07 July 19, 2015, Revelation 1;1-20, Jesus' Revelation
July 19, 2015
First Baptist Church
What’s the number one thing?
The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
July Memory Verse:
I John 1:7 NIV
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one
another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
The Study of Revelation
1. Jesus’ Revelation: Rev. 1
2. The Letters to the 7 Churches: Rev. 2-3
3. The Throne Room of Heaven: Rev. 4
4. Worthy is the Lamb: Rev. 5
5. Redeeming Judgment: Rev 9
6. Jesus Defeats Satan: Rev. 12
7. All Things Made New: Rev. 21-22
Goals of Limited Study of Revelation
1. To peak your interest for an independent or small group Bible study of
2. To show why Jesus is the exclusive object of our worship.
- Only Jesus is worthy of our worship!
• Revelation: A Complete Commentary by William R. Newell, Word Bible
• Revelation Chapter 1 by Dr. Chuck Missler, a YouTube Video
• The MacArthur Study Bible NKJV, Nelson Bibles, 1997
• It is singular not plural: “Revelation”
• Revelation means “to uncover” or “to reveal”
• “Apocalypse” is the English translation
• The correct title is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, not “The Revelation of
St. John the Divine”
Author and Date
• John the Apostle
• Written around 94-96 AD
• John was a prisoner on Patmos living in a cave.
• Domition was the Roman Emperor and was persecuting the Christians and
• John returned to Ephesus after Domition’s death in 96 AD.
Monastery on Patmos
John’s Corner in the Cave
Outline of Revelation 1
• Rev. 1: 1-3 Introduction and Benediction
• Rev. 1: 4-8 Greeting the Seven Churches
• Rev. 1: 9-20 The 1st Vision of Jesus
– The risen, glorified Son of God judging the spiritual state of 7
– 2nd Vision: Jesus as the Lamb in Heaven in Rev. 5
– 3rd Vision: Jesus as King of Kings in Rev. 19
Revelation 1:1-3 NKJV
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—
things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to
His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of
Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who
hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for
the time is near.
Revelation 1:1 Notes
• God gave Jesus Christ this “revelation”.
• Jesus would show it to His servants.
• Jesus communicated it “by His angel”.
• It was communicated to “His servant John”.
• John bore witness of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ.
What was revealed to Jesus?
Matthew 24:36 NKJV
36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but
My Father only."
Acts 1:7 NKJV
7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father
has put in His own authority."
Hebrews 10:12-13 NKJV
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the
right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His
What was revealed to Jesus?
• Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God waiting to establish His kingdom
and banish Satan.
• The revelation are events at the end, but not the time.
• The time of the events are still in the Father’s authority.
• This revelation was given to Jesus after His ascension to Heaven.
What does “take place shortly or quickly” mean?
• It means “imminent” (impending, forthcoming).
• It also means “rapidity of execution when action once begins” (speedily).
The Beatitude of Revelation 1:3
• Revelation contains 7 Beatitudes
Revelation 1:3 NKJV
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and
keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
– The Revelation was to be read aloud in public to the Churches
Significance of the Number 7
• Used in the Bible more than 700 times
• Used more than 50 times in Revelation
• Indicates completeness, wholeness, perfection
– One theory: Relates to the 7 days of creation
– Another theory: Relationship of 4 + 3
• 4 is the number for the earth – The 4 corners, or 4 elements –
earth, air, fire and water
• 4 + the Trinity (Fullness of the Godhead) = 7
• (Incompleteness = 6 / 666 for Satan)
Revelation 1:4-5a NKJV
4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from
Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are
before His throne, 5a and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from
the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
The Trinity in Revelation 1:4-5
• God the Father – (The Eternal One)
• God described in time as we know it
– Who was (past)
– Who is (present)
– Who is to come (future)
• The seven (7) Spirits who are before His throne
– Refers to the 7-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit
– Isaiah 11: 2 The Spirit of the Lord (Deity) shall rest upon Him, The Spirit
of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The
Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
– Could refer to the lampstand (menorah) in Zechariah 4:1-10 of
The Trinity in Revelation 1:4-5
• Jesus Christ (Titles used in Revelation)
– The faithful witness (past)
• Bore witness to truth while on earth
• His testimony is utterly faithful
– The firstborn from the dead (present)
• The first to have eternal victory over death
– The ruler over the kings of the earth (future)
• King of Kings
• Everyone will be under the authority of Jesus in His Kingdom
The 3 Tenses of Salvation
Past, Present, Future
• Past – We have been saved from the PENALTY OF SIN
– Justification: Ephesians 2:8-9
• Present – We are being saved from the POWER OF SIN
– Sanctification: Romans 6
• Future – We are being saved from the PRESENCE OF SIN
– The “redemption of our body” Romans 8:23
Revelation is Dedicated to Jesus
Revelation 1: 5b-6 NKJV
5b To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has
made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen.
