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Revelation Chapter 1

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John:

Commentary


It is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Which God gave to Him, to give to us to show us the things that must shortly take place. The revelation was given to John for us by an angel.

Rev 1:2 Who bore testimony of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Rev 1:3 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.

Commentary.

Verse 3 notes we are Blessed if we read, hear and keep the words. God told Adam to keep the garden Strong's Bible Dictionary says, Keep means to guard and protect…some believe God told Adam about Satan and told him to guard and protect the garden from it him. We are to keep the word God gives us that is to guard and protect from Satan unless he steals it from us making the word null and void …useless in our lives. We are blessed if read, hear and do what's in this prophecy…but if we let Satan steal it from us we forfeit the blessing.

Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne;

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John wishes us grace and peace from God and the seven spirits and Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness…The seven spirits are the seven spirits proceeding from the Holy Spirit they are the spirit of wisdom, the spirit of understanding, the spirit of counsel, the spirit of might, the spirit of knowledge and the spirit of the fear of the Lord

Rev 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. To him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

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John Gill: being the first that rose from the dead by his own power, and to an immortal life; for though some few were raised before him, yet not by themselves, nor to live forever, but to die again. moreover,

We also read that Jesus is the prince of the Kings of the earth…Ellicots commentary: Jesus is above all emperors and kings, above all armies and multitudes, the Crucified one, rules and directs the course of history.

Jesus washed us from our sins in his own blood - He has cleansed us of sins guilt and power we are no longer bond slaves to sin

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Commentary.

Henry Morris notes the slaves that Jesus set free have become kings and priests and will reign with Him as noted in Rev 20:6 which reads as, Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Commentary Jesus will return…I recently heard someone that Jesus has already come the second time but that is not true because when He returns all will see it…He will come with thousands of angels at His side to reap and gather those who will receive eternal life and those who are not His, will reap eternal damnation Matthew 13:30 and Revelation 14:15 and John 5:29

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

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Alpha is the first letter, and Omega the last in the Greek alphabet, it was common to use the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet to denote the whole of anything, from beginning to end.

Rev 1:9 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.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.

Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Commentary


The Churches are represented by candlesticks (or 'lamp-stands'), because they are made to shed the-light of truth and goodness derived from Christ the light of the world, upon the world around them. The flame is supported by the oil of the Holy Spirit:

Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying to me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Rev 1:18 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.

Commentary 
He is eternal: “I always live - have lived through all the past, and will live through all which is to come - and therefore I can accomplish all my promises, and execute all my purposes.”

He died the death of the cross, for the sins of his people, in due time, and but once; and it was but a short time he was held under the power of death, and will never die any more:

He was always alive as God, or he was always the living God, and ever will be; and he is now alive as man, and will forever continue so; and he is alive to God, he lives by him, with him, and to his glory; and he is alive to the benefit and advantage of his redeemed ones, for whom he died; he ever lives to make intercession for them; he rose again from the dead for their justification."

He also notes in verse 18 that He has the keys of hell and of death - Gill notes The word rendered “hell” - ᾅδης Hadēs, “Hades” - refers properly to the underworld; the abode of departed spirits; the region of the dead. This was represented as dull and gloomy; as enclosed with walls; as entered through gates which were fastened with bolts and bars…To hold the key of this, was to hold the power over the invisible world. It was the more appropriate that the Saviour should represent himself as having this authority, as he had himself been raised from the dead by his own power (compare Joh_10:18), thus showing that the dominion over this dark world was entrusted to him.

Rev 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Rev 1:20 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.

Commentary

The chapter concludes with Jesus telling John to write down the things which he saw and things which are and the things which will come. He is to write about the mystery of the seven stars which are the angels of the seven churches and the seven golden candle sticks.

One author noted that the world also has stars, they are movie stars, basketball, football stars etc. And they are seen as light worthy of public esteem.

Can we say  Jesus is the only Star worthy of public esteem?

Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.

He is the only star we should follow and try to emulate simply because He loved us and washed away our sins with His own blood and has conferred upon us a kingdom, where we serve as Kings and Priests, now and in the age to come.



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