This is a bible study, and part of a series on the book of Revelation.
JESUS CHRIST UNVEILED
Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” and “to shew unto his servants.” It is all about the unveiling of Christ, because God wants to show more about his Son to those who are looking for Him. Those who want to worship Him.
“Things which must shortly come to pass” does not mean shortly after John wrote. But, once it starts, the rest of the events will follow swift. The Greek word is “tacho.” It is the root for our tachometer that measures the speed of an engine.
God is gracious, and we are living in the “age of grace”, because of the New Covenant. But, God sets limits to His patience and forbearance. He warns us over and over that one day He will pour out His judgment on earth.
CHRIST BEFORE THE CREATION
Revelation 1:2 “Who bare record of the Word of God.” John himself knew Christ’s presence. He was a witness of Christ as God incarnated. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
A PROMISED BLESSING
Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth… this prophecy.” God promises a blessing to those who read the book of Revelation, and ‘keep it”. Revelation is not difficult, it is hard to believe.
Revelation will reveals Christ to you like no other book in the Bible. It will help you to understand God’s plans for the world around you, and you can watch it taking shape. And, it will encourage you to live confident, because you know where you are heading.
CHRIST OUR REFUGE
Revelation 1:4 The “seven churches which are in Asia” refers to the physical churches in todays Turkey. Verse 11 name the seven churches.
“Grace be unto you, and peace” is the Lord’s reminder that Christ is our refuge in this troublesome time.
“Which is, and which was, and which is to come.” Their is a divine outline of Revelation that goes like this:
- Things which was – Chapter 1
- Things which are – Chapter 2-3
- Things to come – Chapter 4-22
We read about the seven spirits in front of His throne in Isaiah 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.”
CHRIST’S BLOOD TO SAVE US
Revelation 1:5 “Jesus Christ… the first begotten of the dead.” When Jesus raised from the grave he conquered death, and paved the way for us to overcome death in Him.
Revelation 1:7 “Behold, He cometh with clouds” refers to Christ’s second coming.
“Every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him… shall wail because of him.” The whole world will see him, and Israel, who crucified him. It is a reference to the prophecy of the prophets. Ezekiel 12:10 “they which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”
Revelation 1:8 and 11 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending” and “the First and the Last.” God reveals His deity through His divine names to us. This is God outside of time, He has no beginning and no end. He always was and will always be. Time is a dimension, and God is not bind by it.
Revelation 1:9 “I John, who also am your brother.” John is writing to us as a brother in Christ, and in affliction. He was the last of the Roman Empire’s greatest enemies. The other members of Christ’s inner circle tortured, and murdered. He was an old man now, and banned to a Roman penal colony, Patmos. A barren island, a rock quarry that cut stones for buildings on the main land.
Revelation 1:12 “I saw seven golden candlesticks.” In the temple was menorahs of gold. That is golden lamp stands, or candlesticks, depending on which translation you use. It refers to the light of the world, the church.
Revelation 1:13 “clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” It is about sixty years after Christ’s ascencion to heaven. He came down to inspect the Church, dressed like a hight priest.
The only place in the whole Bible where we get a glimpse of his countenance, is here in the book of Revelation.
WHITE AS WOOL
Revelation 1:14 “His head, and his hairs were white as wool.” Interestingly, Daniel saw the same picture. Dan 7:9 “the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool.”
LOOK INTO HIS EYES
Revelation 1:14 “his eyes were as a flame of fire.” Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look into the eyes of Christ?
Eyes of compassion for Hagar, and eyes of comfort to David when he felt alone and fearful. Eyes so calm it could calm a storm on the sea of Galilea. Yet, at this moment his eyes are like fire that nothing can stand before. It is laser-like and he is searching the church. Consequently, John was so afraid that he “fell at His feet as dead” (Revelation 1:17).
FEET LIKE BRASS
Revelation 1:15 “His feet like unto fine brass.” Seemingly unnecessary details in the Bible always makes for great excursions. Bronze or brass, depending on your translation, is God’s judgment dealing with sin. Think of the bronze serpent that was lifted up to save sinful Israel in the desert – sin, judgment, and bronze. (Numbers 21)
HEAR HIS VOICE
Revelation 1:15 “His voice as the sound of many waters.” John is using the metaphor of a thunderous waterfall. And, Ezekiel says in the Old Testament: Ezekiel 1:24 “like the noise of great waters.”
HIS RIGHT HAND
Revelation 1:16 “In his right hand seven stars.” Jesus explains to John in verse 20 “the stars are the angels of the seven churches.” The right hand is a sign of strength and control.
Revelation 1:16 “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” His face of glory shining. John was with Jesus at His transfiguration, and now he experience it again.
Revelation 1:16 “out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.” The imagery convey that His mouth wields great power, like that of a double-edged sword. Isaiah 11:4 “He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.”
The wrath of God is not for his children. See more The Rapture Revelation 17 and 18 “Fear not.” Troublesome times are here, but Jesus Christ says He has overcome, and have the “keys of hell and of death.” He is the antidote for fearfulness.
Series so far:
Revelation, Chapter 1
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