– Melchizedek: Priest & King of Salem in Gen. 14
• Israel: Kings from Tribe of Judah; Priests from Tribe of Levi
– Jesus: King & Priest in Hebrews 7:1-22
– Believers: Rev. 1:6
The Theme of Revelation
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who
pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so,
– All events lead up to this event in Revelation 19.
13a "I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
– This is not the rapture; Pre-tribulation view.
– Raptured saints will return with Jesus here.
Revelation 1:8 NKJV
8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord,
"who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
– God is speaking here as GOD
– Jesus takes all of these titles in Rev. 22:13
– “the Almighty” is written 8 times in Revelation to underscore God’s
power is supreme over all the cataclysmic events it records
Revelation 1:9 NKJV
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and
patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of
God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
– Rev. 1:9-20 will describe the 1st vision of Jesus by John
– Is this how Jesus looks at this present time?
Revelation 1:10 NKJV
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of
– “in the Spirit” – Transcends time and space
– Note the description of the voice – as a trumpet
Revelation 1:11 NKJV
11 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
Revelation 1:12-13 NKJV
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw
seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like
the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the
chest with a golden band.
Imagery in Revelation 1:12-13
• Seven Lampstands: The churches who are to bear the light of Jesus to the
– Judging the church’s use of its light
– Is the church sharing the light of Jesus?
• Garment: Robe of the priest and judge
• Golden band around chest: The sash of a priestly judge
– Sash at waist indicates servant; chest sash was for priestly judge
Son of Man
• Son of Man is the title Jesus used the most for Himself during His earthly
• Taken from the heavenly vision in Daniel 7:13.
• Jesus takes this name only when He claims what is due Him on earth.
Revelation 1:14-15 NKJV
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;
– Use of simile (figure of speech in which two unlike things are
– “like” or “as”
– Phrase “words cannot describe”
Images in Revelation 1:14-15
• Head and hair: White is color of purity and holiness
• Eyes: Penetrating lasers that can see into your soul
• Feet: Altar for burnt offering was covered with bronze (copper + tin) 1500
– Brass (copper + zinc) first used 500 BC
– Brass is brighter in color than bronze as a metal
– Molten brass or bronze in the furnace is glowing
– Glowing hot brass feet refers to divine judgment
• Voice like the sound of rushing (many) waters
– No longer like a crystal clear trumpet as in v. 10
– Sounded like crashing surf
– Voice of authority
Revelation 1:16a NKJV
16a He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-
edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints
and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Revelation 1:16b NKJV
16b and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,
led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was
transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His
clothes became as white as the light.
Vision of Jesus
Revelation 1:17a NKJV
17a And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
– A common response to seeing the glory of Christ
– Examples: Moses, Isaiah, Aaron, Joshua
– Song: “I Can Only Imagine”
• Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still, Will I stand
in your presence or to my knees will I fall, Will I sing Hallelujah,
or will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine.
Revelation 1:17b-18 NKJV
17b But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "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.
“Do not be afraid” because…
1. “I am the First and the Last”
- He is eternal; He is God
2. “I am He who lives, and was dead and behold I live forevermore”
- He is the risen Lord
3. “I have the keys of Hades and of Death”
- Death holds the bodies (physical)
- Hades holds the spirits (Heaven or hell)
Revelation 1:19 NKJV
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things
which will take place after this.
– This verse provides the outline for Revelation
• The things which you have just seen – Vision of the Risen Jesus
• The things which are – the condition of the 7 churches
• The things which will take place – revelation of future history in
Revelation 1:20 NKJV
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 are the seven churches.
– Stars are the angels (messengers or church leaders)
– Lampstands are the 7 churches
• Why this vision of the risen Jesus?
– It shows us that Jesus is present among his people because He is
seen walking among the 7 lampstands (churches).
– It shows Him as the judge and priest (interceding for us before God).
– Nobody can bypass Jesus to get to God.
• What will be your response when you see Jesus in all of His glory?
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.
Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to
pay the penalty for our sins.
The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be
Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
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