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Volume 1 --- Revelation 1:1-18 Transcription Excerpts
The Apostle John unfolds for the church a series of events outlined in the book of Revelation, beginning with the correction of the church. As a chief elder and ambassador of Christ, the voice of the Lord through John establishes this pattern for the faith of all believers. Jesus confirms Himself as the true record and Oath for all creation and for the church. He is the Alpha and Omega.
Jesus also begins to addresses the lawless ones. Those as Satan, who desire to use their aspiration as the true faith. They want to use their principle as truth, and they want to establish a kingdom of their own oath. The description of our Lord in chapter one reveals God’s divine work, setting a parable for our learning. His rewards are many for the righteous and for those overcomers of the present contradiction.
Revelation 1:3: “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:”
“for the time is at hand.”
Now when he says the time is at hand, he's speaking of the church of the 1st century. When he says the time is at hand, he's not talking about the millennium, that's yet 2000 years in the future.
So, when he says, The time is at hand, it's with regards to the judgments of the church; the church must be restored to her first love.
And as we read on he also mentions the time of temptation upon the church. Well, that's what's taking place right now. The time of temptation is upon the church with regards to the unfolding of this mystery. So, the first three chapters here is addressing the church—the time is at hand—now—presently, regarding the faith of the church.
Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,”
The prototype of this plan; that which he initiated ever since the beginning is establishing a pattern for ourselves, for us. Jesus was the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world; before the world was even created, the plan of God was already initiated and performed in his bosom. He knew the end from the very beginning. God sees the end from the beginning, so what we reading right here and what we're experiencing in our own life is like re-runs to the Lord; he already foresaw the end because he already established the end.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is,” presently reigning,
concerning the one on the cross,
“and which is to come, the Almighty.”
...the same language Isaiah also used. When he says the word, Almighty, he's talking about all virtue exists within him because he is the Oath of all living things. All virtue exists within him, and all living things exist because of him.
He's going to establish again a present authority. Right now his authority is shielded from the minds of sinners, but his authority is seen in those of faith.
Sinners are called the lawless ones, and the reason they're called lawless is because they're without direction, and without any form of government. They're wandering and establishing their own laws; they establish the laws of their own tribes, but that's not the law of the established government.
We have spiritual lawless ones. And that's what Satan is called, the lawless one. He refuses to acknowledge the established, original government of God, of the God head. Satan wants to establish a law in himself. That's what the beast does, and that's what sinners do; they want to establish a law within themselves; they want to use their signature, their aspiration, and their principle. They want to use their aspiration as the true faith, they want to use their principle as true truth, and they want to establish a kingdom of their own oath. They are the lawless ones.
But we are the circumcised ones because we have set aside our oath because we are now joined to God. Our oath is actually joined to Christ so that his Oath is ruling our oath; his kingdom is ruling our kingdom, his throne is in our hearts, his altar and his temple is in our hearts.
Revelation 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.”
Here John is identifying himself, first of all a companion in tribulation. He's not talking about the tribulation period, which is 7 years, as we see the clock in the book Ezekiel. For 7 years they were burning the weapons of war, or the 70th week of Daniel, as the seven year period of time, in the book of Daniel (Daniel 9:24, if you want to make a reference on that, and Ezekiel 39:9).
Where we see the 70 weeks of the Jewish clock and the breach after the 69th week, to the bridge of the 70th week, concluding the tribulation period (which is 1 week = 7 days = 7 years).
We know it's a 7 year period of time because of Rev 11:3, where we see that the two witnesses prophesy for 3½ years, and then in Rev 13:5, that the beast will also function for a short period of 42 months (3½ years). We see in Rev 12:6 the two witnesses that prophesy 1262 days (that's the second half of the tribulation period).
There's a first half, where the two witnesses will function, and the second half, where the beast will function. A nourishing for a time, and times, and a half time. So we can see that there's a lot of references to that time frame.
The reason why I say that is because certain ministries are trying to promote the fact that how do we now that the tribulation is 7 years. And they're trying to say that the tribulation has always been existing for the last 7000 years. But that's not true. We're talking about a period of time, a generation. And that generation will not pass away in regards to this event of the 7 year tribulation. This is what Jesus brought out to his apostles. Back to verse 9.
Revelation 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.”
This wasn't the Jesus that John lean on at the last supper. Jesus was not the pal-around-friend. He was the Alpha and Omega. In fact, the Apostle Paul says the same thing, that we no longer know Jesus after the flesh. He was saying the same thing, that people are trying to forge a relationship with Jesus' humanity. God did not come down in human form just to forge a relationship with the flesh. He came down to bring redemption, not just some friendly relationship, a pal-around person.
We can see that Jesus manifestation here is vastly different than that which was before his crucifixion. After his crucifixion, he appeared to them in another form; he appeared to them in his glorified form. And this is how we know Him today. We no longer know him as the Galilean; we know him as the Son of God.
Those who are trying to forge a relationship on the terms of the Galilean will never come into the relationship [with him] as the Son of God because they're trying to bring Jesus down to the level of their own frailties. They want to sit down at his feet, they want to share in his bread, they want to lay in his lap, and they want to pal around with him. But that’s not the way it is. Jesus established a record, and his fellowship is with faith, not with the flesh.
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The Book of Revelation - Volume 1