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Rev. 2:1-7

2/12/10 V. 1, “To the angel…” Obviously these letters were written to the people in the seven churches. So when each begins “To the angel in…” the angel refers to the people who are the messengers. The three angels later in Rev 14 are the same situation–God’s people as messengers. “The one who holds [you] in his right hand and the one who walks among [his church] says…”

V. 2, Jesus is proud of the way they are working and persevering even in difficult circumstances. He appreciates that they don’t allow evil to exist among them unopposed. He appreciates that they test those who desire to be messengers for him but when they are not abiding in Jesus they are understood to be false.

V. 3, God obviously places great value in enduring hard work for his sake.

V. 4, Still, though, in spite of the hard work and endurance they had lost their first love. First love is frantic about pleasing, enthusiastic about sharing, desperate for deepening relationship, joyful in being together. First love thinks of very little else beyond the love. Basic necessities and necessary decisions are made but all of life revolves around the relationship. That’s what first love looks like and that is what we have lost–or have never even had in some cases.

V. 5, God calls us to recall first love, remember the honeymoon when he was all to us. Repent by returning to that place and begin to act like you did then. If we don’t we will not continue to have a church. God will not allow an unlit lampstand to continue to stand silent. Such a situation of less than first love is a matter of repentance.

V. 6, As a good lover he doesn’t end on a negative note. He voices his appreciation that they hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans who claimed that deeds don’t affect the soul. They felt that one can do anything without risking salvation.

V. 7, “He who has an ear, spiritually speaking, pay attention to what the Spirit is saying here. If we will overcome this sort of condition of relaxing our love we will be rewarded eternal life with God.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Rev. 1:15-20

2/11/10 His feet were like glowing (fired) metal. His voice was like the voice of many waters, or his sound was like the sound of many waters–same Greek word.

V. 16, The two-edged sword is literally a “two-mouthed” sword. And his face shone like the power of the sun.

V. 17, John sees Him and immediately collapses, and Jesus, knowing John well, tenderly puts his hand on him and says, “Don’t fear. I am the First and the Last.”

V. 18, He is alive, became dead, and is alive again, and now, as a result, holds the keys to death and the grave.

V. 19, Then John is told to write what he saw, what he is seeing, and what he is about to see.

V. 20, What John saw was mysterious to Him, so Jesus tells him that the symbols of the stars are the angels of the seven churches and the lampstands are the churches.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Rev. 1:9-14

1/10/10 V. 9, John is writing. He was on Patmos because of the word of God (being faithful to it) and the testimony of Jesus (he had the gift of prophecy and shared it in a way that was a witness of Jesus).

V. 10, The Spirit of God came upon John in a way he recognized on the Lord’s day, which I believe was Sabbath. From behind him he heard a voice, loud like a trumpet saying,

V. 11, “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches…” and then names which ones, since there were actually more than seven.

This was to be one long vision because he was to write it in a book. And he’s not making it up, he’s describing in his own words what he sees. And it’s all for the purpose of the seven churches reading it.

V. 12, Then John turns to see who is speaking, so he must have been audibly hearing. When he looked he saw seven olden lampstands, representing seven churches.

V. 13, Among the lampstands stood Jesus in human form, dressed in a robe to his feet, a golden sash across his chest.

V. 14, His hair was white and eyes like fire.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Rev. 1:1-9

2/9/10 John, concerned for the churches, receives a revelation of Jesus, which he is told to send to the churches, so that they can hear and understand the things soon to take place. Rev 22:10 says that the words are not sealed up and 22:7 gives the blessing again for those who “heed” (keep, guard, obey, observe) the words of the book. So obviously the hearers in the seven churches understood the future to some degree from hearing Revelation.

In v. 2 John “testifies” to the word of God and the “testimony” of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of prophecy. In other words he was Holy Spirit inspired in what he wrote.

This is all happening because the time of the Second Coming is near.

So John begins his letter as usual wishing grace and peace for God’s people, from the Trinity–God the Father (who was, is, and is to come), the Holy Spirit (seven spirits), and Jesus Christ.

John dedicates this and acknowledges and glorifies Jesus the one who loves us and released us from sin by his blood in order to make us a kingdom of priests, or as Peter put is in 1 Pet 2:9 a “royal priesthood” to his God and Father.

The cross figures into all of this very prominently, as does the Second Coming. All of Revelation hangs on these two poles. The Father announces, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the one who is and who was and who is to come.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized