Summary: 7 letters to the churches
The Revelation - Part 5
September 10, 2003 Wed. - Danny L. Williams
What John heard (vv. 9–11 ). On the Lord’s Day, John heard a trumpet-like voice behind him.
It was Jesus Christ speaking!
Every name or title that Jesus wears is a blessing that he shares.
The better we know him, the better he’s able to bless us and make us what he wants us to be.
One of the best ways to get to know him is to study his names
and titles in Scripture.
Our Lord said, "And behold, I am coming quickly, and
My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his
work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and
the End, the First and the Last" (Rev. 22:12-13).
"Alpha and Omega" are the first and last letters of the
Greek alphabet. In fact, the English word "alphabet" comes
from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet,
"alpha" and "beta."
When he calls himself "Alpha and Omega,"
Jesus declares that he is the first and the last, the beginning and
What truths do we learn about the Lord Jesus
Christ from this name "Alpha and Omega"?
1. Jesus Christ Is Eternal God
Jesus Christ is the beginning and Jesus Christ is the ending;
he is the first and he is the last.
Jehovah God declares, "I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last I am He."
"Before Abraham was, I Am."
As far as we know, the apostle had not heard his Lord’s voice since Christ had returned to heaven more than sixty years before.
The Lord commissioned John to write this book and to send it to the seven churches He had selected. Later John would hear another trumpetlike voice, summoning him to heaven ( Rev. 4:1 ).
“rapture 1 Thes. 4:13–18 a picture of the rapture of the church.)
What John saw (vv. 12–16 ). He saw a vision of the glorified Christ.
The seven lampstands represent the seven churches that would receive the book. Each local church is the bearer of God’s light in this dark world.
Compare this vision with Daniel’s
( Dan. 7:9–14 ).
1. Christ’s garments are those of a Judge-King, One with honor and authority.
2. The white hair symbolizes His eternality,the Ancient of Days ( Dan. 7:9 -13,22).
3. His eyes see all ( Rev. 19:12 ; Heb. 4:12 ), enabling Him to judge righteously.
4. His feet of burning brass also suggest judgment, since the brazen altar was the place where the fire consumed the sin offering.
The Lord had come to judge the churches, and He would also judge the evil world system.
The “sound of many waters” ( Rev. 1:15 ) makes me think of Niagara Falls!
Perhaps two ideas are suggested here: