I Will Bless You Coming In and Going Out
Introduction to the Revelation Study
Greetings and Welcome to Another Essay on Revelation
Greetings to everyone, yet another essay from scratch by myself. I have been reading recently on the Arabs and how we as Americans do not understand them. That may be true, but how many Arabs understand the diversity of the American people?
Many of them of Arab descent in these United States as well. The Arab countries stretch from Northern Africa to the Sinai Peninsula, encompassing 4.6 million square miles, an area 25 percent larger than the United States.
Revelation - The Divine Source
The Divine Source of Revelation
The Divine Source that God gave Him. The book of Revelation is the Father's gift to the Son in a deep and beautiful sense. It can be said that all Scripture is from God (2 Timothy 3.16). However, the Book of Revelation is of Jesus Christ. It is a Revelation about the soon coming King.
Revelation reveals it is a reward for Jesus Christ's perfect, humble, faithful, holy service in which the Father promised to exalt the Son. Paul said this:
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but [b]made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2.5, 8-11)
Christ's exaltation promised in the last three verses of that passage, is described in detail throughout Revelation. The Book of Revelation chronicles Son's obedience, and His promised inheritance from God the Father, ending in the showing of the full glory of Christ.
The Human Recipients of Revelation 1
The Human Recipients His Bondservants
The Human Recipients to show His bondservants – To further exalt and glorify His Son, the Father has granted to a special group of people the utmost privilege of understanding the Revelation. John describes these people as Christ's "bondservants."
“Doulos” is a Greek word meaning “bondservant.” Many do not understand the role of a bondservant concerning our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. Americans, in particular, instinctively cringe at the thought of servitude, slavery, or bondage. Bondservant, as we speak of it, a willing slave, serving out of love and devotion to his Master. (Exodus 21.5-6)
This, in a nutshell, is why many unbelievers find the Book of Revelation such a mystery. It clearly is not meant for them. It was given by God Almighty to the Son to show those who willingly serve Him. Those who refused to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord cannot expect to understand Revelation.
Paul explained it this way, “A natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually appraised.” (1 Corinthians 2.14) The unbelieving skeptic finds Revelation as nothing but confusion.
Note: The Greek word for “Revelation” appears in the New Testament eighteen times. In Luke 2.32, Simon praised God for the infant Jesus, describing Him as “a Light of Revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel. Simon exulted that the Messiah had been made visible to men.
Paul spoke in Romans 8.19 of the transformation of we believers in glory as “the revealing of the sons of God.” Both Paul (1 Corinthians 1.7) and Peter (1 Peter 1.7) used words to refer to the Revelation of Christ at His second coming.
Suffer Grief in Various Trials
You May Have To Suffer Grief in Various Trials
Let us examine the Peter verse, "In this, you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in various trials so that the authenticity of your faith— more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire— may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,…" (1 Peter 1.6-8)
We haven't seen Jesus Christ as of now, but we love Him and believe in Him and that does cause us to "rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy!" I cannot wait to see Him who loved me enough to die for my sins and rise again on the third day to rule and reign in Heaven.
Revelation Study of the End Times
Revelation Its Prophetic Character
Revelation's emphasis on future events sets this book apart from all other New Testament books. The past is covered in the first four books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The next twenty-two is about the present age we live within. These books cover the life of the church. Revelation, though containing some information on the past (Revelation 1), and the present (Revelation 2 and 3), focuses on the future.
There is a dual emphasis in the book of Revelation.
- The portrayal of Jesus Christ in His future glory with the blessedness of the saints.
- The judgment of unbelievers to eternal punishment.
Believers are not to set the "times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority" (Acts 1.7). Instead, we are to heed the Lord's warning to "be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming" (Matthew 24.42).
The knowledge the events could happen at any time should motivate Christians to lead holy, obedient lives (2 Peter 3.14) In case you didn't know, Revelation is the only book in the New Testament communicated by angels.
Jesus told that to us, "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22.16) Angels gave it to John and played a prominent role in the book also.
Angels being involved in giving the book to John, but also play a significant role in the scenes it portrays. Angels appear in every chapter except Revelation 4 and 13. Revelation 4 declares, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things.".
- The coming Tribulation, chapters 6-19
- The Millennium, chapter 20
- The New Heavens and New Earth chapter 21-22.
Thank You for Reading
Final Thoughts on This Essay
Thank you for reading this essay. It is really the beginning of our study in Revelation. I hope you will come back for additional information on the future from the Bible. Feedback is requested on this essay and all the work at Hubpages.
God's blessings to you, Gary
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