ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

I Will Bless You Coming In and Going Out

Updated on May 18, 2020
gehill profile image

Gary studies the Word of God and shares what he learns freely. He has an Ph.D. from Bible University of Canada.

Introduction to the Revelation Study

Source

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

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

Source

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

Source

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

Source

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.

  1. The portrayal of Jesus Christ in His future glory with the blessedness of the saints.
  2. 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 "after these things," "Meta tauta," in Greek, were the churches of Revelation 2 and 3. Now we are at Revelation 4 we can divide the following chapters as:

  • The coming Tribulation, chapters 6-19
  • The Millennium, chapter 20
  • The New Heavens and New Earth chapter 21-22.

Thank You for Reading

Source

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

A Short Poll on Bondservants

Are You A Bondservant of Jesus Christ?

See results

Hal Lindsay on Revelation

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Gary E Hill

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • gehill profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary E Hill 

      2 days ago from Madawaska, Maine 04756

      Thank you for your comments. I do appreciate it Eric. Your Christian brother, Gary

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      5 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I never got the notion in Philippians that Christ made of himself of no reputation. Of course he did or he would not have been crucified. ???

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)