was; the time has been; the time is; the time will be.

The time of the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation is at hand. Now we must remember this book begins with a teaching of the Church Age. You cannot have an “age” until some time has past.

“Age” can be said as:  A particular period of time, as distinguished from others; as, the golden age, the age of iron, the age of heroes or of chivalry. A particular period; hence, a generation and a succession of generations; as, ages yet unborn. Sometimes a period of 100 years is called an age.

The Apostle John knew that this did not mean in the next day or so but a time of God’s hand at work. The “Church Age” and the “Time of Grace” are still the age we are in just now. I believe the completion of this age is now at hand and we will soon be in the next step, the next age, the Tribulation age.

The signs say to look up for the coming of Christ is at hand!

Luk 21:28  And [when these things begin to come to pass], then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Read the book of Luke to see what these things are! I just know it is time for the Christian to raise his head, be watchful, and be busy about the “Masters business”.

But we must remember:

Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
*****Heb 1:2  [Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son], whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

HE’S COMING AND IT WILL BE SOON!

WHO ARE THESE MESSAGES FOR?

AGAIN OUR TEXT:

Rev 1:4  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;
Rev 1:5  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,
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev 1:8  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.

Verse 4.)

(The Number Seven): The number seven is used 463 times in the Bible. This number has been called the symbol of perfection, and also the symbol of rest. It is also the number for completeness. The number seven is used 54 times in the book of Revelation.

(The Seven churches): This also is relevant because we know from the Bible that that were more than seven churches in Asia. This is not a contradiction because by saying the “seven churches” it brings us back to the point of the number seven. (Perfection, Rest and Completeness) Remember, Jesus is revealing or unveiling or both a specific message to His Church. This book is written to the Church. If you rightly divide the Bible, you always want to know, to whom is this part focused on. Verse 4 says to the Church.

(Grace and Peace): 18 times in the New Testament it says the phrase grace and peace. 16 times the verses say specifically “from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ”. WE CANNOT GET GRACE NOR HAVE PEACE UNLESS THEY COME FROM THE LORD!

But on two occasions:

Rom 16:20 says  And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

This verse though it says the same thing, God of peace and Grace from Jesus Christ is a bit different because it tells of the beginning of the downfall of Satan.

In our verse 4 it says:

Rev 1:4  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;

In other words just so you are not confused, “that him that which was, which is and which is to come”, is also God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ all in one Almighty God.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

We also know that the book of Revelation tells us of the ending of Satan on this Earth,

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and [shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever].

We will probably discuss this when we get to it but, it’s interesting to know that the place where Satan will spend eternity is not even going to be in the same place where all the Saints will be. Note (He will be tormented day and night forever). I believe that to be on this destroyed earth.

Rev 22:5  And [there shall be no night there]; and they need no candle, [neither light of the sun]; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

The redeemed of God will be at this location. An Eternal Heaven has no need for day and night. Satan will never even be near God’s children again. That sounds like the Heaven of the Bible to me! This why grace brings peace.

The Seven Spirits before the throne: (Again the Number Seven) If we study the Bible we find out that the Bible itself is it’s own best commentary. We can learn about these “seven spirits”.

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2  And the [spirit of the LORD] shall rest upon him, [the spirit of wisdom] and [understanding], the [spirit of counsel] and [might], [the spirit of knowledge] and of [the fear of the LORD];
Isa 11:3  And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Isa 11:4  But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

We know this rod of Jesse makes reference to the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now we can also see seven spirits that will be upon Him.

1.) The Spirit of the Lord
2.) The Spirit of Wisdom
3.) The Spirit of Understanding
4.) The Spirit of Counsel
5.) The Spirit of Might
6.) The Spirit of Knowledge
7.) The Spirit of The Fear of the The Lord

Rev 3:1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith [he that hath the seven Spirits of God], and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Rev 4:5  And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: [and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God].

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, [stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth].

Zec 3:9  For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; [upon one stone shall be seven eyes]: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. (compare Rev 5:6 seven eyes)

Zec 4:10  For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with [those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth]. (compare Rev 5:6 seven eyes)

Zec 6:5  And the angel answered and said unto me, [These are the four spirits of the heavens], [which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth]. (compare Rev 4:5, Rev 5:6)

1Co 12:3  Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
1Co 12:4  Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

The Spirit Of God! He’s been around forever.

Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Gen 1:1  [In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth].

Job 33:4 says  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

Verse 5.)

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM JESUS CHRIST!

(the faithful witness)

1Ti 6:13  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, [who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession];

What is a witness? [One that which furnishes evidence or proof!] A person who knows or sees any thing; one personally present; as, he was witness; he was an eye-witness. To see or know by personal presence. To see the execution of an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed. To bear testimony.

Jesus Christ has done all these things. He is the most faithful witness for us all who believe!

The Christian, the “Redeemed” can say these words of Job:

Job 16:19  Also now, behold, [my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high].

(the first begotten from the dead)

1Co 15:3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, [how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures];
1Co 15:4  And that he was buried, and [that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures]:

When the Apostle Paul wrote these things, he was referring to the Old Testament, according to the old scriptures. Paul was causing some of the writing of the New Testament even though we know at least he and James and Peter knew of each others writings. The Holy Spirit was working in these men and others and it was then and is now the time of “Grace”.

