Write What You’ve Seen. | Revelation 1:9-20
The purpose John writes —The Gospel of John = “that you may believe in the Son of God” (John 20.31) —1, 2, 3 John = “that you may be sure that you know Him” (1 John 2.3) —Revelation = “that you may be ready for His coming.” (Revelation 22.12)
[TEXT>>] 9a I, John, am your brother and your partner —in suffering and —in God’s Kingdom and —in the patient endurance to which (are in Jesus) Jesus calls us.
Your Brother: adelphos is used about 170 times in the N. T. It means part of the same —family. —“Your partner” —I am invested with you —working alongside you with a purpose.
your partner –in suffering: John was not exempt from suffering. He encourages them by saying, —I am working alongside you through the suffering, you are not alone. APP>> Good christians face suffering. (John 16:33)
your partner- in God’s kingdom: Working together in the kingdom of God. —We are called to be brothers and partners. Not only fellowship but also laboring together in this field we are called to serve.
We must be determined people working together for the kingdom’s sake, even when there is persecution, even when there is suffering, even when the whole world stands against us.
your partner- in patient endurance!(hupomone: ) means “to bear up or to endure – under pressure.” —This is the ability to keep holding on even while trials, temptations, and sufferings, keep on going on.
John says: “I am enduring under pressure, not throwing in the towel, not quitting, not dying quite yet… I am standing fast under this weight.”
—It was under this strenuous circumstances, John receives the revelation of Jesus Christ…
APP>> I am so proud of/thankful for —Many who are enduring circumstances beyond their control, —sufferings beyond their understanding… —who are not giving up, not quitting… — who rather Keep holding on to Jesus and His promises…
—Because at their final evaluation, at the bema seat,— great will be there reward. —And at the end it will all make sense, —but also because under these strenuous, hard circumstances they will receive a greater revelation of God’s love, and of the character of Jesus in their lives.
This patience endurance is only found in Jesus. That is why John writes us, to which He calls us…
[TEXT>>] 9bI was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus.
Imagine, 1950s and your pastor said I am in Alcatraz, your heart would drop to your stomach. He is not only in a prison, but one where the worst criminals are sent to.
— The island of Patmos was a like Alcatraz Island in the Roman Empire. —It was used as a prison island. It is about 10 miles long and 6 miles wide; and functioned as a jail without bars. —The island was rocky and rich in marble, and most of the prisoners were forced laborers in marble quarries. —“According to Victor-inus, John, though aged, was forced to labor in the mines located at Patmos”
[The reason he was there!!!] For/because of >> the word of God: John most was there because of the persecution of the Christians. For standing by the Truth of God’s word.
Not only because of God’s word but also for God’s word. That he may receive the revelation of Jesus Christ. APP>> He didn’t know that! Surely all he knew was that He was imprisoned because he took a stand for God’s Word.
“for my testimony about Jesus.” Because he did not deny Jesus as the Lord of his life. —These are the two main areas where Satan wants you to compromise: 1) The Word of God and 2) your testimony for Jesus.
Compromising: 1) The Word of God: God won’t get the Glory and you won’t receive Victory. 2) Your testimony for Jesus: So you won’t be effective for the kingdom of God and feel ashamed.
The flesh —the world and —the devil will are constantly attacking. —Even when we do stand for Christ, we can get the “poor me attitude” before the Lord.
We give ear to Satan’s voice and begin to complain. “Lord is this what I get when I stand for your Word, When I stand for you?”
That tends to be our attitude, but not Johns…
[TEXT>>] 10 It was the Lord’s Day (Sunday), and I was worshiping in the Spirit.
It was Sunday and I was worshiping the Lord. Since the beginning, the disciples have met on Sunday, it became known as the Lord’s day, because it was the day Jesus Rose from the dead.
Jn 20:1 “Resurrection” Jn 20:19 “Sunday evening the disciples met.” Jn 20:26 “Eight days later they were together again” Ac 2:1 “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together (Pentecost always starts on Sunday)” Ac 20:7 “On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers.” 1 Co 16:2 “On the first day of each week, you should each put aside a portion of the money.”
This is the Biblical doctrinal standard we are given.—We are not limited to Sunday. —The problem is, when people grab scripture out of context and wants to make you live by their standards. —Because they think it makes them holier… Like the 7 Day adventist and forcing their members to “keep the Sabbath”
Colossians 2:16, 18, 23 “16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.”
Here we find John Worshiping in the Spirit: = Despite of his circumstances, John is worshiping the Lord in the Spirit. And the Lord met Him there.
