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Do We Know Our Lord Is The Almighty One? If So, Why Do We Not Trust Him?

SIH HALTAL ICON Rev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 8:2 KJV – A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

The Lord Jesus Christ is in heaven, dwelling with God, interceding on behalf of His people.

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Revelation 1:9-11:“John’s Commission”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

The Lord’s Instructions That He Gives To John…

Rev 1:9-11 KJV

(9) 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.

(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

(11) 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.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

John’s Commission includes…

1. John’s Identity – (v 9a)

2. John’s Condition – (v 9b)

3. John’s Communion w the Lord (v 10)

4. John’s Instructions – (v 11)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 1: – 

(9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, 

As John continues the introduction to this letter, he identifies himself to his readers. He describes himself as their spiritual brother, sharing in membership in the family of God. But He goes further. He then tells his readers that he is sharing in their troubles, as well as in the promised eternal kingdom that awaits them. Finally, he reminds them that He shares in the exercise of patience as they continue living under persecution and troubles, patiently waiting for their promised kingdom.

John is following the wonderful examples set for us by the faithful saints of the Old Testament…

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

 

 

was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

John’s suffering includes his banishment to the isle of Patmos, a Roman prison island. He was sent to Patmos because of his proclamation of God’s Word and for his personal witness of Christ and the events of His first coming.

 

 

(10) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,

John describes his communion with the Lord as being “in the Spirit”. In other words, John was under the influence of the Holy Spirit, allowing him to receive the vision of Christ in the midst of His churches (v 12-20).

The receipt of this vision took place on Sunday, the Lord’s day, the day set aside for the assembly of the saints and the worship of the Lord (Acts 20:7). Why Sunday? It is the day the Lord arose from the dead! (John 20:10)

 

 

and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

While John is under the influence of the Spirit, he hears behind him a strong, loud, very clear voice. John likens the voice to the sound of a trumpet. Trumpets throughout the Bible were used to gain the attention of the hearer, normally followed by a predetermined action (call for an assembly, entrance into a battle, or a call to worship, etc etc).   In this case, the voice John hears grabs his attention as a very important message is to be given to him.

 

 

(11) Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:

The speaker now identifies Himself as “Alpha and Omega” “the first and the last”.   In 1:8, we saw that these titles described our Lord. He is the beginning and the ending of all things. With this identification of the speaker, John now understands the importance of what is to come. He is about to receive instructions from His Lord concerning His ministry and the origin of the Revelation he is about to receive.

 

 

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.

The Lord gives John the responsibility to receive a series of visions from Him and then to accurately record them on a scroll. This scroll was to be sent to the seven churches that existed in Asia.

 

These churches include:

Church Location Name Meaning Areas of Faithfulness Areas of Unfaithfulness Possible Punishment Reward To Overcomers (proof of genuine salvation)
Ephesus Desired or Allowed Many areas of faithful outward service.   Hate doctrine of Nicolaitanes. Left first love (Christ)Service not motivated by love for Christ. Removal of candlestick (church no longer enjoying fellowship w God) Eat of Tree of Life in Paradise
Smyrna Myrrh Spiritually rich N/A N/A Not hurt by second death
Pergamos Fortified Tower Faithfulness in face of persecution Allowing doctrine of Balaam and Nicolaitans(physical and spiritual fornication) Will war against those who hold false teaching Be given hidden manna and white stone with new name
Thyatira Sacrifice, Offering, Corpse Works of love, service, faith, patience False Prophetess in midst. (sexual immorality and idol worship) Sickness, tribulation and death upon her and her followers. Be given power over the nations
Sardis Depart, Escape, Exit A few faithful areas of service remain. A few faithful members remain. Testimony that they are spiritually alive but really dead. Their works not “perfect” before God. Will come upon them as a thief (implied removing anything of value leaving spiritually destitute) White garments. Name not blotted out of book, confess his name before the Father
Philadelphia Love Of The Brethren Kept Word not denied name of Christ. Persevered in trials N/A N/A Permanent pillar in temple of God. Name of God and New Jerusalem upon them. New name given to them
Laodicea Judgment Of The People N/A Lukewarm service. Blinded to their spiritual destitution. Spew out of Lord’s mouth. Rebuking and chastening from Lord. Sit with Christ in throne.