You see Jesus Christ is the first begotten of the dead in Christ. That flesh He put on to come to Earth did actually and fully die. Jesus Christ did fully resurrect from that death into a glorified body. This will happen to every born again child of God. Christ is and was the first but there will be many more.

*****1Co 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
1Co 15:21  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

*****Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

The Church will be called out first, before the tribulation period and then those from the tribulation period and the millennial kingdom that are saved a little later.

(the prince of the kings)

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
*****1Co 15:25  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Luk 1:26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
Luk 1:27  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Luk 1:28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Luk 1:29  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Luk 1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
Luk 1:31  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
*****Luk 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
Luk 1:33  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luk 1:34  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Luk 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

It began at Genesis 1:1. The Lord Jesus will guide us into “eternal life”.

Heb 7:25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, [when he offered up himself].

HE WASHED US IN HIS OWN BLOOD!

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption [through his blood], even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15  [Who is the image of the invisible God], [the firstborn of every creature]:
Col 1:16  [For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him]:
Col 1:17  [And he is before all things, and by him all things consist].
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, [the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence].

GOD HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE FIRST ONE TO DO THINGS. WE DON’T TEST THE WATERS, HE HAS DONE THESE THINGS BEFORE US AND HE WILL LEAD US ON TO GLORY!

Verse 6.)

(Has made us kings and priests)

Many say this should be read “a kingdom of priests”. I believe Christ has made us a kingdom of priests but not because this verse needs to rewritten. I believe it is written the way it was given by the Holy Spirit. The same Greek word “basileus” is used throughout the New Testament. So do all of them need to be rewritten. I don’t think so.

Isa 61:6  But [ye shall be (named) the Priests of the LORD]: [men shall call you the Ministers of our God]: [ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles], and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Now let’s get down there where the rubber meets the road.

1Pe 2:3  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
1Pe 2:4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, [are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood], to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
1Pe 2:7  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
1Pe 2:8  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
*****1Pe 2:9  [But ye are a chosen generation], [a royal priesthood], an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

This word royal means a kingly priesthood!

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

If you follow where I’m going we know that the Lord Jesus Christ is a King-Priest. As born again children of God we are adopted into the family of God. (inheritance)

The Kingly line of David extends through Christ, That will never change! The Priestly line of Jesus Christ from a [higher source] exist now. That will never change!

Heb 3:1  Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2  [Who was faithful to him that appointed him], as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

*****Heb 5:5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but [he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee].

*****Heb 7:3  Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; [abideth a priest continually].

Heb 10:19  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
*****Heb 10:21  And having an high priest over the house of God;

Our bodies are a Temple of the Lord.(the house of God) We are rulers over this house (priests-king) but also as being inheritors of the Godly Kingdom we will also be king-priests in God’s kingdom. No this verse wasn’t translated wrong it was written just as the Holy Ghost intended it to be written. We are in the family of God and good things come to those that love God.

Mar 3:34  And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
*****Mar 3:35  For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
*****Eph 3:15  [Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named],

THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD AND THERE NEVER WILL BE BUT ONE GOD! WE CALLED HIM JESUS WHEN HE WAS ON THIS EARTH. HE IS OUR HIGH PRIEST WHILE HE IS IN HEAVEN. HE IS THE COMING KING TO THIS EARTH AND IF YOU BELIEVE ON HIS NAME AND REPENT, YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY NOT BECAUSE I SAY SO, BUT BECAUSE HE SAYS SO.

TO HIM BE GLORY AND DOMINION FOREVER, FOR HE IS GOD!

LISTEN TO HIS MESSAGE.

Verse 7.)

(He comes in the clouds)

The second coming of Christ. Many doubt this will ever happen.

2Pe 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4  And saying, [Where is the promise of his coming]? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

What people do not realize is that this is also a prophecy not only from Peter but also from a Psalmist.

Psa 55:19  God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. [Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God].

Christ is coming back and we as Christians know it will be in two parts.

1.) The Rapture of the Church:

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, [I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also].

Php 3:20  [For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour], the Lord Jesus Christ:
*****Php 3:21  [Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body], [according to the working whereby (he is able) even to subdue all things unto himself].

1Th 4:16  [For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout], with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and [the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord].

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, [even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
*****1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order]: [Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s (at his coming)].

2.) There is no doubting what the scriptures say. They say He is coming and He has to come twice because it is two different events. He’s God, He can come as often as He wants too and He very well may do so but He teaches us of these events for Himself.

His Second Coming:

Jud 1:14  And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, [Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints],

Zec 14:5  And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: [and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee].

Col 3:4  [When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory].

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and [his name is called The Word of God].
*****Rev 19:14  [And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean].

Daniel saw it in a vision:

Dan 7:13  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man [came with the clouds of heaven], and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

Jesus told about it:

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and [they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory].

He’s coming and He’s coming back to the exact place He left from:

Zec 14:4  [And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives] shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

Act 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, [while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight].
Act 1:10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Act 1:12  [Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet], which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

(AND EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM!)

Jesus probably could not have come at another time in history where technology would allow this to happen. With TV, Satellite, IPod, Cell Phones and Computers and the other stuff that is available. Now God does not need man’s help or man’s technology but even we can see where this could be fulfilled in our day.

