October 19, 2006
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave
unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
In the original
Greek, the word "revelation" is apokalypsis. It means a disclosure, an appearing, or manifestation, to be revealed, or coming,
as in coming to an understanding. (Source: Strong's G602) Thayer's Greek Definitions adds this: to lay bare, make naked, a
disclosure of truth, instruction, concerning things unknown before, made visible what was invisible. There are three Greek
words used for revelation in the New Testament. I want to look at them, where they are found, and see what the Lord would
teach me about this because I know my greatest need is for a better and deeper understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ and
who He is. The three words are apokalypsis, parousia, and epiphaneia. Looking at them, I have a vague understanding of the
first, because this is where we get our word "apocalypse" from. I believe the last is where we get the word "epiphany".
we receive a fuller understanding and vision of Christ in His holiness, (which we must diligently seek in order to receive)
and of His perfection and power and begin to really understand His absolute sovereignty over all life, that will be an apocalyptic
event to us personally. It will change us forever. There are a few glimpses of this in action in the Scripture. Consider how
Job reacted, in Job 42 after being confronted with the reality of God. He humbled himself-he said I've heard of you but now
my eyes see you and I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes (Job_42:5-6) Then you
consider Isaiah. He was a prophet in Israel about 60 years. He saw four different kings rise and fall. But when He got a revelation
of the Lord, after King Uzziah died, he saw Him high and lifted up, and it transformed Isaiah. He reacted with shame, and
despair at his own wretchedness and uncleanness when he got a vision of the pure holiness of the Lord. (Isa_6:5) He was willing to do anything for Him, after receiving this revelation of the Lord. And there are others,
Daniel, Ezekiel, and John, and Moses.
warns He is a consuming fire. In Rev. 1, when John encountered Him in His glory, he fell at His feet like a dead man. Isaiah
felt undone, and completely wicked by comparison when he got the revelation of the Lord high and lifted up. We have got to
come to the understanding of this precious Book, and realize it's meant for each and every person who will take the time to
open it and cry out for understanding. Whosoever will, let him come, the Scripture beckons. Paul exhorts the church in 1 Corinthians,
revealing his prayer for them is that they will be enriched by the Lord in their words, their knowledge of Him, because they
are Christ's, and Paul doesn't want them lacking any spiritual gifts the Lord has made available, as they wait for the coming
of the Lord-that word "coming" is translated from the same Greek word "apokalypsis". I understand this also means when He
comes back to this earth to judge the wicked, and Armageddon, and all that. When people think of the Book of Revelation, that
is what they think of. It's a revelation to John about the end. It's more than that, though-it's a personal revelation of
the Awesome Lord Jesus Christ, High and Lifted UP, and Sovereign over ALL, to His disciple, so he could share this understanding
with the churches of God. It's not some obscure and hard to understand text, not when you think about it and pray about it,
and get hungry for your own revelation of who He is.
1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind
in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1Co 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto
the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ
you notice, he goes on to exhort and encourage them that the Lord shall also "confirm you unto the end" and that word "confirm"
means to establish, make sure or firm, to make stable. He shall make His people stable, so that they are not tossed to and
fro by every wind and wave of false doctrine, or trials and testings of their faith so that they are blameless. Nothing will
stabilize you like the knowledge and understanding of the power and love of the Most High God for YOU coupled with a reverent
fear in the heart that will keep you from evil. I love the definition of that word blameless: unnaccused, irreproachable.
No wonder the enemy of our souls tries so hard to constantly accuse God's children. I know he can't be everywhere at once,
like the Holy Ghost can, but I also know everything God does, he tries to imitate. I believe when God dispatches one of His
warrior angels to be assigned to a believer, the enemy dispatches one of his own unclean spirits to constantly try and sidetrack,
tempt and vex that person. How else could God's children all be enduring constant accusation in their minds over every little
failure until they grow up enough in grace to realize they can do as the Word instructs to condemn every voice that rises
in judgment or accusation against them, knowing as Isaiah told us, our righteousness is of the Lord, it's not our own--thank
GOD! God, grant your people boldness to exercise and stand on Your Word.
Isa 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and their righteousness is
of me, saith the LORD.
he mentions that they were called by a faithful God to the fellowship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider that slowly; savor
it, child of God. We have been given an invitation paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ, to come. We have been invited, by
name, to receive His invitation. We've been called to carry His Name, that Holy Name, forth among a lost and dying world that
has no hope outside of Him. That word "fellowship" it means "partnership, communion, joint participation, intercourse, intimacy,
with the Son of the Living God! That blows my mind. My feeble little mind can't comprehend the ramifications of that Scripture
alone, but oh, how it makes me hungry. It makes me want to go and find out what it means. And I'm going to! I can't afford
not to. I can't miss out on HIM. I am His inheritance, and He is my Reward.
