Revelation 2:12-17

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.[a] 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’  Revelation 2:12-17

Pergamos was the chief city of Mysia in Asia Minor.  It was a city known for its wickedness.  It is the third of the seven messages that Jesus gives to the seven churches.  Again it is a church that existed during the time of the Apostle John but also speaks to a spiritual condition that has existed within the body of Christ throughout the church age.  It is important when the Lord gives rebukes during these seven messages that we pay attention and heed the warning of the Lord.  The purpose of scripture is to teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness as found in 2 Timothy 3:16.

The one who has the sharp two edged sword is Jesus Christ Himself.  When He returns in Revelation 19, a sharp two edged sword proceeds from His mouth to destroy the anti-Christ and his forces.  The sharp two edged sword is simply a description of the word of God that is found in Hebrews chapter 4.

The Lord begins His message to the church of Pergamos by high lighting that which they have done well.  They have held fast to the faith even when one of their own Antipas was martyred.  When the Lord states He knows where Satan’s throne dwells it speaks to the utter wickedness of this city where this church was found.  When Jesus is about to bring rebuke and correction He does so in love.  Every time He addresses one of these churches, He is speaking to His bride.  But correction must come when things are out of order.  Correction is important for things to be rightly done in the body of Christ.

The message of correction the Lord brings is that within the church in Peramos there were those who held to the doctrines of Balaam who were taking part in food sacrificed to idols and in sexual immorality.  In Acts 15:20 after the Jerusalem council has taken place the early apostles said that Gentile believers should abstain from food sacrificed to idols and sexual immorality.  Both of these were stumbling blocks to gentile believers as they were a prominent part of pagan culture.  Those coming out of a pagan Gentile culture would have been well award of these practices and to continue in them would have brought destruction into the life of a believer.

Balaam in the Old Testament is introduced in Numbers chapter 22.  He was a prophet and was paid by Balak who was king of Moab to curse the Israelites.  But every time he tried to open his mouth, he was only able to bless Israel.   But Balaam instead came up with a diabolical plan to entice the Israelites to have sexual relations with foreign women and it ended up placing them in bondage and brought the judgment of the Lord upon them.

In this church what was taking place is that false teachers existed who were teaching doctrines that were not in accordance with God and His word.  They most likely were distorting the grace of God and encouraging people that it was okay to indulge in sin since they were covered by God’s grace.  We see this same problem at work in the church today as some have distorted the truth of God’s grace for financial gain and building large ministries.  What you end up with is people claiming to follow Christ but still living in bondage to sin.

The doctrines of the Nicolaitans were simply false doctrines that were trying to infiltrate and corrupt the local fellowship in Pergamos.  There will always exist those who desire to be instruments of Satan to try to weave their way in and corrupt the bride of Christ.  This is why sound doctrine is so important because when we diligent study God’s word and know His word, we will not be taken captive by the deceptive doctrines of demons that have influenced many.

The corrective word of the Lord is to repent quickly.  When we are convicted by the Holy Spirit about something we are involved in or doing that we know we should not, it is important for us to repent quickly and turn from those things.  Time and again the Lord says in scripture that He comes quickly.  No man knows the day or hour and that is why we should live each day in holy expectation of His return.

The Lord again says he who has ears to hear.  Spiritual understanding is so vital and only happens as we develop deep intimacy with Jesus Christ.  When the priority of our lives becomes spending time with the Lord in His presence we will develop ears that are very sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Great rewards wait for those who endure until the end.  Enduring till the end is so important in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  When we make a decision to follow Christ that is the beginning of a journey that takes place through a life time.  To endure till the end requires that we daily abide in Him and take part of His word.  The diligent study of God’s word will transform our minds and our lives.

Hidden Manna points to Heavenly Manna that awaits those who endure until the end.  A white stone speaks of a memorial and the color white speaks of something without spot or blemish.  Those who endure till the end will be greatly rewarded and honored in God’s kingdom.  May we live each day with the knowledge and understanding that this world is not our home.  Our home is heaven and one day we shall rule and reign with Him for all eternity.

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Revelation 2:8-11

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,

‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’  Revelation 2:8-11

This second letter is to the local church that meets in Smyrna.  The city of Smyrna was located 40 miles north of Ephesus.  Polycarp who was a well known disciple of the apostle John was located in Smyrna and would be martyred in 155 AD.

Jesus is the first and the last, who was dead and came to life.  In each of the seven messages the Lord introduces Himself and in this message the Lord refers to Himself as the first and the last.  Everything begins with God and He is the one who brings all things to an end.  We know that Jesus went to the cross and died upon the cross, but He overcame the grace and rose from the dead.

