THE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION
BY: LINDA KEITH
Most people, when teaching the Book of Revelation, separate this book from the rest of the Bible. I’ve found that we cannot do that because the Book of Revelation is a climax to all the other 65 books of the bible. Most teach this book as a futuristic book. True, there is a part, to yet be fulfilled, here on earth. But, 90% of the Book of Revelation has already been fulfilled. So, this book is really more historical, than futuristic.
GENESIS 3:15, “AND I WILL PUT ENMITY BETWEEN THEE AND THE WOMAN, AND BETWEEN THY SEED AND HER SEED: IT SHALL BRUISE THY HEAD, AND THOU SHALT BRUISE HIS HEEL.”
We see here, something very clearly stated, the serpent has a seed; and the serpent’s seed is present, there at that time. Also, the woman’s seed is present. Both are in God’s mind. This is the BEGINNING of the Book of Revelation!
From this point on, the seed begins to come forth (the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpen). From here to Malachi, the seed COMES; in Matthew through John, the seed DIES; in Acts, the seed LIVES; in the epistles, the seed SPEAKS; and in Revelation, the seed REIGNS. The seed is present throughout the entire Bible. That Seed is Christ. The seed is the Body of Christ of which Jesus is the Head. YOU and I are the seed! You see the seed manifesting through each part of the Bible.
When you get to Revelation 1:1, we see THE SEED BEING REVEALED BY JESUS CHRIST.
The word “revelation” means; to uncover, to unveil, to manifest. God uncovers this seed, so that we can see it and understand it. God intended for us to understand this. God did not intend for ONE mystery to remain a mystery. He meant for all of His mysteries to be uncovered and be revealed by the Holy Spirit.
The first thing that we must understand, here in the Book of Revelation, is that the uncovering or unveiling IS NOT JESUS. It’s the uncovering of HIS BODY, which looks just like Him, His many-membered Body.
REV 1:1, “THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH GOD GAVE UNTO HIM, TO SHEW 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 writing, the words “Jesus Christ,” is not always used, as in the King James translation. In this verse it IS Jesus Christ. Most of the time in the original writing, here in the Book of Revelation, only the word “Christ” is used” because IT IS JESUS DOING THE REVEALING. And He is NOT revealing Himself. His has already been revealed. It is the revealing of Jesus’ Body, the Christ. That’s the word that was used to describe JESUS, while He was here on earth. It’s not His name; it’s His description. Christ=God’s anointed. Jesus is the Head of this Body, and we make up the Body.
The words “Jesus Christ,” speak of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The words, Christ Jesus speak of His Heavenly ministry. As, Jesus Christ, He was “Jesus,” the anointed of God. As “Christ Jesus,” He has become the anointing and is dispersing it throughout HIS BODY, His many-membered Body.
The Book of Revelation is not a book of FEAR, as we have been taught. It is a book of FAITH, inasmuch as, Jesus says, “BEHOLD”. Whenever Jesus starts out what HE IS speaking about, with “BEHOLD”, He is about to reveal something that has not been revealed yet. This book is a book of FAITH because what He is about to reveal is going to take FAITH to believe and to walk into it.
This book, as I see it, is very, very precious to Father!! In Father’s eyes, it is precious and the way we know this, is that, this is the ONLY book, out of all 66, where He says:
REV 1:3, “BLESSED IS HE THAT READETH, AND THEY THAT HEAR THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, AND KEEP THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN THEREIN; FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.”
This word “readeth” means; “receiving”. And anytime we see “eth” added to a word in the Bible, it means, continual, on going. So, BLESSED IS HE THAT CONTINUALLY IS RECEIVING: The word “hear” means: “to understand”. To hear a thing in the Bible is to understand. The word “keep” means: “to protect”. (definitions are from Strong ‘s Concordant and Thayer’s Lexicon.)
So, in the original writing, this verse is read like this:
“BLESSED IS HE (he, speaks of our Spirit man) THAT IS CONTINUALLY RECEIVING; AND THEY (they, are those receiving by the Spirit) THAT UNDERSTANDS THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, AND PROTECTS THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN THEREIN (whoever does not allow man to pollute the pureness of this Word); FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.”
So, by Father saying this about this book, it shows how important this book is to Him. To also show how important this book is to Father, look at:
REV 22:18-19, “FOR I TESTIFY UNTO EVERY MAN THAT HEARETH THE WORDS OF THE PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK, IF ANY MAN SHALL ADD UNTO THESE THINGS; GOD SHALL ADD UNTO HIM THE PLAGUES THAT ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK; AND IF ANY MAN SHALL TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS OF THE BOOK OF THIS PROPHECY, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE, AND OUT OF THE HOLY CITY, AND FROM THE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.”
To me, Father couldn’t be more clear, about how important this book is to Him!! God have mercy on those who teach this book out of their natural minds. We will see, as we get into this book, that this entire book was written IN THE SPIRIT, and must be understood BY THE SPIRIT!! 1 Cor, tells us, that “the natural man understands NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT!” The name of this book is SINGULAR. We hear folks call it, The Book of REVELATIONS, it is not revelations, it is ONE CONTINUAL REVELATION or PROPHECY, from our Father. Need proof? Read this:
REV 22:18, “FOR I TESTIFY UNTO EVERY MAN THAT HEARETH THE WORDS OF “THE” PROPHECY OF THIS BOOK…”
This is the longest prophecy of the entire Bible. It’s ONE book, ONE prophecy. There are some things that we need to understand before we even start studying this book. So, let’s look at some of these things.
We need to understand:
1). That Revelation is the revealing or the uncovering of Christ, the Body of Jesus Christ. A many membered Body, not Jesus. (John 1:41, John 20:31, 1:20, 3:28, 4:29, 42, 7:41, 10:24, 11:27, Luke 2:26, 3:15, 9:20, 22:67, Mark 8:29, 14:61, Matt. 1:16, 16:16,20, 26:63, 27:17,22)
This is not the revealing of Jesus. John had walked with Jesus. John knew Jesus as Savior. Jesus is unveiling to John, His many membered Body, that He is the Head of, who’s description is the same as the description that Jesus carried, Christ-God’s anointed one!
2). Revelation is the uncovering or unveiling of something not known before.
3). In this Book, we’re going to see 2 PEOPLE. People who overcome and those who don’t. Both are a many-membered body of people.
