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1.1 - 1.10a - Prologue   

      Historical-Era Visions

            The Church Militant - Vision One
         1.10b - 1.20 - Victorious Intro Scene - One Like the Son of Man Appears to John on Patmos
         2.1 - 2.29 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - Messages to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira
         3.1 - 3.22 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - Messages to Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea
                 God's Ongoing Work of Salvation - Vision Two
               4.1 - 4.11 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - The Throne in Heaven
               5.1 - 5.14 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - The Book and the Lamb
               6.1 - 6.17 - Basic Prophetic Description - Opening of The First Six Seals
                    7.1 - 7.17 - Interlude - The 144,000 and The Great Multitude               
               8.1
- Eschatological Culmination - Opening of The Seventh Seal
                          Trumpet Warnings - Vision Three - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
                          
8.2 - 8.6 - Victorious Intro Scene - Seven Angels with 7 Trumpets and The Angel with The Golden Censer
                          8.7 - 8.13 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The First 4 Trumpets
                   9.1 - 9.21 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The 5th and 6th Trumpets
                   10.1 - 10.11 - Interlude Part 1 - The Time of the 6th Trumpet
                          
11.1 - 11.13 - Interlude Part 2 - The Time of the 6th Trumpet
                   11.14 - 11.18 - Eschatological Culmination - The 7th Trumpet
                                    Evil Powers Opposing God and His Saints - Vision Four - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
        
                     11.19 - Victorious Intro Scene - in God's Temple
                           12.1 - 12.17 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Woman and The Persecuting Dragon
                                    
13.1 - 13.18 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The Leopardlike Sea Beast and The Two-horned Earth Beast
                           14.1 - 14.13 - Interlude - The Lamb, The 144,00 and 3 Flying Angels
                                    
14.14 - 14.20 - Eschatological Culmination - The Two-fold Harvest
      Eschatological-Judgement-Era Visions
                                    Bowl Plagues - Vision Five - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif

                           15.1 - 15.8
- Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - The "7 Last Plagues" - The Song of Moses & The Lamb, & Seven Angels, Seven Bowls
                                    
16.1 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - The Seven Angels Instructed to Act
                           16.2 - 16.14 - Basic Prophetic Description - The "7 Last Plagues" - Six Angels Pour Out The First 6 Bowls of God's Wrath
                           16.15 - 16.16
- Interlude - Christ is Coming and The Battle of Armageddon
                                    
16.17 - Eschatological Culmination - The 7th Angel Pours Out The 7th Bowl of God's Wrath
                          Evil Powers Judged by God - Vision Six - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
                          
16.18 - 16.21 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - God's Wrath upon Babylon and The Earth
                   17.1 - 17.3a
- Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - John is Taken into The Wilderness to See The Judgement of Babylon
                   17.3b - 17.18
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Woman on the Beast and The Victory of The Lamb
                   18.1 - 18.3
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - Babylon's Corruption
                         
18.4 - 18.8 - Interlude Part 1 - "Come Out of Her"
                   18.9 - 18.19
- Eschatological Culmination Part 1 - The Fall of Babylon and Lament for Babylon
                   18.20
- Interlude Part 2 - "Rejoice over Her Destruction - The Destroyer Destroyed"
                   18.21 - 18.24
- Eschatological Culmination Part 2 - Babylon's Doom and Utter Desolation
                  God's Judgement Finale - Vison Seven
              
   19.1 - 19.10 - Victorious Intro Scene - Praise and The Marriage of The Lamb
              19.11 - 19.21
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - Christ's 2nd Advent
                   
20.1 - 20.5 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The Millenium and The First Resurrection
                   
20.6 - Interlude - The Blessings of Sharing in The First Resurrection
              20.7 - 20.15
- Eschatological Culmination Part 1 - The End of The Millenium & Satan's Confederacy, & The White Throne Judgement
              21.1 - 21.04
- Eschatological Culmination Part 2 - The Establishment of The New Heaven & The New Earth
            The Church Triumphant - Vision Eight
            