In the Spirit: While his body was on Patmos, he was in the spirit. He had entered the spiritual realm, the heavenly place where Jesus is revealed, this is where the Vision takes place.
[TEXT>>]… Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast (grabbed att) 11 It said, “[I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and Last] Write in a book (scroll) everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. ”
[Map] Not the only churches in the area of Asia Minor: EX>> Hierapolis, Colosse, and others that were planted there. —Why 7 seven churches. Number, 7 is the number of perfection, completion used in the Bible and Rev.
- —7 different blessings: (Rev 1:3, 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, 22:14.)
- —7 Churches,
- — 7 Letters,
- — 7 Stars,
- — 7 Golden Lamp-stands,
- — 7 Seals,
- — 7 Angels,
- — 7 Trumpets,
- — 7 Thunders,
- — 7 Plagues,
- — 7 Bowls, etc…
- why these 7 churches?
These 7 churches give us —The chronological flow of church history, —from the apostles to the present.
- 1) Ephesus, = The apostolic church (age of the apostles),
- 2) Smyrna, = The Persecuted Church (Starting with Nero 63 AD to Diocletian 310 AD = 10 waves of persecution)
- 3) Pergamos, = The Compromised Church (300 AD Satan joined the Churched under Constantine = The religion of the Empire), |
- 4) Thyatira, = Orthodox Church —Work based (Birth of the Catholic church: Papasy, Justification by works, Celibacy, Confession, Mariolatry, Purgatory, Penance, indulgences, etc.. (300s-1500s) |
- 5) Sardis, = The dead Church: (Name but not alive) |
- 6) Philadelphia, = The Favored Church (The Church of brotherly Love- Open door set before them We need to be) |
- 7) Laodicea. =The LukeWarm Church: (Seeker friendly, neither hot nor cold. Doesn’t stand for truth. >>> [The Last 4 are still around today])
[TEXT>>] 12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me,… I saw seven gold lampstands.
These were not candlesticks, they were not menorahs, but they were free standing oil lamp stands. —The lamps set on these lampstands. —The light doesn’t come from the lampstands. —The light comes from the oil lamps themselves. The stands merely make the light more visible.
The lamp-stands are a good picture of the church. —We don’t produce the light, we simply display it.
[TEXT>>] 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man (Messianic Title).
Da 7:13–14, “As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. —He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. —His rule is eternal—it will never end. —His kingdom will never be destroyed.”
[TEXT>>] 13b—He was wearing a long robe (>> Speaks of His dignity and authority. Those with long robes didn’t have to work much) … with a gold sash across his chest (In the O.T. Priest were a sash with golden thread interwoven)
One of the duties of the O. T. priests was —to tend the golden lampstand in the tabernacle. —Every day they had to fill the oil, clean the soot, and trim the wicks. —They had to closely inspect and care for the lamps so they would burn continually before the Lord.
Here is Jesus, our High Priest, in the midst of the seven lampstands, carefully inspecting and caring for the lamps, helping them to always burn brightly before the Lord.
This is the only description we have of Jesus in the entire Bible. Not a Physical description, rather a spiritual depiction of what He is like… Notice the word “Like” throughout this section.
[TEXT>>] 14 —His head and his hair were white like wool (white hair in the culture spoke of great wisdom), as white as snow (What does “white as snow” bring to mind? Isaiah 1:18 “…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”).
[TEXT>>] … And —his eyes were like flames of fire (Fire can be frightening, but in a fireplace, there’s nothing more inviting or comforting. —I suggest we see both aspects in the eyes of Jesus. —At the Bema seat, He will burn up all my shortcomings).
[TEXT>>] 15—His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace (The mention of furnace —would bring to the minds of the persecuted believers to whom John was writing… —the story of three others who endured the fire of persecution… —But who was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Jesus was (Daniel 3:25). —His feet are burned because He’s been through the same furnaces we have), and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves (speaks of the power and majesty of his voice).
[TEXT>>] 16 —He held seven stars in his right hand (v20), and a —sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth (A heavy sword (the ancient Greek word rhomphaia), used of a powerful weapon, able to cut someone in half. The idea is that this sword is His word. His weapon—and ours also—is the Word of God (Eph 6:17) and it carries immense power.).
[TEXT>>] And —his face was like the sun in all its brilliance (The glory of Jesus is so great, so bright, that it is hard to even look upon Him. —Jesus has the same glory as in His transfiguration, when His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2)).