4). We read “The Revelation OF Jesus Christ.” The word “of” means: “out from within.” “ek” in the Greek Language. This is one of the most important words that we can learn. What a difference it will make in reading the written Word. So, as we will see, this revelation is coming out from within Jesus.
5). Most connect the Book of Revelation ONLY with the Books of Daniel, and Jeremiah, and Zechariah and it IS connected with these 3 books, but it is also connected to ALL the books of the Bible.
6). This is a book of faith.
7). The theme of this book is WAR. Throughout the book, there is war going on. It’s war against the enemy; war against Michael; and war against Satan. It is a book of war against the Son, that IS being birthed..
8). The issue of this war is dominion. In this war, we’ll find that God is angry. At who?
(A). There is a group of HIS PEOPLE that are acting like people who aren’t saved. These are HIS people, but they are not overcoming. Why is He angry? In Exodus, Father says, “Do not take my name in vain!” These children of His are blaspheming HIS NAME!! What does it meant to blaspheme God’s Name? It’s not as we’ve been taught, cussing with the word GOD in it, blaspheming God’s Name is calling ourselves BY HIS NAME, but NOT acting like Him! It is a body of His people who live under His name, but operate out of the BEAST NATURE, even though they ARE created in His Image.
9) Blaspheming leads to idolatry. And this is why God is angry, with this group of people. His people!!
10) This is a Spiritual book; it cannot be understood with the natural mind of man. It is a book of symbols. So if we understand these things, we will understand the Book of Revelation.
So let’s start with our study.
REV 1:1, “THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, WHICH GOD GAVE UNTO HIM, TO SHEW UNTO HIS SERVANTS THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY COME TO PASS; AND HE SENT AND SIGNIFIED IT BY HIS ANGEL UNTO HIS SERVANT JOHN:”
The very first thing I want to clarify, is this, “The Revelation OF Jesus.” This word “of” tells much. This little 2 letter word, makes all the difference in the world, in the understanding of this Book
This word “OF”, in the Greek, is “ek”. It means: OUT FROM WITHIN. The Revelation OUT FROM WITHIN JESUS CHRIST! Not ABOUT Him, but OUT FROM WITHIN Him! With that made clear, let’s go on.
As we saw, JESUS IS THE ONE giving this revelation to John. So this cannot be JESUS REVEALING HIMSELF! John walked with Jesus, so He had already been revealed to John. The word “servant” means, a bond servant. A bond servant is one who has shackles on his feet. In other words, this person walks ONLY where he is told to walk. This person also has shackles on his wrists. This represents, that this person will carry the ministry to where he is told to carry it and only where he is told to carry. Feet speak of a person’s walk. Wrists represent the carrying. We sometimes get so excited when Father gives us revelation to something that we run out, immediately, telling everyone we meet. And when they don’t receive it, we wonder why!! You see, anything that Father gives us to teach or preach, HE MUST PREPARE HEARTS TO RECEIVE, BEFORE we give it. So, we do not move UNTIL Father says for us to. This is very important to remember when you want to witness to someone. IF Father hasn’t prepared that person’s heart to receive your witnessing, it will probably run that person off, rather than draw them in. There is a denomination that goes door to door, witnessing. They wonder WHY people don’t want to accept them in and it’s because they move WITHOUT Father telling them to. Their intentions are good, but, the hearts haven’t been prepared to receive their witnessing. But, a BOND SERVANT, is shackled, feet and wrists, and cannot carry the gospel without being told to and where to carry it.
“THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY COME TO PASS.”
Now, bare in mind, Jesus is not being revealed, He’s doing the revealing. This prophecy is FROM Jesus and it was being given to John in 96 AD. Jesus said “must shortly come to pass.” The word “shortly” does not mean way off in the future. Things that are called “end time,” actually began back then!
In 130 AD, part of this prophecy began to be fulfilled. Because in 130 AD, the church began to walk in idolatry. In 130 AD, the church eliminated the Apostle and the Prophet from the 5 fold ministry. They had been included, by God, all those years, but in 130 AD the church discontinued these 2 parts of God’s ordained ministry. When we received the Holy Spirit, we now know that the Prophet and Apostle IS WITHIN US.
“AND HE SENT AND SIGNIFIED IT BY HIS ANGEL UNTO HIS SERVANT (BONDSERVANT).
This is the kind of servant that John was to Jesus. The “angel” that was sent to John, was Gabriel. Gabriel is the “messenger angel.” Gabriel is the angel that appeared to Mary. He is also the angel that came to Daniel, to interpret the vision that Daniel had.
VS 2, “who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of all things that he saw.”
Where it says, “who bare record,” this is speaking of John. In the original writing, it reads, “who was a living witness of the Word of God.” OK, who is the Word of God? Jesus is. (John 1:1) The word “testimony” means, LIFE. “John was a living witness to the life of Jesus Christ, and all that Jesus did.”
VS 3, “BLESSED IS HE THAT READETH, AND THEY THAT HEAR THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, AND KEEP THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE WRITTEN THEREIN: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.”
We went over this verse, so, I won’t repeat it. You can look back in the study.
“THE TIME IS AT HAND.“ The time has been at hand for 2000 years. We’ve been taught to wait UNTIL we die and go to heaven and THEN all would be revealed! SAD! Let me say this. God has a plan and if He comes to a person to reveal things to, and that person won’t receive Him, He will move right on to someone else who will. Our God is EVER-MOVING!
Now, we have to keep in mind WHEN Jesus was talking, and WHO He was talking to. So, Jesus is saying, “John, these things are at hand, right now!” He’s saying, “NOW it’s available!” The flesh man, Jesus, while on earth, came to reveal two things: The Father, and Father’s Christ=His anointed ones, His Manifested Body of Christ, US!!
VS 4, “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 THE THRONE;”
The 7 spirits are a part of the whole of what makes up Father. These 7 spirits are represented by each stone in the Breastplate of the Priests. Every spirit has a color that represent the spirit; and every spirit has a nature, and that nature is of Father. We’ll look closer at these seven spirits a little later in our study. (God willing.) The number 7, represents, perfection, or completion. These 7 spirits, are the total make up of the Nature of God!
VS 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.”
