Revelation1_13The centrality of Christ

In the realm of the spirit, the Church stands as one. Christ is at its centre and it cannot be pulled apart. In the natural realm, it may appear weak and divided, but in the Spirit, it stands strong and united.

It can not be pulled down because it is built upon the Solid Rock. A house built upon on the Rock will stand firm through turbulent and stormy weather (Matthew 7:24). Christ said, “upon this rock I will build my Church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18).

Jesus Christ is the central theme of Revelation and He is the central theme of His Church.

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The Faithful Witness

Revelation1_5THE FAITHFUL WITNESS; (Rev. 1:5 – Part 1)

In the days of trial you need someone you can trust and rely on. You need someone who is a rock. Jesus Christ is described as the One who gives us Grace and peace. He is described as, “the faithful witness. In Rev. 1:5, John reflects upon Psalm 89. God the Son is fully described in His threefold office of Prophet, Priest, and King here. In verses 36 and 37 it says,

His seed shall endure forever, And his throne as the sun before Me; 37 It shall be established forever, like the moon, Even like the faithful witness in the sky.” (Psalm 89:36:37)

In this Psalm, the Psalmist talks about the endurance of the sun and the moon. The sun and moon are “faithful” witnesses in the sky, in that they never cease to give light to the earth. Even when dark clouds appear on the earth, the sun shines and is present behind the scenes. As we look up every night, the moon is always there. The sun and moon are stable, they have been set in place by Almighty God.

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness (Rev.1:5). He is as sure as the sun and moon, described in Psalm 89. Reliable and dependable is His name. Jesus came to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37). He is Jesus Christ the anointed, and appointed Saviour. He is the “faithful witness.” (Rev.1;5).

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The SEVEN Churches

Revelation1_4The seven churches – part 1

The main point of The Book of Revelation is to reveal Jesus Christ. It is a book of sign posts that direct us to eternal truths. It is Jesus who does the unveiling and revealing and not John. John simply records all that is revealed to him.. The aim of Revelation is to testify to everything that John saw.

To the seven churches:

These were seven churches that actually existed at that time. The names of the churches are given in Rev.1:11.

Why seven churches when in reality, there were nine?

At that time there were more that seven churches in Asia. For example in Acts 20:6-7 we read about Paul breaking bread in “Troas” which was in Asia. Also, we read of a letter written by Paul to a Church in Colossae. Epaphras founded this church, also Laodicea and Hierapolis, all found in Asia. (Acts 19:10). The Asia mention here is not the Asia we know of today. It is western Turkey, the province where the gospel was first planted.

The number seven symbolic:

The Book of Revelation is a book of symbols. The number seven is significant, it is symbolic. The earth was created in seven days. The number seven symbolises completeness. “The seven Churches,” represents the Church of all ages. The number seven is used several times in Revelation and has a great deal of importance: seven bowls of wrath, seven trumpets, seven angels, seven seals, seven thunders, seven winds, seven spirits and so on. All the warnings and promises can be applied to our present day churches. The use of this number seven is to symbolise something which is complete. Though John mentions seven churches in Rev.1:4, he is speaking to all the churches. What he is specifically saying to one church, he is saying to all. For example in Revelation 2 and 3 we see a series of letters to the churches. Each of those letters has a message to all churches… “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Rev. 2:7). All the churches must listen to the messages given to the specific churches.

The problems that the Churches in Asia faced and the promises and threats made to them, apply to the Church of all ages. They are significant to us in this day and age. It effects us. Though seven churches were selected in Asia, it is simply a symbol of all the Churches. It is a message for the whole, complete body of Christ, for all Churches at all times. This message is not just for those in the first century, when it was first written. It is a message from Jesus Christ applicable to the Church now, as it was then and indeed every age to come. Jesus the same to day, yesterday and forever.

(Hebrews 13:8).

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