A PERSONAL LETTER FROM JESUS CHRIST
Reve 1:1-11 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which
God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come
to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John:
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ,
and of all things that he saw. Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that
hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:
for the time [is] at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace [be] unto 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; 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, And hath made us kings and
priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and
ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and
they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because
of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the
kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos,
for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the
Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
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
By the time the last book of
the Bible was written, the book of Revelation, the church was under severe
John grabbed a pen and paper
and began writing.
- As mentioned this morning,
the church was something that, if you belonged to it and dedicated your life
to Jesus Christ, might mean your death or at least heavy trouble.
- John was on the isle of
Patmos, and slaved away in a marble mine due to the fact that he was Christian.
- There to spend the rest
of his life.
- Suddenly one day, after
working all day and walking into his cave for the night, he heard a voice
speak to him.
- He turned around to see
and the walls of that cave disappeared and he saw a huge menorah, -- seven
golden candlesticks branched together, blazing with light.
- Jesus was there standing
in the middle of it.
- His hair was not the normal
dark colour of a Hebrew man's hair, but white as snow.
- His eyes were like flaming
- He wore a golden cloth
over his chest and His legs looked like glistening, burning brass pillars.
- And the voice said WRITE
WHAT YOU SEE.
And an angel said do not cry,
BEHOLD THE LION WHO HAS PREVAILED.
- He began writing as God
dictated a letter to each of the seven churches nearest to the island of Patmos
-- churches John once pastored that were placed so perfectly that which
in turn would take the letters and send them to all the other churches of
- Then the walls of the cave
changed again, and he began soaring upward as the walls looked like clouds
shooting from above to below him, and he seen a door open and he was seeing
- A throne appeared, and
flashes of lightning and claps of thunder came from the throne.
- A booming Voice came from
it that was to loud to comprehend.
- One sat on the throne holding
a book and a majestic angel shouted "WHO IS WORTHY TO TAKE THE BOOK AND OPEN
- It was so real and John
was right in the middle of this scene, that he began crying uncontrollably
because nobody could take the book.
In the vision Jon saw 24 elders
- Then he turned and saw a
Lamb appear with seven eyes and seven horns.
- The lamb went to the throne
and took a book and suddenly a choir larger than anything imagined on earth
- Then 10,000 times 10,000
and thousands of thousands of angels began shouting.
- What a loud volume of worship
- I am sure John wondered
if half the planet could hear what he was (hearing.)
And John as writing all of this
as he watched this miracle of a vision in that cave in Patmos.
- And suddenly John's voice
became so booming loud that when he praised God he said the entire earthly
creatures, and the creatures under the earth and in the heaven and in the
sea heard him say, "Blessing and glory and honour and power be unto him that
sitteth upon the throne and unto the lamb forever."
- Imagine shouting that loud
and hearing your voice boom throughout all the universe!
He then saw christians slain
under an altar.
- Suddenly he saw the book
open and a CHERUBIMIC LION roars for him like thunder to come and see the
- And suddenly a white horse
and rider run past him.
- Then A beast like an OX
boomed and a red horse flies past him with a rider who holds a sword.
- A MANLIKE beast calls,
and a black horse races past him that way with balances in the riders hand.
- And an EAGLE-LIKE beast
cries and a pale horse with hell following after.
John was thinking of the church
he belonged to and the fellow christians who were right then probably suffering
trouble and tribulation.
- A voice told them to wait,
the Lord shall avenge them.
- The cave' walls changed
again and it was as if he looked up into the sky.
- The sun turned black and
the moon to blood.
- And the entire world that
worked against the christians and the Lord Jesus Christ, rich man and poor
man, cry out in fear to hide from the face of God and the wrath of the Lamb.
You see, God gave pictures that
SIGNIFIED (to make known by SIGNS - to "betoken" and to have symbolic meaning)
- You see, Revelation 1 opens
up by saying...
- Reve 1:9 I John, who also am your
brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of
Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God,
and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
- Imagine the saints of God
in Ephesus and Thyatyra who read these words from their pastor who was taken
away and exiled for a life sentence on the Devil's Island of that day -- the
Alcatraz of the first century.
- In the midst of their troubles,
losing jobs due to faith in the Lord, suffering abuse from Christ-hating,
emperor-worshipping Romans and fellow citizens of their towns, they get this
- They read it and wonder
what it means.
- Any pagan persecutor or
Roman could not make heads or tails out of it. Should one grab it and look
for something solid to imprison the "sick" christians with (sick as far as
heathen were concerned), they would think, "Yea, I thought they were crazy."
- So what God did was give
John visions of pictures that would make no sense to the pagans.
- But the believers who knew
the OLD TESTAMENT, it would make a lot of sense.
Reve 1:1-2 The Revelation of Jesus
Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must
shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his
servant John: Who bare record of the word of God,
and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
The Christian would read about
the Lamb redeeming them with his blood, and remember, "Hey! I know what this
Exod 6:6 Wherefore say unto the
children of Israel, I [am] the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the
burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out
arm, and with great judgments:
- God did not make it complicated.
- It was written in a code
that anybody who knew the old testament would understand.
- The LAMB redeeming us.
