A Missionary Looks at the Love Letter: Revelation Chapters 1 to 8 a Spiritual Interpretation

Front cover of a Missionary Looks at the Love Letter

This book is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and many others. It is also being translated into Swahili, Lingala, and Luganda (if you want access to these other translations, please contact me at “Contact Us.”) Jesus gave Revelation as a love letter for his servants to share with the church. It is … Read more

A Missionary Looks at 12 Steps to Overcome Addiction and Sin: Healing Our Broken Relationships with Christ and with Others

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This book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and others. A Christian based 12-step process helps us to overcome addiction by attaching to the faithful love of the Savior, enabling healthy relationships with other people. And so a missionary, Richard Lehman, looks at the 12-step process, and prayerfully applies the wisdom of the scriptures to … Read more

1260 Prophetic Days

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Note: The 1260 prophetic days are spoken about starting with the 6th and 7th trumpet angel messages. See also the “Roadmap of Revelation.” Numerous times in scripture, a prophetic 1,260 day period of time is designated. And this particular period of time, always designates a dark time in the history of God’s people, where there … Read more

The Dispensationalism Deception

Dispensationalism

In summary: Dispensationalism is a non-biblical system of belief, inserted into the Bible via the Scofield Reference Bible. In order to grab the attention of people, and to diminish the spiritual influence within the Bible, Dispensationalism literalizes a number of scriptural interpretations, and refutes the power of Jesus Christ to completely deliver people from sin, … Read more

Revelation is for Understanding and Obeying

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“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

To Seven Churches, From the Seven Spirits

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“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

Jesus Christ – the "First Begotten" of All Things

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“… 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

In Jesus’ Kingdom We Can Reign as Kings Over Sin!

A King’s Castle

“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

God Has Always Come to Us "in the Clouds"

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“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

Jesus Has Already Come Many Times "in the Clouds"

Sun Shining Through Dark 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 Will Come Again "In the Clouds"

lightning

“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 the Beginning and the End of All Things: Including Us!

Jesus Christ With Crown of Thorns

“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

Unto the Seven Churches Which are in Asia: and Us Also

Seven churches of Asia

“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

Historical View of Revelation

Binaculars - "looking back in time"

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

Turn to See the Light of the Seven Golden Candlesticks

Candlestick of Old Testament Tabernacle

“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

Jesus is the Light of the Seven Candlesticks and Our High Priest

High Priest of the Old Testament

“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 the Bright and Shining Light, the Sun of Righteousness

Jesus' transfiguration

“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 Has the Keys of Hell and Death

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“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

The Seven Stars in the Right Hand of Jesus

“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

Seven Churches – Seven Days of the Gospel Day

Seven churches of Asia

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 – the "Vengeance" of God Sevenfold

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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

To Ephesus, From "Who Walketh in the Midst of the Seven…"

Ephesus Celsus Library Façade

“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

"Trying" the Spirits and Knowing Who is True

Trying the Spirits

“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

Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!

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“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

Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?

heart that loves God

“…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

Historical Dates Identified Within Revelation

Light shining on Bible with clock

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

The Reward of the Righteous Told in 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

True Christians Compared To True Muslims

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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

What Happens When the Candlestick is Removed?

single lighted candle

“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

Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"

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“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

Do You Have an Ear to Hear and Obey?

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“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 Eat of the Tree of Life in Paradise?

Adam and Eve in paradise

“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

Was Dead – But Behold, I Am Alive For Evermore!

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“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

A True Worshiper of Jesus is a Spiritual Jew

Persecution of early Christians

“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

Be Faithful and True to Jesus – Even Unto Death

John in prison being beheaded

“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

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