Relation 1:1-8 | Are You Ready?
Revelation 1:1–8 (NLT) 1 THE revelation of Jesus Christ,
Revelation: (apokalypsis) means The unveiling. —[Septuagint: the nakedness, laid bare?]
What is bing unveiled, uncovered, disclosed, to us? The person of Jesus Christ.
The Gospels takes us from the Baby of Bethlehem, to the Penniless Preacher of Nazareth, to the Resurrected savior.
Reality, in total less than 10% of the Gospels give us glimpses of Christ eternal power and glory.
Here is given to us the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the almighty God, —revealed in His glory!
This is Not the book of Revelations of what the future holds. or Revelations of the signs of the end or Revelations of the wrath of God. —
Yes it reveals them we will see them and study them. But this is the book of THE Revelation of Jesus Christ. —If we catch everything else, but miss Jesus in the book, we miss the Book of Revelation.
The book revolves around the Revelation of Jesus:
- Ch 1 the Revelation of Jesus, in a Vision = what Jesus is Like
- Ch 2-3 the Revelation of Jesus = as He works in the churches
- Ch 4- 5 the Revelation of Jesus = in heaven with the Bride.
- Ch 6-19 the Revelation of Jesus = Through Judgement of God
- Ch 19 the Revelation of Jesus = As He returns
- Ch 20 the Revelation of Jesus = in the millennium
- Ch 21-22 the Revelation of Jesus = for all eternity.
Revelation 1:1b… which God gave him to show his servants (doulos >> bondservants) the events that must soon take place.
Jn 15:14–15 “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”
- God gave this revelation that it might be shown, not hidden. —This is an apocalypse—a revelation, not apocrypha (something hidden)!
- The events that must soon take place: This describes when the events of this book will take place—they will happen shortly, and they must happen shortly.
- —The Book of Revelation is a book of predictive prophecy. It speaks of things that will happen in the future, before they happen.
- 1/3 of the Bible is prophetic, describing future events. —We serve a bold and fearless God. —No other religious book, nor religion dares to tell you what is going to happen, before it happens.
- He is not afraid of a challenge: In Isaiah speaking of Israel’s idols, God said:
Is 41:22–23 ““Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know what’s going to happen. ”Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead. Then we will know you are gods. In fact, do anything—good or bad! Do something that will amaze and frighten us.”
- Then He reminds them who is God almighty: Is 42:9 “Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens.””
- The events that must soon take place: Soon = quickly (Takeon) = Takometor. When they start taking place, they will pick up speed.
Mt 24:4–8 “Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, ”for —many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. ”And —you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, —but the end won’t follow immediately. —Nation will go to war against nation, and —kingdom against kingdom. —There will be famines and —earthquakes in many parts of the world. >>> But all this —is —only —the first of —the birth pains, >>> with more to come.”
- Birth pains: Giving Birth, Fist ladies get brack and hicks, then water break, the contractions intensify and whether you are ready or not the baby comes.
- —These events, once they start, they will quickly, one after another will take place. (In 7 years)
1c… (How did He do it?) He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, 2 who faithfully reported everything he saw. —This is his report of >> the word of God and —the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Given to the Apostle John: The last surviving apostle. Jn 21:22–23“Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” ”So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?””
- John at 90 years of age (Not today’s 90s), twice the average life span. —In Ephesus thrown into a huge basin of boiling oil. Yet preserved by the Lord.
- He’s Cast to the island of Patmos in exile. —Patmos was not a paradise island:
- Prison Island = Alcatraz. —Between 1788 and 1868, about 162,000 convicts were transported from Britain and Ireland to Australia.
- While in exile “faithfully reports everything he saw” Everything the Lord showed him in this vision. —What “he saw” He could only expressed what he saw with 1st century understanding.
1 John 1:1 “We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life.”
- A trusted Biblical writer. —All His writings, are purposeful:
- —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) —Are you ready?
3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, (Reason>>) because the time is near.
J V. McGee was being rebuked by an old preacher for teaching the book of “revelations.” How dare you teach it. It is a closed book, impossible to understand. —You are going to confuse them, —You know nothing about the book of “revelations”!
“I (McGee) replied, First of all, “Brother, you are absolutely accurate in that I know nothing about the Book of “Revelations.” I have never even seen that book.” Because it is the book of Revelation!!!.
