Saturday, October 23, 2010

Revelation Commentary, From a Handyman? Part Two

The Book of Revelation is a book about solving problems, but it's far more about Jesus, period.

1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave onto him, to shew his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto unto his servant, John.

1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and keep those things that he saw.

1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therin: for the time is at hand.

1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be onto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne.

1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth, Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

1:6 And hath made us kings and priests onto God and his Father; and to him be glory glory and dominion for ever and ever, Amen.

These first five verses explain the purposes of this book. First, Jesus chose His apostle John, who had been boiled in oil at least and sentenced to rot on the isle of Patmos by the Roman government, to be the writer of the Revelation. It also explains the role of Jesus in all of this and reveals His message to seven churches in Asia at that time (about AD 90), which is really a part of modern-day Turkey. These churches have significance in that each represents a time, and spiritual condition, up to and including the present day. But did you read the third verse? This verse shows a blessing for those who read and heed (follow) what's contained in this book, because it's about time. This isn't for the curious, or some person thumbing through the bible, but for someone really taking heed of warnings in this book before the events happen. I'm going to pitch to you, what I believe to be the blessing made mention here. This is going to be to escape the Great Tribulation. More on this later.

1:7 Behold, he that cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they have also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him, even so, Amen.

1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and is to come, the Almighty.

1:9 I John, also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle of Patmos for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

1:10 I was inthe spirit of the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet (italics mine).

1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, and What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me, and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.

1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he lay his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.

What I really want to concentrate on is how Jesus looked and what the symbolism is here. I believe that much of this is literal and true to the times. I can say that from this book that He is the King and dressed in a Kingly way. Being dressed down to the foot and wearing a gold vest would sum that up. The thing that really surprised me was the color of His hair. Now I know what you're thinking. Jesus was a Middle Eastern man who had dark hair and probably wore a beard, but this is clearly not the case in His true form. There's no beard here, but John describes His face as "was the sun" or like the sun, with eyes "as a flame of fire." I'm going to hazard a guess that Jesus has blue eyes and a face that exudes the ultimate in strength. His white hair and head are likely a symbol of His purity and always being, but probably very literal. Having feet like fine brass also alludes to His purity, strength and refinement in the eyes of the Apostle John. Because Jesus IS God the Son in all His glory, it was such a shock to John that merely looking at Him would result in death. Obviously, this was not Christ's intention.

Let me off the beaten path a bit. Heaven and Christ are much like a clean room. Christ is perfectly just, innocent, and devoid of sin. Because of this, He cannot allow sin to contaminate Heaven. Otherwise it would be just like the earth is now. This is why sinful man cannot enter Heaven. Honestly, I don't think a literal two edged sword is really coming out of His mouth, but I do believe that His words will be that sword and this is what John is likely conveying. In the next installment, I will elaborate more on His words. and attempt to come to grips on the stars Christ has in His right hand. Maranatha!

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