“The wrath of the wicked does but bring saints the nearer to the choice favours of God.” (Seiss), ©2019 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Christ and His Church is the fulfillment of this type in the New Covenant. We have Jesus’ word on it. 3Blessed 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. 1:14-15 Here we see an amazing description of Christ. In Revelation 19:12 describing Jesus' second coming, His eyes are like "flames of fire". A manifesto of the kingdom of Christ. Verse 2 confirms that John is the witness that bears record of the word of God - that which he hears and sees, of the "testimony of Jesus Christ". He is central. The things written in this book will surely come to pass, and so those who read, need to respond according to God’s will or suffer the consequences. When Jesus addresses each church, He specifically says: “to the angel of the church in….” So is Jesus addressing angels or pastors here? (1-3) The apostle John salutes the seven churches of Asia. I believe He’s alluding to their faithful service in the heavenly and glorious presence of God. 17:5; Rev. I will talk more about this as we work through these seven churches. REVELATION 10-22 EVENTS OF THE END TIMES. Therefore, we must conclude that the book of Revelation is, It’s interesting that John says that he turned to, In verses 13-16 we have a picture of Jesus, described in a symbolic manner. Both John and Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) saw Jesus most clearly and gloriously in the context of suffering for the cause of Jesus. The phrase "from him which is, and which was, and which is to come" refers to none other than Jesus Christ and shows His divinity having existed since the beginning of time, being resurrected from the dead, and who will come soon to take His people home. Glory and dominion belong to both. YLT  Revelation 1:20 the secret of the seven stars that thou hast seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that thou hast seen are seven assemblies. The Lord’s feet were like polished brass, as if refined in a furnace. Return to the Revelation Understood! v2 John was a witness of the word of God and of Jesus Christ. Thus what Jesus says to these churches has application for all the Church at every point throughout the Church age. 1 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: . View the entire commentary, New International Version (NIV), Hebrews: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, The Boice Commentary Series: The Minor Prophets, 2 Volumes. Jesus calls himself the A to Z, “the First and the Last.” Jesus Christ is God Eternal. This blessing is in the name of God, of the Holy Trinity, it is an act of adoration. Anyone who believes their witness will find themselves eternally lost and away from the presence of the true God. Matthew 24:27. The garment and girdle seem to be emblems of His priesthood.Compare Exodus 28:2, Exodus 28:4, Exodus 28:31; Septuagint. We have to keep in mind that Revelation is a New Testament book. However, I went to great lengths in my series, After His death and resurrection, Jesus ascended to, The Jews were looking for an earthly kingdom where their Messiah would reign as King. Revelation—an apocalypse or unveiling of those things which had been veiled. We expect books, stories, articles and poems to have titles... View the entire commentary. John was banished to this island for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Christian faith. Pre-trib premillennialists (dispensationalists) separate the Church (chapters 1-3) from the rest of the book (up to chapters 21 and 22), and put the  focus on the ethnic nation of Israel. View the entire commentary, "John" is identified only as one who testifies to everything he saw... Aaron‘s robe and girdle were “for glory and beauty,” and combined the insignia of royalty and priesthood, the characteristics of Christ‘s antitypical priesthood “after the order of Melchisedec.” His being in the midst of the candlesticks (only seen in the temple), shows that it is as a king-priest He is so attired.