Christ is coming (Rev 1:7)

“Look!

Christ is coming

With the clouds.

Every eye

Will see him,

Even those who pierced him.

On his account

All the tribes

Of the earth

Will cry aloud.

Yes!

Amen!”

Ἰδοὺ ἔρχεται μετὰ τῶν νεφελῶν, καὶ ὄψεται αὐτὸν πᾶς ὀφθαλμὸς καὶ οἵτινες αὐτὸν ἐξεκέντησαν, καὶ κόψονται ἐπ’ αὐτὸν πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ τῆς γῆς. ναί, ἀμήν.

John said “Look (Ἰδοὺ)!  Christ is coming (ἔρχεται) with the clouds (μετὰ τῶν νεφελῶν).  Every eye (πᾶς ὀφθαλμὸς) will see him (καὶ ὄψεται αὐτὸν), even those who pierced him (καὶ οἵτινες αὐτὸν ἐξεκέντησαν).  On his account (ἐπ’ αὐτὸν), all the tribes (πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ) of the earth (τῆς γῆς) will cry out (καὶ κόψονται).  Yes (ναί)!  Amen (ἀμήν)!”  This description is much like the vision of the prophet Daniel, chapter 7:13-14, “As I watched in the night visions, I saw one, like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.  He came to the Ancient One.  He was presented before him.  To him, was given dominion, glory, and kingship.  All people, all nations, all languages should serve him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion.  It shall not pass away.  His kingdom is one that shall never be destroyed.”  This saying has often been interpreted as the coming of the Messiah, the savior.  The usage of the term ‘son of man’ may be a reference to Jesus, since he and his disciples used this term.  The prophet Zechariah, chapter 12:10 spoke about a pierced one, “When they look on the one whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him.”  Thus, this John used these prophetic verses to describe his vision of Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ was coming on a cloud.  Everyone will see him, even those who pierced him or tried to destroy him.  They will all cry out in agreement with a great amen or yes.  All the world will finally be united around Jesus Christ in his Second Coming.  Do you expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Prayer to God (Rev 1:6)

“Jesus Christ

Made us

Into a kingdom,

Priests

Of God,

His Father.

To him

Be glory

And power

Forever and ever.

Amen.”

καὶ ἐποίησεν ἡμᾶς βασιλείαν, ἱερεῖς τῷ Θεῷ καὶ Πατρὶ αὐτοῦ, αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα καὶ τὸ κράτος εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων· ἀμήν.

John said “Jesus Christ made us (καὶ ἐποίησεν ἡμᾶς) into a kingdom (βασιλείαν), priests of God (ἱερεῖς τῷ Θεῷ), his Father (καὶ Πατρὶ αὐτοῦ).  To him be glory (αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα) and power (καὶ τὸ κράτος) forever and ever (εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων).  Amen (ἀμήν).”  John said that Jesus Christ has made us into a new kingdom, where he is in charge.  We are the new priests of God, so that we share in the royal priesthood of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we should offer glory and power to God forever.  This prayer even has a Jewish amen, or so be it.  This is the eschatological perfection when we will be joined with Jesus Christ in praising God the Father forever.  This is our eternal reward in the final time.  Do you offer glory and power to God?

Jesus Christ (Rev 1:5)

“Jesus Christ is

The faithful witness,

The firstborn

Of the dead,

And the ruler

Of the kings of earth.

He loves us

And frees us

From our sins

By his blood.”

καὶ ἀπὸ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὁ μάρτυς ὁ πιστός, ὁ πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν καὶ ὁ ἄρχων τῶν βασιλέων τῆς γῆς. Τῷ ἀγαπῶντι ἡμᾶς καὶ λύσαντι ἡμᾶς ἐκ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ,

John said “Jesus Christ (καὶ ἀπὸ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ) is the faithful (ὁ πιστός) witness (ὁ μάρτυς), the firstborn of the dead (ὁ πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν), and the ruler (καὶ ὁ ἄρχων) of the kings (τῶν βασιλέων) of the earth (ῆς γῆς).  He loves us (Τῷ ἀγαπῶντι ἡμᾶς) and frees us (καὶ λύσαντι ἡμᾶς) from our sins (ἐκ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν) by his blood (ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ).”  This John explained the role of Jesus Christ.  He is our faithful witness.  He is the first born or the prototype of all who have died because he has defeated death.  He was the first to rise again with his Resurrection.  We too will defeat death with our resurrection.  He certainly loves us and frees us from our sins by his blood on the cross.  Thus, Jesus Christ was our savior from the death of this world.  Do you believe that Jesus Christ is your savior?

