Revelation Chapter 1

1.Quiz: What was the two key points from last week?
a.  Revelation is split into three parts – Revelation 1:19, that which thou hast seen, things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter
b.  Revelation contains a lot of Symbolism which is a stumbling block to many. Our actions in light of “symbols” –
(1)  Check out the “symbol” in OT
(2)  Check out the “symbol” in Revelation itself
(3)  Do nothing
2.Character of God Revealed:  Right through this portion of scripture, we see “emphasis” placed around the “validity” and “integrity” of God’s Word, and not only that but Jesus Christ and His Word, or said differently, by Jesus who is the Word.
  vs. 1 “signified it by his angel”
  vs. 2 “who bare record of the word of God” | also in same verse  “testimony of Jesus Christ”
  vs. 4 “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness”
  vs. 6 “I am Alpha and Omega” – “said the Lord”
  vs.9 “for the word of God, and for testimony of Jesus Christ”
  vs. 10 “I am Alpha and Omega”
  vs. 12-17 give a description of a being that can only be thought to be Jesus”
  vs. 16 “out of his mouth went a two-edged sword”
  vs. 17 “fell as his feet dead”
  vs. 18 Jesus agains gives testament to who He is, and the validity and integrity of what is being revealed.
  Again and again through Chapter 1, we see God, Jesus Christ, stamping his “authority” upon these Words in Revelation; and confirming His Deity, and far more emphasizing the “truth” of the words it contains. Jesus Christ is grabbing our attention, by telling us who the letter is from. It’s kind of like receiving a letter addressed to you, but there is no author. And the letter is threatening and requires you take an action; but because there is no authority behind the letter, you just check it. But how about that letter is sent to you again and not it has the stamp and signature of the President.
  Jesus Christ is doing the same thing with this book, write at the start, to stress it’s importance, to stress it’s integrity, and to stress how we need to heed it. 
3.Doctrine Explained:  Why we believe the King James Bible?
(a)  The Source of the Texts (Byzantine) – Alexandria (all the rest) – Origen and corrupt university – where he taught Jesus Christ was “created by God”, as in not God, but a “creation”. In John 1:1, he changes the Bible to say, “the word was a god” (Like Jehovah Witnesses). Explain the How we got our KJV (Byzantine Text Type (95% in agreement) vs Vaticanus (found in vatican library) & Sinaiticus (found in the trash at a monastery) (the 5%)). They are the “oldest manuscripts” – that’s because they were never used, secondly, because if you using something, it’s more likely through the generations to be eradicated.
(b)  The Compilers and Translators (Erasmus (TR), Westcott and Hort (their Text Type).) These 2 men hated the “Textus Receptus” and called it “vile”. They didn’t believe in a literal Genesis Chapter 1-3. One of their particular quotes “I have been persuaded for many years that Mary-worship and Jesus-worship have very much in common”.
(c)  Copyright on all other Bibles (money making on God’s Word)
(d)  Character of God (Preserved Word) – John1:1, 14, 1John 5:7, Rev 19:13
(e)  Comparison of Verses (they attack the Deity of Christ)
1 Tim 3:16 (in bible) – “without controversy” / “God was manifest in the flesh”
NAS – “And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory”.
4.Christ Lifted Up: We know in Revelation, we see three time aspects of Jesus Christ, which speak to His being “God”, His “eternality”, that is, that He liveth, yesterday, today and forever. In verse 1, verse 8, verse 19 we see the three tenses in and around Jesus Christ, “past”, “present” and “future”. And we need to stop and pay attention. Why, because  it reveals Christ in three forms;
– In the “past”, He came a “prophet”, to proclaim a coming Kingdom (but He was rejected)  [ Matthew 21:11 ]
  We know that He was then crucified on a tree; and who descended into the earth, but arose, to ever intercess on our behalf [Hebrews 7:25 ]
  In the future, in the pages of Revelation, we see Jesus coming as judge, to establish His Kingdom, and to Physically Rule and Reign as King (Millennial Rule and Reign) [ Revelation 17:14 ]
  What a Saviour is Jesus our LORD, what a God indeed!
2.Give Overview of Revelation
– John on the Isle of Patmos, and He is has been persecuted and exiled to this tiny island. While there, He is taken up in Spirit (as Paul was). As He stands He hears a voice behind Him like the sound of many waters, and behind Him is one “likened” unto the Son of Man (Jesus Christ), and He is standing in the middle of seven candlesticks, and He has seven stars in His right hand. This is what He is seeing as revealed by God; remembering, that the Author of Revelation is Jesus Christ, John is the writer.
5.Key Verses Explained: 1:20 (Jesus Christ is Eternal, His Word is Eternal)
(a)  Verse 3 – Only book, that does not GIVE, but PROMISES a blessing by the Authority of Jesus Christ, when read, head and obeyed.