OK, listen. Jesus Christ is the Prince of the kings of the earth. The Prince is the Son of the King. The word “Son” means servant. Son of God=servant of God, Son of Man=servant of man. Jesus Christ is the Prince of the kings of the earth. We are on earth. What have we been made, by God? KINGS AND PRIESTS! Think about this. Meditate on this. Pray for understanding.
VS 6, “AND HE HAS MADE US KINGS.”
Look closely at this and verse 5. Jesus is the Son of God or He is the Servant of God. He is our servant and at the same time we are His servants. That’s the way the gospel works. Now, I know you’re saying, how is Jesus OUR servant? But look at this. He is in us and we are in Him. He’s with us and we’re with Him. He SERVES US and we serve Him. How does He serve US? Well, who is it that is the Great Intercessor? Jesus is. And who is HE interceding for? US!! Hallelujah!! Every time we say or do something, that isn’t in the Spirit, He cleans it up. Amen! And what does a servant do? He takes care of whoever He is the servant of, He has their best interest at heart. He did it from the foundation of the world. And He died that we might become WHO and WHAT He was!! Glory to His Name!
He’s the Prince that serves the kings of the earth, and who are the king’s of the earth? We are!! Reread this, to understand this: “He has make us KINGS and PRIESTS!!” He is the Prince. NO WHERE ARE WE CALLED THE PRINCE, but we are kings, and He serves the kings of the earth!! Glory!
VS 6, “HE HAS MADE US KINGS AND PRIESTS UNTO GOD “AND” HIS FATHER.”
I thought that God was the Father!! God IS the Father. But Jesus IS the Father, now, because Jesus IS/HAS ALWAYS BEEN God! (John 1:1, John 17: 4-5). So, we’ve been made kings and priests unto God, and we need to grasp what a wonderful revelation is being given to us, here in verse 6. Check this out closely. We need to understand how the gospel is written. It says “we” are kings and priests, unto “God” right? “AND UNTO HIS FATHER.” But yet, God and His Father, are the Prince unto the priests and kings of the earth!!!! Hallelujah!! John was having something AWESOME revealed to him!
VS 7, “BEHOLD, HE COMES WITH CLOUDS AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.”
OK, scratch out the word “with,” King James put that word in. In the original it reads, “He comes IN clouds.” “HE COMES IN CLOUDS AND EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.”
Now, how is every eye going to see Him? Because HE’S COMING IN clouds. We ARE the clouds that He’s coming forth in!! And as the Christian world waits to see Him in regular clouds, we KNOW He’s coming in US, His Clouds!
GAL 4:19, “MY LITTLE CHILDREN, OF WHOM I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH AGAIN UNTIL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU.”
2 THESS. 1:10, “WHEN HE SHALL COME TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, AND TO BE ADMIRED IN ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE (BECAUSE OUR TESTIMONY AMONG YOU WAS BELIEVED) IN THAT DAY.”
COL., 3:3-5, “FOR WE ARE DEAD, AND YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD. WHEN CHRIST WHO IS YOUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR, THEN SHALL YE ALSO APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY. MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH;”
Now folks, you can add whatever you want to these scriptures, but, if you take what Father inspired, in these Words, you see for yourself, He is “coming” to be glorified and admired IN His people. Now, I want to show you a couple of scriptures, showing that when “clouds” are being spoken of in the Bible, it is speaking of a people! (If you got the study that was sent out on the Tabernacle of Moses, you’ll remember, that we did a study on the clouds, if you need that study, let me know and I’LL send it to you.)
JUDE 10-12, “BUT THESE SPEAK EVIL OF THOSE THINGS WHICH THEY KNOW NOT; BUT WHAT THEY KNOW NATURALLY, AS BRUTE BEASTS, IN THOSE THINGS THEY CORRUPT THEMSELVES. (11) WOE UNTO THEM! FOR THEY HAVE GONE IN THE WAY OF CAIN, AND RAN GREEDILY AFTER THE ERROR OF BALAAM FOR REWARD, AND PERISHED IN THE GAINSAYING OF CORE. (12) “THESE ARE SPOTS IN YOUR FEASTS OF CHARITY, WHEN THEY FEAST WITH YOU, FEEDING THEMSELVES WITHOUT FEAR; CLOUDS THEY ARE WITHOUT WATER, CARRIED ABOUT OF WINDS; TREES WHOSE FRUIT WITHERETH, WITHOUT FRUIT, TWICE DEAD, PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS.”
HEB 12:1, “WHEREFORE SEEING WE ALSO ARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH “SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES…”
2 PETER 2:17, “These are wells without water, CLOUDS THAT ARE CARRIED WITH A TEMPEST…”
OK, Back to Revelation1:7, “EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM..”
Every eye has to see Him, because, He is coming forth and appearing IN His people and the climax of it all is, “AS TRULY AS I LIVE, ALL THE EARTH WILL BE FILLED WITH MY GLORY.” And His glory is being revealed in His saints. So, if the whole earth is being filed with His glory, that’s how every eye is going to see Him. What’s the Word say about this?
“WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE SHALL BE LIKE, BUT, WE DO KNOW THAT WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR,” WE SHALL BE WHAT? WE SHALL BE JUST LIKE HIM.”
We will only know Him by the Spirit, because we will be just like Him. Remember, when HE rose in His resurrection, NO ONE recognized Him!! Not even His disciples and His mother!! When He walked through the wall, in the upper room, He had to say, “IT IS I,” so they wouldn’t think that they had seen a ghost. Even the men who had dinner with Him, didn’t know that they were eating with Jesus. And one of them was a relative of Jesus. It’s all right there in the Bible. Isn’t He the Pattern of WHO and WHAT we are and what we are to do? Just as while on earth, HE SAID when you see ME, your see the FATHER! Same as us, people will see HIM through us!! His clouds!
VS 7, “AND THEY ALSO WHICH PIERCED HIM.”
Did you catch that? “they” which pierced Him. Now, when we hear the word “pierced,” what do we immediately think of? The Roman soldier that pierced Him, while He was on the Cross. Right? Well, it was ONLY ONE soldier that pierced Him!! Here in verse 7, it is PLURAL. “THEY” which pierced Him!! Listen, what pierces Him, is the word, not the Word of God, but that word which blasphemes His Name!! This is what Father was angry about, here is Revelation. He’s angry at His people that call themselves by His Name, but doesn’t believe His Word, acts like the unsaved, and are not overcoming. They ARE NOT even desiring to come into His image!! They want to become what their PASTOR tells them to be like!! This pierces HIM!!
