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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: He laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not

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SIH TOTT ICONRev 1:17b KJV – And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:


What wonderful words to hear from the Almighty Sovereign of the Universe…  “Fear thou not”.   Keep in mind, John has just experienced a tremendous blessing when he received a vision of Christ in the midst of His churches.  But along with that blessing came a renewed realization of his Lord’s greatness causing him to fall at His feet in humility, sorrow, reverence and fear.

In this last part of the verse, we see the Lord placing his hand upon John and comforting him.  What a wonderful blessing for John to know that, although he was a sinful man undeserving of any blessing from the Lord, there was no need for him to fear.  He did not need to fear the Lord, nor any man, nor any event that might take place in his life.  He was safe and secure in the hands of His Lord.

These same comforting words can be applied to each and every one of His people… folks, although we deserve nothing but an eternity in the Lake of Fire, we have nothing to fear.  Just like the OT saints, we can go forward in service to the Lord knowing He is with us…

“… Fear not, Abram: I [am] thy shield, [and] thy exceeding great reward.  (Genesis 15:1)

Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up [and] possess [it], as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.”   (Deuteronomy 1:21)

And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;  For the LORD your God [is] he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.”  (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”   (1 Chronicles 28:20)

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.   Say to them [that are] of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompence; he will come and save you.  (Isaiah 35:3-4)

But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
For I [am] the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt [for] thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.  Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
Fear not: for I [am] with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;  [Even] every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.  (Isaiah 43:1-7)


As we set our minds upon the wonderful promises given to OT believers, let’s also keep in mind these same promises apply to NT saints as well.  As God’s people, we have nothing to fear … He is and will be with us, strengthening, protecting, enabling, and rewarding us.

As we enter our day today, may we all remember we have nothing to fear… the Sovereign Lord of the Universe is with us!

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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  1. SLIMJIM says:

    What a comforting truth to know He is the first and the last

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