(and they that pierced Him)

The piercing of Our Lord was prophecy fulfilled and we can believe these words from the book of Revelation also and who are “they”?

The assembly of the wicked. There will be a great assembly of the wicked (Satan/Anti-Christ) around Jerusalem at the time of His second coming.

Psa 22:16  For dogs have compassed me: [the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me]: [they pierced my hands and my feet].

*****Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: [and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn].

We must also remember these words of the children of Israel.

Mat 27:25  Then answered all the people, and said, [His blood be on us, and on our children].

Little did they realize, His Blood was the key to salvation for us all!

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

How bad will they feel?

Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Christ is coming. The Saints will be in Heaven or with Him. Only non-believers will be on Earth until these Jews believe. So why is Christ coming back? He has many reasons but one is for sure.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and [he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it].

It does not say He will save the sinners out of this world. They will not repent even at the sight of the coming Lord. (Read Psalms 2)

(All kindred shall wail)

Kindred simply means every race of people. Wail means: specifically to beat the breast in grief:

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and [then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn], and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

The Anti-Christ and his followers will not like what they see. The Bible says even further that they will even turn their weapons of war upon Him.

Look around at our world and tell me that you cannot see the hatred in this world for Jesus. God is a God of love and the world does not know love at this time. This world only knows lust. It’s time for Christ to come. Yes, come Lord Jesus come. Amen.

Verse 8.)

The book of Revelation is about Jesus Christ. We can never understand this book unless we believe it revolves around His second coming! Verse 8 tells us who is the author of this Book. He placed His signature in this very verse.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Apostle John referred to Christ as the word. It takes letters to make words. Jesus Christ said He was the Alpha and the Omega. These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Jesus said He was every word in His Bible and in this Book of Revelation. God is the source of all things. God is the beginning of all things. Everything finds it’s answer in Jesus Christ.

Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
*****Joh 4:26  [Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he].

*****1Jn 5:10  He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: [he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son].

*****Listen to the message of God.

*****2Co 5:19  To wit, [that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself], not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

HE IS LORD “WHICH IS NOW”, “WHICH WAS WHEN HE WAS ON THIS EARTH” AND “THE SAME ONE THAT IS TO COME!” THE ALMIGHTY GOD!

Again our text:

Rev 1:9  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.
Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11  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.

We now see that is John who will be the scribe of this great book. His qualifications were:

1.) Brother all Christians everywhere are called brothers and sisters:

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

2.) Companion in tribulation:

Joh 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, [they will also persecute you]; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

3.) Companion in patience:

Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
Rom 5:5  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Rom 15:3  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Rom 15:5  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

Luk 21:19 says  In your patience possess ye your souls.

*****John tells us where all this began: The Isle of Patmos.

You know God’s servant is indestructible until God’s calls them home. We are to never be afraid of what man can do to us.

2Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Psa 56:11  In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
Psa 56:12  Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
Psa 56:13  For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

John could not preach to much of a crowd on Patmos but God has a reason for everything He does. This island was a dreary and lonely place. It was a barren, windswept island in the Aegean Sea. At that time it was used as a place of exile for political prisoners. The Roman Emperor Domitian sent John to this place because “he preached the word of God” and he would not stop preaching.

This should be an example to all that preach Christ as the Bible is also our book of examples. Governments will never stop the preaching of God’s word no matter how hard they try.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

1Co 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Verse 10.)

(The Lord’s Day)

We should not be confused about which day this was. It was on a Sunday. John could remember real easy all the Sabbath’s because as a Jew he would have kept the Law. He may not have remembered Sunday as what we have come to know as a day of gathering in the house of God because John remembered this day as the day the Lord God Jesus Christ rose up out of that tomb showing that He was God.

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, [as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week], came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Mar 16:9  [Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week], he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

Joh 20:19  Then the same day at evening, [being the first day of the week], when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came [Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you].

You see this began also a day that the disciples of Christ gathered

Joh 20:26  And [after eight days again his disciples were within], and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.

You can see that the Apostle Paul also used Sunday as a day of gathering to worship the Lord Jesus and God.

Act 20:7  And [upon the first day of the week], when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

This was the day to gather in the tithes and offerings at the house of the Lord.

1Co 16:1  Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1Co 16:2  [Upon the first day of the week] let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Is this the only day of worship?

Col 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

God says we are not to be judged on our day of worship. Their are many under persecution in many nations that have to meet when and where ever they can to worship. WE SHOULD WORSHIP THE LORD EVERY DAY. IN PRAYER, IN ACTION AND IN EVANGELISM.

John had only one day on his mind this day. The day he walked out of that grave. That “grave” could not hold him.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Now saying this, the Book of revelation is about “the day of the Lord”. The second coming of Christ!

Isaiah says “in that day” 43 times.

Isa 26:1  [In that day] shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

“The day of the Lord” is used 29 times.

Isa 34:8  For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Joe 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Oba 1:15  For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Amo 5:18  Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

(in the spirit)

John was worshipping the Lord just before the Lord appeared to him. We fail each other and our own selves when we go into a worship service and do not know why we are there. It’s not to fellowship though we can. It’s not to show off new clothes, though some do. It’s not to talk and gossip about what has happened during the week, but it happens.