2Th 1:7 And
to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
It was translated from Greek into English, and used in various applications,
but here again, that same word "apokalypsis" (G602). When we look around and see things in society, in our country, in our
world, our homes, that vex us, we can commit what is within our reach to the Lord, and what is not, we can pray, we can cast
our cares on HIM and trust Him to take care of things in justice. We can rest in the knowledge that He knows all, is in control,
and our number one priority is to share this intimacy, this fellowship with HIM, and get to know HIM for ourselves, and that
which is beyond our understanding, or ability to change, leave in His capable and mighty hands. We can pray for His will to
be done. We can pray for righteousness to overcome evil. If we don't know how to pray about the awful things going on around
us, we can ask the Holy Ghost to teach us, pray through us. And we can seek HIM, draw from HIM what we need. We know He is
greater than the powers of this world and darkness. We know He has unlimited power and resources....don't we? If we truly believe this, how can we fret? How can we waiver, and be intimidated? I know we are in the
flesh and so prone to do these things. But I ask you this to consider: if you and I are truly dead to this world, and to self,
and totally sold out to Christ-how can what is dead be provoked, or fret or worry? If our understanding of Christ is opened,
and we have a knowledge of who He is and what He is capable of -how can we fret? If you go walking in a rough neighborhood,
and you have an armed bodyguard on either side of you, and you are wearing a bullet proof vest, you are not going to fret
much for your safety, are you? We have an angel of the Lord, and the armor of God, saints--an angel of the Lord encamped around
us that fear Him and this angel delivers us in our time of need. We have the Sword of the Lord, the Word, and the power of
the Holy Ghost available 24/7, and we still fret. I'm guilty. I've had to repent of this, too!
have to have HIS divine strength, through the power of the Holy Spirit to withstand the barrage of lies-those fiery darts
the wicked one is always trying to fire into your mind...those darts like fear, insecurity, unbelief, whatever he thinks will
cause you to stumble and fall.
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Did you catch that? The Scripture says your faith in God is more precious than gold and it is going
to be tried with fire (the fiery darts of the wicked one that Paul warns us about in Eph 6 is just one example...) and when
you hold your faith up like a shield against the circumstances your eyes see, your ears hear, in favor of what GOD'S WORD
says, He gets glory and honor. On the spiritual scoreboard, the devil gets defeated because you refuse to let go of your faith
in God no matter what you see or hear. It's what God says that matters, not what we see or hear or feel. I told you there
were three different words used in Scripture for revelation. Well, we've looked at the first word, now let's move on to the
Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount
of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
in this Scripture, the word "coming" is translated from the Greek word "parousia" (G3952) and it means presence, arrival,
advent, the future, visible return of Christ from heaven to raise the dead and hold judgment. It is the literal coming of
the Lord back to this earth. We know our Redeemer is coming, and knowing that He is an Ever present Help in trouble, and a
refuge for His people, gives us a hiding place when things and cares of this life threaten to overwhelm us. But we must believe
that He is when we come to Him. He is our strong tower, our Rock, our Defender. Nothing can defeat Him or take us out of His
hand. The word "appearing" used in the next verse was translated from the same word, "parousia".
1Th 4:16 For
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the
dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with
The last word is "ephiphaneia" (G2016). This is where we get
our word, epiphany. It means (1) a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential
nature or meaning of something (2) : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking
(3) : an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure; a revealing scene or moment.
you ever been reading the Word of God and suddenly it's like a light goes on inside you and you have a new understanding of
what you are reading that you didn't have prior to this moment? Oh, I love it when that happens!
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and
immortality to light through the gospel:
is to young Timothy, who is being encouraged not to be afraid of the testings and trials, and persecution and scoffing of
others which will be directed at him because of the suffering of Paul. Attacks are being made on the credibility of Paul's
message because of his suffering. Many times, when people are suffering, carnal minds tend to find fault and place blame,
and accuse of sin, or the wrath of God falling on an individual. Job's wife did this when he was suffering. His friends, too,
that came to 'encourage' him were so overwhelmed by his misery and suffering, the only way their minds could conceive of this
was to accuse him of sin, of angering God. We need to be careful and not judge others who are suffering. We are to pray for
them and encourage them, not try to figure everything out and assign blame. Paul tells Timothy, don't be ashamed of the afflictions
of the Gospel I endure, I'm His prisoner, He's saved us because of His own reasons, and He's sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to
destroy death, and bring life and immortality out into the open where we can see and understand as we hear the Gospel.