21.5 - 21.11a - Victorious Intro Scene - Christ's Victorious Ones, The New Jerusalem, The Lamb's Bride, Inherit All Things
         21.11b - 21.27
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Holy City New Jerusalem
            
22.1 - 22.5 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The River of Life in The Holy City
    22.6 - 22.21
- Epilogue

Revelation 1.1 - 1.10a
Prologue

Rev.1.1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev.1.2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev.1.3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev.1.4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Rev.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,
Rev.1.6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Rev.1.7 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 Even so, Amen.
Rev.1.8 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.
Rev.1.9 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.
Rev.1.10a I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,
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Jesus loves youThe full mystery of God has been kept a secret from the foundation of the world. But the Holy Spirit will reveal aspects of this mystery to all who wish to know the truth in faithful study and obedience of the scriptures.


Revelation is unique in that it is the only book of the Bible that relates to the time after Jesus left the earth to the time He returns to put an end to sin and reward His faithful people with eternal life. May we receive insight as we study this book - His special message for those living through this final period of earth's history.


Studying the word ‘revelation’ and its derivatives as they appear in the Bible, the Scriptures tell us that God gives revelations to warn His people what will happen before Jesus comes. He also gives revelations about iniquity and its consequences. Paul advised the church that a revelation from God will be helpful, constructive and edifying. We need to treat with respect both the revelation and the one through whom it comes, allowing them to share it and paying special attention to their message.


But how does God convey His revelations? Communication from God to man is always from the Father to Jesus the Son, from Jesus to His angel, from His angel to His prophet.


GOD -> JESUS -> HIS ANGEL -> A PROPHET


For example, God communicated the Revelation vision to His people by giving it to Jesus, who sent His angel to show it to John.


The role of the prophets is crucial. We learn from the Book of Amos that the Lord never does anything without first revealing his plans to His servants the prophets. We are told about every significant coming event before it happens, whether it is good or bad.


If it pleases God He will use even the very young. God revealed His plans to Samuel when he was a child, making it clear that it is faithfulness and obedience, not age, that are the qualifications for a prophet.


God spoke to King David through Nathan the prophet, revealing that He would set up the 'House of David' as an everlasting dynasty of kings. In fact this House was to be especially blessed as Jesus, the Messiah and King of Kings, was to be part of the lineage.


Concerning those that turn from the Lord and His ways, there will come a time when the heavens will expose the guilt of the wicked. The Lord revealed to Isaiah that He could not forgive the sin of pride manifested by the merchants of Tyre and the people of Jerusalem at the time when Elam and Kir attacked them. But He is also merciful, later promising Jeremiah that He will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and show it prosperity and true peace.


the prophetsIsaiah brings messages of hope concerning the coming Messiah. He promises that the glory of the Lord would be revealed by the one who was coming before Him to prepare the way, and that the Lord’s righteousness was soon to be revealed.


In the Book of Daniel we are given amazing panoramic views of earthly kingdoms to come and warnings of war and great hardship, as Daniel interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, and received visions in the time of Cyrus, king of Persia.


We know through the Gospels that Jesus, during His ministry here on earth,  spoke at length about justice and mercy. He reassured those who were suffering under harsh regimes that in the end everything that is covered, including all the seemingly unnoticed unpunished injustices, would be exposed to everyone. The deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.


Despite these warnings, right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed, people will be going about their business as though the world will continue as it is for ever. He warned that those who refuse to turn from their sins are storing up terrible punishment for themselves. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.


In his letters, Paul writes about his calling to discipleship. He was given visions and revelations from the Lord. And it is because of this that Paul is able to give us such deep insight into the Gospel and its power to save.


Though kept secret from the beginning of time, this Gospel was now revealed, showing how God makes both Jew and Gentile right in His sight through faith. But God will show his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. So Paul encouraged his co-workers to build up the church expertly, on the foundation of Jesus Christ that he had laid. For on the judgement day, fire would reveal what kind of work each builder has done.


