The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Monday: Revelation 1


The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place… (Revelation 1:1, NKJV) 

 

John is advanced in years. Church history tells us that he is the founder of six of the seven churches of Revelation.  John had been ordered to Rome from Ephesus where he was serving as the Chief Elder Bishop.  The Roman emperor Domitian commanded the apostle be boiled to death in oil. 

 

But John only continued to preach from within the pot without injury. Escaping death by miracle, he was sent into exile on the Grecian Island of Patmos.   God wasn’t finished with him yet.  Taken out of circulation by exile so that he would no influence with people, God have him a book that has been circulated ever since. 

 

Millions have access to his “revelation” concerning things to come

 

And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 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. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” (Revelation 1:17–19, NKJV) 

 

The Old Testament predicted that Jesus would come the first time.  He did.  It predicted he would die but would be raised from the dead.  He did die and he was raised. The Bible tells us that Jesus will come again. He will.  


And he will come sooner than you think. 

 

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12

 

A message for the Churches

Tuesday: Revelation 2-3


Revelation, chapters two and three, have a message for each of the major churches in Asia.  Many of these messages are strong with correction and rebuke.  Know this: Judgment begins with the house of the Lord.  He will purify the church before His coming. 

 

For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17, NKJV) 

 

“I don’t believe there is one devil in hell, a system on earth, political or otherwise that can keep Christ from returning to the earth.  The one thing that can keep from returning, is the church. The Church isn’t ready. She isn’t pure enough. She is too carnal.”  Leonard Ravenhill

 

that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:27, NKJV) 


We wonder what it might take to purify the church. Blood, fire and water come to mind.   A fresh encounter with the blood Christ. The fire of persecution perhaps, and a new baptism in washing of His Word.  

A Throne Room

Wednesday: Revelation 4

 

After the church is dealt with, the world will be dealt with.  


John sees a door to heaven standing open.  “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1

 

In the Spirit, he is transported to a throne room in heaven.  He sees twenty-four elders and four living creatures (face of a lion, calf, man and eagle) that some believe to represent the image of Christ in each of the Gospels: Matthew’s King, Mark’s portrait of Christ as servant, Luke’s Son of man and John’s clear declaration of Christ the Son of God.   

 

With great lightning and thundering, Heaven is preparing to execute judgment upon the earth bringing a new heaven and a new earth.

 

We prepare at Christmas to remember and to worship Christ, the meek and lowly, lying in the manger on the Day of his first visitation. He is the sacrificial lamb, innocent and without blemish. He does not lift his voice. He is quiet before his shearers he is silent.

  

Once salvation has been secured. Another Day is coming. It is a very different Day indeed.  

 

…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7–10, NKJV) 

 

He is the Lamb slain but will be manifested as the Lion of tribe of Judah breaking the seals of God’s wrath against sinners upon the earth.  


The time of salvation has passed.  Mercy has been outstretched for thousands of years.  But earth, its kings and its inhabitants have made their decision. 


Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 2:10–12, NKJV)   

a Thousand jerichos

Thursday: Joshua 5:13-15


Joshua sees the Lord as he approaches Jericho (Joshua 5:13-15).  Yet, he doesn’t recognize him as the Lord. The man who stood before him held a drawn sword.  Joshua asks, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”   The man answered, “No, but as a Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”  

 

The Captain of the Host is Jesus.  It is Judgment Day for Jericho. 


Too many read the Bible with one eye. Some only recognize Christ in mercy. But they cannot see Him in Judgment.   This image may need a rating as it may be too disturbing for some viewers.


The one who is sacrificed as a Lamb, will return as Lion and will have a sword with Him (Rev 2:16). 

 

But Judgment Day for Jericho will be filled with a holy violence.  Like the world we live in, they had lived in period of grace and patience, but they walled God out. 

 

The Captain told Abraham many years before that the sins of the Canaanites was not yet full (Genesis 15:16).  They continued in idolatry, perversion, and sexual immorality. There would come a time when the land would “vomit out its inhabitants.” Leviticus 18:25.  


That Day has come, and Joshua isn’t the Captain, the Lord is.   

In his first coming, He is the Captain of our salvation through his death on the cross. 


Jesus’ first coming was marked by a spiritual violence to Satan and his dominion through the mission to rescue mankind through the cross.

 

 “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” (John 12:31, NKJV)    

 

For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10, NKJV) 

 

When the Captain returns a second time, it will be with a supernatural violence unmatched by a thousand Jerichos. 


When He is through, the Devil will be downed, evil will be ended, wrongs will be righted, tears will be terminated, and the war will be we won.  


The Captain is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  

 

Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” (Revelation 19:15, NKJV) 

Worthy is the lamb

Friday: Revelation 5


God used Richard Baxter greatly in the seventeenth century. Some books he wrote were translated into seven different languages and converted people he didn’t know in lands far away.  Do you know what he said of himself? 

 

 “God may justly condemn me for the

best duty I ever did.” 

Richard Baxter

 

Scripture confirms his testimony.  “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6, NKJV) 

 

Paul was the incandescent man. No one could extinguish his flame. He was the man who wouldn’t settle for a false arrival.  He left churches filled with converts in Asia, Greece and Rome.    And what as his final word on his own testimony? 

 

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:15, NKJV) 

 

John Newton was a slave trader turned Christian. He wrote “Amazing Grace” and proclaimed himself a wretch. In his old years after years of sanctification in Christ. What did he say about his own testimony? Did he speak of his goodness? His own worthiness? No. 

 

“Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.”

 

Why does God leave the bad stuff that his servants did in the Bible?  Wouldn’t our children’s ministry be easier if David didn’t have that uncomfortable chapter of David’s adultery and murder of the woman’s husband?  


Why does he leave the unseemly episodes of otherwise faithful people in Scripture? 

  • Righteous Noah uncovered from wine in his tent. 
  • Abraham’s lying.
  • Jacob’s cheating of his brother. 
  • Moses’ anger striking the rock.  
  • Aaron’s hand in carving the golden calf. 
  • Miriam’s gossipy criticism. 
  • Solomon’s compromise.
  • Samson’s carnal stupidity.
  • Peter’s denial of Christ! 

Why expose all before all?  Why does he do this?   Because he must!  He is bound by his justice. But there is another reason. It is to show that we all need amazing grace. We all need a Savior.  More than that, we are all, with them, the contrast that points clearly to another--Jesus Christ  

 

There is only one in the Bible, even in human history, without sin.   

 

(He is the)…lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18–19, NKJV) 


That is why He is worthy of the throne. That is why He is worthy of all worship. That is why He is worthy to take the scroll and unfold the final events of this world as we know it.