1:7, “THEY SHALL SEE HIM.”
In the book of Isaiah 52 and 53, it talks about the kings of the earth that don’t want to see Him, but they are going to see Him, NOT WILLINGLY, but they will see Him. Now, in those days priests were considered “kings,” not kings of countries, but kings of the synagogues.
1:7, “ALL KINDREDS OF THE EARTH SHALL WAIL BECAUSE OF HIM, EVEN AMEN.”
These “kindreds” are speaking of a people who are not heavenly minded, but carnally minded Christians. They will wail because of Him. Today, who are these people?
1. Those who say He isn’t resurrected.
2. Those who say He wasn’t the Messiah.
3. Those who say He isn’t the Savior.
4. Those who say they love Him, but they won’t believe His Word. They believe MAN, over what His Word says.
5. Those, who when He tells us Who we are, won’t believe Him. They will wail because of Him.
1:8, “I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING, SAITH THE LORD. WHICH IS, AND WHICH WAS, AND WHICH IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.”
“I AM Alpha” this is our Lord, Savior, and Father.
“OMEGA,” this is HIS BODY! WITH Him as the HEAD of His BODY. He is compete with HIS BODY!
Alpha=Him, Omega=us, His Body, that is so like Him that you can’t tell the difference! Hallelujah!! This may be new thinking to you, but, I pray that you take this before Father and allow Him to show His Truth about this. We MUST loose all of our “religious” thinking!! Alpha and Omega are Greek letters. A and Z. The beginning of Father’s Plan was His Image seen and living on earth. The fullness of His Plan is a many membered Body!!
“and which was,”
John 1:1 tells us that Jesus was God. “In the beginning was the Word, (the LOGOS=JESUS), the Word was with God and the Word WAS GOD.”
“Which is,” who is He? Jesus is God the Father. Who manifested on earth as the person, JESUS. He returned to the Glory He had BEFORE the foundation of the world, AS FATHER, after He had lain a Pattern for us to walk into. (John 17:4-5.) This was the ions of eternity before Calvary.
“Which is to come.”
We will see how He is coming in verse 13. But, keep in mind WHO is doing the revealing of this Revelation, Jesus is, (Rev 1:1) And we’ll see that He is coming IN HIS FULLNESS, through His people. His many-membered Body. US, that are going on to manifest His image on earth. “Who is to come” is His manifested Body of Sons! Looking just like Him. IN HIS IMAGE.
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 THE LORD, AND FOR THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.”
The first thing that Father showed me in this verse, is something we should ALWAYS be aware of!! Think about it, there is Only ONE POWER in the world, and that is Father’s. Even the enemy, that Father USES, is under Father’s control. John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos, by the Jews, for preaching God’s Word. As a punishment!! But, John was the only one of the 12 that did not die a violent death!! He was Jesus’ Beloved. And, look at what John said, “I WAS IN THE ISLE OF PATMOS FOR THE WORD OF THE LORD”!! Father had a plan for John, and John wasn’t whining and carrying on, “Oh woe is me, the enemy has gotten the best of me!!” He was aware that EVERYTHING that happens, happens because FATHER is doing a work in us. Not because the devil was stronger than God or John or even US!! No, John KNEW BY THE SPIRIT, that Father had a reason for him being where he was at. Now, unlike what some have been taught, (about how John flew up into the sky somewhere and got this revelation and came back to the Isle of Patmos). John was conscious, and aware of where he was at. John knew that he was being dictated the Book of Revelation, by the Lord Jesus Christ. John said:
1. I’m your brother in tribulation.
2. I’m your brother in the kingdom.
3. I’m your brother in patience.
Just as our Pattern, Jesus Christ, John is showing us, that in order to become a part of the Kingdom; we are going to go through tribulation. NOT THE GREAT TRIBULATION, that the church world is waiting on to happen.( IT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED in 70 AD.) The word, “tribulation,” means: the time or state of being in affliction. In other words, it can be NATURAL tribulation in our lives, or it can be tribulation WITHIN us. It is a state of being.
VS 9, “I AM YOUR BROTHER IN PATIENCE.”
This word, “patience,” means: the ability to bare trials, tribulations, without murmuring. And yet, many Christians want Jesus to come back on a fluffy white cloud, to receive them into heaven, BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO GO THROUGH TRIBULATION!! What a reason!!! IF it really were true that the rapture is going to take place. (which it isn’t, it’s another religious myth, a man made doctrine, that is keeping Father’s people from going on, and walking into the image of Jesus). Here in this verse, the word “Christ” is NOT in the original writing of the Bible. It should read , “in the patience of Jesus.”
“I WAS IN THE ISLE OF PATMOS.”
This word, “Patmos,” means: to banish. Those who put John here, THOUGHT that they were punishing John. Little did they know, that they were being “played” right into the plan of Father! Hallelujah!!
“FOR THE WORD OF GOD.”
Take Judas, people hate him! But, I’ve always had a tender, soft spot in my heart for Judas! It was prophesied, hundreds and hundreds of years before, that Judas would betray Jesus. Who speaks through a true prophet of God? The Father does!! So ANY prophecy that came from Father, HAD TO COME TO PASS! Judas had no choice in the matter. It was going to be Father’s way!! I saw a documentary on Discover, where they were showing the culture of the time of Jesus. LOOK AT THIS CLOSELY! It was a custom, especially with religious men, that if they knew they were going to be killed, they ask THEIR BEST FRIEND to “HAND THEM OVER.” They also gave money to that friend. I looked up that word, in the Bible, “BETRAY.” Guess what it means? “hand over.” That made my heart love Judas all the more. The Bible doesn’t teach this, but, anyone who has studied, knows that we learn a lot about some interpretations and understandings from studying the culture and customs of that time. I thought that was interesting. I got a little off track, so let’s get back to Revelation and where the Jewish priests thought they were punishing John, by having him banished. Like I said, they fell right into Father’s plan. (Yeah! Go Father!)
Just like Jonah! He had a will to do differently than Father had directed him, but look at what happened; in the end, Father’s Will became Jonah’s will!! Same with Judas. And think about it, IF Judas had not betrayed (Handed over) Jesus, we would NOT have the Holy Spirit within us RIGHT NOW!! So, I thank God for Judas. It all boils down to; “FOR THE WORD OF GOD!”
