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(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)


The First Revelation of Jesus Christ
The Ancient of Days in the book of Daniel

Revelation 1:1-20

(1)  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,  (2)  who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. (3)  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

(4)  John, to the seven churches which 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 from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,  (6)  and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

(7)  Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

(8)  "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

(9)  I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.  (10)  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,  (11)  saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."

(12)  Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,  (13)  and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.  (14)  His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;  (15)  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;  (16)  He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.  (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.  (18)  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.  (19)  Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.  (20)  The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Believe it or not, the book of Revelation is not about:

1. The Beast Revelation 13
2. The False prophet Revelation 13
3. The two witnesses Revelation 12
4. The 144,000 Jews Revelation 7, 14
5. The mystery Babylon Revelation 17
6. The judgments of God on the earth Revelation 6-19
7. The end of Satan Revelation 20

You ask: Then what IS the book about?

You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! John 5:39   (AMP)

He was speaking here about what we refer today as the Old Testament. The early church did not yet have the "New Testament" as a complete work. They circulated the letters of the Apostles as they were written, but "The Scriptures" referred to the Old Testament. It was the Old Testament they used to preach Jesus Christ.

The book of Revelation tells us in the very first words what it IS about: The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1)

In our study of the book of Revelation, we will find fourteen revelations of our Lord Jesus Christ, and each of these will have something to do with the list above.

The Revealing of Jesus Christ as the Ancient of Days of the book of Daniel

The First Vision Jesus in all of His Glory

Revelation 1:13-16

...among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.    (NIV)

Daniel 10:5, 6

I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was [a golden luster] like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and his feet like glowing burnished bronze, and the sound of his words was like the noise of a multitude [of people or the roaring of the sea]    (AMP)

Matthew 17:1, 2

And six days after this, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And His appearance underwent a change in their presence; and His face shone clear and bright like the sun, and His clothing became as white as light.    (AMP)

Daniel 7:9, 10

"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated, and the books were opened.    (NIV)

The identity of this One, the Ancient of Days, is found in Revelation 1:17 & 18

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."     (NIV)

This is Jesus! There are people throughout the Scriptures that were raised from the dead, but they all died again. Except Jesus - He died only once, and rose to live forever!

(End of Chapter 1)




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