Note: If you prefer, here is a PDF version of : “The Rapture Teaching, Is It True” The doctrine of the “rapture” is a teaching that claims all or most of the saved Christians will be caught up into the heavens with Jesus Christ, while the world continues to exist in some form. Everyone else … Read more The Rapture Teaching, Is It True?
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (Rev 1:1) Note: The message of the book of Revelations is so important to Jesus and God the Father, that … Read more Revelation was Given to Show His Servants
“Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” (Revelation 1:2) The Revelation message was “sent and signified” by Jesus’ angel unto John “Who bare record of the word of God…” John is stating plainly that this message is not something that … Read more Revelation Bares Record of the Word of God
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3) The intention for the book of Revelations is made clear: It is to be read, to be understood, and it includes things that we … Read more Revelation is for Understanding and Obeying
“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;” (Revelation 1:4) At the beginning of the book it is addressed in a specific manner to seven congregations … Read more To Seven Churches, From the Seven Spirits
“… and the first begotten of the dead…” (Revelation 1:5) Jesus Christ is the “first begotten” in all things good and of importance to almighty God, and ultimately to us. Jesus is first and above all – he is preeminent meaning “Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding.” The heavenly Father has determined that … Read more Jesus Christ – the "First Begotten" of All Things
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness…” (Revelation 1:5) Jesus said “I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.” John 8:18 The testimony of Jesus is that faithful witness to every soul. It bears witness of the truth of God’s Word and the … Read more The Testimony of Jesus Christ, the Faithful Witness
“…and the prince of the kings of the earth…” (Revelation 1:5) Jesus not only defeated sin and death, but he is the “prince” over all rulers and powers on earth. (see I Corinthians 15:20-26 and Colossians 1:13-19) There is nothing and no one that should not be bowing before him and submitting completely to … Read more Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords!
“…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelations 1:5) Can you even begin to comprehend the great mystery that this scripture is showing us? Jesus deserves nothing less than all our devoted love and service because he paid the ultimate price for us and “loved us, and … Read more Jesus Loved Us, and Washed Us in His Own Blood!
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelations 1:6) As already stated earlier, Jesus is the “King of kings and Lord of lords.” In fact, Jesus is not only King, but also the only High Priest accepted by God … Read more In Jesus’ Kingdom We Can Reign as Kings Over Sin!
“Behold, he cometh with clouds…” (Revelations 1:7) Clouds” are used throughout the Old and New Testament as a matter of evidence witnessing to the fearful and awesome presence of the all powerful “Almighty God”. In the Old Testament they were physically visible clouds, full of power (lightning and earth shaking thunder) and fearful authority. When … Read more God Has Always Come to Us "in the Clouds"
“Behold, he cometh with clouds…” (Revelations 1:7) Jesus will return again “in the clouds” on the final day, but Jesus has also already come “in the clouds” spiritually a number of times… and he will continue to come that way as long as there is a “cloud of witnesses” for him to come in. (Note: … Read more Jesus Has Already Come Many Times "in the Clouds"
“Behold, he cometh with clouds…” (Revelations 1:7) In James 4:14 it states: “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” A single vapor is insignificant and hardly noticed. But when many warm, moist vapors gather together and there is a stark contrast between … Read more Jesus Will Come Again "In the Clouds"
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” ~ Revelation 1:8 Perhaps you have heard the expression “spill the beans” meaning: give us the essence or “bottom line” of the story at the beginning so we don’t have … Read more Jesus the Beginning and the End of All Things: Including Us!
“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelations 1:9) John also lived the Word of God and had the testimony of Jesus … Read more A Companion in Tribulation and the Patience of Jesus Christ
A podcast – the first in a series of messages the Lord burdened me bring recently in Athol, Idaho in May of 2012. Download – Jesus Revealed in Difficulties – Idaho 5-2012 (Note: when you get the message “The file exceeds the maximum size that we scan. Download anyway” you will have to click on … Read more Christ is Revealed in Your Difficulties
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” (Revelations 1:10) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day…” John was in the Spirit of worship in spite of being persecuted, because he felt privileged to suffer persecution for the Savior whom he … Read more Warned By the Great Gospel Trumpet that is Behind Us
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” (Revelations 1:11) The warning voice, … Read more Unto the Seven Churches Which are in Asia: and Us Also
Is there a spiritual view of history that the book of Revelation reveals? “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Revelation 1:19) The Revelation of Jesus Christ reveals Jesus: his authority, his faithfulness, his sacrificial love, and his power to save the soul … Read more Historical View of Revelation
“And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;” (Revelations 1:12) As stated in an earlier post about Revelations 1:10 where John “heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet” we understand that what is behind us is in the past, and the … Read more Turn to See the Light of the Seven Golden Candlesticks
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” (Revelations 1:13) Jesus often described himself as “the Son of man” because he was born of a woman and was subject to the … Read more Jesus is the Light of the Seven Candlesticks and Our High Priest
“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;” (Revelations 1:14) “The hoary (white or gray) head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” (Proverbs 16:31) The white hair of Jesus here reflects the great … Read more Nothing is Hid From the Eyes as a "Flame of Fire"
“And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelations 1:15) Nobody tells Jesus where he can or can’t go. He has victory over all things. His feet step where ever he wants. It is best to submit to him now … Read more Jesus’ "Voice as the Sound of Many Waters"
“And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Revelations 1:16) The seven stars represent the ministry responsible for delivering Christ’s revelation message to the seven churches; as plainly stated by Christ himself a … Read more Jesus the Bright and Shining Light, the Sun of Righteousness
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:” (Revelations 1:17) The apostle John had seen Jesus when he was on earth as a human many times, but this time was much … Read more Jesus Puts His Hand On the Humble and Obedient
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” ( Revelations 1:18 ) Jesus overcame all sin and death by his resurrection: “behold, I am alive for evermore.” Consequently he has complete and full authority over hell: who will … Read more Jesus Has the Keys of Hell and Death
“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” (Revelations 1:19) Jesus put his right hand on John to perform the work of writing what he would see and hear, and to deliver it to the church: the revelation of Jesus Christ himself! – and … Read more Can You See the Things Written in Revelations?
