Wednesday, February 3, 2010

#Revelation 1: Things You Have Seen (#Christ As Lord, High Priest, & Judge)

1. The things which thou has seen (1) 
     A. Christ as the risen, glorified Lord 

"Revelation" (apokalypsis) means to uncover or reveal. The book is both Jesus Christ's revelation, and a revelation about Jesus Christ. He is the theme of the vision, as well as the one who gave it to John. Revelation reveals Christ as the risen, glorified Lord (1), the head of the church (2-3), the judge of the earth (4-20), and the King of eternity (21-22). 

John wrote Revelation while exiled on the Isle of Patmos. The message came from God the Father, the seven spirits before His throne (possibly a reference to the Holy Spirit), and from Jesus Christ, and was first sent to the seven churches in Asia. There is a promise of blessing on those who read, hear, and who keep the words of this prophecy. 

The first part of the book (the things which thou hast seen) reveals Christ as the risen, glorified , eternal Lord. He calls Himself the alpha and omega (first and last letters of the Greek alphabet), and appears as a priest and judge. He stands in the midst of the seven candlesticks (which represent the seven churches to whom the book was sent) with white hair, flaming eyes, and feet like bronze which has been purified with fire. 

Notice how the book explains the symbolism. Verse 20 unfolds the mystery of the candlesticks and stars. They are the churches, and Jesus Christ stands as High Priest in charge of their light bearing testimony. When this book speaks symbolically, it uses words such as "like", or "as", and often offers further explanation of what it means. It is clear, from the promise of blessing to those who read, hear, or keep the words of prophecy, that God intends for people to understand what revelation means.

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