The believers in Smyrna were severely persecuted and the Lord high lights the persecution and the suffering they are facing.  But through it all the Lord calls them rich.  In this world we have it backwards.  We think if we are loaded with material goods that we are rich.  But the richness that the Lord speaks of is richness in His kingdom.  For those who suffer upon this earth will be greatly rewarded in God’s kingdom.  We must always remember that this world is not our home.  We are here for a very short period of time.

There are those who were persecuting the believers in Smyrna who claimed to be Jews, but the Lord referred to them as a Synagogue of Satan because their actions were empowered by the demonic.  Their persecution was authored by Satan and they were deceived by Satan believing they were doing the work of God by persecuting the believers in Smyrna.

The Lord told the believers not to fear the persecution they were about to face.  They would be thrown in prison and their faith would be tested for a short time.  Those who endured until the end were promised a crown of life.  Believers today are being martyred on a daily basis because of their faith in Jesus Christ.  They suffer greatly in this world, but in God’s kingdom they shall receive a great reward.  For all those who endure until the end shall receive the crown of life and will rule and reign with the Lord for all eternity.

Again the Lord speaks of having ears to hear and speaks of having spiritual understanding of the message being given hear.  For this message not only stood for the church in Smyrna, but for every church and believer who suffers persecution there is great comfort in this message.  For those who endure until the end will not face the second death.  The second death is the lake of fire where all those who rejected Jesus Christ will spend all eternity.  May we endure until the end and keep our eyes and hearts fixed upon Jesus Christ.

Revelation 2:1-7

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’ Revelation 2:1-7

This first is the seven messages is to the church in Ephesus. It is important to realize that these churches existed at this time but also speak to spiritual conditions that can exist in any church or an individual and it's important for use to study these seven messages and learn from them and be challenged by them. The reason many struggle is they are simply ignorant of God's word.

The one who holds the seven stars and walks in the midst of the seven lamp stands is Christ alone. This designates who is giving this message. It is also important to realize that five of the seven messages were rebukes. Many think Jesus is simply meek and mild but they fail to understand He is not only the lamb, He is also the lion. He is in the center of all that is taken place in the body of Christ. He is the foundation on which everything is built on.

Jesus begins His message to Ephesus highlighting all the good they are accomplishing as a church. It is important to recognize that before the Lord begins His rebuke that He begins by high lighting what they are doing correctly. The Lord does not ask us to be perfect, but He does call us to obedience. Obeying the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The issue that existed in the church in Ephesus is that they had left their first love. They were doing all these things outwardly that would seem were in obedience and according to the leading of the Lord. But their hearts were far from the Lord. We may honor God with our lips, but our hearts will never be hidden from Him.

The Lord calls them to repentance. To remember what they did at first and returned. This happens in the lives of many when they first come to Christ their hearts are fully given over to the Lord. But as time goes on they may drift and this is why we are commanded in scripture to endure and abide in Him. Because apart from Him we have nothing. The opportunity to repent is always before us. It simply means to turn from wickedness and sin, and to turn fully to the Lord. It requires that we change direction and begin pursuing Christ with our whole heart and being.

The Lord ends each of the seven messages with saying he who has ears to hear. He speaks of hearing and discerning with our spiritual ears. That there are many today who claim to be in Christ but do not have ears to hear. If we desire to have ears to hear it requires that we pursuit Him with our whole heart and become a person of His presence.

To Him who overcomes speaks of those who endure until the end. Throughout this life we will be tested and those who have true authentic faith will endure the test. But those who simply claim to follow Christ but their hearts are not His will not endure. It is not by accident we come to salvation but because of the powerful work of the Holy Spirit. The tree of life will be found in the new Heaven and the new Earth. Only those who are saved will partake of the tree of life. For the tree of life provides eternal life. This is why after Adam and Eve sinned they had to be removed from the Garden of Eden. For those who endure until the end and abide in Him, we will forever live in His kingdom ruling and reigning with Him. This life is but a breath and shadow compared to eternity.

Revelation 1:19-20

Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches. Revelation 1:19-20

John is instructed to write that which he has seen. John is physically seeing this vision with his eyes and hearing with his ears. The things John is to write considering the things which are, are chapters 2 and 3 which concern the seven churches and points to seven spiritual conditions that have existed through out the church age. The number seven represent fullness or completion.

The things which will take place after this refers to chapters 4 and beyond which points to everything that will take place when the bride is gone. Once the bride has been removed the wrath and judgment of God will be poured out upon the earth.

