Summary: John is telling us about the things he had seen, as he is telling of the Glorfied Christ.
REV. # 3= 1~20 5-2-09
Today we will continue our study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, this will be our 3rd broadcast in this study, last time we left off with verse 6, so today we’ll take up from there, obviously we can’t spend a whole lot of time on the verses we’ve already dealt with or we’d never get through this great study.
Let me say that the number seven, occurs 54 times in the book, and it is seen more than any other number in Revelation. “7” in the Bible is associated with completion, fulfillment, and perfection.
In Revelation there are seven churches and seven spirits (1:4), seven lampstands (1:12), seven stars (1:16), seven seals on the scroll (5:1), seven horns and seven eyes of the Lamb (5:6), seven angels and seven trumpets (8:2), seven thunders (10:3), seven heads of the dragon (12:3), seven heads of the beast (13:1), seven golden bowls (15:7), and seven kings (17:10).
Let me say that Jesus Christ is now seated at God’s right hand, having spoiled Satan and Satan’s demonic hosts by His death and resurrection. But one day He will rise from His seat and begin to take the reigns of control through the events of the Tribulation.
Let me remind us that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ and not the revelation of future events, and nether is it the Revelation of John.
It is an “open” book-John was told not to seal the book (22:10) because God’s people need the message that’s in the book.
The letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor dealt with the needs in those assemblies, needs that are still with us in churches today.
There are 9 “Amens” “amen, means, so be it, I agree, in the book
~~~ John wrote that these things would “shortly come to pass” (1:1) because “the time is at hand” (1:3). The word shortly does not necessarily mean “soon” or “immediately,” but “quickly, swiftly.” in other words once these events began in chapter 4: to do with the rapture, all the rest will follow without delay.
Revelation is the book of “the throne,” the word “throne” singular, is found sixteen times throughout the book.
~~~ It is a universal book, in that John saw nations and peoples as part of God’s program.
Revelation is the climax of the Bible. All that began in Genesis will be completed and fulfilled in keeping with God’s sovereign will.
Lets continue now with Rev.1:7
7Behold,**[is to get our attention] he cometh with clouds;--
Well, He left in a cloud and He will return the same as He left, in a cloud.
Acts 1: 9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
-- and every eye shall see him,
The only people that saw Him leave was His disciples that we read about there in Acts1:
and they also which pierced him:
It’s made plain here that the Jews will see Him at His return;
Zechariah 12: 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
The Roman soldier that actually plunged the spear into His side will see Him, although he’s been dead and gone for centuries will see Him, even if its at the White Throne judgment of the lost. ---- and every eye shall see him,- either when He returns or at the White Throne judgment of the lost, but all will see Him, although not all at the same time, but all will see Him.
Vs- 7c -and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
For some it will be the wailing & mourning of repentance. For others it will be the wailing & mourning over the judgments that He will pour out on the earth and lost sinners.
We notice in verse 8 that the Speaker has changed, the Lord Himself speaks out.
Vss.8 8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
’Alpha and Omega’, which is the first and the last letter of the Greek alphabet, ’the beginning and the end’.