 

As you can see from this quick listing, the spiritual conditions of these churches varied greatly. Some had no areas of faithfulness, others no area of unfaithfulness. The unfaithful were warned of impending judgment, the faithful told of impending blessings.

 

This helps us to understand that the message of the Book of Revelation is needed by all… the faithful, the unfaithful; those who love the Lord and those whose love has grown cold; those who are doctrinally strong, and those who are doctrinally weak.   This message will be beneficial to all of us no matter what spiritual condition a church, or individual Christian may find ourselves.

 

Much more on the condition, blessings and judgments of these assemblies will be covered in detail later in our study.

 

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

 

In this text, we can very easily see that Christ as the ultimate authority behind this book that is of benefit to us all. It is Christ that authorizes John to receive, record and send forth the message of the Book of Revelation.   John has Christ Himself standing behind its contents, recording and sending out.

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):

 

These verses should encourage us to take the message of this book very seriously. Christ, Himself, spoke to John giving him the commission to write and distribute this message to His churches and the individual members in those churches. As we continue in this series, let’s never think of this book as simply written by John. Let’s always remember this is the message from God Himself, meant for all of His people, given to us through the ministry of His faithful servant John.

 

May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: The Almighty …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

Our Lord possesses all strength and authority. Because of His overwhelming authority and power, He is in control of all things. Satan cannot thwart His plans; Man’s acts of rebellion cannot overcome Him; All the forces of darkness cannot cause Him to fail. He can, and will, accomplish what He has determined for His people.

A few of His most beloved and well known promises, given to His people include:

Mat 11:28-29 KJV – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

2Co 4:16-18 KJV – For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Heb 13:5-6 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 

All of these promises, and many others, hinge upon His absolute control of all things. If our Lord was not in total control of all His promises would go something like this…

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and, if Satan allows, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me as long as your fallen nature doesn’t overcome my Spirit’s work in you; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, unless the powers of darkness take your rest away.

If our Lord does not control all, He cannot guarantee the fulfillment of  the many promises He has given to us.

 

As we progress through our day, may we all lovingly cling to the truth …. Our Lord is in control. And knowing this truth, let us face our discouragements, trials, and oppositions boldly knowing that …

1 Jn 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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Our Lord Has, Is and Will Live Forever!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:8 KJV  -  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “who is consecrated for evermore:”

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:28 KJV –  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

 Christ has been accepted by God the Father as the only perfect, sinless, High Priest to make intercession for His people forevermore.

And he said unto them, and the third [day] I shall be perfected. (Luke 13:32)

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: which is, and which was, and which is to come, …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

 

 

 

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the Eternal God… He has existed in eternity past, He exists today, and He will exist throughout eternity future…
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

This truth helps us to understand that our Redeemer lives. It was the cause of great joy and gladness in the heart of Job, a man who faced, perhaps, the greatest suffering of any sinful man on earth. ..

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth: And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.”  (Job 19:23-27)

As we begin our day, lets remember that our Lord existed from eternity past. He came to the earth, He died on the cross for us, His spirit went to be with His Heavenly Father, He arose the third day completing His redemptive work, and then ascended to prepare a place for His people to dwell eternally.   He completed the work that secured our salvation in times past. We can know this with certainty.

Next, lets place in our hearts and minds the truth that our Lord is alive today. He knows the burdens of our hearts, He will be with us, He will help us, He is actively controlling the events of our lives allowing what is for our good and His glory. May we be comforted in the midst of our trials as we think on these things.

Then let us also gain assurance and strength, knowing He will continue to live and work on our behalf, He will come back for us, He will grace us with glorified bodies and an eternal, sinless home with Him.

Folks, this is our Lord, Jesus Christ, the eternal God.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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The Lord is the beginning and the ending of our salvation!