The Lord explains the mystery concerning the seven stars and the seven lamp stands. Angels are ministering spirits that assist us upon the earth and come alongside us. An angel is placed over each church. But the Angels work in concert with us. Our prayers strengthen and activate the angels of heaven. Churches that place a priority and emphasis on corporate prayer and intercession will see the power of God present.

The seven lamp stands are the seven churches described in chapters 2 and 3. A lamp stand gives light and represent the eternal light of God's glory. When a church is walking in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit the light and glory of God's presence will shine brightly and be present. But when a church walks in disobedience the warning from the Lord stands. That if they fail to repent their lamp stand will be removed. But God always calls His people to repent because repentance is the key in seeing God's plans and purposes fulfilled in our midst.

Revelation 1:10-11

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:10-11

When John speaks about being in the Spirit, He refers to receiving the vision of revelation. We must remember that all John wrote in Revelation was based on a vision he received from the Lord. When God gives someone a vision the person feels as if they have stepped into a reality and all they are seeing before them they are seeing with their eyes.

On the Lord's day points to John receiving this on Sunday. Under the Old Covenant the nation of Israel honored the Sabbath which was Saturday for it honored the day the Lord rested during creation. But under the new covenant through Jesus Christ the Lord's day is Sunday for it is the day that Jesus rose from the dead.

The voice that John hears behind him is the voice of the Lord and is loud like a trumpet. When the Lord calls His bride home before His wrath is poured out on the earth will be the last trumpet. And John heat can only compare the intensity and majesty of God's voice to a loud trumpet.

John hears the voice behind Him call Himself the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. John knows that this is Jesus Himself speaking to him. Just because a person receives a vision doesn't mean it is from the Lord. Satan through out the history of man have given individuals false visions which have led to incredible deception, which inevitably has led to many of the cults and false religions around the world. John on the island of Patmos as an old man would have had a very difficult time in exile and the Lord made it very clear to him who indeed was speaking to him.

The Lord tells John what you see write in a book. Again John is receiving a physical vision from the Lord playing in front of him like a movie. Much of what John will see will overwhelm him and may even frighten him at points. But in the end John would see the final victory of the Lord over wickedness on the earth.

John again is called to send this to the seven churches. Much of what we find written in the New Testament were original letters that the Holy Spirit inspired men to write to local churches and individuals. God throughout history has sustained His word by His mighty power and grace. Revelation is a book we should diligently study as it will strengthen our faith and increase our understanding of God and His kingdom.

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was [a]in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a [b]rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.  Revelation 4:1-4

John hears a voice like a trumpet.  I believe John is representative of the body of Christ because he writes after these things I saw a door standing open and a voice that sounded like a trumpet, come up here.  The things John refers to is the seven messages to the seven churches and those seven churches represent the church age.  John being called to Heaven is representative of the bride of Christ being called home before the seven year tribulation begins.  What John sees in Heaven is what we shall see when we are raptured and taken home.  John is also told he will be shown what must take place after these things.

Theses things to take place are the judgments and events that will take place during the seven year tribulation.  The seven year tribulation will be a time of God’s judgment on the earth and Jesus has come to save us from the wrath of Almighty God.  This is why I truly believe the body of Christ will not go through the seven year tribulation.  God’s plan is not that His bride would suffer His wrath.  This is why Jesus took the wrath and punishment that we deserved.

John immediately finds himself in the spirit and in his vision he sees God on the throne.  All that John sees is what we shall see someday when we stand before the Lord.  On this earth we see things with our physical eyes and it keeps us from seeing things in God’s kingdom and the spiritual realm.  But when God opens our eyes to see past the physical realm we are able to look into the spiritual realm.

John sees God in all His glory and it must have been something to behold.  John was exiled to the island of Patmos and until this vision came he would have spent much of his time alone as he was sent there to die as an old man.  But what a refreshing thing from the Lord as John received one of the greatest visions in scripture.  He was given a glimpse into things to come and it has been written down for our benefit to be studied.

The rainbow that surrounds God’s throne represents God’s promises to us and His faithfulness to keep His promises.  We must remember it was God who told Noah that the rainbow would be a symbol to humanity of God’s promise to not flood the earth again.  The emerald, sardius, and jasper simply represent the beauty and majesty of who God is.  God’s majesty and beauty is greater than we can even comprehend.  Some day we shall see Him face to face.

Around the throne sit twenty four elders on twenty four thrones with twenty four crowns on their head.  The twenty four elders represent both the saints of old and the bride of Christ under the new covenant.  There were twelve tribes of Israel and twelve apostles.  Twelve is representative of government in God’s kingdom and the number twenty four is representative of the saints that have come for all time up to this point.  Some day we shall find our selves before the throne of God and be able to behold the majesty and beauty of all that He is.

