Understanding the Book of Revelation pt 1

Important!

The Book of Revelation is called the revelation of Jesus because it reveals first the majesty of His heart, power, and leadership in His plan to transition history to the age-to-come.

This revelation will sustain our hearts in the deep darkness of end-times before the rapture, as we ask the Father for revelation on this.  The descriptions of the beauty of Jesus are given to fascinate the church in a time when temptation and lust and demonic distraction is at an all time high.  We must discipline ourselves in seek the Holy Spirit to escort us with revelation on the Word.  He wants to fascinate our hearts and we can’t get there without Him.  The issue is that hunger and persistence are the only way forward into this fascination.  Journal revelation and meditate slowly.  Long and loving meditation is the way in, at ihop we are focused on singing these truths, as that is how Paul said the Word will dwell in us richly (Col 3:1,16).  (Jesus asked that we seek to have His word abiding in us, Paul tells us how.)

REVELATION 1

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him (Jesus) to show His servants–things which must shortly take place. He sent and signified it by His angel to…John… (Rev. 1:1)

Much of the bible is veiled, so that we would take the Scriptures to God and not be wise in our own understanding.  Sadly most commentators have missed this and this is why there is such division as to how things should be interpreted.  The prayer movement has an advantage in this, as they call the body to seeking God with fasting for revelation and understanding a virtue (Eph 1:17, Matt 9:14-16.).

Revelation is secondarily a prayer manual detailing events in the End Times to purify the church, bring in the harvest, and to replace all the evil governments on the earth as He drives Satan off the planet.

But God’s purpose in this book is meant first to reveal Jesus as the Man behind the plan.  He gives us this revelation of Him to sustain our hearts, through tribulation, if we would but take these Scriptures to God and mediate on them, sing them and keep asking for revelation on them, journaling that which the Spirit tells us.  1 Cor 2:10 talks about the Spirit searching the deep things of God, so that the Spirit can reveal them to the one who is asking, seeking, and knocking.

Each Scripture is an invitation to an experience in the knowledge of God.

I

EIGHTEEN DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 1 WITH COMMENTARY

A. Jesus is the First and the Last: humanity. He is the first to be raised from the dead and the first in authority (Col. 1:15, 18; Rev. 5:12). This is the title Jesus used most (Rev. 1:11, 17; 2:8; 22:13).

He spoke it in the context of His death and resurrection, calling us to resist fear of martyrdom.

8 These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life … 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer … be faithful until death. (Rev. 2:8-10)

15 He is…the firstborn over all creation… 18 He is the head of the body…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:15-18)

B. Alpha and Omega: deity with absolute completeness in wisdom and love. The Greek alphabet started with “alpha” and ended with “omega.” The common phrase “Alpha and Omega” means the first and last letters, including all the letters in between to indicate completeness.

1. This title sets forth Jesus as the sovereign Lord over everything that takes place in the entire course of history. Jesus established an eternal plan for us in which nothing is missing. His Bride has all the elements necessary for eternal love, joy, peace, and fascination without sin yet retaining a free will. The government is right, the human dynamics are right, and eternal rewards are right in varying measure according to love, yet there is no jealousy—only gratitude in God’s partnership with people forever.

2. Because of His wise leadership we will live forever with awestruck affectionate gratitude.

C. Voice like a trumpet: witness who faithfully warns the people of coming judgment. He is the Faithful and True Witness telling us the truth (Rev. 1:5; 3:14).

6 If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned … [their] blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. (Ezek. 33:6)

D. Son of Man: the God-man who rules all nations as the King of kings, seen in Daniel 7:13-14.

13 Behold, One like the Son of Man … came to the Ancient of Days … 14 Then to Him was given dominion … that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away. (Dan. 7:13-14)

E. Garment down to His feet: by wearing the robe of the high priest, Jesus shows Himself as the sympathetic High Priest who made a way for us to live in God’s presence.

19 Having boldness to enter the Holiest … 20 by a new and living way … through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest … 22 let us draw near. (Heb. 10:19-22)

14 We have a great High Priest … Jesus the Son of God … 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb. 4:14-16)

F. Girded about the chest with a golden band: breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 25:7; Lev. 16:4)

G. Head and hair white like wool, as white as snow: the Ancient of Days has white hair (Dan 7:9).

Jesus’ eternal preexistence was with pure, perfect wisdom and dignity (Lev. 19:32; Prov. 16:31).

9 The Ancient of Days was seated … the hair of His head was like pure wool. (Dan. 7:9)

H. Holding the seven stars in His right hand: Jesus holds the seven stars (apostolic leaders) as His promise to anoint, direct, and protect them. He is tender towards us when we feel inadequate or like a failure. Jesus holds His leaders as He helps us to do that which He entrusts to us.

I. Walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: manifest power with consequences because of His goodness and holiness. He walks in the midst of the candlesticks (church; Rev. 1:20) in His deep involvement with us. He walks with us, aware of our needs, frailty, and pressures.

3 I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way. (Ex. 33:3)

J. Eyes like a flame of fire: His knowledge searches and penetrates all things as fire penetrates metal. He is fully God, with eyes like fire to impart holy love and remove all that hinders love.  He has eyes of love and zeal for His people as a Bridegroom. He imparts love and holiness.