Unlike the twelve disciples, Paul was not with Jesus during His earthly ministry. He received the Gospel message by direct revelation from Jesus, for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel to the Gentiles.


Paul did not believe in the once-saved-always-saved idea, recognising that he was not yet made perfect. He wanted the spiritually mature to agree on these issues. He believed God would reveal this truth to those who were of a different opinion.
 
Paul saw the law as protecting people until they could be made right with God through faith. And he recognised the importance of spiritual discernment, constantly asking God to give spiritual wisdom and insight so that Christians might grow in their knowledge of God. Like Jesus, he comforted all who are suffering and under persecution with the reassurance that God will provide rest for them when the Lord Jesus is revealed in glory from heaven.


the great day of the lordBut this day of the Lord would not come until after the great rebellion against God and the revealing of the destroyer. Although this lawless destroyer was already at work secretly, it would remain secret until the right time, when the One who is holding it back steps out of the way. But the Lord Jesus will kill this man of lawlessness with the breath of His mouth. He will destroy him by the splendour of His coming!


Peter’s first letter is a message of encouragement and hope for us as we go through this life of ups and downs waiting for Jesus to appear in glory. Through your faith, he says, God is protecting you by his power until you receive your salvation, to be revealed on the last day for all to see.


Incredibly the prophets of old did not fully understand the messages of salvation they were given, though they faithfully passed them on to God’s people. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when He told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and His great glory afterward. It was revealed to them that their messages were not for themselves, but for us!


We should look forward with joy to the gracious salvation that will come to us when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. Any trials we may go through because we are Christians are a blessing because they enable us to be partners with Christ in his suffering. We will have the wonderful joy of seeing and sharing in His glory when it is revealed to the entire world.


We come lastly to the first verse of the Book of Revelation. This book, we are told, is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, who faithfully reported everything he saw. The Book of Revelation is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.


In this study, we have looked at passages of Scripture that contain reference to ‘revelation’ and ‘revealing’. In light of these passages, we can see that God unfolds the truth to us in His own good time, when it is best for us, when we are ready to receive it.


the great controversyWe see that the mystery of God is none other than the Lord’s part in the great controversy – the battle between good and evil – and the glorious way He conquers sin, death and evil for eternity.


This mystery of God was disclosed in part to the prophets of old when the Holy Spirit spoke to them about the coming Messiah and His sacrifice for mankind. They wondered what it could all mean, but faithfully reported it anyway.


In the next period of revelation, Jesus initially prepared His apostles to establish His church before making His supreme Sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Spirit then quickened those same apostles at Pentecost, and proceeded to unfold more truth to them, for the benefit of His people for all time. Paul and Peter in particular highlight the work of the Spirit in revealing the true meaning and relevance of the Gospel. They also touch on the future appearing of Jesus, the day of the Lord, and how we should be while we wait for His coming.


The beginning of the Book of Revelation heralds the start of the last scriptural period of revelation - the time when Jesus appeared in vision to John on the island of Patmos. This vision covers the era stretching from the formation of the Christian church to the very end of the world. It is given in great and glorious detail. It is a creative work of art that often uses symbolic language and imagery, and we need spiritual discernment to understand it. But the reason for this revelation is not obscure. It is clearly to equip and prepare God’s people, especially those who will be alive just prior to Hisglorious appearing in the clouds.


This is the back drop to the Prophetic Verses compilation that follows. Based on the book of Revelation, it is a deep exploration of the Bible using the Bible itself as the map. Just as much as it gives us insight into this Revelation, may it help to equip us and prepare us to meet our Lord when He comes. This is the prayer of the compilers.

JRB
March 2008

REVELATIONS FROM GOD - JANUARY 01

The Revelation... - 1

 

Study of the BibleThe full mystery of God has been kept a secret from the foundation of the world. But the Holy Spirit will reveal aspects of this mystery to all who wish to know the truth in faithful study and obedience of the scriptures.