The crowns represent victory and all those who have overcome and remained faithful to the Lord shall receive a crown of victory.  We are called to abide and walk with the Lord all our days.  Choosing to follow Jesus is not a one time decision, but is a daily decision to surrender all of our lives unto Him.  God is in control of all things and no matter how difficult the times we face and how wicked things become on the earth we must simply keep our eyes fixed upon the Lord and bring all things before Him in prayer.  Every battle belongs unto Him and He alone shall lead us to victory.

If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the [k]Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will [l]spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  Revelation 3:14-22

The issue facing the church in Laodicea was a spiritual condition of lukewarmness.  They believed themselves to be in right standing with God because they were physically wealthy and believed themselves to be blessed.  But in truth they were wretched before the Lord because they were lukewarm and their hearts were far from the Lord.  He was calling them to buy gold refined in the fire which meant to pursue the Lord with all their heart because when we are truly pursuing the Lord we will be refined by the refiners fire.

The Lord called them to buy eye salve so that they would indeed have eyes to see.  They were blinded by their lukewarmness and were unable to see what the Lord truly desired.  The Lord was calling them to go to a much deeper place with Him.  To let go of the things of this world and to desire the Lord and His kingdom alone.

Worldly wealth has a way of putting out a person’s spiritual fire who is fervently seeking the Lord.  I have seen this happen time and again as a person who has hit rock bottom cries out to God and comes into relationship with Him.  They begin on fire with the Lord, but as things turn around and become very comfortable the fire that use to burn within them begins to wane and eventually their relationship with the Lord is no longer a priority.

There is nothing wrong with worldly wealth if it is used for the purposes of God’s kingdom.  But we must check our hearts daily to make sure our hearts are fully give over to the Lord.  There are great rewards that await those who faithfully serve the Lord and walk with Him all their days.

One of the great rewards of abiding in the Lord and faithfully serving Him is simply enjoying His presence.  The more time we spend alone with the Lord the more His presence becomes tangible in our lives.  No matter where we are we will sense His presence and we begin to experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of.

Also those who faithfully serve the Lord will rule and reign with Him in His kingdom.  Salvation is a free gift from the Lord.  It is by faith alone.  It cost Jesus and incredible price, but all who place their faith and trust in Jesus receive salvation freely.  But all of us will stand before the judgment seat of the Lord someday and the faithfulness of our lives will be judged.  Those who have been found faithful with the gifts and talents they were given will be greatly rewarded.  But those who failed to walk faithfully will enter Heaven as one escaping from the flames.

Let us faithfully serve the Lord daily.  Let us seek Him daily and seek to have eyes to see and ears to hear.  As we seek the Lord and seek Him for wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and revelation He will pour out greater understanding in our lives.  All that we need is found through simply seeking Jesus.

 

 

Write the things which you have seen

19 Write[i] the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw[j] are the seven churches.  Revelation 1:19-20

We must remember that all that John writes in the book of Revelation is from the vision he received from the Lord.  This is why the Lord tells him to write all that he has seen.  The Lord also begins to reveal to John what each things has meant that John has seen.  We must also remember that this is a vision that John is seeing and many times in a vision, what the person seeing it is seeing actual symbols that have a much greater and deeper meaning.  Usually that meaning is revealed by the Holy Spirit when we take time to meditate upon it and pray about it.

The Lord reveals the mystery about the seven stars and the seven lampstands.  The seven stars are representative the seven angels who preside over the seven churches which are represented by the lampstands.  We must remember that in God’s kingdom and in His word the number seven represents completion, maturity, or perfection.  We see thing in God creating the world in seven days.  Also when the Lord speaks of the seven spirits of God before His throne.  The number seven is representative for perfection or completion.

So even though these seven churches are actually seven churches that existed during John’s day they also represent the body of Christ throughout the church age.  These seven churches represent different spiritual conditions that exist within the body of Christ and have existed throughout the entire church age.  You may find all seven of these conditions within the same local church depending on how large and diverse that church is.

The seven messages have been written down by John because they are meant to be studied and meditated on by the body of Christ.  What is amazing is when we fail to study history we tend to repeat it.  What is incredible is that those who fail to study and rightly divide God’s word will repeat the mistakes of the generations that have gone before them.  God has given us examples of those who have gone before us to teach us and protect us.

Revelation is not meant to be a book that is to remain a mystery.  Many fail to study and open it because they are simply scared of it and fail to take the time to truly seek the Lord upon the meaning of His word.  God’s desire is to give us understanding in all things and He desires to pour out deep understanding into our hearts.  But like a man searching after diamonds or gold we must mine it with all that is within us.  Jesus Christ and His word must become the pursuit and obsession of our lives.  When we seek after the Lord with our whole heart is when we will begin to have eyes that see, ears that hear, and a heart that understands.

