God’s revelation to John begins with introductions. John tells us who he is, where he is and what he is doing when God’s Spirit fills him to overflow to see and feel things that no one else has experienced. Notice that John is praying and worshiping God when the revelation begins to unfold before him. Don’t you hear and feel God speaking to you best when hearing a sermon, praying AND listening or while singing a song of praise to our King with all the authentic adoration of love, respect, and honor we can possible have for God…from the depths of our souls? Imagine John doing just that…while Jesus reveals Himself to John!
Revelation 1, The Message
4-7 I, John, am writing this to the seven churches in Asia province: All the best to you from The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive, and from the Seven Spirits assembled before his throne, and from Jesus Christ—Loyal Witness, Firstborn from the dead, Ruler of all earthly kings.
Glory and strength to Christ, who loves us,
who blood-washed our sins from our lives,
Who made us a Kingdom, Priests for his Father,
forever—and yes, he’s on his way!
Riding the clouds, he’ll be seen by every eye,
those who mocked and killed him will see him,
People from all nations and all times
will tear their clothes in lament.
8 The Master declares, “I’m A to Z. I’m The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive. I’m the Sovereign-Strong.”
9-17 I, John, with you all the way in the trial and the Kingdom and the passion of patience in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s Word, the witness of Jesus. It was Sunday and I was in the Spirit, praying. I heard a loud voice behind me, trumpet-clear and piercing: “Write what you see into a book. Send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.” I turned and saw the voice.
I saw a gold menorah
with seven branches,
And in the center, the Son of Man,
in a robe and gold breastplate,
hair a blizzard of white,
Eyes pouring fire-blaze,
both feet furnace-fired bronze,
His voice a cataract,
right hand holding the Seven Stars,
His mouth a sharp-biting sword,
his face a perigee sun.
I saw this and fainted dead at his feet. His right hand pulled me upright, his voice reassured me:
17-20 “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates. Now write down everything you see: things that are, things about to be. The Seven Stars you saw in my right hand and the seven-branched gold menorah—do you want to know what’s behind them? The Seven Stars are the Angels of the seven churches; the menorah’s seven branches are the seven churches.”
What do we learn?
–We do not necessarily learn more than the previous 65 books of the Bible has taught us through the Law and prophets and through every gospel and epistle about the Truth in Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
–The Truth of the gospel is already complete, revealed in Jesus Christ.
–But The Revelation is a new way to say it that revives and stimulates our God given imaginations leading the way into God’s Divine Imagination, permitting us to see wholly–whole and holy–what we perceive as scattered.
–The Revelation is not an easy read. We cannot skim it’s pages and assume it’s content as in our habit to do these days. Know that going into the Truth revealed.
Dear Heavenly Father, We can never understand it all but we know You are Truth and we cannot get enough of You! We adore Who You are and put all our faith and trust in You alone. For only You alone are worthy of our praise! To You be the glory forever and ever, Amen. I believe. Reveal Your Presence to us today, as we will be listening and looking for You around every corner of this day of the journey of understanding.
In Jesus Name, Amen