- The average Christian would
come home from possibly being beaten up at work only to lose his job for not
showing up at the union orgy for the goddess venus, worrying if God saw him
and his troubles, and think of this letter.
- By the sounds of "a lamb"
who was dead and resurrected again, and "redeemed" us with His blood to make
angels worship more than ever they worshipped before, cry, he might suddenly
cry out, "I KNOW WHO THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE!!!"
- "So the message God is
telling us is that as Egypt was a nation where a Pharaoh tortured the people
of God, whom God saw all along, and delivered them from it by a lamb's blood,
and that picture is a perfect parallel with what God is doing for His people."
Exod 13:13 And every firstling of
an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not
redeem it, then thou shalt break his neck: and all the firstborn of
man among thy children shalt thou redeem.
Exod 13:15 And it came to pass,
when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn
in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast:
therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males;
but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.
Exod 15:9-10 The enemy said, I will
pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied
upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst
blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty
- God redeemed.
- And we read that the following
happened to the persecutors of the people God redeemed.
FROM THE SONG OF MOSES.
- What encouragement to the
persecuted christian, redeemed by the Lamb!!!
- John said you''ll be blessed
if you just READ this and HEAR or UNDERSTAND what it is trying to.
- And it is not hard to understand
if you realize that you must simply notice that almost every
verse is a picture of an Old Testament story. And that story is hand picked
by Jesus and given to John in a vision, in order to perfectly parallel the
ENCOURAGEMENT He wants to give to you...."my companions in tribulation for
the word of God."
- And when you look over
past the seals and the horses and the red moon, you see the very thing that
was written in the Song of Moses and the Psalm 78..... INNUMBERABLE PEOPLE
standing on a sea of glass before the throne.
Psal 78:43-55 How he had wrought his
signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan: And had turned their
rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. He sent divers
sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed
them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour
unto the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees
with frost. He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to
hot thunderbolts. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and
indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them]. He made a
way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life
over to the pestilence; And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of
[their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham: But made his own people to go
forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led
them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
And he brought them to the
border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand
had purchased. He cast out the heathen
also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes
of Israel to dwell in their tents.
You see THE SANCTUARY.
Exod 15:17 Thou shalt bring them
in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, [in] the place, O
LORD, [which] thou hast made for thee to dwell in, [in] the Sanctuary, O Lord, [which] thy
hands have established.
Is not JESUS said to be the RIGHT
HAND OF GOD?
Exod 15:2 The LORD [is] my strength and
song, and he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and
I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
He told PHARAOH, "If you do not
let my firstborn son go, my PEOPLE are my firstborn son, then I will slay
your firstborn son."
- JEHOVAH IS MY SALVATION.
- Do you realize what that
means in GREEK?
- JESUS means "Jehovah has
become my salvation."
- HE IS MY GOD.
- And God used that picture
IN THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.
- You took my Son and crucified
- They killed Jesus Christ.
- My Church IS THE BODY OF
- My firstborn.
- Hebrews 12:23 calls the
church the church of the firstborn.
Exod 4:22-23 And thou shalt say unto
Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn:
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse
to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, [even] thy firstborn.
HE IS LOOKING OUT FOR YOU, CHURCH!!!
REVELATION should bless your
soul through your daily trials.
Exod 15:1-17 Then sang Moses and the
children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing
unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider
hath he thrown into the sea. [the horses
of revelation's persecution depict the enemies of God that He will thrown
down -- ed..] The LORD [is] my strength and song, and
he is become my salvation: he [is] my God, and I will prepare him an habitation;
my father's God, and I will exalt him. [He is your
strength -- ed.]. The LORD [is] a man of war: the LORD
[is] his name. Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea:
his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. The depths have covered
them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O LORD, is become
glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. [call on that
NAME and that POWER -- ed.] And in the greatness of thine excellency
thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy
wrath, [which] consumed them as stubble. And with the blast of thy nostrils
the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, [and]
the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, I will
pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied
upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. Thou didst blow
with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious
in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders? Thou stretchedst out thy
right hand, the earth swallowed them. Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the
people [which] thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided [them] in thy strength
unto thy holy habitation. The people shall hear, [and] be afraid: sorrow
shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall
be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them;
all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall
upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be [as] still as a stone;
till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, [which] thou
hast purchased. Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of
thine inheritance, [in] the place, O LORD, [which] thou hast made for thee
to dwell in, [in] the Sanctuary, O Lord, [which] thy hands have established.
And it all wraps up in Revelation
Reve 7:9-11 After this I beheld,
and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a
loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and
unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and [about]
the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces,
and worshipped God,
So, the same thing that happened
in Revelation 5 as it did when God led Israel out of Egypt to go to the Sanctuary.
When we read of the Sanctuary in Revelation 5, it IS EMPTY, and Chapter 7
it is FULL .
Reve 7:13-17 And one of the elders
answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes?
and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said
to me, These
are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes,
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they
before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and
he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no
more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any
heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and
shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away
all tears from their eyes.
Revelation. A personal letter
of encouragement from Jesus Christ.
- And with teary eyes, every
persecuted lover of Jesus looked up to heaven after reading these words, and
thanked God for the ENCOURAGEMENT from Jesus Christ, Himself!