Now, pay close attention to
VS 10, “I WAS IN THE SPIRIT ON THE LORD’S DAY, AND HEARD BEHIND ME A GREAT VOICE, AS OF A TRUMPET.”
The word, “was” is NOT in the original writing. It should read, “I BECAME in the Spirit” OR “I ENTERED into the Spirit.” “I became into the realm of the Spirit.” Also the word “on” should not be here. It should read “IN the Lord’s Day.” When the word “on” is used, that shows a period of time for the Lord’s Day. “IN” the Lord’s Day, IS A STATE OF BEING OR A STATE OF MIND! Just as Jesus “became sin” for us, John “became” in the Spirit. Both were a state of being. The only way you can become in the Spirit, in the first place is that, YOU MUST BE IN THE LORD’S DAY!! Because it’s a state of being, a state of mind, that Christ Mind comes forth, within us. We ARE in the LORD’S DAY WHEN WE ENTER INTO FATHER’S REST!
VS 10, “I BECAME IN THE SPIRIT, AND I HEARD.”
Now, notice here, John had to be in the Spirit in order to HEAR!! We don’t hear Father, just because we want to!! We must be WHERE HE IS, in order to hear Him. And where is He? In the Spirit within us!! John was just like us, he was not supernatural, or any holier than us, he was a flesh and blood man, and just like us, he had to enter into the Spirit to hear Father. There was a process that took place, before John could hear JESUS speak these words to him. He had to enter into the Spirit, just as it is with us!! When some say that they hear from the Lord, SOME are not hearing from Him at all, they are hearing from their flesh!! WE ARE TO DISCERN, whether or not a person’s words are of the Spirit. And many times, they are not!! God is Spirit, He speaks in the Spirit and the Spirit is LOVE. Father will even speak through an UNSAVED person, to get across what it is that He wants to get across! But, that person, is called into the Spirit, and doesn’t even KNOW it!! But, when we HEAR what Father is saying through that person, we must DISCERN the words, and the Spirit, THEN we KNOW it is Father doing the speaking, regardless what condition that person might be in.
They say that the Isle of Patmos was nothing but rocks; no life, no fruit, NOTHING!! They put John there to die. But, Father had different plans. John could NOT DIE UNTIL Father’s plan had came to pass. I read, that NOW, that Isle is luscious with growth. Father always brings LIFE, no matter what the circumstance, IF we will ONLY look for that LIFE in our tribulation times.
VS 10, “I HEARD A VOICE BEHIND ME, AS A TRUMPET.”
Now, I want to show you an example of hearing in the Spirit and hearing in the flesh. What is a “trumpet”? Most will tell us that a trumpet is a musical instrument. But, the Word tells us that a trumpet is a message!! A message from Father!! Whether through His Messenger, Gabriel, or through you or I. But, here, John was about to receive a message from Father, he didn’t hear a musical blast from a literal trumpet. And remember, ALL of the Book of Revelation is and was given in symbols. Now, what did the trumpet say to John?
VS 11, “I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST: AND WHAT THOU SEEST, WRITE IN A BOOK, AND SEND IT UNTO THE SEVEN CHURCHES WHICH ARE IN ASIA; UNTO EPHESUS, AND UNTO SMYRNA AND UNTO PERGAMOS, AND UNTO THYATIRA, AND UNTO SARDIS, AND UNTO PHILADELPHIA, AND UNTO LAODICEA.”
Several things are shown here.
(1) John is about to hear some things;
(2) John is about to see some things;
(3) John is about to write the Book of Revelation.
The seven churches speak of the seven Dispensations of God. (the Law of the House) Each dispensation lasted 1000 years. These have brought us to the time, in Father, that we are now in. These 7000 years, have been the working and the planning of Father. NOTHING happens out side of HIM. Either He allows a thing, or He doesn’t allow a thing.
So, let’s look at the 7 Dispensations that the church has gone through.
1. Dispensation of “Innocence”…Adam…1000 years.
2. Dispensation of “Conscience”…Adam/Eve… 1000 years
3. Dispensation of “Human Government” …Noah…1000 years.
4. Dispensation of “Promise”…Abraham…1000 years.
5. Dispensation of “The Law”…Moses…1000 years
6. Dispensation of “Grace”…Jesus…1000 years
7. Dispensation of “The Kingdom”…Us, the Body.
While we’re here, I want to give the meanings of the seven churches AS our experiences, before I explain more of this chapter.
1. EPHESUS: means “desire.” We are the church, and this identifies the beginning of how the Holy Spirit began His work in us. He began by placing a desire within us to come to Father. It wasn’t because, we woke up one day and said, “Oh I think I’ll receive Jesus as my Savior today.” HE placed that desire within us, as a part of His plan.
2. SMYRNA: means “suffering.” We found out that when we began to follow Him, we lost friends, they became uncomfortable around us. Some family too. We suffered, and are still suffering rejection, just as our Pattern did. This too was part of His plan.
3. PERGAMOS: means “thoroughly married.” We found that this was a marriage covenant with Him and us. This was and is a union. This too was part of His plan.
4. THYATIRA: means “One Lord.” This union that we entered has One Lord, One Ruler. This Oneness is manifesting HIS truth in our Life in Him. This too is part of His plan.
5. SARDIS: means “escaping.” I love this step!! It’s not escaping in some myth called a rapture, no, it’s, we have lost that appeal to be accepted and controlled by public OR RELIGIOUS CONTROL. We’re escaping the love for the flesh, and the world. We ARE escaping the demands of the flesh!! Hallelujah!
6. PHILADELPHIA: means “brotherly love.” By this, the world, religious or otherwise, will know us, they’ll know that we belong to our Beloved!! His interests have become our interests, His ways are our ways, His thoughts have become our thoughts, His love for the brethren has become our love for the brethren!! And folks, know this, ALL the world is our brethern, not just Christians! “HOW GOOD AND HOW PLEASANT IT IS FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY.” (PSA. 133:1)
7. LAODICEA: means “the people’s rights.” This is where we KNOW Him. It is EVERYONE’S RIGHT to know Him. IT’S EVERYONE’S Right to experience Salvation. This final step is where we see RECONCILIATION of ALL THINGS to Father. This is the church dispensation when ALL power will be given to HIS SONS. This is the dispensation of the manifestation of the Sons of God on earth, and Father is seen in His many-membered Body! And whether you know it or not, THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE!! We ARE manifested Sons of God. We manifested from the Spirit realm, that we were created in, to this earthly realm and we ARE Sons of God and have been since the FOUNDATION of the WORLD! Glory to our Precious Father!! (Get our study on Manifested Sons).
