This second message is focused on the incredible description of the Lord Jesus Christ and how we should respond to Him. This picture is almost unknown in Scripture.
The Revelation of His Coming
The revelation of Jesus to John writing to seven churches of His coming Rev 1
1.The circumstances of His coming 1:9-11
- 1:9 John, 90 years-young
- Brother and companion
- Circumstances –
- 1:10 In the Spirit on the Lord’s day 1 Thes. 5:2; Rom. 14: Col. 2.
- 1:11 The seven churches
What are your circumstances?
2. The characterization of His coming 1:12-16
- 1:12 Seven golden lampstands –
- 1:13-16 John saw one like the Son of Man – Ten characteristics of Christ
- 1:13 One like the Son of Man – Rev 14:14; Ez 1:26-28; Dan. 7:13; 10:4-6; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb 2:14-17
- 1:13 Clothed with a garment to feet – 20:26. Dan 10:5
- 1:13 Girded about the Chest – Rev 15:6; Ex 28:6-8; 39:5; Lev 8:7; Is 11:5
- 1:14 Head and hair like white wool – 7:9-13
- 1:14 His eyes like a flame of fire – Rev 2:18; 19:12; Dan. 10:6-12; Zech 4:10
- 1:15 His feet were like fine brass – Rev 2:18; Ez 1:7; 40:3; Dan 10:6
- 1:15 His voice as the sound of many waters – Rev 14:2; 19:6; Ps 93:4; Ez 43:2
- 1:16 He had in His right hand seven stars – Rev 1:20. Dan 8:10
- 1:16 Out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword – 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 19:15
- 1:16 His countenance – 17:2; Rev 10:1; Is 60:19-20; Mal 4:2; Act 26:13
3. The consequences of His coming 1:17-20
- 1:17 -18 John’s response and Jesus’ action John 13:23; 21:7; 14:1; 2 Tim 1:7
- 1:19 Chronological outline of Revelation
- 1:20 The interpretation of the mystery of the lampstands and stars
- God has a message to the churches today.
- The Lord Jesus is coming back in judgment on the world.
- God wants us to trust Him, not the world.
- Seek to please Him is all that you think, say and do. 2 Cor 5:9
- Learn contentment with His presence. He is peace to the believer Eph 2:12-14; Rom 5:1: 8:1
- Use those days you have remaining to tell others about your awesome Lord!
- Why is the picture of Jesus here different than in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?
- What aspect of Jesus stands out to you?
- How does this picture help us in the circumstances we find ourselves?
- How should we respond to Jesus? Do we respond like John did? How did He feel? What was He thinking?
Upcoming Chapter Summary Statements
- The revelation of Jesus to John writing to seven churches of His coming Rev 1
- Jesus’ letters to loveless Ephesus, persecuted Smyrna, compromising Pergamos and corrupt Thyatira Rev 2
- Jesus’ letters to spiritually dead Sardis, faithful Philadelphia and lukewarm Laodicea Rev 3
Revelation of Jesus Christ
This opening passage introduces us to the author, audience and what the book is about – the Revelation of Jesus Christ. While a small portion (Revelation 2-3) describes the audience – the church – the majority (Revelation 4-19) is about how God will complete His Covenants to Israel and the Second Coming of Jesus. It closes with the new heavens to come.
The Alpha and Omega – Rev 1:1-8
|New Earth Gen. 1||New Heavens Rev. 21|
|Begins in Paradise Gen. 2||Paradise to come Rev. 21-22|
|Devil introduced Gen. 3:1-2||Devil doomed Rev. 20:10|
|God’s word questioned Gen 3:1-2||Word of God upheld Rev. 22:19|
|Man’s first rebellion Gen. 3:1-6||Man’s last rebellion Rev. 20:11-15|
|Satan’s head crushed promised 3:15||Satan’s head bruised and crushed Rev 20:2,10|
|Curse imposed Gen. 3:15-18||Curse removed Rev. 22:3|
|Tree of Life removed Gen. 3:24||Tree of Life awaits Rev. 22:2|
|Human Life murdered Gen. 4:8||Human life in Book of Life 21:27|
|Sorrow from sin begins Gen. 3,4||Sorrow removed Rev. 21:4|
|First death Gen. 4:8||No more death Rev. 21:4|
Why study Revelation?
