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Revelations in Revelation

February 27, 2014 by  
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REVELATIONS IN REVELATION

    There are 66 books in the entire Bible. 39 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament. Of the 27 NT books, 21 of them are actually letters written by someone to a specific people group. Paul wrote 13 of these letters, or epistles, known as the Pauline Epistles (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon). The other eight letters are known as the general epistles (Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, & 3 John, Jude). So, in all there are 28 letters in the New Testament. Yes, you read that right and, no, your math is not wrong. There are actually 7 letters in chapters 2 & 3 of Revelation written by Jesus Himself! (When I say ‘written by Jesus’, I mean that He dictated them and John wrote them down. John added nothing nor edited these letters in any way.)

INTRO

     The book of Revelation can seem very intimidating…and confusing. Bowls of wrath, seven of this and seven of that, four horses, all different colors and one may be Jesus…no, wait…He comes later… Ok, so maybe I picked a few things out of context for effect, but the book of Revelation can be overwhelming at times. But first thing’s first, the book is titled Revelation…not Revelations. The book is the account of thee revelation that Jesus showed John, not several over time, hence, Revelation. (The title of the series should make more sense now.)
Chapter one gives us an outline for the entire book of Revelation. In verse 19, Jesus tells John to write “the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.” The first 16 verses of chapter one are the things that John has seen. Chapters 2 and 3 are thethings that are, and Chapter 4 through the end of the book are the “after this” part.
Who is Jesus/John writing to? This may seem obvious, but each of the seven letters are to be distributed to each of the seven churches (all seven letters to each church), along with the rest of John’s account. This is why John says in verse four, “to the seven churches that are in Asia” and also why Jesus ends each letter with, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Churches, plural. That being said, why is it important that we study these letters and take into consideration their faults and accolades? Because we are the Church just as much as the people of the church of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea are! Jesus says, “He who has an ear, let him hear”…do you have ears? Then this is for you!

FROM JOHN,

    John penned this book by way of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is led to write a short greeting in chapter one before Jesus begins His letters. We can learn much from this first chapter, but likely most important is his words in verses 5-8.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 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. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

    There are seemingly hundreds of different opinions, speculations, hypothesis, and supposition regarding the majority of this book. However, these should bring us great joy and peace because they are clear. John quickly unpacks for us exactly why Jesus has the authority and power to say what He is about to say to the churches and to us as readers today. His death on the cross, for those who freely accept it, has made us to be a kingdom and priests to our God. John goes on to reaffirm our hope in Jesus, that one day He will return and that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen!

WHERE?

    Click the buttons below to find out where the churches are that Jesus is writing to. The ‘Chapter 1’ button also shows the Isle of Patmos where John was exiled, visited by Jesus, and ultimately wrote the book of Revelation.
Church was never even a thought for my family growing up. My dad was an over-the-road truck driver that wasn’t home all the time and my mom worked long hours at factories. When I was about 16 years old, my parents divorced. My relationship with both of my parents could be considered “alright”, at best. After the divorce, I dove into the party scene and settled there for several years. 
____________________________________________________________________________________________    Sean Myers writes:I started going to a community college in Springfield, MO where I met a girl that would soon get me to go to church with her. Our relationship started to go downhill, but my relationship with people at her church grew. We broke up and she decided to start attending a different church. Despite the fact that I had never been a “church kid”, I stayed. The people that I had become friends with, and the sense of belonging that I felt there led to me giving my life to the Lord on August 6, 2006. I had never been the type of person to be in front of a crowd but that night, as I sat in the back of the church, there was no hesitation. The pastor gave the typical alter call and before he could finish, I was on my way to the front. I don’t remember the exact words that I “repeated”, but I do know that I walked back to my seat a different person because of the love of God.Since that night, my life has not been without struggles. As a matter of fact, you could say that there were more because I realized that some of the things that I saw as “not that bad” were causing my relationship with God suffer. After about six months of trying my hardest to “succeed” as a Christian, I found myself always failing and that’s when I finally began to understand what grace was. I didn’t have to try to earn God’s love because it had already been given to me. Free of charge to me through Jesus.My life has never been better because of what Jesus did for me. The relationship with my parents, my marriage, my job, and simply every day I wake up is so much better. Before, I never had a plan…now I understand that I was already a part of one. His.

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Submission: This is the Intro to a nine part series on the letters of Jesus in Revelation 2 & 3 which can be found at http://www.oneselahmoment.com/1/post/2014/01/revelations-in-revelation.html

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