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:8 KJV - I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:27 KJV – Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

Christ fully completed the work of our redemption, once and for all!

 

 

 

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].   And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Hebrews 10:10-12)

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending …

SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:8 KJV

(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

Christ calls Himself “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”.

 

Folks, Christ is the beginning and the ending of all aspects of our lives… creation; history; truth, understanding and wisdom; the languages of the world; the nations of the world; all worldly authorities; and on a more personal basis, our physical lives, our health, our families, our employment… the list seems endless.

But, for this devotional, I would like us to set our minds upon the most important area of our lives that finds its beginning and completion in the Lord, our redemption…

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ: (Philippians 1:6 KJV)

 

The ESV translates this verse in this way…

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6 ESV)

 

Although, as believers, we were redeemed in times past, we will not receive all the results of the redemptive work of Christ until His second coming.  When our Lord comes at His second coming, we will receive our glorified bodies… at this point in time the results of the redemptive work of Christ will reach total fulfillment.

What a wonderful truth for us! Our redemption was begun by our Lord and WILL BE COMPLETED by our Lord at His coming, and we can be SURE of this!   We can know with certainty that If He has begun the good work of redemption He will bring it to pass. We are secure in His hands, never to lose our salvation, never to be alienated from Him again, never to face eternal suffering for our sins.  If He has redeemed us, we will receive glorified bodies and dwell with Him eternally…

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? (Romans 8:29-31)

 

May we all enter our day with joyous, confident hearts knowing that if we have been saved by His grace through faith in Christ, we can know that we will live with Him eternally in our glorified bodies.  Let us serve Him with greater appreciation knowing that we find our eternal security in Him and His redemptive work that He will bring to a completion.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Will You Be Joyous Or Wail At His Coming?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – 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.

 

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… made higher than the heavens… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ, as our Perfect High Priest, is exalted by God over all authorities…

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church, (Ephesians 1:20-22)

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.…

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Rev 1:7 KJV – 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.

 

 

 

The second coming of Christ is a wonderful day that is eagerly awaited for all those who have trusted in Him. Why is this? It is the day that we will be taken home to be with our Lord and enter into protection from His wrath that is about to fall upon sinful mankind. This event is described in Matthew 24:29-31…

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

However, in both of these texts, we can easily see that this is not the case for all men. We are clearly told that when Christ comes back in the clouds many will mourn (sorrow due to personal loss)…

Mat 24:30 KJV – “and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

Rev 1:7 KJV – “and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.”

For the saved this is a joyous event, but for the lost who are left upon the earth, it is the cause of great mourning because they understand the time for the judgment of their sins is at hand. The wrath of God is about to fall upon them.

Folks, may we all examine our lives and be sure that we are prepared for His second coming… it could take place today! Have we repented of the many sins we have committed and trusted in Christ as our Lord and Savior? This should take first priority in our lives.

Secondly, if we know we are prepared for His coming, let us remember there are many others who are not prepared. They are yet in their sins. May we feel the great need of taking the gospel to the lost around us (through our words and actions) so that they might come to a saving knowledge of Christ and be prepared for His coming in the clouds.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Do We Know Our Redeemer Lives?

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Job 19:23-27 (KJV)

23) Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
24) That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
25) For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:
26) And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27) Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.

 

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Did You Know When The Lord Comes Back, He Will Descend From Heaven In The Clouds?

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Rev 1:7 KJV – 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.

 

 

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “… holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV – For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ is separated for God’s use, innocent, sinless, unfallen. It is only by being sinlessly perfect that He could be our Redeemer and Mediator.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: Behold, He cometh with clouds…

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Rev 1:7 KJV – 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.

 

 

 

When our Lord comes back again, He will, literally, come back in the clouds as He descends from heaven to the earth. This will be a fulfillment of the promise of the angel given to His disciples at His ascension in Acts 1:10-11.

