Revelation Chapter 1
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,
9 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.
11 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.
20 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.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
The Book of the Revelation of St. John consists of two principal divisions. 1. Relates to "the things which are," that is, the then present state of the church, and contains the epistle of John to the seven churches, and his account of the appearance of the Lord Jesus, and his direction to the apostle to write what he beheld, ch. #1:9-20|. Also the addresses or epistles to seven churches of Asia. These, doubtless, had reference to the state of the respective churches, as they then existed, but contain excellent precepts and exhortations, commendations and reproofs, promises and threatenings, suitable to instruct the Christian church at all times. 2. Contains a prophecy of "the things which shall be hereafter," and describes the future state of the church, from the time when the apostle beheld the visions here recorded. It is intended for our spiritual improvement; to warn the careless sinner, point out the way of salvation to the awakened inquirer, build up the weak believer, comfort the afflicted and tempted Christian, and, we may especially add, to strengthen the martyr of Christ, under the cruel persecutions and sufferings inflicted by Satan and his followers.The Divine origin, the design, and the importance of this book. (1-3) The apostle John salutes the seven churches of Asia. (4-8) Declares when, where, and how, the revelation was made to him. (9-11) His vision, in which he saw Christ appear. (12-20)1-3 This book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ; the whole Bible is so; for all revelation comes through Christ, and all relates to him. Its principal subject is to discover the purposes of God concerning the affairs of the church, and of the nations as connected therewith, to the end of the world. These events would surely come to pass; and they would begin to come to pass very shortly. Though Christ is himself God, and has light and life in himself, yet, as Mediator between God and man, he receives instructions from the Father. To him we owe the knowledge of what we are to expect from God, and what he expects from us. The subject of this revelation was, the things that must shortly come to pass. On all who read or hear the words of the prophecy, a blessing is pronounced. Those are well employed who search the Bible. It is not enough that we read and hear, but we must keep the things that are written, in our memories, in our minds, in our affections, and in practice, and we shall be blessed in the deed. Even the mysteries and difficulties of this book are united with discoveries of God, suited to impress the mind with awe, and to purify the soul of the reader, though he may not discern the prophetic meaning. No part of Scripture more fully states the gospel, and warns against the evil of sin.
4-8 There can be no true peace, where there is not true grace; and where grace goeth before, peace will follow. This blessing is in the name of God, of the Holy Trinity, it is an act of adoration. The Father is first named; he is described as the Jehovah who is, and who was, and who is to come, eternal, unchangeable. The Holy Spirit is called the seven spirits, the perfect Spirit of God, in whom there is a diversity of gifts and operations. The Lord Jesus Christ was from eternity, a Witness to all the counsels of God. He is the First-born from the dead, who will by his own power raise up his people. He is the Prince of the kings of the earth; by him their counsels are overruled, and to him they are accountable. Sin leaves a stain of guilt and pollution upon the soul. Nothing can fetch out this stain but the blood of Christ; and Christ shed his own blood to satisfy Divine justice, and purchase pardon and purity for his people. Christ has made believers kings and priests to God and his Father. As such they overcome the world, mortify sin, govern their own spirits, resist Satan, prevail with God in prayer, and shall judge the world. He has made them priests, given them access to God, enabled them to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices, and for these favours they are bound to ascribe to him dominion and glory for ever. He will judge the world. Attention is called to that great day when all will see the wisdom and happiness of the friends of Christ, and the madness and misery of his enemies. Let us think frequently upon the second coming of Christ. He shall come, to the terror of those who wound and crucify him by apostacy: he shall come, to the astonishment of the whole world of the ungodly. He is the Beginning and the End; all things are from him and for him; he is the Almighty; the same eternal and unchanged One. And if we would be numbered with his saints in glory everlasting, we must now willing submit to him receive him, and honour him as a saviour, who we believe will come to be our Judge. Alas, that there should be many, who would wish never to die, and that there should not be a day of judgment!
9-11 It was the apostle's comfort that he did not suffer as an evil-doer, but for the testimony of Jesus, for bearing witness to Christ as the Immanuel, the Saviour; and the Spirit of glory and of God rested upon this persecuted apostle. The day and time when he had this vision was the Lord's day, the Christian sabbath, the first day of the week, observed in remembrance of the resurrection of Christ. Let us who call him "Our Lord," honour him on his own day. The name shows how this sacred day should be observed; the Lord's day should be wholly devoted to the Lord, and none of its hours employed in a sensual, worldly manner, or in amusements. He was in a serious, heavenly, spiritual frame, under the gracious influences of the Spirit of God. Those who would enjoy communion with God on the Lord's day, must seek to draw their thoughts and affections from earthly things. And if believers are kept on the Lord's holy day, from public ordinances and the communion of saints, by necessity and not by choice, they may look for comfort in meditation and secret duties, from the influences of the Spirit; and by hearing the voice and contemplating the glory of their beloved Saviour, from whose gracious words and power no confinement or outward circumstances can separate them. An alarm was given as with the sound of the trumpet, and then the apostle heard the voice of Christ.
