Key Text: Revelation 1:5-20
Christ, v1. The anointed of God. This is a unique position for a divine role. Christians are IN The Christ, therefore we are in a unique position for a divine role. Eph. 2:5-6.
Faithful Witness, v5. Counted by God as consistently giving a true account.
First Begotten From The Dead, v5. His resurrection was unique & self-exonerating. Eternal Life overcoming Death, Repeating the same truth from verse 5, yet in a different way. Key-holder of Hell & Death, v18. The only authority qualified to give us access to life from within Satan’s trap of death.
Ruler of the Kings of the Earth, v5. Jesus said, ALL authority had been given to him, Mt. 28:18. His Kingdom is alive and well, regardless of what the enemy does. Alpha & Omega, v8. As equal to The Father in character, he is our beginning and end, origin & destination. Lord Almighty, v8. As equal to The Father in character, he is our power, Isa. 9:6 & 10:20-21. The Father is termed “mighty God” too.
Son of Man, v13. Daniel’s prophetic description of the Messiah. This is God’s way of saying He will help us from within our own humanity. Dan. 7:13 & Dan. 8:17.
A great voice similar to a trumpet (clarity) & waterfall (volume), v10 & 15.
Send it to…Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea, v11. The order these towns are written in, is identical to their geographical location by road. Archaeology verified by William Ramsey, documents the real way in which Jesus knew His saints location & lifestyle.
Seven Golden Candlesticks, v12. The lampstands are 7 congregations which support the light of the world, being Jesus Christ! Ex. 25:37. Seven may represent the global church, v20.
Seven Stars in his right hand, v16. The stars are 7 angels for each congregation, v20. They may represent evangelistic leaders in each congregation. As Jesus has an angel, his children do too, Mt. 18:10.
White hair, fiery eyes, bronze feet, v14-15. White is for pure wisdom, Dan. 9:7. Fire is for purity from trials and bronze represents a godly purpose in battle.
The Golden Sash around His chest, v13. This is clearly indicative of his High Priestly position. He now intercedes for all of God’s children as having the power and right to be our only mediator, 1st Tim. 2:5.
Two-edged sword from his mouth, v16. The word of God, Eph. 6:17.
His Angel, Messenger, v1. This is probably Michael the archangel, Rev. 12:7, Jude 9.
Servant, v1. The Greek word is Doulos, A SLAVE.
Record-bearer, v2, 11. What John wrote is living, active, powerful and promising, no one can afford to change it, Rev. 22:18-19.