We are to gather in the house God has placed His name on “TO WORSHIP THE LORD”. That is the sole purpose of the worship service. If we do bring the Holy Spirit in with us, if we do not pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit, then we cannot worship the way God intends.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and [they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth].

Good things always happen when we worship the Lord as He has taught us and not what we think. John was fixing to be whisked away by the Spirit. If he had just moped around all poochy lipped that day because of his persecution, we may not even have the Book of Revelation today.

God will take us home to be with Him when our work here on Earth is done!

1Pe 2:15  For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pe 2:16  As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

Heb 10:36  For ye have need of patience, [that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise].
Heb 10:37  For yet a little while, and [he that shall come will come, and will not tarry].

(behind me a great voice)

Psa 29:1  A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Psa 29:2  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psa 29:3  The voice of the LORD is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.
Psa 29:4  The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
Psa 29:5  The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
Psa 29:6  He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
Psa 29:7  The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.
Psa 29:8  The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
Psa 29:9  The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
Psa 29:10  The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.
Psa 29:11  The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

(as of a trumpet)

This voice did not sound like a trumpet. A trumpet was used for many reasons:

1.) A call to war:

Jdg 3:27  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
Jdg 3:28  And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

2.) A call to assemble before war:

Num 10:9  And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

3.) A call of warning for coming war:

Eze 33:2  Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
Eze 33:3  If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
Eze 33:4  Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
Eze 33:5  He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Christ was coming and John was to write down the things he saw because [it is a warning of all these things]. Just before these things happen there will blow another trumpet:

4.) A call to resurrection (the Rapture of the Church)

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Rev 4:1  After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Verse 11.)

What did this voice say?

Instructions from the Lord.

The Phrase “thus saith the Lord” is used 413 times in the Bible. Jesus Christ made this announcement Himself to the Apostle John.

There was no doubt who was giving this message. John had already remembered the day of resurrection of the Lord and now he was reminded in person of the transfiguration.

Mar 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

This was, in a sense two witnesses for the message our  Lord was about to give John.

Who is this message for?

The Church.

1.) Notice the same message will be sent to every church.

Christ only has one message. He does not have a doctrine or a salvation that is different for everyone. He has the same message of Salvation to us all.

2.) Each church would see what the Lord had to say on an individual basis. Every group of believers has it’s own problems but to the Lord Jesus we are all still His one and only church.

3.) This message was sent to seven churches but it is a fact that there were more than seven churches in this area. So we have to say that these seven represented the church as a whole worldwide.

4.) This message by being in the cannon of the Bible by the work of the Holy Ghost is being sent to every church down through the ages. God’s word is the same in any age. There is only one salvation message.

5.) This message is a warning that the church age is soon over. The time of grace to the gentiles is about over. Now is the time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and repent and believe. Today is the day to know the Lord.

6.) THIS MESSAGE IS NOT SENT TO THE WORLD.

The purpose of the church is to be a testimony of the Glory of God. God is in charge of the church just as he is in charge of this world. It is the Jew, the children of Israel that will take God’s message to the sinful world that remains after the rapture of the church.

A brief history of these churches:

Ephesus: (desirable)(permitted) The capital of proconsular Asia, which was the western part of Asia Minor. It was colonized principally from Athens. In the time of the Romans it bore the title of “the first and greatest metropolis of Asia.” It was distinguished for the Temple of Diana who there had her chief shrine; and for its theatre, which was the largest in the world, capable of containing 50,000 spectators. The desirable church that left its first love. Ephesus was the influential capital city of Asia Minor on the Aegean Sea. Ephesus is now known for its huge metropolis of ancient streets, arches and ruins.

Act 19:26  Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:
Act 19:27  So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

Smyrna: (myrrh) An ancient city of Ionia, on the western coast of Asia Minor, about 40 miles to the north of Ephesus. The persecuted church that suffered poverty and martyrdom. Smyrna was located north of Ephesus in a powerful trading position on the Aegean Sea known for its harbors, commerce, and marketplaces. The primary ruins of Smyrna are located in the modern Turkish city of Izmir.

Pergamos: (height, elevation) A city of Mysia, about 3 miles to the north of the river Caicus, and 20 miles from its present mouth. It was the residence, of a dynasty of Greek princes, founded after the time of Alexander the Great, and usually called the Attalic dynasty, from its founder, Attalus. The worldly church that mixed doctrines and needed to repent. Pergamum is located on the plains and foothills along the Caicus River in Western Turkey. It was considered a major city in Asia Minor since the 3rd century BC, and became a Greek and Roman hub for temple worship.

Thyatira: (perfume, sacrifice of labor) A city of Asia Minor, on the borders of Lydia and Mysia. It was and still is famous for its dyeing. Among the ruins, inscriptions have been found relating to the guild of dyers in that city in ancient times. The false church that followed a seductive prophetess. Thyatira is located in western Asia Minor about 42 miles inland from the Aegean Sea. The ancient city was known for its textiles and dyeing trade, and is now known as the Turkish city of Akhisar.

