Revelation 1:12–16 (ESV)
The Vision of the Son of Man (Part 2)
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like
a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his
feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was
like the sun shining in full strength.
The symbolism in this vision is not so far-fetched. Christians are to let their light shine. So the seven
golden lampstands are the churches. Jesus is the head of the church, so it is fitting that Jesus is “in the midst of the lampstands. John describes the Son of Man as “clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
14The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many
waters. 16In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.” Now compare this to the Old Testament Prophet Daniel in chapter 7:9.
The Ancient of Days Reigns
9“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white
as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire.
pray: O Son of Man, I repent of my sins and I want to do better. Mold me and use me according to your will so that your light may shine in this dark world. Help me to support and help the church on earth until we are with you in heaven.
Revelation 1:9–11 (ESV)
Vision of the Son of Man
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send
it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
There are many
today that are believing in the “Left Behind” theology that need to pick up what John is saying. He states that he is living in the tribulation. He is being persecuted for his beliefs and his being held as a prisoner. He is also
waiting in “patient endurance” for Jesus. The “Left Behind” Theology is exciting, but it is wrong. Where in the Bible do the people get a second chance at the rapture. The Bible does not speak of the second chance…
so everything after rapture with Rayford and the plane incident in book 1 is bogus. There is no second chance. Read the Bible. You must read all the Bible to interpret what will happen on the last day. Let’s not add to the Bible
and have to include a “secret return” which is not there, but vital for the Left Behind theology. When Jesus returns, it will be Judgement Day. God wants the truth out and Jesus tells him to write in down and give it to the seven
I pray: O Lord, help me to focus on what is in the text and to not add to it or take away from it. Help me to endure until the end.
Revelation 1:4–8 (ESV)
Greeting to the Seven Churches
4 John to the seven churches that 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, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and
has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold,
he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
While verses 1-3 point out that the Revelation is given to John by God, it is for the purpose of showing “his servants” what is to come. In today’s reading, it is very clear on “who” is God. Today’s world
may define God as: The Triune God; the Father (only); Allah; a Supreme Being; and so on and on. Many today refer to God as the Father only… Jews and Johovah’s Witnesses, to name a few. Our God, as a Christian is not God the Father,
but the Trinitarian God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Verse 4 and 5 in today’s reading defines just who is meant by the term “God”. The Trinity or Triune God is identifies as:
(Father) who is and who was and who is to come, (Holy Spirit) and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, (the Son) 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
Following the true identity of God,
there is a quick Gospel proclaimation on God’s plan of Salvation, there very purpose of why Jesus came down from heaven. It is stated “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and
made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father”. Next comes a quick worship praise: “to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Next comes a prophesy, promise and or warning: “Behold, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.” Jesus promised that He would return again coming in the clouds. We also know that every knee shall bow and every
tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Wow... all this stated in today’s reading. The message is easy and doesn’t need to be confusing. It is a message we are to share. This revelation was given to John by God to share!
I pray: O heavenly Father, I acknowledge that you are God, the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). We live in a world who is confused about your
identity or if you even exist. We are ridiculed for our faith in you. Use us as a witness and a lighthouse to plant the seeds of faith. Amen.
Revelation 1:1–3 (ESV)
revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of
Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
Notice that the word “revelation”, or apocalypse, is singular. This whole book is based on one revelation, not many revelations. People often refer to this book as Revelations,
but it is singular. The one unified revelation is of Jesus Christ, which God gaveJohn. Simply said, this book is about Jesus Christ. The revelation is delivered by an angel to John. This revelation is not to John, but “to all
who hear and keep what is written, for the time is near.” We must remember that we are dealing with God’s time and not our time. While two thousand years later seems like a long time, God’s time is not our time. He lives
and works outside of time. The one revelation is broken up into different facets or scenes. I think of it as a diamond with many facets… yet still is only one diamond.
There are seven beatitudes in the book of Revelation with the first being in verse 3: “3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and
blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”
I pray: O Lord, please help me to hear and keep your Word. Your Word is a
lamp unto my feet. Forgive me when I choose my ways over yours. Amen.
Matthew 28:16–20 (ESV)
The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The Great Commission is not the Great Suggestion, but it is a command from Christ to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them. Now,
to throw a wrench into the gear cogs… who was the Great Commission given too? We see the answer in verse 16: “Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee.” We need to keep in mind that the Great Commission is given to the 11 disciples,
not to all the followers. This is under much Theological debate. I straddle this debate by acknowledging that it was given to the eleven disciples, but we are all (believer’s) called to witness. There is a difference between the “priesthood
of all believers” and pastors. Jesus is speaking to the eleven disciples (Judas is dead) about their mission. The mission is for the church. They are the leaders of the Church and the Great Commission will be carried out through the
Church. It is apostles and pastors who baptize and teach (making disciples). This authority is passed down through the church to Pastors through their ordination and call. We are to train all the believers to be part of the priesthood of
all believers and to proclaim the Good News to the world. So… I see this as directed to the apostles, and the church is to carry this mission out. Believers are all part of the priesthood, but not all believers are pastors.
I pray: O Lord, help me to do my part to carry out the Great Commission. Help me to share Jesus to others and bring them into the Church to receive
your Word and Sacraments. Amen.