- To reveal who Jesus Christ is 1:1
- To reveal the course of future history 1:1; 22:6
- To complete the testimony of John 1:2
- To receive God’s blessing 1:3; Rev. 22:7
- To warn believers to alertness 1:3; 2 Pet. 3:14-15; 1 Thes. 4:13-18
- Do not say it cannot be understood.
- Do not be overly dogmatic on the details.
- Do not major only on Revelation.
1. The revelation of Jesus to John 1:1-3
- 1:1 Subject –
- 1:1 Source –
- 1:1 Scribe –
- 1:1 Speed –
- 1:2 Sight –
- 1:3 Spiritual Blessing –
2. John writing to the seven churches 1:4-9
- 1:4 Seven Churches
- 1:4 Salutation
- 1:4 Son – Who was, is, is to come
- 1:4 Seven Spirits –
- 1:5 Savior –
- His character 1:5
- His ministry 1:5-8
- His present ministry –
- His present work –
- His future work –
- His title –
- God wants you to know what is ahead in the future.
- God wants you to know what is ahead in your future.
- He wants you to know that Jesus Christ is the future.
- I need to trust Him for my future.
- I need to be content with His presence, not His presents, rewards, or blessings.
- I need to build bridges to others to help them be content with His presence.
- I need to share this material with two other people.
- How is Revelation the capstone of the Bible?
- Does God look at time the way we do? Why? and How so?
- In what is the blessing found in this book?
- Do people live for the present or the future? How so?
- Why did/does God bless America?
- What do I need to consider for my personal life related to the challenges in this passage?
Revelation (Part 3) – Jesus Revealed
How do you approach Revelation? In order to understand why someone teaches Revelation the way he/she does, it is important to understand the four main ways people approach it. Here is a synopsis of the “Four approaches to Revelation.”
- The Spiritual approach – The prophecies of Revelation portray the ongoing cosmic conflict and the central theme of the triumph of good over evil.
- There is a cosmic struggle – Rev 12 woman giving birth and a dragon wants to consume.
- There is cleansing going on in the world, in which most are punished.
- It doesn’t hold to a natural reading of the text
- It misses the point of God’s faithful promises to Israel
- It misses the role of the church today and in the future Rev 2-3; 19-20
2. The Preterist approach – Revelation was fulfilled during the time of the Roman Empire, some specifically hold to completion by AD 70, or mainly in the first or first few centuries and not prophecy about the end of time.
- The judgment on Israel in AD 70 is very significant.
- There were many challenges the early church had with Rome.
- It doesn’t hold to a natural reading of the events in the text.
- It has no prophetic message to the church in the last 2000 years.
- It misses the point of God’s faithful promises to Israel.
- It misses the descriptions of Israel’s repentance, cleansing and regeneration during the Tribulation. Rev 6-18
3. The Historicist approach – Revelation is a survey of church history fulfilled in time and approaching the Second Coming of Christ. The churches of Revelation 2-3 describe the synopsis of all church history.
- It declares God’s control of history. The emphasis is on God’s sovereignty.
- It declares that Jesus is coming back in the future.
- It forgets the significant promises (covenants) God made to Israel, which will yet be fulfilled.
- It forgets to let Daniel 2 and Ezekiel provide interpretation to Revelation.
- It doesn’t recognize Daniel’s 70th week as the Tribulation period, yet to be fulfilled.
- It declares the Catholic Church as the antichrist, which is erroneous.
- It forces history as one thread (through Israel, to the Church, to Christ’s rule), but misses the big picture of separate phases of history and why they are unique.