Sardis: (prince of joy) The metropolis of Lydia in Asia Minor. It stood on the river Pactolus, at the foot of mount Tmolus. Sardis was, in very early times, both from the extremely fertile character of the neighboring region, and from its convenient position, a commercial mart of importance. The art of dyeing wool is said to have been invented there. The “dead” church that fell asleep. Sardis is located on the banks of the Pactolus River in western Asia Minor, 60 miles inland from Ephesus and Smyrna. Popular ruins include the decadent temples and bath house complexes.

Philadelphia:(love of a brother) A city of Lydia in Asia Minor, about 25 miles south-east of Sardis. The locality was subject to constant earthquakes, which, in the time of Strabo, rendered even the town walls of Philadelphia unsafe. The expense of reparation was constant, and hence, perhaps, the poverty of the members of the church. The church of brotherly love that endures patiently. Philadelphia is located on the Cogamis River in western Asia Minor, about 80 miles east of Smyrna. Philadelphia was known for its variety of temples and worship centers

Laodicea: (just people) (justice of the people) The city of this name mentioned in Scripture lay on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus on the banks of the Lycus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but afterwards Laodicea, from Laodice, the wife of Antiochus II., king of Syria, who rebuilt it. The “lukewarm” church with a faith that’s neither hot nor cold. Laodicea is located in the Lycus River Valley of western Asia Minor, a primary trade route between the cultures of the West and East. Laodicea was known as a primary hub for the Roman aqueduct system.

God the Father gave this message to His son Jesus Christ, who passed it on through an angel to the Apostle John who was told to write it all down for us all to see and learn and it comes with the promise of a blessing.

Jesus Christ is coming back in all His Glory and it is going to happen soon.

ARE YOU READY!

Let’s pray!

JOHN’S VISION OF JESUS AMONG HIS CHURCH

OUR TEXT TODAY:

Revelation 1:12-20

Jesus Christ lives in the heart of every born again child of God. It is these very ones that make up the “Church” of the living God. There are not many churches! There is one church! There are many gathering places where brothers and sisters gather to worship the living God. May the light of Christ shine through all His Church into the darkness of this world.

Isa 60:1  Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Isa 60:2  For, behold, [the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people]: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

The first chapter of this great book sets the stage for the entire book. Remember John was worshiping on the Lord’s Day when these visions took place. When we worship like we are supposed too then amazing things can happen.

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and [they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth].

Why should we worship in spirit and truth? Because our Father in Heaven seeks those that will worship Him in this way. There are places of worship where there is plenty of spirit but they have no truth to their doctrine. God is no where near these places.

There are places where there is truth but they are cold as ice. No, we must have the truth of the Gospel but we must also show God that we are sincere in the Spirit.

Many will not like this comparison but we know the Jew is someone that God holds dear. If we look at the Book of Romans we can see, “who truly is a Jew”. You know Jesus Christ walked on this earth as a Jew. God assumed the flesh of a Jew.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29  [But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God].

You see it is not the outward appearance that makes one a Jew, no [it’s the soul that is in the spirit that has the praise of God!]

Joh 14:16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; [for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.]

If you have God’s Spirit within you then He will guide you in worship if, we allow Him to do so.

1Th 5:16  Rejoice evermore.
1Th 5:17  Pray without ceasing.
1Th 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.

It is God’s Holy Spirit that provides all goodness, righteousness and truth!

Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10  [Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord].

This is the only worship that is acceptable to God!

You see God knows His Holy Spirit will always lead you to Jesus Christ!

Joh 15:26  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, [he shall testify of me]:

You see as John was worshiping as he was taught by Jesus. Jesus came to him in this special way to show His church what was coming in the future. The church has gone through a lot of that future up until the day we live. We will see that not only can we see how Jesus sees individual places of worship but how the church has changed throughout the different ages. As the ages become darker. The time ahead of us “will” become darker. As Christians we can look to a brighter life and a certain future but this lost and dying world will see more and more darkness and evil.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Isaiah  60:2

It is the hope of our Lord that the Church will shine as bright as we can:

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Jesus will show us in this, His Book book how the remaining prophecy of Daniel will be fulfilled:

Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Our text for today:

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13  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.
Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Verse 10 told us how John had heard this great voice. He now had to turn from what he was doing to see where and what this voice was. We will all hear this voice one day and we will all face a Holy God.

(Verse 12 The seven golden candlesticks):

*****The number seven:

When John heard this awesome voice, he had to stop what he was doing and turn toward this voice. That will always be the same. When we are in need, and that is always, we can always turn to Jesus Christ and He will always be there.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, [I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee].

There are a lot of symbols in the book of Revelation. Most everyone of them are explained in this book. Some can be explained with other scriptures because the Bible is it’s own best commentary. I will try to stick to what the Bible says because this is the message God gave to us. Having said that, even a casual reader of the Bible will notice the prominence of the number seven.

This number denotes perfection, fulfillment and completion. The number seven points to what is morally complete. This number goes all the way back to the book of Genesis, when God said He rested on the seventh day. The number seven and seventh is used 583 times in the Bible and there are many more multiples of this number. The number seven is used 54 times in the book of Revelation not counting 5 more times for the word seventh for a total of 59 times.

God specifically chose seven churches and church ages to send this message to. This message is sent specifically to the “Church”. Not the Jew, not Israel, not Gentiles though there are some of each and every nation involved in the “Church”. This message is sent to the Christian! (Rev 1:11) That group of saved souls that make up the Church.

