John to the seven churches that
are in Asia:
Grace to you and
from Him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven
who are before His throne;
John to the
seven churches that are in
Seven is the number of
completeness or perfection. So while this book (Revelation 1:11)
is to seven
churches - each
their own individual "letters" in
chapters 2 and 3, it is in a broader sense to all churches and
area "ASIA" was the
greatest missionary activity to
Jews and Gentiles. Paul explains why the Gentiles accepted the gospel
the Jews didn't (Romans
11:25-32). It will be interesting to discover how much of
the middle chapters, is based upon the Jewish tabernacle and
Yet it is the Gentiles who receive the Word most readily.
GRACE to you and PEACE,
"GRACE" was the Greek way
of greeting someone; "PEACE" the Hebrew way.
can only come from God; man is only capable of receiving them.
It is GRACE which allows us
to participate in and have
results from a close fellowship with Jesus Christ (see verse
5); He leaves it with us - John
. It removes trouble and fear.
is and who was and is to
We find God, the Son,
described similarly in
seven spirits who are before
The completeness of the
Holy Spirit is shown here. There is only one
4:4-6), yet He has several ministries. Some believe they are
In any case, the placement
of this phrase between God,
the Son (verse
clearly makes this God,
Spirit. He has a prominent position
God's Throne meaning that the peace He brings is directly from God. See
14:25-27 that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, and Jesus
work closely together.
The Old Testament, in Zechariah
, prophesied of the sevenfold nature of the Holy Spirit and this close
relationship to Jesus Christ, the Top Stone. Note, the salutation of
"GRACE, GRACE" given
at the end....just like our salutation here.
and from Jesus
Christ, the faithful witness, the
dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and
us from our sins by His blood,
The continuation of
the trinity from the previous verse.
- His earthly life of obedience as
given in the
Present - His witness to the condition of the churches both in chapters
2 and 3 and present day.
Future - His finality when all things are consummated under
The world doesn't like His witness (John
7:7) because its the truth (John
18:37) in spite of religious or political leaders who
firstborn of the DEAD and
Christ was the first
one to be raised from death...those of us who
believe this have the same opportunity of resurrection -
This verse is the only
place John uses this expression,
was fond of it. He used it in Romans
1:15-18, and Hebrews
1:6. Christ conquered death in all its forms - creation,
also believes that Psalm
89:27 really refers to the Messiah even though it is written
RULER of the kings of the
John is not clear
which of the above he meant. Maybe all of them.
TO HIM who
a) LOVES US
Romans 8:37-39 and
(past tense) Revelation
from our SINS
by HIS BLOOD,
We, as believers,
do/will overcome the devil
the Lamb (Revelation
can NEVER undo that act of SALVATION
that Jesus Christ did at Calvary and His subsequent resurrection!!
1:6and He has made us to be a
to His God
Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
MADE US to be a KINGDOM,
PRIESTS to HIS GOD and FATHER;
This verse indicates one
of the greatest transformations that takes
place in a believer's life. While here on earth locked in our physical
bodies, and at times not feeling very royal, Christ through His blood (see previous
verse) and its
release makes us
priestly kingdom. The four living
and twenty four elders sing of it before the throne in
In our priestly function,
we, as a group (kingdom), are
sacrifices acceptable to God (1
2:4-10). One of these sacrifices is intercessory prayer. Is
sign of the
that this kind of prayer is so seldom seem among believers today?
The result of our kingdom is
to reign with Him for a
In Old Testament times,
after the children of Israel
the same kingdom and priestly function to the nation of Israel in
. Centuries later it was confirmed through the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah
61:4-9). That is not to say that present day believers
that promise was forever and irrevocable -
TO HIM be
the GLORY and the DOMINION
forever and ever. Amen.
Yet even though we are a
priestly kingdom, we still are His servants. (Revelation 22:3).
As for the earth, Adam was given dominion over it -
Genesis 1:24-26. Adam with his wife Eve, in turn, sold out to
the serpent (Satan) -
Genesis 3:1-7, and now John is saying it really belongs to
God, and He is reclaiming
2:5-10); in fact, that is what the book of Revelation is all
He is coming with the clouds, and
every eye will
Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will
Him. Even so. Amen.
This is an attention
getter. John is saying, Listen up! I have
something important to relay to you.
coming with the clouds,
This is the way Daniel saw
7:13-14, and as Christ Himself said it will be,
Matthew 24:27-30. The cloud has always shielded mankind from
the complete and awesome
and glory of God. We cannot look upon Him directly in our current human
But He (God) has led His children of Israel from Egypt to the promised
using a cloud. Moses was the only one to go up into that cloud to talk
God. He saw flashes of lightning from His right hand (Deuteronomy
33:1-5) just like Christ said His return would be like
east to the west.
EYE will see Him, even those
who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will MOURN over Him.
His coming will be visible
worldwide...and what every eye will see is
given in Revelation
19:11-16. Jude in Jude
14-16 lists some
of those whose eyes will see Christ's coming. He even says that
as far back as Enoch (seven generations from Adam) this was prophesied.
7:9-12) sees the coming in a spiritual light against the
While it is felt that the
reference to "those who
against the Jews and Gentiles (Pilate, Annas, Caiphas, and the Jewish
of the Sanhedrin) directly involved with Christ's death, the
following phrase "and all the tribes of the earth" includes all of us
the "piercing" process.
The physical piercing of
Christ's side by the Roman
an impact on John. For he writes about it in
John 19:31-37 and it shows up here in Revelation again.
John was aware of Zechariah's
prophecy of Christ's return (Zechariah
14:4), of the wounds inflicted by "the house of my friends" (Zechariah
13:6) or of the recognition that the house of David was
mourn over Him (Christ) for having done this (Zechariah
12:10-14), is not known. At any rate, all our sins put Christ
He received this piercing; we all will mourn over Him.
am the Alpha and the Omega," says the
Lord God, "who
was and who is to come, the Almighty."
"I am the
ALPHA and the OMEGA," says
the Lord God,
Here we have the first
words directly spoken by God in the Revelation.
impart the meaning that God is the Beginning and the Ending; Everything
destroyed, transformed, brought to life, and submitted to death as far
we humans are concerned is within God's purview.
This phrase implies
complete occupation of the time
spectrum - Matthew
28:20; but God also occupies all physical space as well -
"who is and
who was and who is to come,
If this sounds familiar,
it should be because it is used in
verse 4 as the description of God, the Father. This phrase
God out beyond
just the Alpha and the Omega (alphabets are uniquely tied to human
that is, it is our way to express concepts, ideas, feelings and
This phrase says that existence of the spiritual is beyond ALL human
and wisdom - Colossians
Literally, this means `the
One who has His hand on everything". The
ALMIGHTY is used 10 times in the New Testament. Nine of them are in the
Revelation...when judgment is pending, we need to know Who is in
to the Revelation of Jesus Christ
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