Yesterday I learned
from Revelation verses 1-3
that God gave Jesus information
that was extremely revelatory.
Now some would say
that because Jesus is God
he already knows all that His Father does.
But that is not quite true.
The Word explains there are some things
the Father did not tell His Son.
In Mark 13:32, Jesus said,
“No one knows about that day or hour,
not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.”
It does not surprise me because
the Holy Trinity is the Father, the Son
and the Holy Spirit
as three distinct persons all in One.
I also learned in verses 1-3,
that Jesus had an angel
deliver the message to John.
I must say that just digging into
verses 1, 2 and 3 has left my mind
this morning I am ready to explore
the next few verses in Chapter One.
Although, I am going to take it extremely slow
so that I don’t get overwhelmed.
Verse 4 says,
“This letter is from John
to the seven churches
in the province of Asia.
Grace and peace to you
from the one who is, who always was,
and who is still to come;
from the sevenfold Spirit before his throne;”
For some reason John directed his letter,
that contained the revelatory knowledge
given by the Father to Jesus,
to seven churches that lived in western Turkey.
The letter actually says
“the province of Asia”-
but look on a map and you will see
the cities of Ephesus,
Smyrna. Pergamon, Thyatira,
Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea
are all located near the western coast of Turkey.
I wonder -
why was that area so important?
Why was this revelation knowledge
that was given to Jesus
that was extended to John
directed at the churches of Asia Minor?
Is it because it goes to show
that the Seed of Promise
will continue to grow
in a land that is hard to sow?
Asia Minor was steeped in witchcraft,
emperor worship and paganism.
"For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance is like the wickedness of idolatry."
1 Samuel 15:23
And yet, the Body of Christ
continued to grow.
How do you think that was possible?
Perhaps it's because out of the deep
the Lord calls out His own.
And even though this letter
was written by the hand of John,
John greeted the churches with the voice
of the Holy Spirit, Father and Son.
The Apostle and the Elder
was a prophet of God!
Verse 5 says,
“and from Jesus Christ.
He is the faithful witness
to these things,
the first to rise from the dead,
and the ruler of all the kings of the world.”
Jesus is the reason
we have access to God’s wisdom.
He is the faithful witness to God’s revelation.
Jesus is the first to rise from the dead,
and He is The Ruler of all the kings of the world!
Hang on - His time will come.
“All glory to him who loves us
and has freed us from our sins
by shedding his blood for us.”
The only way that fallen, dead men
can be washed clean from the sin
that separates us from God
is to put on a new heart,
that beats to worship
and circulate the blood of Christ
The Lamb of God chose to be slain
so that we could live with Him
in the New Jerusalem.
The Son’s body and blood
that was final sacrifice
that redeems all of mankind from our separation.
Verse 6 says,
“He has made us a Kingdom of priests
for God his Father. All glory and power
to him forever and ever! Amen.”
Everything written in verse 6
is highlighted in Hebrews.
I believe that whoever wrote Hebrews
was in dwelled by God’s Holy Spirit!
The book is full of spiritual wisdom.
In verse 7 John makes a shift.
He said, “Look!
“He comes with the clouds of heaven.
And everyone will see him -
even those who pierced him.
And all the nations of the world
will mourn for him. Yes! Amen!”
As John wrote I believe
the Lord gave him sight of spirit realm!
He saw Jesus returning on the clouds,
the clouds that once absorbed his presence.
In verse 8 John took on God’s voice.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega -
the beginning and the end,”
says the Lord God.
I am the one who is, who always was,
and who is still to come - the Almighty One.”
Isn’t that good?
I don’t understand
why everyone is not digging into God’s Word.
It must be because many do not know Him.
It’s so rich! It’s so good!
Don’t you see, Jesus has existed
since the beginning of time.
The Son of God will never die!
He is eternally good!
God is so good.
He made a way to give us new life.
He made a way to resurrect the dead.
God gave us a Seed and He grows our faith,
even in the most unlikely place -
like the wilderness, or Islamic states.
Turkey is a place that is filled with Islam,
and a ruler who wants to return
to their roots and traditions.
And so we wait;
and we pray to God
that nations will be set free
from evil strongholds.
“For the Lord himself
will come down from heaven
with a commanding shout,
with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trumpet call of God.
First, the believers who have died
will rise from their graves.
Then, together with them,
we who are still alive
and remain on the earth
will be caught up in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air.
Then we will be with the Lord forever.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Encourage each other with these words.
Maranatha - the Lord is coming back soon.
1 Thessalonians 4:18