Summary: Apocalyptic Names of Christ
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants--things which must shortly take place . . . from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Rev. 1:1, 5).
1. Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1-5).
? Jesus was His earthly human name.
? His composite name by the end of the first century.
? Christ was the title of the office He came to fulfill. The threefold anointed office.
(1) Prophet, Jesus gave us God’s Word.
(2) Priest, Jesus sacrificed for sins.
(3) King Jesus rules.
2. The first begotten of the dead (Rev. 1:5).
? Jesus was the first to rise, a prediction that we will also arise from the dead. A name of physical hope.
3. Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8).
? Links Jesus’ sovereignty over history past and present.
? Shows Jesus works uniquely through people, giving them the freedom of obedience or rebellion.
? A specific statement of Jesus’ eternality.
4. The Almighty “I am . . . the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8).
? Links Jesus to El Shaddai, “The powerful Lord who satisfies.”
? From Shad the chest or breast which shows His power and life-giving nurture.
5. The Morning Star (Rev. 2:28, 22:16).
? Appears on the horizon before sunrise, i.e., before God wraps up the night.
? Means our black night is almost over.
? Means the first announcement of a new day.
6. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5).
? Links Jesus to the prediction of the Old Testament kingdom to come.
? Links Jesus to His future rule over the earth.
? Jesus is everything the Jews expected in Messiah.
7. The Lamb as though it had been slain (Rev. 5:6).
? A Greek diminutive, i.e., a little innocent lamb.
? Shows Jesus meek and mild.
? The Lamb has 7 horns showing perfect power.
8. Faithful and true. “Was called faithful and true” (Rev. 19:11).
? A compound name to contrast two powerful opposite forces.
? Jesus is faithful to come for those in trials and suffering.
? Jesus will judge the unsaved with truth, not emotions.
9. King of Kings and Lord of Lords, embroidered to His garments.
? Means Jesus’ absolute sovereignty.
? Means His omnipotence to battle wickedness and judge evil.
10. A name written that no man knew but He Himself (Rev. 19:12).
? Since we cannot know it, there is mystery about Jesus we will never know.
? His various names meet our different needs; could this be a name to meet needs we do not know about?
? Is this a name used only as the Trinity talk among themselves?
If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you prayed that prayer, God heard you and saved you. I personally want to welcome you to the family of God and rejoice with you.
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