Now, in each of these dispensations, there is a Body who will and a Body who won’t!! Will or won’t what?
Turn to ISAIAH. IS. 4:1-6, I just want to touch on 2 verses here, but read all of this to see what awaits those who will.
VS 1, “AND IN THAT DAY SEVEN WOMEN SHALL TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN, SAYING WE WILL EAT OUR OWN BREAD, AND WEAR OUR OWN APPAREL: ONLY LET US BE CALLED BY THY NAME, TO TAKE AWAY OUR REPROACH.”
Women, in the Bible refers to the church. There are two women (churches) in world, His Holy Church, and the Church of Babylon. Both are a many membered people. But, remember at the beginning of this study, when I said that Father was angry with one group? And that was, a body of people who live by the name CHRISTIAN, but, they want to eat what THEY want to eat. They don’t listen to what the Holy Spirit says that HE WANTS THEM TO EAT. They want to eat whatever their PASTORS WANT THEM TO EAT. It matters not if it is of the Spirit, or man made myths that they THINK are going to make everything easier for them. Well, I’ve got news for them, WRONG!!! They WILL eat what HE wants them to eat, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!! Whether here on earth, OR after they pass over, which they will!! His Will, will be done.
They want to “wear their own apparel.” They want to be covered by THEIR CHURCH, they want to be called, “Baptists, Lutherans, Mormons, Pentecostals,” but they don’t KNOW that their name IS CHRIST-God’s anointed ones. If He lives in you, so does His anointing, so that makes you His anointed one. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. But, they will learn, they are going to be caused to BE LIKE HIM!! Whether on earth or after they pass over!! They wanted to be called by His Name, well they’re gonna play HIS game!! Amen!! They can be like Jonah, go the hard way, or the easy way. And by easy, I do not mean that there won’t be tribulation.
Look at ISA 4:4, “WHEN THE LORD SHALL HAVE WASHED AWAY THE FILTH OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ZION, AND SHALL HAVE PURGED THE BLOOD OF JERUSALEM FROM THE MIDST THEREOF BY THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT, AND BY THE SPIRIT OF BURNING!”
WOW! Boy this verse has SO MUCH in it. I could teach on this verse alone for hours! But, I won’t. LOL! This is talking about the seven women (churches) that want to be called by His Name, Christians!! Now, do you want some REAL REVELATION? And pray about this, think about this, meditate on this, and receive God’s Truth, it will set you free!! OK, now HOW IS HE GOING TO CLEAN THEIR FILTH? BY THE SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT!!! Folks, judgement is NOT what we’ve been taught. It simply means, correcting what is wrong! Oh that’s not all, oh no. Here’s some glorious truth: BY THE SPIRIT OF BURNING! It is HIM that does the burning. NOT HELL! NOT THE DEVIL! It’s FATHER’S SPIRIT that does the burning!
“OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE!!”
Oh I pray that you hear this. For 6000 years we’ve been giving the devil credit for ALL that, all along has been FATHER’S BURNING !! HE will burn us until we are burnt straight into PERFECTION! Then not ONLY will we be called by HIS NAME, WE’LL WEAR HIS APPAREL! Hallelujah! And do you know what His apparel is? It’s IMMORTALITY, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, ALL THAT HE IS!!!! And the wonderfully encouraging thing, is that MANY will do this right here on earth WITHOUT seeing death!!! Look it up for yourselves, (Rom 8:29, 1Cor 15:26, 51-54) folks, it’s right there in HIS WORD, either you’ll believe it or reject it. Many will reject it because their pastors aren’t Spirit led enough to see it for themselves, so like sheep led to slaughter, they’ll follow their pastors, like the blind leading the blind. But that BURNING won’t stop just because they die.
1Cor. 15:19, “If in this life ONLY we have hope in Christ, we are all men most miserable.”
Oh no! It will burn UNTIL they not only have accepted HIM, but have accepted HIS Truth too. (whether on this side of Jordan or the other side of Jordan.) And folks, we’ve been lied to for so long, don’t think that because we die, that all the saving of our soul is done, look at;
(Heb 12:29, Phil 1:6, and **1Cor 15:19) 1COR 15:19, “IF IN THIS LIFE ONLY WE HAVE HOPE IN CHRIST, WE ARE OF ALL MEN MOST MISERABLE!”
There’s going to be a whole lot of Christians who when they die, are going to wake up in that Spirit realm and find out, UH-OH, I thought I was going to that glorious place with streets of gold, to a beautiful mansion!! But, they will find, that the Spirit of Burning is still emptying out, all that is not of Him. THEN, they will be called back to their NEW resurrection Body and live, right here on earth, where His Kingdom has been set up. Folks I tell you this, because I love you, we’d better wake up, and start studying for ourselves, allowing Father to give us understanding to His truths instead of these myths that the church has been teaching us.
Something that was so awesomely revealed to me, as I studied this Book, and John on Patmos, was the fact that the Holy Spirit allowed John to glimpse the whole, the entirety, of the plan of Father. John did not ONLY see the church dispensation that he was living in, but he was allowed to view ALL 7 DISPENSATIONS!! From thousands of years before his birth, to thousands of years after his death, into the future (the time that WE now live in)!! How AWESOME!! John got to view Father’s plan just as Father sees it, AS PRESENT time. It’s as if it were a painting laying on a table, right in front of John, and he was gazing down at it, seeing it as a WHOLE, not divided into time segments. It wasn’t yesterday or tomorrow, it was as the precise time that he was looking at it. WOW!! This just so excited me, to be able to see for just a second as God sees!! I just wanted to share this with you. Now, on with the study.
I want to look at 3 phrases, in a different light that we’ve had before. In a different realm than we have been taught, in the past.
1. “him which is, which was, and which is to come.”
2. “the alpha and omega.”
3. “the beginning and the end.”
In order to see these in another realm, we need to look at some other scripture first.