Revelation is unique in that it is the only book of the Bible that relates to the time after Jesus left the earth to the time He returns to put an end to sin and reward His faithful people with eternal life. May we receive insight as we study this book - His special message for those living through this final period of earth's history.

 

Studying the word ‘revelation’ and its derivatives as they appear in the Bible, the Scriptures tell us that God gives revelations to warn His people what will happen before Jesus comes. He also gives revelations about iniquity and its consequences. Paul advised the church that a revelation from God will be helpful, constructive and edifying. We need to treat with respect both the revelation and the one through whom it comes, allowing them to share it and paying special attention to their message.

 

Chapter for the day - Deut.29 

Verse for the day - But if someone is prophesying and another person receives a revelation from the Lord, the one who is speaking must stop. 1Cor.14.30 NLT

HOW GOD COMMUNICATES WITH US - JANUARY 02

The Revelation... - 2

 

coming event before it happensHow does God convey His revelations? Communication from God to man is always from the Father to Jesus the Son, from Jesus to His angel, from His angel to His prophet.

 

GOD -> JESUS -> HIS ANGEL -> A PROPHET

 

For example, God communicated the Revelation vision to His people by giving it to Jesus, who sent His angel to show it to John.

 

The role of the prophets is crucial. We learn from the Book of Amos that the Lord never does anything without first revealing his plans to His servants the prophets. In fact we are told about every significant coming event before it happens, whether it is good or bad.

 

If it pleases God He will use even the very young. God revealed His plans to Samuel when he was a child, making it clear that it is faithfulness and obedience, not age, that are the qualifications for a prophet.

 

And God spoke to King David through Nathan the prophet, revealing that He would set up the 'House of David' as an everlasting dynasty of kings - especially blessed with Jesus, Messiah and King of Kings, in the lineage.

 

Chapter for the day - Sam 7

Verse for the day - God continued to show up at Shiloh, revealed through his word to Samuel at Shiloh. - 1Sam.3.21 MSG

THE GOOD GUYS WILL BE ACQUITTED - JANUARY 03

The Revelation... - 3

 

guilt of the wickedConcerning those that turn from the Lord and His ways, there will come a time when the heavens will expose the guilt of the wicked. The Lord revealed to Isaiah that He could not forgive the sin of pride manifested by the merchants of Tyre and the people of Jerusalem at the time when Elam and Kir attacked them. But He is also merciful, later promising Jeremiah that He will heal Jerusalem’s wounds and show it prosperity and true peace.

 

Isaiah brings messages of hope concerning the coming Messiah. He promises that the glory of the Lord will be revealed by the one who is coming before Him to prepare the way, and that the Lord’s righteousness is soon to be revealed.

 

In the Book of Daniel we are given amazing panoramic views of earthly kingdoms to come and warnings of war and great hardship, as Daniel interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, and received visions in the time of Cyrus, king of Persia.

 

We know through the Gospels that Jesus, during His ministry here on earth, spoke at length about justice and mercy. He reassured those who were suffering under harsh regimes that in the end everything that is covered, including all the seemingly unnoticed unpunished injustices, would be exposed to everyone. And the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.


Chapter for the day - Luke.17

 

Verse for the day - This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. Isa.56.1 NIV

EVERYTHING WILL BE SORTED OUT - JANUARY 04

The Revelation... - 4

 

going about their businessDespite many warnings of impending judgements, right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed, people will be going about their business as though the world will continue as it is for ever. Jesus warned that those who refuse to turn from their sins are storing up terrible punishment for themselves. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.

 

Paul also writes about the judgement of God. He was given visions and revelations direct from the Lord. And it is because of this that he is able to give us such deep insight into the Gospel and its power to save.

 

Though kept secret from the beginning of time, this Gospel was now revealed, showing how God makes both Jew and Gentile right in His sight through faith. But God will show his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. So Paul encouraged his co-workers to build up the church expertly, on the foundation of Jesus Christ that he had laid. For on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.

