The Book Of Revelation
Just as the Book of Genesis is the Book of beginnings, Revelation is the Book of endings. This Book shows us the Divine program of redemption brought to fulfillment and that God’s Holy Name is vindicated in front of all of creation. There are many prophecies scattered throughout other Books of the Bible but the Book of Revelation is the only New Testament Book that focuses mostly on Prophesy. The name Revelation means unveiling or disclosure. This Book is the unveiling of the character and the program that God has set up for the people of this planet. This Book was written by the last of the Apostles, John, on the island of Patmos in the Mediterranean Sea where he had been banished by the Romans for the teaching of Jesus Christ. Revelation centers around visions and symbols of the resurrected Christ, the Son of God The Father. It is Christ alone who has the authority to Judge the Earth, to remake it and to Rule it. The Greek translation of the title of this Book (Revelation) is the word ‘Apokalypis’, or if you prefer, in English it translates into Apocalypse.
John directed the writings of these prophecies to seven selected Churches in the Roman Province of what is now the Nation of Turkey. These messages to these Churches can be found in chapters 2 and 3. These messages begin with the Church in Ephesus and they continue in a clock wise pattern ending with the Church in Laodicea. Each of these messages had a particular significance to each of the these Churches. But these messages were relevant to all of the 7 Churches just as they are relevant to all Churches today. “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”
In chapter 1, verse 1 (1:1), it is stated that this Book is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” This is a fitting ‘revelation’ since the words of this Book come from Jesus Christ and centers on Him. John’s writing begins with a vision of His (Christ’s) glory, wisdom and His power. Then chapters 2 & 3 portrays the Lord’s authority over all of the Church. In Chapter #5 Jesus is shown as the Lamb who was slain and declared worthy to open the Book of Judgement. In chapters (6-18) the Lord’s wrath is poured out upon the whole Earth. In chapters (19 & 20) Jesus returns in His Power to Judge His enemies and to reign as the Lord over all the Earth. The last two chapters (21 & 22) shows us that Jesus will reign forever from the “New Jerusalem” which will come down out of Heaven and take the place of the current Jerusalem whose remains will be cleansed from the Earth as will all the works of man’s hands. Revelation has a lot to say about all three Persons of “The God Head” yet it is very clear in its presentation of the awesome power that Jesus Christ who has received all Authority to Judge the Earth.
In the writings of this Book it is obvious that there was an influence from the first century struggles between Rome and the Church. What is also obvious is that the bulk of this Book (chapters 4-22) is a Holy Spirit inspired look into the time preceding the Second Advent (the second coming) of Jesus Christ. This ‘tribulation’ will cover a span of seven years. The Lord will create a New Heavens and a New Earth forming a new cosmos. This Book was also written to assure the world that Jesus will ultimately triumph over all people and all Kingdoms who rise up through the Devils Power to fight against God and His Saints, (Armageddon). The first century readers were facing a lot of persecution and it would only get worse for them as it will for the Christians of today. The readers then just as the readers of today needed to be encouraged to continue to stand firm in the Power and the Might of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this Book Jesus spells it out in plain horror and the glory of the End of the Time of this current system of things. The Glory for all of those who stand firm in there devotion and service to God through their very last breath, and the Horror awaiting those who fail to do so.
Friends, Lord willing I am going to spend the next couple of weeks breaking down the different Signs and Symbols and Prophecies that are written here in this wonderful Book. Through the Hand of the Holy Spirit this Book was written and it is the Holy Spirit who will guide us all through it as it is the Spirit that gives us understanding. For those who love this life, this world and the things their in, these truths will be laid bare before you. For those who choose to lust after the works of this world they will see that their end is very horrific. But, for those who actually do love The Lord above all things and who wait faithfully for the return of The Lord Jesus, the Light and the Love of our Lord Jesus awaits us all.