- People are afraid, Preachers discourage their congregations from reading the book of revelation.
- [Many claiming that it is not important to study it.]
- The book of revelation is not “a closed book,” NOT “a sealed book” as many like to claim.
- —Rather It is an open book (Rev 22:10).
- People are afraid of the Book of Revelation because they think it’s a difficult book to comprehend. But it is Not so. —Remember: The word “revelation” means just the opposite.
The only book with —a guaranteed blessing for the reader. [read out-loud]
For those who listen to it and obey what it says. —Because the time is near.
It is also the only book that comes with its own divine outline:
Rev 1.19 “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. (meta tauta)” —If you follow this divine outline, the Book unfolds very easily.
- OUTLINE: “The things which you have seen”—Chapter 1 = The reality of the Resurrected Jesus.
- “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 theological arguments come because people try to piece together the book of revelation out of order, and according to their own convenience/to fit their Theology..
4a This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia (Turkey)…
- The Romans referred to the mediterrenian sea area as asia. . A common postal route.
- —The 7 churches (v11): They 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.
- These letters are applicable to us —Historically (above), —Personally (our walk with Jesus) —Congregationally (Corporate fellowship practices.)
4b—Grace and peace to you…
This is not your typical “what’s up, hi dudes, what up homie” It has a depth of meaning:
“Hi” and “Hello” used to have a deep meaning too. > Heaven is Hi, Hell is low. —“Grace” or charis, was a Greek greeting. —Shalom, or “peace” was a Hebrew greeting.
The combination of the two is powerful Because: —Man can’t have peace until he understands THE favor God has given >> to him in and through >> the grace of Christ Jesus.
… (Now, this grace and peace comes>>) from the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come (Father); from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world.
- (Now, this grace and peace comes, flows) The Trinity: The Father is described as “the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come; Speaking of the eternal nature of God. He is timeless: (Exodus 2.14).
God the [Holy Spirit] is described as the sevenfold Spirit before his throne. —The idea of the seven Spirits comes from the Old Testament.
Isaiah 11:2 “—wisdom,—understanding, —counsel, —might, —knowledge and of—the fear of the Lord.”
God the Son: and from Jesus Christ. —He is the faithful witness, —The firstborn from the dead. [firstborn = title, like the first lady of the USA] and —the ruler of all the kings of the world.
5 b All glory to him who loves(d) us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.
- “Him who loved us” Because He Loved us >> He did not leave us captive to sin. —He took action,
Php 2:6–8 “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. —Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; —he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. —he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”
- He freed us (active arotist present) from our sin >> even at the cost of His own life, He freed us —by the shedding his blood for us, covering our sin. —Proclaiming >> freedom, >> forgiveness >> Breaking Sin’s power on us.
Col 2:13–15 “—He canceled —the record of —the charges against us and —took it away —by nailing it to the cross. In this way, —he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. —He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”
- Satan’s power over your life has been removed (disarmed). The account has been paid. On the cross our sentences hanged. —The extent, the proof of God’s love for you, is the Cross (Romans 5.8)
6 He has made us Kings and priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
- It would have been enough just the fact that He loved us and set us free! —But He goes far beyond, He has made us “Kings and Priest”
- —Kings: We are God’s royalty on earth = This is a privilege of status and authority. —As kings we have privileged access to God’s presence (Romans 5:1–2).
- —Priest: God’s chosen servants = “We represent —God to man, and —man to God.—We are called to offer sacrifice unto Him (Hebrews 13:15 “Continual sacrifice of praise”).
- In the Millennium, we’ll rule and reign on the earth as kings and priests (Revelation 5:10).
- In light of all that Jesus has done for us, —it is right >> to praise Him —>> to honor Him with all glory and dominion forever and ever. —Starting now!
7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him— even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen! 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
- Jesus has not forgotten his promise to come. —First He will come for his church (Rapture).—Then He will come to reign the earth. —Are you ready for His coming?
Lk 21:34–36 ““Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, ”like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. ”Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.””
- John Wrote: 1 John 3:3 “all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
- There’s a choice —to be taken up >> in the rapture, or —to be left behind? Am I living under the expectation of His coming? Am I saved, secured? is it reflected in my life?