Rev 1:20, “THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN STARS WHICH THOU SAWEST IN MY RIGHT HAND AND THE CANDLESTICKS. THE SEVEN STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES: AND THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS WHICH THOU SAWEST ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES.”
Stars. Golden Candlesticks. Angels. Churches. These 4 items show us something. They are people. They are symbols of people. They are types and shadows.
Have you ever seen anyone hold a star in their hand? I don’t think so.
Have you ever a star be an angel? No.
Have you ever seen a candlestick be a church? No, we haven’t.
So, the first thing that we must realize, is that the Holy Spirit has got to give us understanding as we study this prophecy. (John 14:26) We must put out of our minds, things taught in the past. It those things hold true, the Holy Spirit will reveal them as true. Guaranteed, He will show understanding. As we study this prophecy, we will see that it cannot be understood in the natural. NONE OF IT is as it seems in the natural. (1Cor 2:9-16, Mt 13:10-17)
These are symbols: stars, angles, candlesticks, church. Now, I’m not going to copy all the info on these words.
Look them up in Strong’s Concordance and Thayer’s Lexicon and you will find that this is the short version of their meanings:
1. stars-messengers, preachers, teacher’s ministry members, leaders.
2. candlesticks-light givers, anointing, Holy Spirit
The church is no more than lampstands. The light is Christ. (God’s anointing, His Life.) The church is to show Him forth. Amen! (partial quote of Leon Morris).
Rev 1:10, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.”
The word “voice” here in this scripture, means=of declarations from heaven, heard though no speaker is seen. (Thayer’s Lexicon) Disclosure, a tone, an address for any purpose, saying or language. (Strong’s Concordance) As I looked up this word, it (Strong’s) said, “the voice is the one speaking or the one who uttered the voice, and refers us to verse 12, (which we will get to).
The word “trumpet” is a Divine message, a clear sounding Word. Whether through Gabriel, John, here on Patmos, or you and I. There were 7 trumpets, here in the prophecy of Revelation. Each is a message, a clear sounding Word, a Divine message. In Revelation we have 7 dispensations, 7 messages, 7 voices sounding like 7 trumpets!
Now, let’s look at verses 12-15
Rev 1:12-15, “AND I TURNED TO SEE THE VOICE THAT SPAKE WITH ME. AND BEING TURNED, I SAW SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS; AND IN THE MIDST OF THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN, CLOTHED WITH A GARMENT DOWN TO THE FOOT AND GIRT ABOUT THE PAPS WITH A GOLDEN GIRDLE. HIS HEAD AND HAIRS WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL; AS WHITE AS SNOW, AND HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE; AND HS FEET LIKE UNTO FINE BRASS, AS IF THEY BURNED IN A FURNACE; AND HIS VOICE AS THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS.”
These verses are the main scriptures that have been used to say that this prophecy is the revealing of Jesus. This is not what they are showing!! Which we will allow the Word to show us. After you learn these verses and their true meanings, you should put down this study and just PRAISE FATHER!
VS 12, “I turned to see the voice”…
To “see” is to understand. To understand we have to see in the Spirit. John turned to “see” what the message was that was being spoken in the Spirit. He turned to see what the declaration for heaven (or the spirit realm) was saying. To “see” a message in a person, we see that person AS THE MESSAGE! It has become so much a part of them that their life “speaks” that message.
“And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.”
The number 7, means perfection or completion. Candlesticks are the churches. Who is the church? His Spotless Church? WE ARE, THE BODY OF CHRIST IS! Although the Body of Christ is a many membered Body, there is ONLY ONE who connects us to each other, and that is God’s Christ, His Anointing, His Very Life in a people. It is this “church” that will be/are the manifested Sons of God, and those Sons of God are known as Christ. (Rev 11:15, Rev 12:10, “our Lord and HIS CHRIST” “the Kingdom AND HIS CHRIST.”) We know that Jesus is God. We know that God is our Lord. Jesus is God, then WHO is HIS CHRIST? WE ARE!
VS 13, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks, one like unto the Son of Man…”
You MUST notice here, that it does not say “in the midst of the seven candlesticks stood JESUS!” And remember it is JESUS who is revealing this to John. And Jesus is God, our Lord. “One like unto the Son of Man.” What was a name that Jesus, Himself, referred to Himself as? The Son of Man. (John 5:26-28, 6: 62). This is someone LIKE the Son of Man. Someone who is His Church. Let’s look at another scripture, to learn a little more about this ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN.
Rev 12:1-2, “AND THERE APPEARED A GREAT WONDER IN HEAVEN; A WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN, AND THE MOON UNDER HER FEET, AND UPON HER HEAD A CROWN OF TWELVE STARS; AND SHE BEING WITH CHILD CRIED, TRAVAILING IN BIRTH AND PAIND TO BE DELIVERED.”
Christ, the ManCHILD, the Overcome, the Sons of God, whatever word you use, is to come out of the Woman, out of the Church. Who is the Church? We are. Jesus did not come out of the church. HE laid the Pattern for the church to follow!
Rev 1:13, “ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN CLOTHED WITH A GARMENT DOWN TO THE FOOT.”
This garment is RIGHTEOUSNESS! (Rom 3:21-27) Do we believe on Jesus? Of course, we do. He has provided our righteousness, if we believe.
Rev 1:14, “HIS HEAD AND HIS HAIRS WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL; AS WHITE AS SNOW…”
The head speaks of the mind. Hair speaks of a covering. White is purity. This one has the mind of Christ. His covering is Jesus, our Father and God. The Mind and the Covering are pure. In the image of our Pattern, Jesus. There is so much more that could be said here, but I’ll just say, that this one like unto the Son of Man, is the fulfiller of (Rom 8:29).
Rom 8:29, “FOR WHO HE DID FOREKNOW, HE ALSO DID PREDESTINATE TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, THAT HE MIGHT BE T HE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN.”
“HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE.”
In the Gospel of John, we are told “our God is a consuming fire.” The eyes are said to be the portal of the soul. This one, SEES as our Father sees. In perfect judgment, perfect love. His very presence will convict and consume all that is not of God. He will be a “Savior from Mt. Zion.” (Obed 21) It makes some uncomfortable to think that they will be a Savior, or Christ, but if you come into His Image, that means that you will be what He is EXACTLY, because He is the HEAD!!! You are His Body. You cannot separate the Head from the Body, or you’re dead. But, we know there is no death in our Father.
