The Book of Revelation
The last and probably the most mysterious book in the Bible. The book of Revelation. As mysterious it may seem, it is full of hope and reconciliation for the believer in that God’s resolution to the fall of man and the restoration to His glory is fulfilled.
As the interpretation of this book is greatly varied and debated, the writings here are what I have come to believe based upon mainly by prayer and many referenced sources from commentaries, well known preachers, pastors and study Bibles
I try to look for common interpretations within these sources and then by reading the text myself and referencing parallel verses that support the ideas I have put my thoughts on these pages.
The book of Revelation gives us ‘pictures’ of what is to come. It is done by means of many visions and symbolic language. An issue that is the main cause of debate and misunderstanding. However, with a full study of it pages and consideration of parallel verses, and a understanding of the main idea, that Christ will return, judge the wicked, and defeat Satan’s rule of the present world, we will know that its intent is to allow us to live in worship with our creator for an eternity.
The first three verses in chapter one give us an understanding of what is to be said in this book and a promise of a blessing to those who read and
understands (hears) it.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev 1:1-3
Revelation is a word that means an unveiling. A writing that is to show us what is to come. It is a book that some believe speaks of things that have already happened. A debate that this study will not get involved in. It is my belief that is speaks of things that both have occurred and yet to take place.
Greetings to the Seven Churches
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Rev 1:4-5
The seven Spirits are the seven angels of the churches in the Roman section of Asia which is southwestern Turkey today. These churches were grouped together within about a 50 mile radius of each other. The author of this book is widely believed to be the Apostle John who was exiled to the Island of Patmos (to silence him from further preaching of the gospel) is the witness that these words were revealed to. However as many scholars have pointed out, the text does not specifically state which John it was. John the Apostle, John the elder or simply some other well known John.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. Rev 1:6-7
These verses once again give us the purpose of the sacrifice that Jesus endured and in verse 7 a reassurance of the promise given in the book of Acts chapter 1 when we are told Jesus will return to us one day:
….“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
So that there is no mistaken who this book is speaking about Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ;
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
There are some religious groups that will teach that the ‘Alpha and Omega’ is God and that is true, but they also say it is not Jesus. These are the ones that will not accept that Jesus is God incarnate. However reading further in verse 18 it says;
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Rev. 1:18
So when did God die? Is it not Jesus who died and was risen from the dead? So The Alpha and Omega is in fact Jesus.
Vision of the Son of Man
In the remaining verses of Chapter one, it speaks about the vision of all that John encountered. Although everything here is explained for clear understanding, Verse 16 is sometimes read with confusion. It speaks about a two edge sword. This is a symbolism that tells us that Jesus speaks to us with authority and of truth.
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword Rev. 1:16
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches. Rev. 1:9-20