Summary: 7 letter to the churches

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August 27, 2003 - Danny L. Williams

Revelation 1:5-6

As we walk through the Book of Revelation together, remember that this special message has been given to reveal God’s truth,

not conceal it, and to clarify God’s eternal purpose, not mystify it.

This work was prepared to alert millions to the fact that Jesus is coming soon-perhaps today!



Verse I: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: .

It is often used in the epistles as a

1. "manifestation" (Romans 8:19),

2. a "coming" (I Corinthians 1:7),

3. a "revealing" (2 Thessalonians 1:7),

4. and an "appearing’_ (I Peter 1:7).

The Book of Revelation, then, concerns

1. the unveiling or

2. appearing of our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Verse 5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,

and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of

the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Jesus Christ is seen in His threefold office

1. Prophet (faithful Witness),

2. Priest (First-begotten from the dead),

3. King (Prince of the kings of the earth).

First-begotten does not mean “the first one raised from the dead,” but “the highest of those raised from the dead.”

Let me explain: The Resurrection and How it works

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Matthew 12:40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.


Ephesians 4:8, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Ephesians 4:9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)


Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

Matthew 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

Matthew 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Matthew 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

He exercised wonderful power when He died.

Three miracles took place simultaneously:

1. The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;

2. an earthquake opened many graves;

3. some saints arose from the dead.

1. The rending of the veil symbolized the wonderful truth that the way was now open to God

( Heb. 10:14–26 ).

There was no more need of temples, priests, altars, or sacrifices.

Jesus had finished the work of salvation on the cross.

2. The earthquake reminds us of what happened at Mount Sinai when God gave the Law to Moses ( Ex. 19:16ff ).

The earthquake at Calvary signified that the demands of the Law had been met and the curse of the Law forever abolished ( Heb. 12:18–24 ).

The torn veil indicates that He conquered sin;

the earthquake suggests that He conquered the Law and fulfilled it;

and the resurrections prove that He defeated death.

3. We are not told who these saints were; they were simply believers who had died.

The King James Version suggests that they did not come out of the graves until after His resurrection; the New American Standard Bible agrees with this.

It is difficult to believe that they were given life on Friday afternoon and yet remained in their tombs until Sunday.

The New International Version suggests that these saints were resurrected immediately and came out of their tombs, but that they did not visit in Jerusalem until after Jesus had been raised from the dead. It is not likely that many Jews would be in the cemetery on Passover, since they might be defiled by the dead.

The only disciple at the cross when Jesus died was John ( John 19:35 ).


Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

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