*****Gold:

Gold symbolizes the purity God seeks in His Church. He will have a Heavenly Divine Church. No other Church will work. He will not accept a blemished Bride. The Bride of Christ will be pure.

*****Candlestick:

In the Jewish Tabernacle there was one candlestick. It had seven arms and it provided the only light inside the Tabernacle. This candlestick represented the one single place of worship But it was still just a light holder until the true light of the Lord shone through.

Exo 25:31  And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
Exo 25:32  And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side:

What John saw was seven separate candlesticks. This symbolizes the entire Church as one Church. These churches are independent of one another but have one thing unifying them and that is Jesus Christ. The candlestick is not the light but is only the bearer of the light. It is Jesus Christ that is the true light. The Church like John the Baptist is not that light. It is Jesus that is the true light. The candlestick (Church) is the bearer of the light.

Joh 1:8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of [that Light.
Joh 1:9  That was the true Light], which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1Jn 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, [and the true light now shineth].

In this dark world the Lord Jesus Christ is the only light. He gives the light of “Grace” to the Church. It is that light of “Grace” that should shine from the Church into this dark world by Jesus Christ.

Joh 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 9:5  As long as I am in the world, [I am the light of the world].

He is that light of the world though they refuse Him! He is now back in Heaven interceding on behalf of the Church and Now:

Mat 5:14  [Ye are the light of the world]. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, [lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them].
2Co 4:5  [For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord]; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, [to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ].

(Verse 13)

(He’s in the midst)

What is the basic foundation of every Church?

Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, [there am I in the midst of them].

If Jesus Christ is not the center of a Church then that place is not a church of the living God.

We might also ask then how could John know this was Christ?

John said like unto the son of man.

John had seen Christ the day of the resurrection!

Joh 20:19  Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, [came Jesus and stood in the midst], and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

John had seen Christ in His glory on the Mount of Transfiguration!

Mar 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
Mar 9:3  And [his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow]; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

John had read the book of Daniel!

Dan 7:9  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 the pure wool]: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

There was no doubt in the mind of John that this was the Son of Man! This term son of man speaks of the God-Man. We know God is a spirit and cannot be seen. This vision speaks of His humanity the “redeemer” of all lost mankind.

Eph 5:23  For the husband is the head of the wife, even [as Christ is the head of the church]: and he is the saviour of the body.

1Co 3:11  [For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ].

Eph 5:30  For [we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones].

Act 20:28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, [to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood].

You see, there are different ages of the Church but they must all be centered on Christ. This is His message!

Eph 2:7  [That in (the ages) to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus].
Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

The unchanging message of “Grace” and “Faith”.

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A garment down to the foot. The long robe of a high priest girt about with the golden girdle of a king. The “robe” denotes dignity. The “gold” signifies His righteousness and faithfulness.

Isa 11:5  And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

Christ is our High Priest while He is in Heaven to intercede on our behalf!

Heb 7:25  [Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him], seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Heb 7:26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

You it’s not up to us to keep our salvation. What makes our salvation so secure is our High Priest.

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

It is Jesus Christ Himself who is responsible to keep us saved. We must still try our best to not sin but when we do we must ask forgiveness and He will forgive,

1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, [he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness].
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Verse 14.)

His head and his hair were white. White is the color of purity and of triumph. The idea here is not age but heavenly glory.

Pro 16:31  The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Pro 20:29  The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

Isa 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

The “pure” sinless Son of God.

Daniel also saw this in his vision.

Dan 7:9  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 the pure wool]: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

His eyes were as a flame of fire. Bright, piercing, all seeing, flashing light, and also a consuming fire of the wicked.

Nothing escapes the notice of God!

2Ch 16:9  [For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him]. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Heb 12:29  [For our God is a consuming fire].

Verse 15.)

Feet like unto fine brass. Shedding forth splendor like burnished brass heated in a furnace.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, of a yellow color; usually containing about one third of its weight of zinc, but the proportions are variable. The best brass is made by cementation of calamine or the oxide of zinc with granulated copper.

Ancient metalworkers in the area now known as Syria or eastern Turkey knew how to melt copper with tin to make a metal called bronze as early as 3000 B.C. Sometimes they also made brass without knowing it, because tin and zinc ore deposits are sometimes found together, and the two materials have similar colors and properties.

The Greek word “chalkalibanon” is used here: The Strong dictionary says.
khal-kol-ib’-an-on
(in the implied mean of whiteness or brilliancy); burnished copper, an alloy of copper (or gold) and silver having a brilliant luster: – fine brass.
This term “Fine Brass” is used only two times throughout the Bible. Those two times are both in the Book of Revelation. (Rev 1:15 and Rev 2:18)
Copper and silver mixed is now called Sterling Silver. Copper and Gold mixed is when you buy gold and it has a rose color. Both these metals are used in Jewelry today.
The Strong dictionary says of this fine brass as an alloy of copper.
Today, Fine Brass is known as White Bronze it is a unique metal known to have been used by Greek metalsmiths as early as 3000 B.C. While it is one of the oldest decorative metals known to man, White Bronze artifacts are rare. Naturally tarnish-resistant, White Bronze is lacquered and does not need polishing. It has strength and durability, making it much more practical than silver or pewter.
We can see that is rare to find these qualities. Only on Christ our Lord and in His church. Those feet that have carried us through the ages still untarnished and stain free. It is Christ that still carries us in the filth of this world. He carries us through the fires of life. There is no greater strength to be found anywhere. Whenever I read of these feet of fine brass, I always think of three Jewish boys in the Book of Daniel.

