Study in Revelation
Write in a Book And Send it to The Seven Churches
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: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus
Christ, and of all things that he saw.
In the beginning of this book, John wrote that God has given
the Revelation to him to show His servant which must shortly come to
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.
John, to the seven churches which are in
Verses 3 and
John wrote further that the ones who reads and hear and
keep the words of this prophecy written in them blessed
because the time is at hand. John addresses this letter to the
churches which are in Asia gives this salutation:
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 his throne; 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, And hath made us
kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever. Amen. (verses4-6)
And John continues:
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall
see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall
wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
In verse seven it is clear that John told these seven
churches to behold--Jesus coming with the clouds. This coming is what the
churches are looking for in which "every eye will see him..."
Zechariah wrote concerning the Lord's coming:
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and
they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him,
as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one
that is in bitterness for his firstborn. (12:8)
Referring back to verse seven in Revelation, the one who
pierced the Lord will also mourn, just as Zechariah wrote. This coming is
clearly after the tribulation. At this coming everyone will see him. You
won’t find John telling the seven churches to look for a pre-trib coming
which will come in secret!
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is,
and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
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 God, and
for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Verses 8 and
John continues to write and address himself as "your
brother, and companion in tribulation." If John is separate from the tribulation
and to be in heaven during this time would he have written this? Therefore it is
very clear that John and these churches were looking for Jesus coming which
happens after the tribulation.
At Jesus’ ascension into heaven, when He departed, the
disciples were looking into the sky. Two men where standing by them and said
"This same Jesus which is taken up from you in heaven will come in like
manner"1 as they have seen him go into heaven. The two men did not
tell them Jesus was coming down half-way, then take them back up into
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and
heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, 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
John continues to write that he was in the spirit on the
Lord’s day and behind him he heard a great voice, which was the Lord Jesus
telling Him to write what he sees in a book and send it to the seven
churches. Notice, there aren’t instructions for John to to send it to
the churches and then to "tribulation saints" or the Jews.
There will be further comment on verse 10
in the study of the seven churches.
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