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Bible Study-REV-Chapter 1
The Book of Revelation
Revelation 1:1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Revelation 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
1. The word “Revelation” means to uncover or reveal.
2. St. John was in prison on the Isle of Patmos for preaching the Word of God to the people when the angel appeared to him.
3. Patmos is a Greek Island approx. 620 miles from Jerusalem, across the Mediterranean Sea to the Aegean Sea.
I would imagine that our Father knew that we, as human beings, would be a bunch of stumble-bums as we walked through this life so, through the Holy Spirit, He divinely inspired the Scriptures to be written to give us an overview of his Plan, instructions on how to live our lives according to His will and prophesies to tell us what’s coming down the road.
This book of Revelation will explain to us, in detail and by the use of symbology, the things that are going to happen when the time for His return is at the door. When it’s fixin to happen.
A lot of folks have died over the past centuries but St. Paul told us, in 1st Thessalonians 4:15 that many of us will still be alive and kicking when the final times actually come. Many of us, probably in excess of 7.5 billion people, will still be going to work, taking the kids to school, going on vacation and picking up that gallon of milk and the loaf of bread that the “misses” told us not to forget.
✡ 1st Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. KJV
It’s not known exactly who the angel was but using some common sense we might conclude that the Archangel Gabriel may be the one because he was the messenger that our Lord used for important communications to us. Remember what he told Mary? None of the angels in this book are named.
Revelation 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;
Revelation 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,
Revelation 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. KJV
Christ is going to use seven churches around that area of Asia to illustrate, what He considers to be, the good and bad points of different church teachings. Most of them contrary in the respect of what He would demand any particular church to teach.
If you try to associate these particular churches with the denominations of today it will probably be fruitless for even churches of the same denomination differ in their teachings somewhat. Very much different than during the beginning of the church that Paul and others were setting up after the Holy Spirit had touched them in the Acts of the Apostles.
Each church has a spirit associated with it and if they are before His Throne they must report to Him as to the content of what is taught in each one.
He doesn’t really care what kind of clothes you wear or how nice your hair looks or if you come in tennis shoes or patent leather when you go to a church. He understands that the reason that you go is to get some spiritual food for your soul and body so He wants to see exactly what these seven are talking about when the people get there and sit down.
He cares more about the interior condition of your soul and not the exterior, worldly condition of how you dress. With us, the human-factor kicks in and how we dress becomes more important than what we are taught.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 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. KJV
This is an announcement to let you know that He IS coming, no doubt about it. The entire world will see it when it happens. You might ask: “How is the whole world going to see this event if it’s going to happen in Jerusalem?” Ever heard of a TV? Cable News? The internet? IPods or iPhones? Any electronic device that is capable of receiving video signals will show it.
He is the beginning of time and He is the end of time. All encompassing. I AM THAT I AM covers the whole ball of wax.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Revelation 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. KJV
Don’t forget that this book is prophesy. St. John will be taken to a future time but not in his human body but rather his spiritual body and the one that will take him is the angel that will guide him to a few future places and show him the events that will be happening at that time. He will be taken to the Lords’ Day. It will be as in a vision to see future events.
The Lord’s Day is the last day that anyone will walk around in these wretched bodies. Maybe I shouldn’t say wretched…I look around and see some fine specimens every once in a while. Mine isn’t one of them.
This is the day when everything changes forever. Our allotted time in a flesh and blood body will be over and, of course, that only applies to those living at the time. It will be:
The day that the seventh angel blows the seventh trumpet.
The day that the Lord returns.
The last day of this dispensation.
The first day of the Millennium.
The day that the battles of Armageddon and Hamon Gog will be fought.
The day that all living human beings will transcend into their spiritual body.
The day that Satan/Antichrist will be placed in the pit.
Just to name a few of the events. Gonna be a pretty busy day indeed.
Our Lord continues to speak to St. John and He tells him to write down everything that he is shown and to put it in a book and what John wrote is exactly what we are reading and studying right now. Every event that is written in this book is yet future, prophetic, and exactly what John was allowed to see and exactly what the Holy Spirit caused John to write. These events came straight from the Lord’s mouth so they must be pretty important and any one that tells you that you don’t need to read and understand this book is an idiot.
An angel might be leading John around but the words and information come straight from our Lord. And the first order of business that our Christ wants to show John, and us in particular, for this book is written especially to you and I, is what seven individual churches are up to, so what happens in your church next Sunday should be pretty important to you also.
Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Revelation 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.
Revelation 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Revelation 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.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 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: KJV
The one in the midst of them is, of course, Jesus Christ.
John was touched by the hand of Jesus Christ Himself. Whew! What that must have been like. The two-edged sword means that His truth cuts both ways, there’s no ambiguity within it. The truth is there and that’s it.
That’s a pretty vivid description…eyes were like a flame of fire, feet burning like a furnace. Nothing really scary here, just a representation of the Shekinah glory, the aurora, if you would, that surrounds His holy presence and it reaches and stretches so far around the entire area that the glory of Him negates the need for the sun during the Eternity:
Ref: Revelation 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. KJV
Remember that a lot of symbology is used in this book.
Revelation 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.
Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Revelation 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. KJV
He was alive and walked this earth; He was crucified and was dead and He is risen, never more to die for any reason. The seven golden candlesticks simply represent the seven churches and the seven stars simply represent the seven angles that stand before our Father and symbolizes them.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, that’s where the association lies and it stands to reason because the New Testament was written in Greek. This phrase is not in some of the Original Manuscripts (MSS)
Through St. John we are given the beginning of the end-time prophesy, the events that many of us will go through and since we don’t know when that Lord’s Day will happen we should ALL have a working knowledge of this book.
The seven churches are representative of all future churches, even the one that you may be attending and what was being preached in each one of these houses of worship will be taught in all churches even today. Human nature never changes; Satan’s plan never changes; our Father never changes.
We got a little taste of symbology which was quickly explained to us by our Lord and He will explain much of the symbology throughout the rest of the chapters. Seven candlesticks=seven churches; seven stars=seven angels.
You may wonder why He uses symbology and the answer is simple: it’s not meant for everybody to understand it. At first. Those that want to will put forth the effort and the Holy Spirit will help. Those that are too busy and don’t care will continue to sit around and ask:
“I wonder what He meant by that.”
If the Bible were as easy to understand as reading a novel by Tom Clancy people would pick it up, read it and then put it down and forget about it. Case closed. But if it takes the help of the Holy Spirit and if it takes effort on your part, then what you are telling our Father is that you care and you not only want to know more about how to live by His direction, you want to know more about HIM.
By reading and studying Revelation you express a desire to know what the future will bring as well. Knowledge takes away the fear of the unknown. Everything is gonna be alright.
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12 January 2015