3 Steps for Getting Back to Intimacy with God (Revelation 2:1-7)

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who … Continue reading 3 Steps for Getting Back to Intimacy with God (Revelation 2:1-7)

Understanding What Revelation is Communicating (Revelation 1:19)

Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. What is the book of Revelation? Why did John write it? These questions are helpful in understanding how to read this book. I think this verse helps to give us a little more insight … Continue reading Understanding What Revelation is Communicating (Revelation 1:19)

John Responds to the Glory of Christ (Revelation 1:17)

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.  John was a man who walked with Jesus. He was intimately acquainted with Jesus; calling himself "beloved." He also had walked … Continue reading John Responds to the Glory of Christ (Revelation 1:17)

The Brightness of Jesus’ Glory (Revelation 1:16c)

and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Jesus' has a bright countenance. He literally shines; emanating bright brilliant light. He is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29). Later in Revelation we see that the New Jerusalem has no need of the sun or the moon because of the brightness of … Continue reading The Brightness of Jesus’ Glory (Revelation 1:16c)

Jesus’ Dual Judgements (Revelation 1:16b)

out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword In our cry for justice, Jesus comes with a two sided sword. He comes with dual judgements. The same sword that comes with deliverance also exposes the wickedness in our own hearts. He cuts away all that does not produce fruits of righteousness in our lives. … Continue reading Jesus’ Dual Judgements (Revelation 1:16b)

The Security of Being in the Hands of God (Revelation 1:16a)

He had in His right hand seven stars, Later we will see that the seven stars are the angels assigned to each of the seven churches. The word for angel can also be interpreted as messenger. The stars stand as representatives of the church in the courts of heaven. Jesus holds His Church in His … Continue reading The Security of Being in the Hands of God (Revelation 1:16a)