[TEXT>>] 17a When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead…(John is the disciple who had an easy familiarity with Christ on earth. —He is the man who reclined upon His bosom in the Upper Room. —John was very close to the Lord Jesus. But when he saw the glorified Christ, —he did not go up to Him and pat Him on the back or shake hands with Him. —He didn’t even try to begin a conversation. >> He fell at His feet as dead!)
[TEXT>>] 17b but he laid his right hand on me and said, “—Don’t be afraid! —I am the First and the Last (In the midst of the apostle’s heart-stopping terror, the unsurpassable Son of God stooped down, reached out with His nail-pierced hand, and comforted His old friend. Helping the elderly disciple to his feet, He told John not to fear) . 18 I am the living one. >> I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! —And I hold the keys of death and the grave (everything is under control).
Notice this progression: —John heard. —He saw. —He fell. —Then he was touched, —revived, —and commissioned into ministry —to write…
[TEXT>>] 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.
- OUTLINE: “The things which you have seen”—Chapter 1 = The reality of the Resurrected Jesus. [write what you’ve seen]
- “The things which are”—Chapters 2–3 = Jesus gives seven messages to the seven churches:
- The chronological flow of church history from the beginning of the early church to the present.
- “The things which will take place after this (meta tauta)”
- Chapters 4–5 = The church is raptured and taken to heaven for a seven-year “honeymoon” with the Lord.
- Chapters 6–19 = The Tribulation occurs on earth as God pours out His wrath on a Christ-rejecting, sinful world.
- At the end of chapter 19, the Lord comes back to Jerusalem with His church to establish His kingdom.
- Chapter 20 = The Millennium—a thousand-year period of peace and prosperity—follows as the Lord rules and reigns from Jerusalem.
- At the end of the Millennium, Satan is loosed. —A final rebellion ensues before Satan is put away permanently.
- Chapters 21–22 = A new heaven and a new earth are created, and we will live happily ever after.
- The majority of the rapture arguments Mid trip and post trip assume that God will punish his church. That His church needs punishment in order to be made white and clean. It boils down to this, will God punish/beat his church for which He died and paid for? ie. Is Jesus a wife beater?
- Their proof text is: Jn 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”” It is true in this world we have tribulation. —But the difference is the one inflicting the tribulation.
- In this verse, the world is inflicting tribulation against us, NOT GOD. —In Rev 6-19 God is pouring out His wrath on the earth. —If we were to be here, it would be God inflicting tribulation His wrath on us.
- This is not consistent with His character. The rapture is consistent with God’s character and Bible typology. Lk 17:26 “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:”
Before the flood, before God poured out His wrath on earth (Gen 6), He removed Enoch Ge 5:24 “And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” and He preserved Noah, who is the picture of the Jewish people. —Jesus said, as it was in the days of Noah.
Abraham = will you punish the righteous with the wicked. (Gen 18.23-33 —50 to 10–) Abraham counted 10. Lot, wife, kids. —But they were not walking with the Lord, they were not saved. —Lot had to be removed in order for judgment to come.
Luke 21 “birth pains” when you are about to give birth does nothing else matters -When you see this happen =
Lk 21:29–32, (NKJV) “Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. ”When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. ”So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. ”Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.”
The nation of Israel is the fig tree. When you see it bud… know that the time is near. —Israel became a nation in 1948 – David Ben-Gurion First Prime Minister quoted Ezekiel 37 and said “I hear the footsteps of the messiah”
Chapter 38 and 39 we see world collision never seen before come together. Iran, Sudan, Lyubia, Turkey will be led by Russia to destroy once and for all Israel.
But before that happens, 1 Th 4:16–17 “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up (harpazo) together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Why we? 1 Th 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
The Antichrist will not he revealed until the restrainer is taken out of the way. —H. S. —And the H. S. dwells in His Church.
2 Th 2:3,7-8 “…For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.” … 7 … “For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way.”… 8… “Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.”
Don’t waste your time looking for the Antichrist. Be looking for Jesus Christ. This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. —Peter reminds us
2 Pe 2:9 “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,”
Lastly, the word church is not used from chapter 4-21… Because we are in heaven.
[TEXT>>] 20 This is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches ( ἐκκλησία “assembly, church”).
Jesus explains the meaning of what John saw. 1) the mystery. = that which was secret before now is made known. a) the seven stars: = the seven angels of the seven churches. b) The seven lampstands = are the seven churches.
Angelos, the word translated “angel,” also means “messenger” and is referring to the pastors, the leaders of the seven churches. Why are they likened to stars? Because according to Daniel 12, those who turn many to righteousness will shine as stars forever.
Once you start sharing your faith, once you start reflecting the goodness and grace of God, there will be a radiance about you that will draw others to your Savior. Try it.