Revelation Chapter One
1:1 The Revelation of the Anointed SAVIOR, which Yahweh gave unto John, to show unto his servants [the leaders] things which must shortly come to pass; and
he sent and signified it by [a messenger] the angel unto his servant John:
“Revelation” means “disclosure, secret information made public.” The visions and the prophecies in this book revealed the SAVIOR to the seven churches in Asia and to those who had ears to hear the Spirit.
The angel was the instrument that Yahweh used to reveal his message to John, and John was the instrument used to reveal Yahweh’s message to the seven churches. And the seven churches were to share the message with those who had ears to hear. Only the Holy Spirit could reveal Yahweh’s message to the seven churches and to those who had ears to hear.
1 Cor. 2:7-16, “…we speak the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahweh ordained before the [age]
world unto our glory: Which none of the rulers of this [age] world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the thoughts or [feelings] heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually searched. But he that is spiritual investigates all things, yet he himself is scrutinized of no man. For who has known the mind of Yahweh, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the [Anointed] Christ.”
The book of Revelation—
- Is the revealing (opening up to view) of our Anointed SAVIOR.
- Was given to enlighten the seven churches.
- Was shortly coming to pass in that generation.
1:2 John bare record of the word of Yahweh, and of the testimony of the Anointed SAVIOR, and of all things that he saw.
Here we find that John recorded all that he heard and saw concerning the testimony of the SAVIOR. This message was given to him through an angel by way of visions and prophecies. I am persuaded that John was given time between scenes to write and ponder the matter and that his time with the angel could have been quite lengthy.
John was to—
- Put in writing Yahweh’s words and the SAVIOR’s testimony.
- Be a witness of the Word of Yahweh.
- Give the demonstration of the SAVIOR to the seven churches in Asia.
1:3 Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand [near].
The fulfillment of the book of Revelation was at hand. The SAVIOR was the one that was with them; past tense, present tense, and future tense. He was the one that was with the FATHER from the foundation of the world (John 17:24), the one that came in the flesh—the Son of man (Matthew 11:19), and the one that was to dwell in temples of clay (John 17:21-23).
The seven churches in Revelation refer to seven literal churches; however they have a spiritual importance for the believers then and for believers today. Seven symbolizes completeness, the totality of the object or objects mentioned. It depicts a complete event. The event can be holy or unholy. The seven churches of Asia represent the totality of the weaknesses and strengths of the Church.
The Christians that read, heard, and obeyed the words of this prophecy were promised to be happy with the results. But the Christians that did not listen and obey were to quickly find themselves judged with the unbelievers.
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;
5 And from the Anointed SAVIOR, 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.
The term “Seven Spirits of Yahweh” in verse four is mentioned four times in the book of Revelation: 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, and 5:6, but is not explained until 5:12. They are (1) power (2) riches (3) wisdom (4) strength (5) honor (6) glory (7) and blessings. I will elaborate on each one in chapter five, verse twelve.
The Holy Spirit revealed our SAVIOR’s qualifications:
- The SAVIOR is a faithful witness – John 18:37 b, “To this end I (the SAVIOR) was born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice.”
- The SAVIOR is the first born from the dead – Col. 1:17-18, “The SAVIOR is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the Body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
Rom. 8:3, For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, Yahweh sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.
- The SAVIOR is the prince (first in rank or power) of the kings of the earth – Col. 2:9-10, “For in the SAVIOR dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.”
1:6 And [the SAVIOR] has made us [kingdom]
kings and priests unto Yahweh, [who is also] and the SAVIOR’s FATHER; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
The angel revealed the SAVIOR’s authority to make his Church a Kingdom of priests. Nowhere in the scriptures are Yahweh’s people called kings except in the verse above, but it was not translated correctly. Yahweh’s people are not kings. There were many natural kings before our SAVIOR and there still are, but the Anointed SAVIOR is King over all kings. In the spiritual realm, Yahweh’s people are only called “sons of Yahweh” or a “holy priesthood.”
1 Tim. 6:14-15, That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord the SAVIOR, the Anointed: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only potentate [ruler], the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
1 Pet. 2:5, You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Yahweh by the SAVIOR, the Anointed.
1 Pet. 2:9, You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into Yahweh’s marvelous light.
Exod. 19:5-6, Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: and you shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak unto the children of Israel.
The SAVIOR came with clouds—people were called clouds:
Jude 1:12, These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
2 Pet. 2:17, These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
The SAVIOR, the Anointing, came in clouds of witnesses:
Heb. 12:1, Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Every eye shall see a manifestation of Yahweh:
Jude 1:14-15, And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
For Yahweh to be manifested to the world, he must be in the believers, manifesting himself through them, because “Yahweh is
a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth,” John 4:24.
Jer. 24:7, “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am Yahweh: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”
2 Cor. 6:16, “And what agreement has the temple of Yahweh with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as Yahweh has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Also see 1 Cor. 6:19 and 1 Cor. 3:16.)
John 17:23, “I (the SAVIOR) in them, and you (the FATHER) in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me.”
