BOOK of REVELATION
If you have not read the foreword of this book “Hidden in Plain Sight” do so before you start. It is the necessary foundation one needs to understand the overall picture which Christ had given to the Prophets who wrote the Bible – the living Word of God.
Are you ready? Let’s start this true life drama by first introducing to you the most important figure in this saga “Jesus Christ” by using Old and New Testament prophecies that will guide you through events leading up to the seven-year Tribulation and the events that will follow.
In the early years of Christianity (95-96 AD), there was an apostle named St. John who bore witness of everything Christ revealed to him through a vision of God’s plan for us. John writes it as a long journey in the present, past, and future. He was to start on the Lord’s day and write everything he saw on that day, everything he saw before that day, and everything he saw after that day. Discovering what day he is referring to will be one of our most important clues. Without this information, this theatrical masterpiece (written as a mystery) could not of been revealed.
The Book of Revelation is the last book in the New Testament. It shows that we cannot have the new without the old. So we will be covering a vast period of time (7,000 years). Please note, it is important that you use a King James Bible as a study guide, because all Bibles published after the King James Version omit key words that are important to the revelation of the mystery.
The Book of Revelation is the last book within the Bible. The Old Testament provides a foreshadow of the future to guide mankind into the New Testament. All red letter words in your Bible are exact quotes from Christ Himself. As you read, recognize Christ for who He is.
Rev. I: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.”
He has three deities (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1-14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…”
John 8-19 “…Where is thy Father? Jesus answered; Ye neither know me, nor my father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.”
John 10-38 “…believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”
John 14-8 “Lord, show us the father,”
John 14-9 “he that hath seen me hath seen the father…”
The prophets who foretold the coming of Christ were the same prophets who foretold future events for the church and the world today. This is the reason we must go back to the writings of the old prophets to understand this book and for this drama to unfold.
John wrote the testimony of Jesus Christ which he put in a book and sent it to the seven churches in Asia. They were literal churches which were seen as seven prophetic assemblies throughout history – each in their own time. The final church, “Laodicea” is unfolding in our time now.
God spoke of this Church as being very arrogant: Rich with no need for anything, being neither hot nor cold, just lukewarm; so much so, He would spew them out of His mouth. The believers of Jesus Christ are not solely in a Church building. God sees no individual Church. He sees no name over the doors. He shows them as a Golden Candlestick (symbolizing the Tree of Life) when they are on earth and when they will be in heaven with Christ in the midst as the vine and the branches the seven Churches.
Exo. 25:31 “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.”
Rev. 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
When God gave Moses instructions to build the first Temple, there were certain items they were to place in the tabernacle and the outer court. It was God’s plan to show mankind the only way back to Him was through his son Jesus Christ for eternal salvation.
Remember now, this story is a mystery. There are key words you will need to know whether they are to be interpreted literally or symbolically. For example, the stars that Christ is holding in His right hand represent pastors or leaders who assemble themselves together to hear from God. If these interpretations seem difficult or obscure, do not worry, the Holy Spirit will help you as we proceed.
Rev. 5:6 ” And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
The description of Christ is used only as a figurative illustration of words. The word “horn” symbolizes kings. (Rev.17:12). Remember this – it is used several times in Scriptures to give understanding of the part that Christ’s Spirit will play, and also the role some of the other characters will play. Keep in mind the symbolic meaning of the Seven Horns and Seven Eyes as representing the Church. (The branches of the golden candlestick).
Rev 1:14 “…and his eyes were as a flame of fire”
Rev. 1:15 “…and His voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev. 1:16 “…and he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth a sharp two edged sword”
Rev. 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys to hell and of death.
Rev. 1:19 “Write the things which thou has seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev. 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the golden candlestick. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candle sticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The verse referring to God’s voice as the sound of many waters is referring to people, multitudes, nations, or tongues (Rev. 17:15). Also, when you read the word “Sea” substitute the word “Water”, which then would mean “Nation or Nations”, unless it is to be used literally.
Don’t be confused by these terms you will soon understand. There are many Scriptures that make reference to His voice as a “sharp two-edged sword” (His Word). It can cut either way. His voice as “great thunder” means multitude of people.
Now let’s enter into the next two chapters to see how God is addressing the Church while they are still here on earth. He is giving them seven final warnings of what He likes and dislikes; what they can gain or lose before they are taken out of the way in the fourth chapter, which will be the start of these seven years. You will then see the Golden Lamp Stand (the church) in heaven from then on.
Now lets go to the second and third chapters to learn a little more about all of the churches in there time. Watch for the clue that will be in one of them. “Who the great Whore will be”. Then the next chapter will show the Rapture for the church and why it will be only part of the First Resurrection.
You just finished Chapter One in “Beast vs- Survivor” or “Hidden in Plain Sight” Lets continue on to Chapter 2&3 “Seven Churches”.