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.
La Jeaune Womack's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/29/2014, 4:25pm...
I believe that Revelation is near I also believe that every human has an opinion on what they believe or thank whats going to take place. I also believe that words can 't give a clearer picture of the actual event that will take place one day. I believe that we should always be prepare because no human really don 't know when, how, or where this transformation is going to take place. Be bless in the Lord
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/27/2014, 11:16am...
Part 2 of 2 If you are referring to the Great White Throne Judgment as the cut off point for man to be saved then I think you are mistaken. If you referring to the Great White Throne Judgment is how long God will tolerate sin, I think you are mistaken. Hebrews 9 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment The gauntlet is thrown down. People either get saved under this dispensation following Acts 2 38 or they are lost except I believe the innocence of children under the age of accountability and the unborn . There is no way around this. We can debate all day, but the truth still remains the truth.
Insight 777's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/27/2014, 6:39am...
Jesus called himself the Son of God before he was crucified. He died because of sin in the world. He was sinless. Jesus taught mankind to live in peace, to love one another and to love God. Jesus taught the words of God as God commanded him. Jesus said, I judge no man. It is God who judges and passes the verdict to Jesus who carries out the destruction of evil. It is revealed, the revelation of Jesus that John wrote about, that there is a cut off point at the end of days when God will judge mankind and Jesus will be given the task of carrying out Gods judgement on the evil people of the world. At that point Jesus can no longer save any wicked person on earth. His role of savior at that point is only for the people that kept Gods word. At that point Jesus is no longer gentle and loving, teaching thou shall not kill. Jesus then takes on the role of evil, the son of man, without compassion or remorse as he kills the people of the world that have followed the ways of Satan therefore saving the righteous people that remain on the earth. The revelation is when Jesus is given his orders from God and transforms from the Son of God to the Son of man.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/23/2014, 6:05pm...
I am resubmitting this again Part 5 of 6 Also during this time for the earth there is another event that will take place called the Millennium Period or the time of 1000 years of peace. There is controversy over exactly when the 1000 years of peace will take place. Some scholars say that the thousand years of peace will happen between the first three and a half years and the second three and a half years. However, I believe that this event will take place after the time of tribulation suffering is done. Then will Satan be bound and thrown into the bottomless pit known as hell for 1000 years. God s time is not our time, 2 Peter 3 8 But, beloved, no ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day .
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/23/2014, 6:03pm...
I am resubmitting this again Part 4 of 6 The second half of these seven years, which is the other three and a half years, will be filled with torment. One thing that will happen during this time of torment is the fact that death will flee from people, Revelation 9 6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them . Can you imagine your body being in a state of death, as we know it today, and you cannot die? You will suffer horribly because death has taken flight. How long this will take place? Well according to the scripture death will flee during the time of the fifth trumpet and the torment during this time will be for five months. So I would imagine five months being the answer, Revelation 9 1 thru 10.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/22/2014, 7:05am...
Part 3 of 6 The first three and half years life is going to go on as if all is well with the exception of the many explanations of what happened to all the people that were raptured out of this world. Also with the exception that everyone will have to take the mark of the beast in order to buy, sell, and survive, The Beast Coming up out of the Earth Revelation 13 16 thru 18.
Evangelsit Chatauna Robinson's Revelation Chapter 1 comment on 10/22/2014, 7:04am...
Part 2 of 6 There is seven years during this tribulation. The salvation during this time is that the people who are left here to face the tribulation period must not take the mark of the beast. Anyone who is left here during this time will have to make a decision to either take the mark of the beast, which is 666 or be beheaded, Revelation 20 4. If the people who are left here decide to lose their natural lives be beheaded they will go straight to Heaven. .
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