18 The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass …  23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. (Rev. 2:18-23)

K. Feet like fine brass: judgment of sin. His feet are like fine brass and judge all His enemies. His commitment is as a mighty warrior to trample over Jezebel in victory. He will bring all His enemies under His feet (Ps. 110).

L. Voice as the sound of many waters: powerful, as in Gen. 1, and directs the armies of heaven.

11 The LORD gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great. (Joel 2:11)

M. Sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth: releases the Holy Spirit and judgment. He has zeal to fight for us against all that opposes us with the sword of His mouth. The breath of Jesus’ mouth is another way of expressing the power of His words.

17 The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:17)

15 Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev. 19:15)

N. He who lives: He came back to life. He has power over death and gives eternal life. He was “dead and came to life” after He experienced the suffering of a cruel death. He understands our humanity and suffering and possesses power over death, knowing the way to victory. Our view of death is different from Jesus’ because He is rooted in eternity.

O. Countenance like the sun: exhilarates His Church and is a weapon against His enemies, since it is impossible to look directly into the sun. He is the Morning Star that fills us with brightness.

8 Then the lawless one [Antichrist] will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (2 Thes. 2:8)

P. Keys of the kingdom: authority over Hades and Death, and key of David to establish the kingdom. He has the key of David to open and shut all necessary doors.

n Rev. chapters 1-3, John reports one visionary experience which highlights 30 specific descriptions of Jesus’ personality and ministry. This passage gives us the clearest picture of Him in Scripture. If we read it with the right perspective it inspires us to adore Jesus and trust His leadership. There are nearly 100 descriptions of Jesus in Revelation (especially see Rev. 1-3; 14-15; 19; 22).

Jesus is initially seen as a loving priest, righteous prophet, and warring king who judges all that hinders love in Rev. 1. However, as the book unfolds, He is presented as our Bridegroom, King, and Judge in Rev. 19-22. Jesus is shown as fully God and fully man as He openly manifests His love, power, and wisdom before all the nations.

Now these are just phrases, but at Ihop, i have heard an amazing worship set done on just one phrase!  You’re maybe heard “the firstborn from the dead” one that is popular, but I heard audra lynn’s team do 30 mins on “Voice like rushing waters.”  Click on archives/image on the right to see such worship with the word.  Deep calls unto deep, one verse in revelation corresponds with many other verses and the Holy Spirit can take you ‘into’ the reality of a verse and teach you on it.  Singing the Word to Him, opens up your heart like nothing else does.  Fasting intensifies this.  

 

Everything about Jesus’ appearance, apparel, and actions are very intentional with the purpose of communicating a message to His people.

A. We can only understand these truths about Jesus in Rev. 1-3 by seeing them in the context of eternity. We can endure persecution and understand His judgments with an eternal perspective. If we are anchored only with a temporal perspective, then His judgments seem to contradict love.

B. In Rev. 1, John is commissioned to prophesy by seeing these aspects of Jesus’ majesty. These truths will prepare the Church and form the way we prophesy about the End Times. With these insights we can avoid prophesying with a wrong spirit. We must speak with confidence, boldness and tender love without anger, fear, cynicism or timidity so that we impart a right spirit to others.

C. We must search out these truths which will produce love, humility and the fear of the Lord in us. These truths will exhilarate us with love, stir our faith, and empower us with righteousness.

D. The theme of Revelation is Jesus’ Second Coming (Rev. 1:7). It is set forth with three primary emphases: what Jesus wants us to know about His personality and ministry (Rev. 1), how He wants us to dwell together as the Church (Rev. 2-3), and what His end-time plan is (Rev. 6-22).

E. Rev. 2-3 describes how we are to live before Him. It describes how the saints dwell together on His terms, so we can mature in faith that we may fully release His power. We must build our ministry on these insights.

F. Hearing someone teach the Scripture can be compared to reading a menu that stirs our appetite. We do not fully feed on the Word by hearing someone teach. We may be inspired in our faith, but we actually feed our spirit as truth becomes part of our prayer language with God. In other words, we are not really fed until truth enters into our dialogue with God in our private life.

G. The goal of this message is to draw attention to the 30 specific truths of Jesus, in order to stir your faith, so that you may feed on them in your private prayer life for many years.

 

 

 

VI. SIX DESCRIPTIONS OF JESUS IN REVELATION 2-3 (NOT MENTIONED IN REV. 1)

A. Son of God (Rev. 2:18): He has all power as the eternal, omnipotent God.

6 Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (Rev. 19:6)

B. Has the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 3:1): Jesus has authority to release the diverse ministries of the Spirit to equip and revive us.

C. Jesus is holy (Rev. 3:7): two primary applications: His holiness as a man and as God. As a man, Jesus lived set apart fully to obey the Father. He understands what it means to walk out costly commitments among sinful people. He is sympathetic (Heb. 4:15). As God, He is transcendent (wholly “other than”), or infinitely superior to all. He is worth whatever it costs to obey Him.

8 He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

D. Jesus is true (Rev. 3:7): reliable in giving extravagant promises. They seem too good to be true, but He is faithful to follow through with us, for His promises are sure.

E. The Amen (Rev. 3:14): He requires agreement with us as the way to finish what He started in us.

F. Jesus is the Beginning of the creation of God (Rev. 3:14): He is first in cause and authority. The power and authority over all creation “begins” with Him (Jn. 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Rev. 1:8; 21:6).


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