(b)  Verse 3 – In verse 1 and end of verse 3, we see emphasis around the timing of this portion of scripture; urgency is impressed. You may sit back and say, but it’s two thousand years later, and Jesus Christ is not here. Why the “urgency” stressed in scripture? Turn with me to 2 Peter 3:18. Spiritually speaking, or heavenly speaking then, its only been 2 days.
(c)  Verse 4 – Bear in mind that John is writing to the 7 Churches in Asia, now there is a common misconception that there are only 7 churches, but that is incorrect – there were more. These 7 Churches were close to one another and near the Agean. Other churches found in and around this area are mentioned in Scripture – Colosse (Col 1:2), Hierapolis (Col 4:13) and Troas (Acts 20:6-7). Another point of interest, that in John, and the 3 Epistles of John, the beloved of Jesus Christ – He writes in the third person; but in Revelation He writes in the first. Third point and one of the key points for tonight, is that each church that is written to, and as mentioned last week, is representation of a the history or ages from the beginning of the church. This is vital to understanding the next three chapters.
(d)  Aside about 7; you may ask why these “Seven Churches”? I don’t know. But we know, 7 is God’s perfect number – on the 7th day He rested. Secondly, there is some repetition of 7 right through Revelation; the judgements come to earth in “sevens” – seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials, seven candlesticks, seven stars. In scripture itself we see seven feasts, seven parables of Matthew 13.
(e)  Verse 7 – This is not a reference to the rapture. At rapture no one will see Jesus Christ, but this is His Second Coming. We know Christ’s First coming was to this earth as man. The Second Advent as it is called, or the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, comes in two parts. The first part, is the Rapture (Day of Christ) (as found in 1 Thess 4:15-18) [ Phillipians 1:10 ]. The second part is returning to Judge the earth (this is called – The Day of the LORD) [ Jude 14-15, Hebrews 3:10 ]. Secondly, note some differences between the two; at Rapture, God does not come to judge, but to “take-away” His church from the hour of temptation. At the Day of Lord it is judgement. Secondly, He does not come in clouds, but the church is taken up in the clouds. At the Day of the Lord, the Bible says Jesus comes with and in the clouds (Mark 13:26). Thirdly; the people that is being spoken about that “which pierced him” – is not people who crucified him, we know their dead in the grave, but it’s dealing specifically with the Jews. [ Zech 12:10 ]
(f)   Verse 9 – John has been through much tribulation but is the only disciple of Jesus Christ not to have been martyred. Lesson for all of us, if we love Jesus, we will face trial and tribulation. Persecution shall surely come! Perhaps if life is too comfortable, then we not in the battle we think we’re in. Secondly, note the Amen is used three times in this portion of scripture; that is, let it be so; but also “Amen” is the name given to Jesus Christ. Turn to Revelation 3:14 – and why? Because when Jesus says it so, it is so. He is all truth, and as He has desired, it shall surely come to pass.
(g)  Verse 12-16 – “Paps” – on his chest. Brass in the Word of God symbolizes Judgement. His raiment and appearance speaks to His Holiness and purity. His eyes, flame of fire; to look into the depths of your heart, and not just at your outward works. The Power and Purity of our Lord is seen as His countenance, His face, has the strength of the Sun in it’s full glory. Secondly: nice imagery; Jesus is the SUN, the Angels are the stars, and the Churches are the reflectors of light. Our role as candlesticks are to shine in the “darkness” that is when we are most used “powerful”, how are we doing? Are we a light to a darkened world?
(h)  Verse 17 – It was John who was considered “one of the three of Jesus’ beloved”. It was John who put his head on Jesus and asked at the table was he the one that would betray Jesus. This was a man so close to Jesus, so close. He was also the man, that overtook Peter to the sepulchre. The same one who had worshipped the resurrected Christ. The same one who would stand witness to Christ’s ascension. The same man who Jesus on the Cross, had committed his mother too for “care”. Yet here is John, gazing at Jesus; and He falls at his feet as dead. Brother and sister, we may have this closeness with Jesus, but on that day, all the our wildest thoughts, all our grandest perceptions of who IS and will BE, will come to nought, as we gaze on HIM; and we too shall fall in AWE of HIM.
(i)    3 Times in this book; Jesus authenticates Himself, validates Himself as God; there is no dispute. Verse 8; verse 11; v17. There no doubts to Christ’s deity – He is GOD; He is Eternal and He is our Saviour.
6.Two Key Points:
(a)  Key Verse 1:20
(b)  Seven Churches – Asia Minor (representation of Church age)
7.Application:
(a)  Comfort in our King James Bible – that it is PERFECT and PURE.
(b)  Are you ready to meet the LORD?
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