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” (Revelations 1:20) The ministry in the right hand of control of Jesus are an anointed ministry … Read more The Seven Stars in the Right Hand of Jesus
The seven churches of Asia mentioned in Revelations 1- 3 (like the Epistles to the various churches located in: Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, etc.) were actual congregations of the church of God at that time. But, like the Epistles, the message to the seven Churches was also intended for many others to hear, understand, and … Read more Seven Churches – Seven Days of the Gospel Day
“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.” (Heb 11:30) Before the Israelites could conquer the promised land, they had to pull down and totally defeat the stronghold of that land: Jericho. The plan to defeat Jericho was a seven day plan laid out by Almighty God himself. … Read more Seven Churches – Seven Days (continued)
It is spiritual light and true worship that exposes and destroys spiritual darkness and the deception of false worship. And true spiritual light and true worship is what Jesus’ Revelation message is all about! The Revelation message also is the “vengeance” or “revenge” of God against those (professing Christianity or otherwise) who have persecuted and … Read more Seven Churches – the "Vengeance" of God Sevenfold
“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” (Revelations 2:1) Of all of the seven churches of Asia, Ephesus is addressed first, and Ephesus has the most mentioned about it in … Read more To Ephesus, From "Who Walketh in the Midst of the Seven…"
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:” (Revelations 2:2) Jesus knows exactly where everyone is spiritually. There is nothing hid from him. When he … Read more "Trying" the Spirits and Knowing Who is True
“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Revelations 2:3) Twice he emphasizes their labour and patience: here and in the prior verse. The church in the beginning was a hard laboring people who also had the ability to endure patiently the hardships and persecutions. “For … Read more Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelations 2:4) To sum up the problem: they were doing all the right things, but no longer for the right reason. Their first love, the motivating force behind doing the right things, had changed. It had shifted to something, or someone else. … Read more Have You Left Your First Love?
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” (Revelations 2:5) Jesus told them they needed to think back to the point from where they had fallen – and he had already told them in the verse 4 where that place was: “thou hast left thy first love” (see the … Read more Are You Fallen from Your "First Love"?
“…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) As stated in earlier posts, the candlestick represents the light of the church, which is her burning love for the true light, Jesus Christ (see “Turn to See the Light of the Seven … Read more Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?
Revelation is a spiritual book, and because of this it is timeless. It deals with spiritual conditions that exist within every age of time. But additionally, Revelation explains that there will be a completion of the full revelation, including an explanation of historical time placement, that God wants mankind to have, in the final days. … Read more Historical Dates Identified Within Revelation
There is a complete thread through Revelation telling us the gospel day story, including the reward of the righteous. This complete story exposes the false accuser and their false accusations. In Revelation, the true righteous people of God are honored as Jesus Christ is honored. And our ultimate reward is to eternally be with the … Read more The Reward of the Righteous Told in Revelation
There is so much confusion in the world today related to Christians and Muslims, and the Christian faith compared to Islam. People of both modern day belief systems are mostly not really who they say they are. Most people who claim to be Christian do not fully obey their foundation book of faith, the Bible. … Read more True Christians Compared To True Muslims
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) What will happen if the candlestick is removed from the temple of the Lord – meaning that it is … Read more What Happens When the Candlestick is Removed?
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Revelations 2:6) Who were the Nicolaitanes? Historians describe them as a short lived sect in the early days of Christianity that promoted promiscuous sexual relationships among its believers – in other words, a “free-love” spirit. But Revelations is a … Read more Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” (Revelations 2:7) Jesus makes this statement at the end of his message to each of the churches of Asia: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”. The implication is very clear: not … Read more Do You Have an Ear to Hear and Obey?
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelations 2:7) The “paradise of God” mentioned in verse 7 is the heavenly condition where God … Read more Do You Eat of the Tree of Life in Paradise?
“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;” (Revelations 2:8) Jesus starts each message to the different churches by emphasizing something about his own character that was already described in the first chapter of Revelations – that particularly applies … Read more Was Dead – But Behold, I Am Alive For Evermore!
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelations 2:9) Just like the Ephesus period of time (church age), the true worshipers were true laborers, but now they were especially … Read more A True Worshiper of Jesus is a Spiritual Jew
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) You cannot fear men and the sufferings they … Read more Be Faithful and True to Jesus – Even Unto Death
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) Notice that Jesus also tells them that they … Read more "And Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days"
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11) Again, can you hear what the Spirit of God is saying? As already stated in earlier posts, this exact same question is asked at the end of … Read more Will You Be Hurt By the Second Death?
As already noted in earlier posts, the message to each of the seven churches also represents a spiritual message to everyone in every age of time. But there is also a definite relationship of each message that highly correlates to a particular “age” in history, identifying the prevailing spiritual condition that existed among those claiming … Read more The Smyrna Church Age – Revelation 2:8-11