 

But did you know there is something else we can learn from His coming in the clouds? Not only will He literally come in the skies, but also He will be coming with the glory of Almighty God.  Many times, in the Old Testament, clouds are associated with the presence and glory of God.…

And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:   He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, [from] before the people. (Exodus 13:21-22)

And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.(Exodus 16:10)

And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. (Exodus 19:9)

… and many others.

 

When we are told that our Lord will come back in the clouds, it is symbolically teaching us that the second of Christ will be the coming of Almighty God to the earth. Christ the second person of the Godhead will come back to take His people home to be with Him! What a glorious day that will be!

May we all take a moment to think about the fact that God Himself, in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, will come to personally take us to be with Him eternally. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords loves His people so much, He will come again to rescue us from a fallen, sin sick world and protect us from the wrath that is to come.

 

As we enter our day, let’s serve Him with greater joy, strength and enthusiasm knowing that Christ, our God, will come again someday, we will not be forgotten!

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of  the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

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Is Christ King Of Your Heart and Life?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 1:5 – 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,

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: “For such an high priest became us,… “

SIH HALTAL ICONHeb 7:26 KJV - For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 

Christ was perfectly suited to become our High Priest. His person and work were flawless in the performance of His Priesthood, allowing us to enter into the very presence of God for an eternity.

 

 

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Revelation 1:7-8 “Christ’s Coming In Wrath”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 The Second Coming Of Christ…

Rev 1:7-8 KJV

(7) 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.
(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

 

John now sees Christ coming in His Wrath:

1. The World’s Reaction To His Coming (v 7)
2. Christ’s Description of Himself (v 8)

 

John now presents to us Christ in His authoritative greatness. His second coming is being used to reveal Christ as the Eternally Almighty God. One of the ways He will show His greatness to us is through the judgment of those who have rebelled against Him.

 

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 1: –

 

(7) Behold, he cometh with clouds;

John now allows us to “look” and “place our attention upon” Christ. In this vision, we can see Christ coming during His second coming. He is said to be coming “with the clouds”.
This is a direct reference to the promise given at His ascension when the apostles were told that “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11 KJV). When Christ ascended to heaven, we are told that “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9).   In fulfillment of the promise given to us (Acts 1:11) we are told that, when He returns, He will come “with the clouds”.
This is one of the great hallmark proofs of the authentic Christ coming back to earth. Many throughout the years have claimed to be the returned Christ, but none have been seen coming back in the clouds of heaven. The authentic Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of His people, will be seen coming back in the clouds, which will be one proof of several that will validate His identity.

 

Also, we need to keep in mind that many times the Lord is described as “coming in (or with) the clouds”, the Bible uses clouds to represent His exalted position and dominating authority which will be displayed at His second coming (Ezekiel 1:4-28). In the following verses, we will see several ways in which His authority is declared at His second coming…

 

 

 

and every eye shall see him,
 
After Christ comes back in the clouds, “every eye” (every man who is living upon the earth) will “see” Him (gaze at Him in amazement with eyes wide open).   Who will be living on the earth at this point in time? This group includes both lost and saved mankind. As He first appears in the sky, all men will see Him. Then, just prior to His judgment falling upon the lost, Christ will take up His saints to be with Him, keeping them protected from the wrath that will then fall upon the lost …
Mat 24:26-31 KJV – “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
1Th 4:16-17 KJV – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It is only after this taking of His people, that His judgment will begin to fall upon sinful man.

 

 

and they also which pierced him:

“They which pierced Him” are describing the living Jews. They will be a part of the group that are living on the earth at the time of His second coming. As a nation they are responsible for crucifying their Lord and have rejected Christ as the True Messiah(Zech 12:10, Luke 13:34-35, Matthew 23:34-39).
Although in the OT times the Jews were God’s physically chosen people and were used by God in great ways, John is reminding them that this will not give them “a free pass” to escape the judgment of God that is about to fall.  They will be present at His second coming, and if they have not trusted in Him, they will face the same wrath as the Gentile unbelievers alive at His coming.
Note: There will be some Jews who are saved prior to His coming and these will be taken and protected by Christ. However, based on the next section we are told that there will be many physical Jews that will still be in their sins and facing eternal judgment…

