- This book, Revelation, is God revealing what will happen soon and making it known to His servants. It was first made known to John, who testifies that these words are truly the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Those who read this revelation from God are blessed.
- Those who not only read/hear it, but take to heart what is written are also blessed.
- John is writing this letter to the seven churches in Asia (modern day Turkey).
- John greets them with grace and peace from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- All glory and power is ascribed to Him who loves us, has saved us by His blood, and who has made us a kingdom of priests.
- He then quotes the prophecy of Christ’s return, knowing that it will come to fruition.
- He then quotes Jesus, who reminds us of His overwhelming divinity. He is the Alpha and the Omega (there is nothing before and nothing after Him), who is, who was, and who is to come, the Lord Almighty.
- John, a fellow Christian and companion in suffering, the kingdom of heaven, and the patient endurance that are all found in Jesus gives background for how/when he received this vision.
- John was on the island of Patmos, having been sentenced there because of his testimony of the Gospel. On the Lord’s Day, he was in the Spirit and heard a loud voice behind him, like that of a trumpet.
- The voice told John to write down everything he saw and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
- John turned around to see who was talking to him and saw seven golden lampstands and someone who looked “like a son of man”, echoing the prophecy that Daniel experienced in the Hebrew Scriptures.
- This person like a son of man was dressed in a robe that went all the way down to His feet and golden sash was wrapped around his chest. His head and hair were as white as wool and snow, His eyes were like a blazing fire, and His face was like the sun shining in all of its brilliance. His feet were like glowing bronze that is in a fire. His voice was like the sound of rushing water and out of his mouth came a sharp, double-edged sword. In His right hand he held seven stars.
- Upon seeing this, John fell down at His feet as if he had died. But the Son of Man placed His right hand on him and told him not to be afraid.
- He is the First and the Last, the Living One who was dead and is alive forever and ever, the One who holds the keys to death and Hades.
- He then urges John to write down what he currently sees and the things he has yet to see. He explains that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches (either heavenly or earthly messengers) and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
John experienced something supernatural and could not help but share what had happened. While I may not experience Jesus in this form appearing to me this week, I have had my own “God moments” that I can praise Him for and share with others.
Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness in the everyday. I do not have to experience more awe-inspiring events to recognize that you are alive and well, working in my life. But I praise you for those times when you break through and do things beyond what I could ask for. I thank you for how you move in the lives of those you are drawing closer to yourself. I pray you would continue to move in the lives of those close to us. Holy Spirit, would you stir in me this week to share my experiences with others so they might come to know you, amen.
Posted on Tue, December 1, 2015
by Brian Landers