I fell at His feet as dead

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me,[h] “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.  Revelation 1:17-18

John is overwhelmed by the glory of Jesus and His only response is to fall down as dead.  Let us remember that John walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry and even referred to himself in the gospel he wrote as the disciple Jesus loved.  John walked in deep intimacy with the Lord and this is evident from the gospel he wrote and the letters he wrote.  John knew Jesus well, but when John saw Jesus in all His glory the only way he was able to respond was to fall down as dead.

Jesus response to John is to tell him to not be afraid.  This reminds me of Joshua when he stood before the angel of the Lord.  Joshua had an incredible task before him of leading the nation of Israel into the promised land.  Any person would naturally experience fear, but the angel of the Lord declared unto Joshua on several occasions to not be afraid.  Many times what the world fails to understand is the glory and the power of the risen Lord.  He has been given all authority by the Father.  When Jesus returns He shall return in all His glory.

Jesus is the first and the last and He is the one who alone has overcome the grave.  No matter what we face upon this earth we have nothing to fear.  Jesus has overcome the grave and He told us in this world we will have trouble but to fear not, He has overcome the world.  Though things at times might seem overwhelming when we view things through our natural eyes, we must view all things through our spiritual eyes.

Jesus holds the keys of death and hades.  Keys represent authority because it is with keys that doors are locked and unlocked.  Jesus holds all authority in His hands.  We need to take time each day to get alone with the Lord in the place of prayer and the study of God’s word.  There is something supernatural that takes place as we get alone with the Lord in His presence.  He desires to strengthen us and minister to our hearts.

Let us press on each day and keep our eyes focused and fixed upon Jesus.  We are victorious because of who Jesus is and what He has done.  No matter how we feel and what emotions we may be experiencing, we are victorious.  The key to walking in victory and freedom is simply through developing deep intimacy and fellowship with Jesus Christ.  He is alive forevermore and sits at the right hand of the Father.  He is returning soon for His bride who is prepares on a daily basis.  He is setting us apart and refining us for His return.  Pray to have eyes to see and ears to hear.  Great things are ahead.

 

His head and hair were white like wool

14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.  Revelation 1:14-16.

John is seeing Jesus in all His glory.  The sad truth for many who fail to study the book of Revelation is that they only know Jesus as the suffering servant who first came to earth.  But when we examine and study the book of Revelation we see Jesus in all His glory.  He sits at the right hand of the Father and He shall soon return for His bride.

Jesus hair being white like wool speaks of His eternal nature.  Though Jesus was born on the earth, He has always existed.  He has no beginning and no end.  The first time He came to the earth He emptied Himself of all His glory, but He shall return in His full glory as the conquering King that He is.

His feet being as fine brass refined in a furnace speaks of His perfection.  There is no corruption in Him and He is perfect in every way.  When He walked the earth He was tested in every way and never once sinned.  He was the perfect sacrifice for humanity for all time.  All those who call Him Lord and Savior are covered by His precious blood and their sin no longer remains.  In Christ our righteousness is found alone.

His voice being as mighty waters speaks of His power and His majesty.  He spoke all things into existence and through Him all things were created.  When the Heavens and Earth were created the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit will all involved.  There is a perfect unity that exist with in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that we cannot grasp with our finite human minds.

The right hand is the hand of authority and within His right hand He holds the seven stars.  We will come to find out later that the seven stars represent the seven angels who preside over the seven churches.  Jesus holds all things in His hands and has been given all authority.  He has given His authority to all those who call upon His name and give Him their lives.

The two edged sword is the word of God that proceeds out of His mouth and some day when He returns to judge the world and establish His kingdom, He will speak forth and destroy the anti-Christ, the false prophet, and the armies of the earth.  None can stand before Him and at His name every knee shall bow, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

His countenance is like the sun shinning in all its strength.  If you have ever spent time near the equator or where there is consistent sunshine you know the strength the sun has when it shines in all its strength.  The bottom line is the vision John saw of Jesus took His breath away and John simply described it the best way that he could.  But in all actuality there are not words enough to describe the majesty and beauty of Jesus Christ.

As followers of Christ we will one day spend all eternity with the Lord.  Every moment of eternity we will be able to walk with Him and never leave His presence.  We will see Him face to face and it is not something that we can fully grasp now.  The greatest aspect of Heaven is not the rewards, it is being able to see our savior face to face, hear His voice and know that we will never leave His presence.  Keep pressing on my friend because the hour of His return for His bride draws near.