Notice in Revelation 1:7 those who pierced the SAVIOR would see him come in clouds of witnesses. Those who pierced the SAVIOR lived over two thousand years ago. In order for them to see him coming in the clouds, a transformation had to have taken place in their generation. The SAVIOR did come in the cloud of witnesses on the day of Pentecost and those that pierced him did see him in the believers.
All kindreds of the earth would wail because of the SAVIOR:
Isa. 45:22-24, “Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in Yahweh have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed [have anger] against him shall be ashamed.”
If one is ashamed of himself, judgment has come upon him and he is remorseful for his spiritual condition. Also see Romans 14:11.
1:8 I am Alpha [A] and Omega [Z],
the beginning and the ending, says the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in [pressures]
tribulation , and in the kingdom and patience of the Anointed SAVIOR, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of Yahweh, and for giving [evidence] testimony of the Anointed SAVIOR.
Here, the SAVIOR (the Word in man) describes his eternal existence three ways: he is, he was, and he is to come.
First, the Word was manifested in the SAVIOR as he walked in flesh. Second, the Word was made manifest by the angel through visions. Third, the Word was resurrected in mankind—through the Church. These three are manifestations of one Spirit.
In 2 Corinthians 13:1, Paul states that, “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every ‘Word’ be established.” The SAVIOR, the Word manifested in the flesh, was the first witness. While on the isle of Patmos, John was the second witness. The ministers of the seven churches and their congregation made up the third witness. They were to be witnesses of that which the angel spoke of. Whether they were obedient to the voice of Yahweh or not, they were still witnesses of the message given by the angel, because there is record of both the negative and positive consequences.
1:10 I [John] was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
The great voice that John heard was like a trumpet. A trumpet’s sound symbolizes an impending message. The message that the SAVIOR had was going to reveal the transgressions of the seven churches.
Isa. 58:1, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Also see Isa. 18:3)
The Lord’s Day:
Sabbath—the seventh day—the last day of the week was the Lord’s day. This day is the day Yahweh chose to bless man with himself. John was on the island for the sole purpose of hearing the word of Yahweh and to communicate with him.
Exod. 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed [sanctified] it.” (See, also, Deut. 5:12-14.)
Isa. 58:13-14, “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of Yahweh, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: then shall you delight yourself in Yahweh; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.”
The revealing of the SAVIOR began on the Lord’s Day. John heard words and saw images that were familiar to him while he was in the Spirit, under the anointing, so all the images that he saw and the words he heard were understood through his spiritual mind and not by his natural understanding. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-16.)
I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a scroll [book], and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
If John was to take “only the words” of the angel to the churches and preserve the vision for a future time as some believe, then he would not have been told to take “all” that he “saw” to the seven churches. The angel did not tell John to give his writings to the seven churches so they might preserve it for those born two or three thousand years in the future. The messages, prophecies, and visions were for the seven churches so they could benefit from them. They were to overcome sin and be manifestations of righteousness.
Notice that the first part of John’s revelation is a vision of the SAVIOR, then John learns of the characteristics of each church and the promises to the overcomers, but no vision of the churches is seen.
1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands;
I replaced the word “candlestick” with “lamp stand,” because every time “candlestick” is used, it is referring to a lamp stand. These lamp stands used oil to produce light, whereas candlesticks use wax.
The believers were symbolized by the golden lamp stands because gold is a substance that can be purified by fire and molded into something useful. The oil that is in the golden lamp stands represents the Holy Spirit. Oil produces light that shines in dark places just as the Holy Spirit shines upon the ignorance of mankind. The lamps “burning with fire” represent the Holy Spirit; the emphasis is on the fire, or the oil burning, and not the lamp stands alone.
The messengers were not the “lights” of the world; they were the bearers of that light. In the first chapter of John, we read that the SAVIOR was the Word made flesh, and the “Word” was the light of the world. The messengers were only instruments that were used to give that Word, or Light, to their congregations.
13 And in the midst of the seven lamp stands one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the [ankles]
foot, and girt about the [breasts] paps with a golden girdle.
The breasts girt about with the golden girdle symbolize the pure Word of Truth that is broken down for the nourishment of the babes by the Anointing. The SAVIOR feeds the babes with the milk of the Word—nourishment from the Holy Spirit. Those who made up the early Church were babes in the Kingdom of Heaven—the Kingdom of Righteousness.
1 Cor. 3:1-2, “I [Paul], brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in the Anointed. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto you were not able to bear the [spiritual]
it, neither yet now are you able.”
1:14 His [the SAVIOR’s] head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
According to Daniel 7:9, the Ancient of days (the SAVIOR) was seen in a vision with white hair like wool. From this statement, his hair being white not only signifies righteousness but, also, eternal Life. So his hair being referred to as “white like wool” is a symbol of his sinless nature and his immortality. Notice the SAVIOR’s head was also white—which symbolizes his righteous judgments.
2 Cor. 5:21, “For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.”
In Daniel’s dream, white meant that the people were purified; therefore, white represents righteousness.
Dan. 12:10, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”
The SAVIOR’s eyes are the symbol of Yahweh’s judgment upon the seven churches.