Dan 3:16  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:17  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Dan 3:19  Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
Dan 3:20  And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:21  Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:22  Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Dan 3:23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
I understand that brass in the Bible can mean judgement but when I read those words burned in a furnace I cannot get away from this picture of these three Jewish boys that stood up for the Lord. Jesus will walk with us no matter where we are if we are His Children.

His voice. His voice was mighty like the sound of surging waters.

Psa 93:4  The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

If you were standing near a mighty water falls such as the Niagara Falls, you would not be able to hear anything else.

Yet, When the Lord God Almighty speaks, no other sound will be heard!

Psa 65:7  Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.

Verse 16.)

In his right hand seven stars. “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches”.

Rev 1:20  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.

And out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword. This two-edged sword is a symbol of the word by which Christ’s conquests are won.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Again the Bible is it’s own best commentary.

His countenance. The glory of his countenance is the same that was manifested at the Transfiguration.

Mar 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
Mar 9:3  And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Isa 24:23  Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

Again Our Text:

Rev 1:17  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:
Rev 1:18  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.

1.) No human will ever be in the presence of the Lord without being overwhelmed by His “Righteousness” and His “Glory”.  When Moses asked God, he was told:

Exo 33:17  And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Exo 33:18  And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
Exo 33:19  And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
Exo 33:20  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

2.) Everyone that is in the presence of the Lord will first worship Him!

Ezekiel: (The rainbow)

Eze 1:28  [As the appearance of the (bow) that is in the cloud in the day of rain], so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. [And when I saw it, I fell upon my face], and I heard a voice of one that spake.

Eze 3:23  Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: [and I fell on my face].

Daniel:

Totally overwhelmed

Dan 8:18  Now as he was speaking with me, [I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground]: but he touched me, and set me upright.

Dan 10:8  Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, [and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength].
Dan 10:9  Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, [then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground].

Dan 10:17  For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? [for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me].
Dan 10:18  Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
Dan 10:19  And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
Mat 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
Mat 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
Mat 17:6  [And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid].

Fear Not!

God uses this phrase 63 times in the Bible. God expects a holy reverence of Him. This comes from a just view of Him and His divine character and His real love for us. Every time we witness to someone before the Almighty God we see they have the fear of emotion, the fear of impending danger. God always has these words of security waiting. “Fear Not”.

I am the First and the the Last!

This same divine title is used “three” times in the book of Isaiah!

Isa 41:4  Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? [I the LORD, the first, and with the last]; I am he.

Isa 44:6  Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; [I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God].

Isa 48:12  Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; [I am he; I am the first, I also am the last].
Isa 48:13  Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

This divine title is used “three” times in the book of Revelation!

Rev 1:17  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]:

Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith [the first and the last], which was dead, and is alive;

Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, [the first and the last].

There should be no doubt of the deity of Christ Jesus. He is equal to the Father in every respect. He was in the beginning with the Almighty God and He is before all and above all things and all things proceed from Him. He is the last and therefore He will be after all things and the center of all things. He is the source and the sum of all creation. He is life itself and the giver of all life.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: [for this is the whole duty of man].
Ecc 12:14  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Verse 18.)

Jesus says “I am life”! The living one! He is the source of all life. He is the author of all life. In Him we live and move and have our being. He lives from eternity to eternity and He will never die.

Gen 1:1  [In the beginning God] created the heaven and the earth.

He was the creator!

Joh 1:1  [In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and (the Word was God)].

He was the source of the Word of God, He was and is the fulfillment of the word.

Joh 1:14  And [the Word was made flesh], and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

He put on this flesh for one reason only. To provide the way of escape from Satan.

Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

He is God!

1Pe 4:6  [For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead], [that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit].

Preacher Oliver Greene says it like this:

The Living One “became dead”. Jesus was the God-man. He took a body of flesh, and in the flesh did what the law could not do.

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

The wages of sin had no effect on the sinless flesh of Christ. Jesus voluntarily “became dead” so that we might live. Jesus literally gave up His life for us. He “became dead” in our place.

Mat 27:50  Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, [yielded up the ghost].   {He yielded}

Mar 15:37  And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and [gave up the ghost].    {He gave}

Luk 23:46  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, [Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost].     {He gave to the father}

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, [It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost].       {He decided when it was finished}

He had become man, lived on this Earth a short time and then “The Living One” stepped into death of His own free will, that by His death He would destroy he who had the power of death The Devil. Through His death He delivered the captives from the devil.

Heb 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1Co 15:26  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

When John saw Jesus, He was standing in the midst of the Church. It is in the middle of the Church(not the temple)(not in Jerusalem)(not in any particular place on this Earth)(not in any particular denomination) but in His Church where He declared His victory and that He will live forevermore. Jesus Christ will not die again! He has conquered death. In Him we have eternal life! Because He lives we can live. Salvation is in Christ Jesus! There is no salvation where Christ is not worshiped as God!