- It assumes interpretation, without letting Scripture interpret Scripture
4. The Futurist approach – Revelation 2-3 describe trends in the church age and Revelation 4 to the end describe literal events in the future.
- It looks at coming future events. This was promoted by the “Left Behind” series.
- It promotes God is in control of events and is victorious in the end.
- Too many focus on a Eurocentric interpretation and make Romanism the antichrist. Although some believe this was written to get attention off of Romanism.
- It leaves the church out of the book of Revelation, because Rev 2-3 ascribes what John saw in the first century, not succeeding centuries.
* The Literal Historico-Grammatical approach to interpreting Scripture
- A Literal approach according to the type of writing
- Historico– according to the history, background and culture in which it is found
- Grammatical according to the word and verb meanings in their context
You must maintain “Authorial intent ”
- God is in control of history. We see struggle, but God is not struggling. He is sovereign. He is not struggling with how people interpret Scripture. Interpretation is part of growth.
- Your method of Interpretation is everything in understanding Scripture. Everyone needs to learn what their approach is. If you want to grow and influence others, you will need to know how you approach Scripture and HOW YOU EXPECT YOUR BIBLE TEACHER TO APPROACH Scripture.
- Review your notes and ask, “How is my Bible leader approaching Scripture?”
- Be a Berean. God knows the outcome.
- What are reasons people plunge into the different approaches to Revelation?
- Are there any dangers in choosing the wrong approach?
- How would you define or describe what the “Literal Historico-grammatical” approach is?
- The Literal HIstorico-grammatical approach is often considered difficult. Why?
The Revelation of Jesus – 1st Advent
The First Deed of the Messiah – Healing of a Leper Matt 8:2-3; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16
- Mosaic Law provided rules for many life and worship issues
- No cure for lepers in rabbinic writings.
- No record of any Israelite ever cured of leprosy after the Mosaic Law.
- Leprosy was left out of the Rabbinic cures. Why? Lev 13-14
- Report to priesthood, “I was a leper, but now I have been healed.”
- Priesthood to give two bird initial offering
- 7 day investigation to determine –
- Was the person really a leper?
- Was the person really healed of leprosy?
- What were the circumstances of his healing?
- 4. If the leper is healed, the priest shall go out of the camp on the 8th day, then four offerings
2. The Messianic cure of a leper Matt 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16
- 5:12 What was the circumstance?
- 5:13 What did Jesus do?
- 5:14 What did Jesus tell the one healed?
- 5:15 What happened next?
- 5:16 How did Jesus respond?
3. The Jewish leadership response M 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26
- Luke 5:17 some of the Jewish leaders –
- Observation –
- Investigation –
- Power of the Lord, present to heal him – Why?
- Mark 2:1-12 Four friends brought a paralytic, but Jewish leaders blocked the way.
- God came to man, spoke in man’s language, and acted to reveal credibility. Why? Because God loves man!
- God functioned under His own Word, because He wrote it.
- The leper did nothing to deserve the leprosy and God healed him.
- God wants us challenged, will we believe Him? Will we balance our time to reach others for Christ and disciple them?
- God has already done everything,… Does that produce a passion to study, to pray, to sing, to witness His life?
- Your greatest deliverance is from the power of sin.
- You have the opportunity to learn the Word…. Will you do the Word? Trust the Word? Live out the power of the Word? Reach others for Christ and disciple them?
- What were the two kinds of miracles the religious leadership believed existed?
- Why is there so much in Leviticus 13-14 about examination and cleansing of lepers if there was never one that was healed?
- If Jesus touched the leper, why didn’t He become unclean?
- Why did Jesus choose to heal this leper?
- Did Jesus want the religious leadership to accept Him as Messiah? What did Jesus do?
- What prevents you from continually believing that Jesus is the Messiah? What commands do we obey and what commands do we not obey?
- What do we need to do?
