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The Revelation of Jesus Christ is a prophecy of the character of Christ being revealed to the world and the effects that will have on the church & the world. The Revelation is a prophecy about end time events that will "shortly come to pass" right before the Lord returns in the clouds. If this is the case, why is so much of our teaching on Revelation (and Daniel) relegated to the past? History is not prophecy and Prophecy is not history. It is true that history is fulfilled prophecy, but the Revelation is a prophecy of end time events and the Day of the Lord, which is the final judgment. This means that our teaching of "Prophetic HISTORY" is not the FINAL FULFILLMENT of the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. As we are told in the SOP, there is a lot more light to be revealed to the people of God. The prophecy then is DUAL. We  then need to understand the "dual application" of the book of Revelation. The Historical View is truth, but it is "informative truth". It brings us down to the end of time. But the Revelation of Jesus Christ opens to view more clearly the issues of the End of Time to show us things which must SHORTLY COME TO PASS. As EGW tells us, "History will repeat itself". Jesus is Alpha & Omega. Then the Revelation of Jesus is Alpha & Omega, meaning it is a DUAL PROPHECY.

*Ecclesiastes 1:9, "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."

* Ecclesiastes 3:15 , "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past."

*1 Corinthians 10:11, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

Unfortunately, our presentation of Prophecy has become a history class. One of the dangers of the historical approach is that there are too many gaps in the prophecies. It's almost like the phrase "Jesus Is Coming Soon". Everybody has heard that for ages. So we are numb to it and alot of us dont believe it anymore. That is why we don't live like Jesus is coming soon. Our hearts say "Our Lord delayeth His coming". We have neglected to take into account the TIMING of God's plan of salvation coming to fruition. The whole plan of redemption is based on TIME. 

 

The Bible says, 

 

*Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

 

...The FINAL fulfillment of the Revelation of Jesus Christ will be clear & distinct. There will be no gaps. The final movements will be rapid ones {9T 11}. God will finish the work quickly. "A short work will He make upon the earth". (Rom. 9:28). An example of one of the "inconsistencies" in our historical message is that "we have been living between the 6th & 7th seal for 178 years!". If the final movements will be rapid ones (EGW agrees with the Bible), The Revelation was to show John and God's people "things which must shortly come to pass" at the end of time just before the Lord appears in the clouds. We need to understand Ecclesiates 3:1. There is a season, and a TIME to every purpose under heaven. The historical approach IS TRUE. However it only brings us to the SEASON of final events. The FINAL PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT of the Revelation of Jesus Christ will bring us down to the exact TIME of final events. This is why we are told to make the Daniel & Revelation our "CONSTANT STUDY". In this study we will do a verse by verse exegesis of the Revelation and look at the light God has revealed on this book that is so important in these last days. 

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LET US START WITH REVELATION 1:1.

*Revelation 1:1, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:"

1. First of all, the Revelation is all about Jesus. It is the revealing of the character of God to the world at the darkest point in earths history. The context of this verse is John being bound in prison on the isle of Patmos. The last of the 12 original disciples living. The church is suffering from false doctrines, false prophets, divisions, and under heavy persecution from the Jewish leadership & The Roman Government (Emperor Domitian). To John, the church has appeared as about to fall (sound familiar?). He is now discouraged. However, mans extremity is Gods opportunity. It will be no different with the church in these last days.

In this case, John represents the church.

The final Revelation will be given to the church when it has seemed to fall. (You think WO is a big issue? We havent seen anything yet!). God's faithful people within the church will be burdened down as John was on the isle of Patmos. But praise God, Jesus always shows up right on time!

John wrote Revelation under the most forbidding, hopeless, discouraging circumstances. But Christ came to give John a message of hope and assurance of salvation for him and his people! 

John was told to send the message to the 7 churches. The messages contained in this book are especially for the church! John was instructed to send this very important message to the 7 churches of Asia Minor in his day. The reason is clear: the church must first receive a clear revelation of Jesus before it can present the message to the world. Also, because this great & final light will be given to the church first, judgment will also begin with the church first (1 Peter 4:17). Which is why the first part of the vision of Revelation is addressed to the church (Revelation 1-3). 

We must understand that the final, full & complete revelation of Jesus Christ comes to the church when she is under distress from all sides, as seen in the (TYPE) case with John. This is still future. 