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

*****The Keys:

The Keys tell us that Christ has complete mastery over the bodies and souls of all mankind.

Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

Christ may have given the Apostle Peter the Keys of the kingdom of Heaven, which is the word of God. But Jesus personally attacked Satan to get the Keys to Death and Hell.

Isa 22:22  And the [key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder]; so [he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open].

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia [write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth];
Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the [key of the bottomless pit].

Rev 20:1  And I saw [an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit] and a great chain in his hand.

We can see the truth of this statement in this scripture:

Rev 9:6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

They will die when a Holy God says it’s time and not before though they even try to kill themselves.

Just now the grave holds death but hell holds the souls of all that are lost. It is Christ that holds the keys to both! Everyone will face the Lord one day. It’s now the time for you to decide if you will spend your time waiting in the smoking section or the non-smoking section. The child of God will never even have the smell of smoke on them.

Again Our Text:

Rev 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev 1:20  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.

The Instructions:

Here we see that Jesus Christ Himself has divided this book for our study.

1.) The “things” John has already seen.
2.) The “things” which are.
3.) The “things” that are coming in the future.

This is the way we are to study this book and know that God told us to rightly divide the Bible for study.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Christ Himself has taken it on His own to show us the division of the Book of Revelation. We cannot bring the future back to the present. We cannot move the past up into what happens today. We cannot mix what will happen to the church with the covenant to the children of Israel. But we should remember one thing in particular.

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

First what John had already seen:

John is told to write down these things. It will be good to point out one thing now. When I am in Bible College I write down notes for my class. I write down things that are said and try to get the most important things. I very seldom am asked to write down what I see. If I need to see something then a picture will usually be given to me.

John is told to write down what “he sees.” We will get a lot of word pictures as John tries to describe in his own words things he sees and many he will not understand as he tries to write of what he sees of the future. This is an amazing task to fulfill. Thank God for His Holy Spirit, without whom these things could not be done.

1.) In verse 11 John was told to write what he saw in a book. Between verse 11 and verse 19 John saw the glorious vision of the Lord Jesus Christ standing in the middle of His Church. This is what John would have just seen.

2.) Second John is told to write the things that are:

From verse 1:19 through to verse 3:22 are the things that are. This book is to be given and read to the church. The church exists from the time of Jesus’s resurrection until the Rapture of the church. The Church age was already in progress in the time of John and he was familiar with all these that were mentioned in verse 11.

3.) Third John was to write down the things he would see of the visions of the future. From chapter 4 through chapter 22:5. This division has to do with the future world and the Jew, with the apostate church that will be left behind when Christ calls out the true church at the Rapture.

We then have past, present and future. We cannot mix the past with the present nor the present with the future. We must keep this in mind as we go forward in this book. These divisions do not overlap. One will begin as one is completed. If we don’t follow God’s instructions we will never truly understand His Word.

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and [the Word was God].

Verse 20:

What is a mystery? Some say God is a mystery. The Greek word (musterion) is used in this verse and it says it is a secret or something that has not been spoken of.

Webster says: That which is beyond human comprehension until explained. In this sense, mystery often conveys the idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

1Ti 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: [God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory].

This is not now a mystery to those that love Christ and Believe.

Again he wrote:

1Ti 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Again this is not now a mystery to the believer. It is by faith that we are saved. Without faith we cannot please God.

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Our salvation is based on our faith!

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So these are not mysteries at this time though they are to the lost of this world. They are mysteries to the unbeliever.

As the Bible most always is it own best commentary, Jesus Christ helps John along by pointing out that the seven stars are the angles of the seven churches and the candlesticks are the seven churches.

An angel is a ministering spirit:

Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

As we know that angels do not preach in the church then we can see that these represent the “pastors” of these churches or pastors of the church that Christ built.

Mat 18:10  Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

The angels face our father in Heaven. These stars in the hand of Christ are His pastors who should shine for Jesus.

Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

The preacher, pastor, evangelist, missionary, saint of God that does not do this is not obeying the Lord Jesus.

The Candlesticks:

These represent the Church. They are suppose to be light holders. Jesus Christ is the true light. It is the job of the church to bring forth that light to a dying world. This world is not getting better no matter what our governments say.

God says this world will get darker.

2Ti 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

That does not change the job of the church. This is the message Jesus is portraying with these symbols.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. [A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid].

God says as the world grows darker that the light of the church should be brighter. The only hope of the lost is in Jesus Christ. It is the church that should carry that hope forward to them.

There are many that go about it wrong.

Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

There are many that have the attitude that since they are saved, the rest can go on to hell. Some denominations think they are going to Heaven but no one else will. If they ever had a light they are hiding it under a bushel for no one else to see.

Jesus Christ will explain things about the church in the next two chapters. These things can be separated by ages but they can also be separated by individual churches. It’s time we started acting like the servants of a Holy God and get busy about the Master’s work.

Remember Jesus is in our past. He is our present. He will be in our future as every knee will bow to Him one day!

Isa 45:22  Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
Isa 45:23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Rom 14:11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Rom 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Some of us will meet Him in the air the day of the Rapture. Those that do not meet Him there will meet Him about a thousand years later at the White Throne of Judgement. It’s our choice. “I’ve made mine”, how about you?

Let’s pray!

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