12-20 The churches receive their light from Christ and the gospel, and hold it forth to others. They are golden candlesticks; they should be precious and pure; not only the ministers, but the members of the churches; their light should so shine before men, as to engage others to give glory to God. And the apostle saw as though of the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in the midst of the golden candlesticks. He is with his churches always, to the end of the world, filling them with light, and life, and love. He was clothed with a robe down to the feet, perhaps representing his righteousness and priesthood, as Mediator. This vest was girt with a golden girdle, which may denote how precious are his love and affection for his people. His head and hairs white like wool and as snow, may signify his majesty, purity, and eternity. His eyes as a flame of fire, may represent his knowledge of the secrets of all hearts, and of the most distant events. His feet like fine brass burning in a furnace, may denote the firmness of his appointments, and the excellence of his proceedings. His voice as the sound of many waters, may represent the power of his word, to remove or to destroy. The seven stars were emblems of the ministers of the seven churches to which the apostle was ordered to write, and whom Christ upheld and directed. The sword represented his justice, and his word, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, #Heb 4:12|. His countenance was like the sun, when it shines clearly and powerfully; its strength too bright and dazzling for mortal eyes to behold. The apostle was overpowered with the greatness of the lustre and glory in which Christ appeared. We may well be contented to walk by faith, while here upon earth. The Lord Jesus spake words of comfort; Fear not. Words of instruction; telling who thus appeared. And his Divine nature; the First and the Last. His former sufferings; I was dead: the very same whom his disciples saw upon the cross. His resurrection and life; I have conquered death, and am partaker of endless life. His office and authority; sovereign dominion in and over the invisible world, as the Judge of all, from whose sentence there is no appeal. Let us listen to the voice of Christ, and receive the tokens of his love, for what can he withhold from those for whose sins he has died? May we then obey his word, and give up ourselves wholly to him who directs all things aright.
Verity's Revelation Chapter 1 comment about verse 11 on 11/22/2014, 4:51pm...
One has to logically question which version is more accurate before assuming the KJV is incorrect. Research the teams of scholars and years of scrutiny and work that went into a translation from 1611...which is written prior to secular humanism 's subtle hand on the Church evidenced by the current lack of salt and light in this world.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 11/19/2014, 7:07am...
Does baptism save you alone? The answer is no. However, it is part of the salvation plan. If it was not so it would not have been written in the word of God. The preacher must call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. The correct and true baptism will bring about the following Being baptized the correct way, you are baptized unto his death, have put on Christ, buried with him, and the answer of a good conscience toward God. Romans 6 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Galatians 3 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Colossians 2 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 1 Peter 3 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ Everyone needs to be baptized and in the correct way so saith the Word of God.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 11/14/2014, 3:34am...
I would like to add to the comment that I made, which I hope will come out today or tomorrow. I have heard preachers discuss the color of Jesus Christ. To me knowing what color Jesus Christ is does not negate the fact that people under this Dispensation of Grace need to be saved. The message that he brought was not predicated on the color of his skin. The message he brought was to get saved, by being born again of water and spirit. Jesus Christ said it, Peter clarified it on the day of Pentecost, and the Apostles carried out the mission. We are to carry that same message all over the world. No matter how people debate this issue concerning Jesus Christ color this will not change the deep rooted prejudice in America. However, if we can get people to get saved, truly saved, then prejudice will become a thing of the past with them, because they will be striving to live saved and love everybody, help everybody, and strive for equality for everybody.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 11/14/2014, 3:22am...
Hello Gyenyame Flavious Your comment is noted. What I am about to say has no reflection on you. I personally do not care what color Jesus Christ is. See the enemy get us side track on things that has nothing to do with salvation. The purpose and the true meaning of Jesus Christ coming was to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 19 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost . The goal is to get as many people to come to Jesus Christ under this Dispensation of Grace before it is too late. Our mission, those that are truly saved, is to tell everyone the salvation plan. They must follow Acts 2 38 in order to be saved. They must repent, turn from their ways. They must be baptized correctly, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for remission of sins. They must be filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the spirit of God give utterance. This is the most important message in our time. We can discuss what color Jesus Christ is until the cows come home, in the end it has nothing to do with salvation. If you are not saved get saved. If you are saved stay saved before it is too late.
Gyenyame Flavious's Revelation Chapter 1 comment about verse 15 on 11/13/2014, 7:14am...
A feet which looks like brass is not different from the hands. Woolly hair pure negroid features. Amen
Evangleist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 11/12/2014, 1:13pm...
Peter on the day of Pentecost declared what it took to be saved, Acts 38 thru 40. Then in Acts 4 12 states Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. I do not teach tradition, but I do teach the Word of God. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ. We symbolically join him on his journey through his death, burial, and resurrection by following Acts 2 38. You must be born again of water and spirit. This is what Jesus told Nicodemus, John Chapter 3. The water is being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Being born of spirit is being filled with the Holy Ghost according to the Day of Pentecost. The prophet Isaiah spoke about it in Isaiah 28 11.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 11/09/2014, 3:34pm...
Hello La Jeaune Womack The rapture is very real. Please read 1 Thessalonians 4 12 thru 18. If it was not real then God would not have let it be written in the Bible. All scripture is given by the inspiration of God 2 Timothy 3 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness I assure you with humble heart, I am not teaching any falsehoods to anyone. I am saved by God 's mercy and grace. I followed Acts 2 38.
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