 

Chapter for the day - Rom.1

Verse for the day - But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Matt.10.26 NLT

JESUS IS GOING TO WIPE OUT THE BAD GUYS - JANUARY 05

The Revelation... - 5

 

the splendour of His comingUnlike the twelve disciples, Paul was not with Jesus during His earthly ministry. He received the Gospel message by direct revelation from Jesus - for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel to the Gentiles.

 

Paul did not believe in the once-saved-always-saved idea, recognising that he was not yet made perfect. He wanted the spiritually mature to agree on these issues. He believed God would reveal this truth to those who were of a different opinion.

 

Paul saw the law as protecting people until they could be made right with God through faith. And he recognised the importance of spiritual discernment, constantly asking God to give spiritual wisdom and insight so that Christians might grow in their knowledge of God.

 

Like Jesus, he comforts all who are suffering and under persecution, with the reassurance that God will provide rest for them when the Lord Jesus is revealed in glory from heaven.

 

But this day of the Lord would not come until after the great rebellion against God and the revealing of the destroyer. Although this lawless destroyer was already at work secretly, it would remain secret until the right time, when the One who is holding it back steps out of the way. But the Lord Jesus will kill this man of lawlessness with the breath of His mouth. He will destroy him by the splendour of His coming!

 

Chapter for the day - Phil.1

 

Verse for the day - Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. 2Thess.2.8 NLT

THERE'S A GREAT TIME COMING! - JANUARY 06

The Revelation... - 6

 

Peter’s first letterPeter’s first letter is a message of encouragement and hope for us as we go through life's ups and downs waiting for Jesus to appear in glory. Through your faith, Peter says, God is protecting you by His power until you receive your salvation, to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

 

Incredibly the prophets of old did not fully understand the messages of salvation they were given, though they faithfully passed them on to God’s people. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when He told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and His great glory afterward. Indeed it was revealed to them that their messages were not for themselves, but for us!

 

We should look forward with joy to the gracious salvation that will come to us when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. Any trials we may go through because we are Christians are a blessing because they enable us to be partners with Christ in His suffering. And we will have the wonderful joy of seeing and sharing in His glory when it is revealed to the entire world.


Chapter for the day - 1Pet.1

 

Verse for the day - Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. 1Pet.4.13 NLT

LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING JESUS - JANUARY 07

The Revelation... - 7

 

the Book of RevelationWe come lastly to the first verse of the Book of Revelation. This book, we are told, is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. It's a report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

These first seven days we have looked at passages of Scripture that contain reference to ‘revelation’ and ‘revealing’. In light of these passages, we can see that God unfolds the truth to us in His own good time, when we are ready to receive it.

 

We see that the mystery of God is none other than the Lord’s part in the great controversy – the battle between good and evil – and the glorious way He conquers sin, death and evil for eternity. This mystery of God was disclosed in part to the prophets of old when the Holy Spirit spoke to them about the coming Messiah and His sacrifice for mankind. They wondered what it could all mean, but faithfully reported it anyway.

 

In the next period of revelation, Jesus prepared His apostles to establish His church before making His supreme Sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Spirit then quickened those same apostles at Pentecost, and proceeded to unfold more truth to them, for the benefit of His people for all time. Paul and Peter in particular highlight the work of the Spirit in revealing the true meaning and relevance of the Gospel. They also touch on the future appearing of Jesus, the day of the Lord, and how we should get ready for His coming.

 

The beginning of the Book of Revelation heralds the start of the last scriptural period of revelation - the time when Jesus appeared in vision to John on the island of Patmos. The revelation is to equip and prepare God’s people, especially those who will be alive just prior to His glorious appearing in the clouds.

 

The devotionals that will follow in the days to come are also based on the book of Revelation. They are a deep exploration of the Bible using the Bible itself as the map. May it help to equip you and prepare you to meet your Lord when He comes!

 

Chapter for the day - Rev.1

 

Verse for the day - This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, Rev.1.1 NLT

 
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