 

 
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
 
John reveals to us that the living lost (those who are left after the taking out of God’s people) will be made up of individuals from every family upon the earth. This helps us to understand that these sinful people include individuals from every race, nationality, dialect and bloodline. There will be multitudes of both Jews and Gentiles who will still be in their sins when Christ returns to the earth.
All the lost are said to “wail” at His return. They will not be wailing and mourning over the sins they have committed.  They will be crying out, beating their chest in sorrow, selfishly, as they now understand that judgment has now come upon them. Following the removal of His people from the earth, the God’s wrath upon the lost mankind will begin shortly.

Keep in mind, this text is describing one aspect of His second coming…His second coming and its effects on the lost. As we have seen in the First Thessalonians passage (and others throughout the Bible) His second coming will also affect the saved. For the saved, it will be a great time of blessing and joy; but for the lost it will be a great time of harm, sorrow and fear…
 

Rev 6:15-17 KJV – “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

 

Even so, Amen.
 
“Truly, so be it”.
John concludes this verse by emphasizing:
1. “Even so” – the truthfulness of this teaching
2. “Amen” – the need to recognize this is the Lord’s will, He knows what is best and, therefore, we should willfully accept that this will take place.
 

Although we like to think that the second coming will be a great time of joy and blessing for the saved, it is equally important to understand and accept that it will be a great time of judgment and sorrow for the lost.

 

(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,

Christ as Creator of Heaven and Earth and the New Heavens and Earth…
This returning Lord describes Himself as the One who has brought into existence, and will bring to an end all things…
1. “Alpha and Omega” – the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Just as Alpha begins the Greek alphabet, Christ begins all things. Just as Omega ends the Greek alphabet, Christ will be the ending of all things as well.

2. “The beginning and the ending” – He began it all and will bring an end to it all. He is our Creator and He will bring this current sinful creation to an end by remaking the heavens and the earth. This renovation will take place using the fire of His judgment against sin to bring into existence a new purified heaven and earth wherein will dwell eternal righteousness…
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”   (2 Peter 3:12-13)

 
He speaks these words as “the Lord”, the One who possesses all authority and power.

 

 

which is, and which was, and which is to come,

Christ as the Eternal God…
He describes His eternal existence by looking at the three main segments of existence… past, present and future. He existed in all three. He existed in eternity past, He exists in the present time, and He will exist into eternity future. As Lord, He is in control of all three segments of existence.
This helps us to understand His eternal existence and, by implication, His deity, as God is the only one that eternally exists. As God, He is in control of all history, from eternity past to eternity future, and everything in between.

 

 

 

the Almighty.
 
Christ as the All Powerful Lord…
The title “Almighty” literally means “One who possesses strength or control over all”. This title is is normally used to describe God (in many cases, God the Father) but it is applied to Christ in this verse. This same relationship between the Son and the Father are given to us in Isaiah 9:6-7 …
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
At His second coming His great authority and power will be on display…
Dan 7:13-14 KJV – “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.   And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

 

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we can very easily see that Christ is presented as the Authoritative God over all…
1. Christ holds supreme authority over all creation. Christ is shown as coming “in the clouds” (an outward display of His supremacy over all) (v 7)
2. Christ will execute certain judgment of the lost. The lost will mourn when Christ appears in the clouds. They know His judgment is certain . (v 7)
3. Christ declares He is the beginning and ending of all creation and all truth. (vs 8)
4. Christ declares He eternally exists and controls all events in history (vs 8)
5. Christ declares He is the Almighty God (vs 8)

 

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):

May we all see in these verses the deity of Christ and His absolute authority over all His creation. This same eternal God is coming again with the promise of eternal safety to His people and eternal judgment for those who have not repented of their sin and trusted in Him as their Lord.
May we make certain of our salvation and have hearts burdened to take the gospel message through our words and actions to the lost around us before it is eternally too late.
May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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