2. Secondly, this first verse of Revelation tells us that God is a God of order. Order is the rule of God's government. Notice God gives the revelation to Jesus, Jesus gives it to His angels, the angels give it to God's servants, the servants give it to the church (and the church will finally give it to the world). Here, God is giving us a picture of His KINGDOM. God's government is His Kingdom. When Jesus was here on earth, He told us that we ought to know "the time of our visitation" (Lk. 19:44). The Jewish nation failed to understand that the Kingdom of God was in their midst in the person of Jesus Christ. They rejected the kingdom of grace that Christ had come to establish. In these last days, God is soon to establish His Kingdom of Glory through the revelation of Jesus Christ in the hearts & lives of those who have fully accepted & submitted to the kingdom of grace already established at the first coming of Christ. Jesus always seeks to establish His kingdom BEFORE probation closes to give all a chance to enter therin. Jesus' ministry began 7 years before the Close of Probation for the Jewish Nation. He wanted to use His Jewish Church to finish the work of God in the earth, to fulfill the covenant that "all nations" would be blessed through Israel. But we know the rest of the story. However, God's covenant will finally be fulfilled through Spirtual Israel at the Revelation of Jesus Christ. God comes to establish His Kingdom of Glory before PROBATION CLOSES in the end of time. This is why the Revelation comes to the church FIRST. 

The reason why God establishes the Kingdom of Glory at the end of time before probation closes is that ALL may hear & SEE the righteousness of Christ which is to finish the work. We are told, 

"The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel." {6T 19}

"The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them." {COL 415, 416}

 

...This is the result & work of the Kingdom of Glory being established in the heart & lives of God's people at THE END OF TIME. God steps in to FINISH THE WORK. As we are told from God's Word, 

 

*Romans 9:28, "For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth."

...As we discussed earlier, their is a TIME for everything. The church will not finish the work until it is TIME to finish the work according to God's timetable. The saints will not be perfected to reflect God's character until it is TIME to reflect God's character. However, this does not neglect the work of grace in our hearts & lives to grow up into Christ under ALL the light we have NOW. We are to be PREPARED for the Kingdom of Glory. We should be gaining victory over known sins in our lives NOW and asking the Lord to continue revealing anything that is not like Him to be removed from us. If we stick to God's plan and allow Him to have His way in our lives, we will blossom and be ready for the final harvest at the right TIME.  The seed planted will bloom in its time (Eccl. 3:1). 

God's Kingdom of Glory is set up in the earth TO FINISH THE WORK. As we read in Romans 9:28. it is God who finishes the work. And He will fulfill His promise. This is why we are told, "Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts" (Zech. 4:6). The church has been trying to finish the work on her own terms, through preaching, programs, seminars, classes, ministries, etc. But God will have the last word. Furthermore we are told in the SOP "the work the church has failed to do in times of peace and prosperity, we will have to do under the most discouraging, hopeless circumstances". This brings us back to John's situation on the isle of Patmos. It is only when the church is helpless & hopeless...and recognizes her need, then the Lord will show up. It is not by our might or power, but God's Spirit will empower us to finish the work, on God's timetable & terms...not ours. 

 

The Revelation of Jesus Christ brings the Kingdom of God's Glory. The Kingdom of God's Glory brings the fullness of God's Spirit to FINISH THE WORK---to take the gospel into ALL THE WORLD. Another term for the fullness of God's Spirit is the Outpouring of God's Spirit or the Latter Rain which will finally completely fulfill Joel 2:28-32 where God's Spirit is poured out and visions & prophesying takes place. This is why the message is given to God's servants first. Because, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) The Lord will not bring on the FINAL JUDGMENT, END TIME EVENTS, HIS WRATH, & THE END OF THE WORLD before He tells His servants the prophets (His saints that have accepted the Spirit of Prophecy from Samuel to Elijah, To Daniel, To John The Baptist, To John The Revelator To EGW, etc.) True to God's word, He tells His servants first. The servants are to take this final revelation to the church at large. 

 

Now that the work is beginning to be finished in the earth, Jesus' prophetic words are being fulfilled.

*Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

...Notice it is "the gospel of the kingdom" that is to be preached in all the world for a witness, and then the end comes. This verse is consistent to the REAL meaning of the book of revelation. God establishes His kingdom of Glory in the earth and His people begin to proclaim it. We have been preaching the kingdom of grace for so long, and rightfully so (as long as its not cheap grace) because up to this point God's grace is given to accomplish a certain work in the believers life. But at the FINAL REVELATION, God will require the message of the Kingdom of Glory to be preached. This announcement of the Kingdom will reveal the final issues & events of TIME.

*Matthew 4:16-17, "The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

*Mark 1:14-15, "Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."

...Notice, Jesus preached the "gospel of the kingdom of God" which was "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel". Again, notice that He preached "THE TIME". Over & over in Jesus' ministry He taught the prophecies and put a new freshness & brilliancy on the same prophecies the people had read over & over again, yet they did not understand. Jesus came to bring FULL LIGHT to the prophecies. SO IT WILL BE AT THE END OF TIME. We will understand Daniel & Revelation like never before. We will preach "THE TIME" like never before because we will understand the FINAL FULFILLMENT of the book of Revelation as it will be finally meant to be understood. No longer will it be historical with dates & history books. It will be a full blown PROPHECY and a living reality. John says "the time is at hand". Jesus says, "the kingdom of God is at hand". The point is the Kingdom of God will bring the end of time. The gospel message we will be preaching is "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

3. The Kingdom of God's Glory will bring the end of the world. 

The Bible says, 

*Mark 13:39, "...the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels."


...Since the Kingdom of God's Glory brings the end of the world, that means that it also brings THE HARVEST, which is also the end of the world. Which means the Revelation of Jesus Christ will bring on the end of the world and will Harvest the earth. This has NOT YET HAPPENED, which still points to the future. Revelation CHAPTER 1 is still future in a final sense. This is why God told John that the message is also given to the angels (Rev. 1:1). They are "ministering spirits" (Heb. 1:14) which help to finish the work BUT they are also the REAPERS (Mk. 13:39) which separate the Wheat from the Tares in the church first, then in the world. This is why the Revelation of Jesus goes to the church first. This is why angels are mentioned over & over again in the book of Revelation as they have a large role in the final scenes of this earth's history. But ALSO angels represent God's people who cooperate with them. The original word for angel is "messenger". The message of truth is a HARVEST message, which means it is a "SEPARATING MESSAGE" that is given to the church and the world by God's messengers. This means that the message to the churches in Revelation 2 & 3 is a "SEPARATING MESSAGE" that will separate the wheat from the tares in God's church so that God will have a pure church that He can use to finish the work in the world. Another term for "separating the wheat & tares" is the "shaking of God's church". We will look at it in more depth when we reach Revelation CHAPTERS 2 & 3, but for now the point is clear. The Revelation of Jesus Christ brings on the KINGDOM OF GOD'S GLORY, THE HARVEST (which separates the wheat from the tares), THE FINAL SHAKING, & THE END OF THE WORLD (which is the Harvest).

Oh let us watch & pray for the revelation of Jesus Christ! Let us know the time of our visitation. Let us be prepared to stand in God's Kingdom of Glory to be co-laborers with Him as He will finish the work! 

Let us join in with Peter as he exclaimed, 

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Peter 1:13

 

*Revelation 1:2, "Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw."

...As we have already seen, we are to

"...gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Peter 1:13.

...This verse tells us that the Revelation of Jesus Christ will be brought to us at the END OF TIME. We are to be girded up, sober, and to hope "to the end" for the grace that will be brought to us at the FINAL revelation of Jesus Christ. As we have already seen, JOHN IS A TYPE OF GOD'S FAITHFUL PEOPLE AT THE END OF TIME. John and the church were already under persecution when the revelation came to him. It will be no different for us. Persecution is one of God's means of cleansing & purifying the church.

We have already stated the fact that the Revelation of Jesus Christ brings on the End of the World and Jesus tells us that the end of the world is THE HARVEST. The Harvest is SEPARATING TIME where God begins to separate the wheat from the tares beginning with the church, which is why the message of Revelation must go to the church first (Revelation CH. 1-3). In the message to the 7 churches we see the "STRAIGHT TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST". In Revelation 1:2 we see that in light of the revelation of jesus christ, when one receives it, he will "bare record of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ." It is this testimony of the Word of God and of Jesus Christ that will cause the shaking. 

