Revelation 1:1 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ…
Revelation 1:1 – The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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As we begin our study of the book of Revelation, it is important not to lose sight that this book is about the “revelation” of Jesus Christ. It is not just about God’s judgment on a Christ-rejecting sinful world, as many believe. In the book of Revelation, God has also shared His plan for the future of the world and humanity.
“Revelation” is the Greek word “apocalypsis,” where we derive our English word “apocalypse” from. “Apocalypsis” can mean to uncover, show, disclose, unveil, bring to light, make known a mystery, or reveal something not known or hidden. Therefore, a revelation given by God is something that wasn’t known before.
In the Old Testament, the prophets were given revelation of future events. Many of these prophecies found fulfillment shortly after the prophet shared what God revealed to them. This authenticated that the prophet spoke the true Word of God (Deuteronomy 18:22). However, there were many prophecies that remained a mystery, or were “sealed,” as was the case for Daniel:
Daniel 12:8-9 – Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?” And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”
While an angel told Daniel to “seal” his vision, another angel told John not to seal the prophecies in his vision because the time for fulfillment “is at hand” (Revelation 22:10). As we will discover, many of Daniel’s prophecies also appear in Revelation. Since Revelation is not sealed, it is possible to understand it with the help of the Holy Spirit, especially as we approach the time of its fulfillment.
Consider that some prophecies not understood before, found fulfillment during the ministry of Christ. Although Christ clearly referenced many Old Testament prophecies as He fulfilled them, most still didn’t understand – not even His disciples – that is, until the Father sent the Holy Spirit, who gave them understanding:
John 14:26 – But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
In short, the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” gives us insight through the Holy Spirit into prophetic events that God has orchestrated to deal with Israel and His enemies, as He prepares to begin His kingdom on Earth. This plan remained a mystery until it was “revealed” to John the apostle through the Holy Spirit. Also, Jesus will literally and visibly be “revealed” to the world when He appears again, as described below:
Revelation 19:11-16 – Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.
God the Father gave the Revelation of Jesus for His servants, who are His followers (John 12:26). In other words, this prophetic book was not given for the benefit of unbelievers. In fact, unbelievers cannot understand the Word without instruction from the Holy Spirit, as shown in the passage below. That said, faith can and does come through the reading of the Word (Romans 10:17), but only for those drawn by the Father, through the Holy Spirit (John 6:44):
1 Corinthians 2:11-16 – For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Christ’s followers, or body of believers, are known today as the “Church” (Acts 2:42-47). As shown in my “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” study, I believe that the Lord will call the Church to Heaven before the events in Revelation 4 unfold and the Tribulation begins. One might wonder why the Revelation of Jesus was given for the Church and not for those who are left behind and become believers in the Tribulation.
First, prophecy is not a survival guide. Prophetic Scripture gives credibility to God’s Word. Second, the prophecies in Revelation show us that God’s servants during the Tribulation are not immune to the judgments coming to Earth. In fact, as we will see in later chapters, most believers will become martyrs. Second, the written Word of God will likely be a scarce item during the Tribulation. Consider the following passage:
Joel 2:28 – …”Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.”
Dreams and visions are not widely reported by Christians today in areas where the Bible is readily available. But even in our day, there are reports from nations like Iran that don’t have ready access to the written Word, that people are getting saved through dreams and visions. John shares with us that the written Word of Revelation is clearly for the Church, but Scripture shows that God has other ways that He communicates His Word across the dispensations. However, dreams and visions being prevalent throughout the world by the end of the Tribulation suggest the written Word will be hard to come by, since dreams and visions are not common in areas that have ready access to the Word today.
An angel told Daniel that it would be a long time before the prophecies given to him would be fulfilled:
Daniel 10:14-16 – Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.” When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength.”
Unlike Daniel, who became overwhelmed with sorrow over the amount of time his people would have to endure tribulation, the Church is given hope that the prophecies in Revelation are imminent. Unfortunately, many scoff at the idea:
2 Peter 3:1-4 – Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
While nearly 2000 years seems like a long time for prophecy to take place, from God’s point of view the time is short:
2 Peter 3:8 – But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
That said, the Greek word translated “shortly” can also mean “in swiftness” or “speedily.” In other words, when the prophecies begin to occur, they will happen in rapid succession like “birth pangs.” However, this meaning does not negate the imminent fulfillment of these prophecies, as the angel told John in Revelation 1:3 that the “time is near.”
Incidentally, the teaching of Jesus’ imminent return to build His earthly kingdom predates the writing of Revelation. The apostle Paul believed that the Lord could rapture the Church during his life. He believed that this event would start the domino of events leading up to Christ’s return to set up His kingdom (2 Thessalonians 2:1-8). Paul even comforted others with his belief in Christ’s imminent return:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
The Greek word translated “signified” can mean to indicate, make known, or be represented by signs, symbols, and/or pictures, which the book of Revelation is chock-full of. Jesus used the same word to show that He would die on a cross:
John 12:32-33 – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
The picture of Jesus being “lifted up” brings to mind the bronze serpent. The people of Israel were only healed from the snake bites when they looked at the “lifted up” serpent:
John 3:14 – And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.
The word “angel” in Scripture simply means “messenger.” One has to look at the context to know whether the angel is supernatural or human. We will discuss this more in Revelation 1:20. In this case, it will become clear as we go through the first few verses, the messenger giving John the Revelation is one of the Lord’s holy angels from Heaven.
This is not the first time in Scripture that an angel brought a prophetic Word from the Lord. John the Baptist’s father, Zacharias (Luke 1:11-19), Jesus’ mother Mary (Luke 1:26-38), and some prophets (Daniel 6:22, Zechariah 1:11-19), all received prophetic messages from God’s Holy angels.
There is little dispute that it was the apostle John who received the Revelation. It is interesting to note, while Jesus foretold of Peter’s death, He curiously made the other disciples think that John would not die before His return. Presumably, John did eventually die in his old age, but not until he saw the Lord’s return in the prophetic vision the Lord gave him, which he recorded in the book of Revelation:
John 21:20-23 – Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?”
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