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed
hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
sends His grace or undeserved favor into our lives to teach us, to save us from ourselves and from the devices of the enemy
who would destroy us. We are encouraged that we must deny ungodliness, and lust of the world, and live alert and clear headed,
in a wicked world. All the time we live and work here we are to continually look for that blessed hope-the glorious appearing
of Jesus Christ! He will come to deliver His own from a sin-sick world, from a society where babies are butchered and are
no longer safe even in their mothers' wombs. He'll deliver His people from a corrupt world system where money and self matter
more than hungry children, who are without the basic necessities. He'll save us from the lie of the devil through the mouth
of false prophets that the gospel is all about success and wealth and materialism. He'll save us and deliver us from a world
where righteousness is hated and ridiculed and children are taught lies and it's called education. Whatever there is about
this world-if we truly have a heart for God, and we are growing in grace and knowledge of God, and have His light in us, this
world vexes our souls. The tragedies and heartaches we see with the school shootings, the slaughtered babies, the innocent
ones molested, the young ladies raped and murdered, babies aborted because murdering the child in the womb is preferable to
birth control and responsibility, these things vex our righteous souls, just like Lot was vexed in Sodom. Only then, Lot had
a choice-he didn't have to dwell among the heathen. We do. Our life and hope and strength is all in Christ. I'm learning as
I feel overwhelmed and weak to go running to HIM and just ask for what He's already promised-strength to keep going, guidance
for my feet, protection for my mind, and power to live and walk right and wisdom to know the difference between right and
Rev 1:9 I
John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the
isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
revealed Himself to John, who was in great tribulation, had suffered quite a lot, and was banished to this hard, barren, rocky
island of Patmos. He'd been sent there as punishment for his refusal to stop preaching the name and gospel of Jesus Christ.
They tried to boil him in oil, but couldn't kill him. I've heard it preached they put out his eyes before sending him to Patmos,
but I can find no evidence in my research to verify this. He was persecuted for the life of Christ in him, sent to a place
reserved for criminals, and dwelt in a cave. There, in his tribulation, and solitude, he received one of the greatest gifts
ever given to mankind-a revelation of the King of Glory. He was shown and told what was to come. He was told to share what
he received with the seven churches of Asia.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven
Spirits which are before his throne;
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests
unto God and his Father; to him be
glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
a revelation here! It confirms what Peter said, how we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar
people, called forth out of sin and weakness and despair, and transformed by the power of Almighty God, so that the world
in darkness around us can see that there is a God, and He is worthy of praise because He is good to men and works miracles
in their lives, and does what He does for their good! He does it because He loves them and wants a relationship with them.
And He's coming back to take His own home! That thought is like a security blanket to me. When things are rough, and stress
is piling up, we have a Refuge. I remind myself if the Lord were to come now, none of this would matter! And that thought
lifts the pressure sometimes. Sometimes it makes it more bearable. We all face things, and the Lord allows things, to strengthen,
teach us, and show others around us who He is. He is the Beginning and the End of everything. He was the One who created us
and gave us life. He is the One we will answer to for how we lived that life and used the gifts and talents and abilities
He put in us-saint or sinner.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with
Now, I've got to tell you what the Lord has been dealing with me about,
and what I see going on around me, and I have felt a grief in my heart that I know did not come from me. Think about this
very carefully...and remember your soul, your family's souls, everyone around you that God wants to reach out to through you,
is at stake here. Do you believe down deep in your heart what that Scripture says? Do you understand the ramifications of
those verses? The Lord Jesus Christ IS COMING BACK for a people who are IN CHRIST and ready to LEAVE HERE. Those who are left
will suffer unimaginable anguish and misery and destruction. This is written in the Word of God, and it's going to happen.