Ps. 11:4, “Yahweh is in his holy temple, Yahweh’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.”
Prov. 20:8, “A king that sits in the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.”
Prov. 22:12, “The eyes of Yahweh preserve knowledge, and he overthrows the words of the transgressor.”
Fire represents the purifying of the believers:
1 Cor. 3:13-15, “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
The SAVIOR coming as righteous judgment upon the seven churches was by way of his “Holy Spirit.”
1:15 And his [the SAVIOR’s] feet like unto fine [copper]
brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Copper is a symbol of the SAVIOR’s walk being firm and strong, just as copper is melted and all the impurities are removed making the copper pure and strong.
Ps. 12:6, “The words of Yahweh are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
The SAVIOR’s voice is represented by the sound of many waters. These waters represent the voices of a multitude of believers who have been filled with his Holy Spirit and are announcing truth and worshipping the FATHER (Rev. 19:6).
John 7:38, “He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Jer. 17:13, “O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all that forsake you shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain of living waters.”
1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his [appearance]
countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
The right hand holding the seven stars symbolize the Savior’s ability to save the seven churches. The right hand is always a symbol of power, authority, and control.
The message that John was taking to the seven messengers was the message of salvation. If the messengers listened to what the Spirit was saying, their congregation would be delivered from ignorance and evil, and they would become established in the principles of the Kingdom of Yahweh. The message would be a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path.
Ps. 138:7, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me: you shall stretch forth your hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and your right hand shall save me.”
Isa. 41:10, “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Out of the SAVIOR’s mouth went a sharp two edged sword which represents the Word of Truth.
Heb. 4:12, “For the word of Yahweh is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Eph. 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh.”
The first time we read in the scriptures of the SAVIOR’s face shining was on the mount of transfiguration.
Mark 9:2-3, “And after six days the SAVIOR takes with him Peter, and James, and John, and leads them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.” (See also Matt. 17:2.)
The SAVIOR, Yahweh’s Anointed Word manifested in flesh, is the Light of the world—he is the Savior of “all” mankind (see John 1:1-9).
Isa. 60:19-21, “The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto you: but Yahweh shall be unto you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for Yahweh shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.”
1:17 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:
18 I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
As the SAVIOR spoke to John he put his right hand (the symbol of power, and authority) upon him, announcing that he was the Savior that was set in place at the beginning of creation and that there would be no savior other than him. He assured John that he alone possessed the keys that would open the door that would release those in hell and in death and no man could shut it. The SAVIOR alone was their salvation.
John 12:32-33, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”
1 Cor. 15:21-22 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in the Anointed shall all be made alive.”
John 11:25-26, The SAVIOR said unto her, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?”
Rom. 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Yahweh, which is in the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord.”
The SAVIOR, having the key of hell and of death, was going to release those who had gone into the unseen state as well as those in sin. The “key” represented a solution to a problem; it was like medicine for an ailment; it is a way or means of achieving something.
1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the [messengers]
angels of the seven churches: and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven [congregations] churches.
Here we see three time elements:
- The things that were past were the events that had already happened in the churches.
- The things that were present were the events happening in the churches at the time of the vision.
- The things hereafter were the events that were going to affect the people in those churches in the near future.
Notice the meaning of “angel,” # 32, which the seven stars represent: to bring tidings; a messenger; especially an angel; by implication, a “pastor.”
The seven stars represent the pastors of the seven churches, while the lamp stands represent the congregations.
According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, the custom of keeping a house lamp burning night and day was to signify the prosperity of the individual or the family. The lamp burning in the seven churches also signified their prosperity. If their lamp stand was removed, it would reveal the spiritual poverty of the church, which meant that the anointing of Yahweh was no longer upon them.
Summary of chapter one:
John was not a prisoner as some believe. He was a co-participant of the Church and of the persecution put upon it by the adversary. He was on the isle of Patmos for the sole purpose of hearing the voice of the FATHER and to make the Anointed SAVIOR evident to the seven churches. He was in the Kingdom of Yahweh as he witnessed the endurance of the SAVIOR through prophecies and visions. The SAVIOR, the Spirit of the Word of Truth, was revealed to the seven churches. His intention was to reveal the FATHER to them that they might know his principles and power so they could be ruling priest in his Kingdom. The Word of Truth (the SAVIOR) was going to stir up the churches and force them to choose between right and wrong so Truth would come forth from them—the Church.
There were more than seven churches that needed to be dealt with at the time of John’s vision, but these seven churches that Yahweh chose to deal with, had seven different types of issues. These seven issues covered the totality of the issues going on in other churches then and even today. John’s message helped all the churches then as well as it helped churches today with these same issues, which is why the angel stated seven times, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.” The number seven represents the totality of the Church.
When the messenger said to John, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches,” he was speaking to all who have ears to hear. The message to the seven churches was to bless the faithful and warn the unfaithful in all churches.
In chapters 2 and 3, the SAVIOR speaks a particular word to each of the seven churches, based on its unique spiritual condition, to encourage, and warn in order to bring them into the unity of the Spirit of righteousness.