Greetings to the seven Asian churches (Rev 1:4)

“John

To the seven churches

That are in Asia.

Grace to you!

Peace

From him

Who is,

And who was

And who is to come,

And from the seven spirits

Who are before

His throne.”

Ἰωάνης ταῖς ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησίαις ταῖς ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ· χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ ὁ ὢν καὶ ὁ ἦν καὶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος, καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἑπτὰ Πνευμάτων ἃ ἐνώπιον τοῦ θρόνου αὐτοῦ,

John said “John (Ἰωάνης) to the seven churches (ταῖς ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησίαις) that are in Asia (ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ).  Grace to you (χάρις ὑμῖν)! Peace (καὶ εἰρήνη) from him who is (ἀπὸ ὁ ὢν) and who was (ὁ ἦν) and who is to come (καὶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος), and from the seven spirits (καὶ ἀπὸ τῶν ἑπτὰ Πνευμάτων) who are before (ἃ ἐνώπιον) his throne (τοῦ θρόνου αὐτοῦ).”  This John then turned this into a letter or epistle to the seven churches in Asia with a grace and peace greeting.  The Roman province called Asia is present day western Turkey.  Paul had helped establish many of these churches and written letters to some of them.  John offered the grace and peace of God who is, who was, and who is to come.  This is like the wonderful doxology of praise at the end of the Letter of Jude.  The eternity of God was a key feature of the monotheistic God who was, is, and will be.  There was a mention of the seven spirits before God’s throne.  This might be a reference to the sevenfold Holy Spirit or the seven angels in the Book of Enoch, that was also mentioned in the Letter of Jude.  Do you send grace and peace greetings?

The blessed ones (Rev 1:3)

“Blessed is the one

Who reads

And listens

To the words

Of the prophecy!

Keep

What is written in it!

The time

Is near!”

Μακάριος ὁ ἀναγινώσκων καὶ οἱ ἀκούοντες τοὺς λόγους τῆς προφητείας καὶ τηροῦντες τὰ ἐν αὐτῇ γεγραμμένα· ὁ γὰρ καιρὸς ἐγγύς.

John said “Blessed (Μακάριος) is the one who reads (ὁ ἀναγινώσκων) and listens (καὶ οἱ ἀκούοντες) to the words (τοὺς λόγους) of the prophecy (τῆς προφητείας)!  Keep (καὶ τηροῦντες) what is written in it (τὰ ἐν αὐτῇ γεγραμμένα)!  The time (ὁ γὰρ καιρὸς) is near (ἐγγύς)!”  His readers should be blessed or happy just like those who follow the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew, chapter 5, and Luke, chapter 6There will be more blessings in this book.  However, they had to read and listen to the prophetic words of the prophetic utterances that came from God as found in the Hebrew Bible.  Then they had to keep or follow what is written.  There was this constant reminder that reading and listening was not good enough.  They had to keep the word of God in their actions.  The main reason was because the critical time of the Second Coming of Christ was near.  The expectation was that Jesus Christ would return pretty soon, any day now.  When do you expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

John gives his testimony (Rev 1:2)

“John testifies

To the word of God

And to the testimony

Of Jesus Christ,

As much as he saw.”

ὃς ἐμαρτύρησεν τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τὴν μαρτυρίαν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὅσα εἶδεν.

John said that “he testifies (ὃς ἐμαρτύρησεν) to the word of God (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ) and to the testimony (καὶ τὴν μαρτυρίαν) of Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), as much as he saw (ὅσα εἶδεν).”  This John said that he would testify to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  However, he did have the limitation of only what he saw in his visions.  He was willing to testify about his own visions about God and Jesus Christ, even if they were limited.  What are you willing to testify to?

The revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:1)

“The revelation

Of Jesus Christ,

Which God gave him

To show his servants

What would soon take place.

He made it known

By sending

His angel

To his servant John.”

Ἀποκάλυψις Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἣν ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ ὁ Θεός, δεῖξαι τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ ἃ δεῖ γενέσθαι ἐν τάχει, καὶ ἐσήμανεν ἀποστείλας διὰ τοῦ ἀγγέλου αὐτοῦ, τῷ δούλῳ αὐτοῦ Ἰωάνῃ,

This author introduced himself as John.  He said this was “The revelation (Ἀποκάλυψις) of Jesus Christ (Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), which God (ὁ Θεός) gave him (ἣν ἔδωκεν αὐτῷ) to show (δεῖξαι) his servants (τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ) what would soon take place (ἃ δεῖ γενέσθαι ἐν τάχει).  He made it known (καὶ ἐσήμανεν) by sending (ἀποστείλας) his angel (διὰ τοῦ ἀγγέλου αὐτοῦ) to his servant (τῷ δούλῳ αὐτοῦ) John (Ἰωάνῃ).”  This book is a revelation or an apocalypse, the Greek word for revelation Ἀποκάλυψις.  There was a whole series of apocalyptic literature from some of the Hebrew prophets, especially Ezekiel.  This word means unveiling of something unknown.  Thus, it could have been a secret knowledge of God, the plan of salvation, or a mystery.  That is why this book is sometimes called the Apocalypse because of the Greek word that starts this book, since it is a revelation about Jesus Christ.  God gave his servant John this revelation by an unnamed angel.  However, once again, we are faced with the problem of who this John is.  Adding to our possible list of Johns is John the Baptist, John Mark, the author of the Gospel of Mark, John, the Evangelist author of the fourth gospel, an unknown prophet called John, an unidentified John, John the Apostle, John the writer of the three epistles of John, or someone pretending to be a famous John.  We know for sure that he called himself John.  He considered himself a slave of God.  He had a revelation from God about Jesus Christ via an unnamed angel about things that were going to happen soon.  What do you know about the apocalypse or revelation?

Outline of the Book of Revelation

Outline of the Book of Revelation

I. The present

1. The prologue

The revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:1)

John gives his testimony (Rev 1:2)

The blessed ones (Rev 1:3)

Greeting the seven Asian churches (Rev 1:4)

Jesus Christ (Rev 1:5)

Prayer to God (Rev 1:6)

Christ is coming (Rev 1:7)

The alpha and the omega (Rev 1:8)

2. The first vision

The island of Patmos (Rev 1:9)

I was in the Spirit (Rev 1:10)

Write a book for seven churches (Rev 1:11)

Seven golden lampstands (Rev 1:12)

II. The seven churches

1. Ephesus

2. Smyrna

3. Pergamum

4. Thyratira

5. Sardis

6. Philadelphia

7. Laodicea

III. The future

1. The heavenly liturgy of creation and redemption

2. The seven seals

3. The seven trumpets

4. The seven spiritual figures

5. The seven bowls of wrath

6. The fall of Babylon

7. The marriage supper of the lamb

8. The judgment of the beasts, the devil, and the dead

9. The new heavens, new earth

10. New Jerusalem

IV. Epilogue blessing

Thank you! – 73

August 30, 2022

Thank you! – 73

In a little over a week, I have finished reading and commenting on the Letter of Jude.  I have now finished the New Testament four canonical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, plus the Acts of the Apostles, and Paul’s letters to the Romans, as well 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews.  I have also finished the Letter of James, 1 Peter and 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John, and now Jude.  Every time I finish commenting on a book of the Bible, I send a thank you blog.  I usually post five blogs a day covering a verse of the biblical books.  So far, I have posted over 15,815 blogs about the individual paragraphs of all the 46 books of the Old Testament, plus the individual verses of the first 26 books of the New Testament.  It has taken me nine years to get this done, since I first began in 2013.  I only have one more book to do, the Book of Revelation.

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