Do we really believe this? Yeah, you say, I believe it. Well, let me ask you a hard question then, believer. When a sinner
walks in the House of God what greets his eyes? Are the saints on the altar in prayer and weeping for the souls of the lost
and for the glory of God to fall in their midst? PSALMS 89:7 says God is greatly to be feared in
the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him. Do the church
goers demonstrate their reverence by holding their peace and meditating prayerfully to the Lord in His Sanctuary? Do we fast
and pray for our pastors and ministers and our lost? Do we come to the House of God with hungry, prepared hearts? Have we
prayed before we got there and asked God to help us be a blessing to someone? Or do the folks who come in just get with their
own little groups and chit chat, and catch up on the week's events? WHERE is the reverence? HOW can the newborns in Christ
learn the fear of God if they don't see it in us? Yes, the Lord will teach them, through His Spirit, but are we a stumbling
block or a confirmation of the Word? How can the sinner fear God if they don't see a fear of God and awe of Him in us????!!!???
It is written in His Word several times to reverence Him in the Sanctuary. If we believe He's coming back why are we not teaching
our children not to run and be out of order in His House? He said His House was to be a House of Prayer. It's written in the
Word. Have we even read our Bibles enough to know what He expects in His House? This is as much a commandment as "Thou shalt
not kill." He's worthy!
can we have the convicting power of the Spirit of God, that precious Holy Ghost, among us, working, progressing the kingdom
of God in our lives, if we don't seek Him, if we don't obey the Word? Do we really want our lost saved? Do they see us laughing
and talking, and inviting them to church- or do they see us with tears of concern and compassion, fresh from the throne room,
reminding them they need JESUS? Oh, my Lord, my God, I know He is coming back and I don't want to be empty handed. I don't
want to be so comfortable on the church pew that when He takes His Bride I'm left wondering what happened? I'm supposed to
be about His business-and He came to seek and save the lost. So what are we doing? Are we redeeming the time like He said
to? Are we seeking a greater revelation of Him? Are we storing His word prayerfully in our hearts so when the storm of judgment
begins to fall even harder, we won't be blown away like chaff? God's going to let things get hard, folks. I believe we'll
see some suffering before He comes for us. I don't believe we will go through the tribulation of 7 years, but I believe things
are going to get much worse. You ask yourself-is there a cry in your heart to be with Jesus? Are you longing to see Him? Are
you sick of this world and longing for HOME? Are you crying out in your prayer closet for the lost and drawing oil from Him
so you can be a prepared servant ready for whatever the Lord lets cross your path or sends your way? Are you seeking Him so
He can send the hurting and disillusioned into your path to minister to? Are you asking Him to teach you to serve Him? Teach
you to pray? Teach you how to go out and come in among His people? Among the world? Revival won't happen in the church until
it happens in the heart of individual believers. I believe God's saints are hungry for more of Him. Those He's coming after
don't want to stay here, they are not comfortable here, they don't like it here. And they don't plan on leaving their loved
ones behind. Does it grieve your heart when you hear the tragic news of families being murdered by a son or daughter? Babies
being abused and killed? Children shot in schools? Does this cause you to cry out to God for mercy? Or do you just sigh and
comment how bad things are getting and go on about your business? If you were in trouble would you want someone like you praying
for you? I love God's people, but I see too much complacency among us and not enough prayer. We need to pray the anointing
down, saints. We need to pray the presence of God down. THERE HAS GOT TO BE MORE! I am not seeing what I read in His Word
in His House and I'm HUNGRY! Do we stand in His House, feel a warm, mushy feeling and convince ourselves that's the presence
of God? The genuine presence of God will instill fear and awe in your heart. It will convict you, it will cause anguish and
hunger in your soul for HIM, to be pleasing to Him or it will make you want to run and hide if there is sin in your heart
not dealt with. There is nothing like it in this world. It also produces a joy that you can feel HIM that He would visit you.
And when He shows us our flaws-which are evident in His presence by default, the closer you get to the Light, the more easily
you can see the stains, and wrinkles, and spots, He shows us these things because He wants us prepared to meet Him. I thought
about it like this- a human being cannot walk into a nuclear reactor and go where the core is-where all that radiation is
at, unprotected, because exposure would kill them. The God we serve is much more powerful. And nothing unclean or of flesh
will survive an encounter with Him. Only that which is covered in the blood of Jesus. I've been asking God to search me, turn
on that Light. Cleanse me. Daily. And I've been praying for the people of God, whom He loves so dearly-and paid such a high
price for. I do not want to hurt anyone, but oh, we need to awake and shake ourselves and take this seriously. We won't get
a second chance at this, folks.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my
reward is with me, to give
every man according
as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,
and the end, the first and the
Rev 22:17 And the
Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.
think about it, saints. What are we doing with what He's given us and taught us? Are we hearers only? Or are we doers? Where
are the signs that are supposed to follow the believers? Where are they?