“AS A MAN THINKETH, SO IS HE.”
Thoughts, that’s our greatest enemy, When He says, “AS I AM IN THIS WORLD, SO ARE YOU”, right away, what is looked, for in man’s thinking? EVERYTHING that is NOT what He is. So, that’s what they see. But, His Word tells us, “let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” We have got to stop looking for “the good and evil,” we have to see ONLY HIM! We are what HE says we are, but it will NEVER manifest as long as we are calling HIM a liar! Amen!
VS 15, “AND HIS FEET LIKE UNTO FINE BRASS.”
Feet speak of a walk. Brass speaks of judgment, testing, refining, being made pure. Jesus NEVER needed refinement. He made refinement possible!! Praise His Holy Name!! So, whose feet are being spoken of here?
“AS IF THEY BURNED IN A FURNACE.”
Where do we find Him? In our tribulations, in the dry places, standing in the furnace!! Hallelujah!! We MUST walk through that furnace in order to be refined, into His Image.
“AND HIS VOICE AS THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS!
This is the voice of the many-membered Body of Christ! Those who know who they are, are speaking the truth of who they are! They are taking Father’s Words and speaking and living them!! This is God and His Christ !!! We must always keep in mind, that HE IS THE HEAD OF THIS BODY! HE IS THE HEAD OF THE ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN, WHO IS STANDING IN THE MIDST OF THE CHURCH! HALLELUJAH!! HALLELUJAH!
REV. 1:14, “HIS HEAD AND HIS HAIRS WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL, AS WHITE AS SNOW; AND HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE.” The first thing we need to see here, in verse 14, is that King James, while translating the Original Greek writing of the Bible, added words that were not in the Original writing
(1) “his” hair. the word “his” is not in the original.
(2) “were” white. The word “were” is not in the original. (There is no time in the Spirit, only PRESENT.
(3) eyes “were,” the word “were” is not in the Original writing. (same as above)
Now, you may think that this is not really important, but IT IS VERY IMPORTANT!! The word “were” shows a time period, past tense!! And we must remember, that, that ONE LIKE UNTO, IS NOT talking about Jesus. If it was, then it would be OK to keep the word “were” in there, because it would have been “past tense,” since it would have already happened to Jesus. BUT, verse 13 IS NOT talking about JESUS. It’s talking about the many-membered Body of Christ. (which we will see) with JESUS as the Head. So, anytime, you see a word in italics, in the King James Bible, know that King James added that word, thinking it would make it easier for us to understand. But, it is not in the original writing. IF King James had been in the Spirit, when doing the translation, he would have known, the Spirit would have brought understanding WITHOUT him adding words to the original! Amen!
OK, now, we know that WOOL is not white. It’s more of an off white. (unless it is dyed). White, speaks of Divine Nature (the Nature of God). The word, “hair” speaks of a covering, or a glory. The word “head” speaks of the mind. “Eyes” speak of seeing, or a seer. “Flaming fire” speaks of God or the Spirit of God. So, “eyes of flaming fire,” is speaking of a seer, a prophet of God.
REV. 1:15-16, “AND HIS FEET LIKE UNTO FINE BRASS, AS IF THEY BURNED IN A FURNACE; AND HIS VOICE AS THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS. (VS 16), AND HE HAD IN HIS RIGHT HAND 7 STARS; AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH WENT A SHARP TWO EDGED SWORD; AND HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH.”
THIS IS WHERE WE SEE PROOF, that verse 13, IS NOT talking about Jesus! “and his feet.” The word “feet” speak of a walk. Our walk in Christ Jesus. The feet, or our walk, simply means, the way we live, the way we believe, the way we obey, the way we FOLLOW HIM and we are walking WITH, SHOWING FORTH, HIM. Now notice, that these “feet,” “like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace…” Brass always speaks of refining, judgment, correction, a learning. JESUS DID NOT NEED TO BE REFINED, HE DID NOT NEED TO BE JUDGED OR CORRECTED. (although the Jews of His day, did judge and condemn and tried to “correct” His teachings, to what THEY, MAN, thought it should be). But, WE are the ones who goes through the furnace, the fire, NOT BECAUSE OF SATAN, BUT IT COMES FROM GOD, to refine us, to bring us into the image of Jesus Christ!! This is “the ONE Like Unto.”
“and his voice as the sound of MANY waters.” In the Bible, waters, seas, etc., speak of PEOPLE! This ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN, had a voice that sounded like MANY waters or people. And that is because ROM 8::29, tells us that MANY will come into the image of Jesus, and this is the many membered Body of Christ, speaking here!! The voices of the make up of the MANY MEMBERED BODY OF CHRIST!!And they are speaking, “the living waters that flow from their belly,” heart, or inner part.
In verse 16, we’ve already seen; “his countenance was as the sun…” Again, we see where King James added the word “was.” It should not be there. It is not in the original writing. Now, this is still speaking of that “ONE” in verse 13.
“HIS COUNTENANCE AS THE SUN.”
The “sun” represents the Son, Jesus. So, this ONE looked like Jesus. Now this does not mean, physically looked like Him. This One’s LIFE, BELIEFS, WALK, was like Jesus.
“SHINED IN HIS STRENGTH”
This is where the ONE got his strength! From BEING in the Image of the Son, Jesus! This is the manifesting Sons of God on the earth that are spoken of in the Book of Romans.
So, let’s go over a couple of things that we MUST remember, IF we are going to understand the Book of Revelation.
1) Jesus is doing the revealing. (1:1)
2) He is revealing His many membered Body on earth. (1:1-16)
3) He’s revealing His Body through out the ages; letting John know what is going to happen and when it’s going to happen, and who it’s going to happen through!
4) WE CAN PLAINLY SEE, EVERYTHING WAS, IS AND WILL BE, IN THE PLAN THAT FATHER MADE, BEFORE THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WORLD!! And we must remember, that to Father, the IS, WAS, and IS TO COME, is PRESENT to Him. He sees ALL THINGS in the PRESENT. His time is not as our time.
5) By revealing “this one like the Son of Man,” it is revealing the COMPLETED Body of Christ, the Head and the Body.
THE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION, Parts 1-6 [Linda Keith] ~ BIBLE STUDY 1