It all begins in Genesis with the Abrahamic Covenant
1.The Outline of Revelation : Revelation 1:19
i)Things which you have seen (chp 1)
ii) Things which are (chp 2-3)
iii) Things which will take place (chp 4-22)
2. Revelation’s main human element focus is on whom?
3. Why would God make such a focus?
a. God promised Israel a land, a seed and a blessing Gen 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:1-7, 18, 17:1-8
i. Land covenant Deut 30:1-10; Ezek 37:21-28
ii. Seed Covenant (Davidic) 2 Sam 7:12-16; Is. 59:20-21; Hos. 3:4-5; Zech 12:10
iii. Blessing (New) Covenant Jer 31:31-34
b. When? Dan 9:24-27
4. Why such a focus on Israel?
a. God chose Israel – not because they were great Deut 7:7-8
i. He gave them a Law – distinct from all other nations
ii. He gave them a tribe of priests, in which their sole responsibility was to guide Israel to the Lord through worship and help them be a light to the nations
iii. He gave them a royal line through which would come the Savior
iv. He gave them prophets to teach and warn
b. God promised Israel. He made Covenants. He hasn’t fulfilled the Covenants yet.
c. God will be faithful to Israel Ezek 37: 21-28; 40-48
i. He will protect Israel from surrounding nations Zech 12:3; Ps. 2:1-6; Ob 1:15-17
ii. He will defend Israel Zech 9:14-16
iii. He will make the nations look foolish in their attack Zech 14:1-9
d.Israel will return to the Lord Zech 8:3-8
5. What about me?
a.You are a part of the Church Rev 2-3
b.You are not family of God, but royal family of God 1 Pet 2:9
c.You can be an overcomer just like Jesus 1 John 5:4-5
- God said it; He will be faithful to what He said. He promised Israel and by faith, the greats believed Him.
- Israel has been and will be the target of Satan’s destructive arrows.
- God’s promises to Israel are a physical picture of God’s promises to you.
- Accept God’s promise for you. John 3:16 God is not unaware of your circumstances.
- Believe God’s Word for daily decisions.
- Clench His truth and His power for His will for you.
- What is the outline of Revelation?
- Why did God choose Israel and not the Chinese, or Italians, or Moroccans?
- What are the promises (covenants) that God made to Israel and are they fulfilled?
- What special things has God done for Israel that He didn’t do for other nations?
- Why are you even more blessed than Israel?
- How will you live based on the fact that you are more blessed?
This is a great question from a dad leading his family. Below is the context of the passage: Continue reading
The miracle of God is that He communicates to us. We, His creatures, rejected God in the Garden of Eden, prior to the flood, at the Tower of Babel, at the incarnation of Christ and we will reveal our rejection of Him prior to His return and even at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. It’s a miracle of God’s mercy that He communicates to us from His holiness.
There is no way that we could ever understand God unless He revealed Himself to us. Because He is infinite and we are finite, He had to reveal Himself to us in ways and language that we could understand. It would be impossible for man to understand the infinity of God’s person and purpose. So God revealed Himself in nature we call General Revelation and He revealed Himself in Jesus and Scripture we call Special Revelation. We can only learn about some aspects of God in General Revelation (Romans 1:18-20). We needed Special Revelation to understand God’s plan for man.
Here’s the key to understanding God’s plan:
God’s divine plan can only be fully understood by the completed canon of Scripture. It is from progressive revelation over a period of 1500 years by 40 authors that God’s Administration of History can be fully understood.
As was stated under “Explaining Divine History – Part 2” the Bible must be interpreted with a literal historico-grammatical approach to interpretation. Some people develop their theology and then use various forms of interpretation to make Scripture fit that theology. Please refer back to that segment for a clarification of biblical interpretation. What we need to understand is that God’s plan and history will only be understood by the completed canon of Scripture and then only when it is harmonized in, through and by means of all Scripture. Leave the world behind and study God’s Word and you’ll understand Divine History.