Remember, The Revelation of Jesus Christ brings on the KINGDOM OF GOD'S GLORY, THE HARVEST (which separates the wheat from the tares), THE END OF THE WORLD (which is the Harvest) & THE FINAL SHAKING. However, The Harvest & The Shaking BEGINS WITH GOD'S CHURCH! The Harvest & The Shaking are both caused by THE WORD OF GOD.

This is why Revelation 1:2 is so important. The Revelation of Jesus causes God's servants to "bare witness of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ". 

*Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

...The Harvest & The Shaking are both caused by the THE WORD OF GOD.

The parable of the Harvest (The Wheat & The Tares) is recorded in Matthew 13 where Jesus had also taught about The Sower. The context is clear. In both parables, the seed is THE WORD OF GOD. 

The Bible says,

*Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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."

...Here we are told the Word of God is "sharper than any twoedged sword". This is the meaning of the term "straight" or "cutting" truth. Like a straight razor, God's Word cuts through the flesh and the heart. God's Word separates between what is temporal and what is eternal. God's servants will "bare the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ" and this testimony is sharp & straight! It is the "straight testimony"!

This is why the message of revelation is given to the church first. In Revelation 2 & 3 we are viewing the FINAL SHAKING OF GOD'S CHURCH! (More on this later).

We are told, 

"I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God's people." {EW 269}

...Here, EGW agrees with what we have already discovered from the Word of God, the book of Revelation itself! The "straight testimony", which we have discovered is God's two-edged sword called the Word of God, will cause a shaking in the church because of the announcement that God's Kingdom of Glory is at hand, repent and believe ye the gospel! (Matt. 4:17, Mk. 1:14-15) The Glory of God is His holy & righteous character that is as a consuming fire against sin! This is why we are told "sin and sinners will be shaken out of the church"!

This is why the Word of God is described as "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." In the FINAL REVELATION, THE WORD OF GOD WILL BRING ON THE FINAL JUDGMENT.

*Hebrews 4:12-13, "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."


...The Word of God brings judgment in the Revelation because God's Kingdom of Glory is being set up in the earth. God's glory is manifested in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary where Jesus stands as our High Priest, JUDGE of the universe. Thats why Heb. 4:13 says "we are manifest in His sight" and "all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him whom we have to do" (deal with in the judgment). The Final Judgment is taking place because God's Kingdom also brings the fullness of God's Spirit---The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit/The Latter Rain. If the fullness of God's Spirit is being poured out, that means the fullness of sin is being revealed, the fullness of righteousness is being revealed, and the fullness of judgment (the final judgment) is taking place.

The Bible says, 

 

*John 16:7-11, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."


...The Holy Spirit does 3 main things:

1. Reprove/convict the world of sin.

2. Reprove/convict the world of righteousness.

3. Reprove/convict the world of judgment.

...Since the fullness of the Spirit will come, then the fullness of these 3 phases of the Spirits work will finally take place. This is why the message to the churches is "HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES". The Spirit of God is being poured out on the church in Revelation 2 & 3 and it is causing a SHAKING.

This is why we are further told in the vision of the shaking, 

"I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel. {EW 271}

[MORE ON THIS LATER]

...This is why those who reject the "Straight Testimony" are rejecting the Word of God---the voice of God.

The Word of God says, 

*Hebrews 1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"

...The Revelation of Jesus Christ is God's FINAL CALL in the earth to get on board His kingdom. Its the last train going out and you don't want to miss it! According to Hebrews 1:2, the revelation is Jesus speaking to us in the last days. Which is why the revelation is ALL ABOUT JESUS. 

The official title of the book of Revelation is

 

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

 

The book of Revelation reveals Christs character to His people, and shows us what He will do for His people living in the last days.

 

*Revelation 1:2, "Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw."


The people of God will "bare record of the word of God". Jesus is the "word made flesh" Jn. 1:14. The people of God will bare the character of Jesus as living records/epistles. Because God's people will live by "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4), they will reflect the character of Jesus and depend on Him, as Jesus depended on His Father. 

The people of God will also bare "the testimony of Jesus Christ". We are told the testimony of Jesus Christ is "the spirit of prophecy" Rev. 19:10 which is the Word of God through the prophets. Not just one prophet (EGW, Daniel, or John) but the Spirit of Prophecy is ALL the prophets put together, line upon line, precept by precept, here a little & there a little (Is. 28:10). Jesus' testimony to his disciples on the rod of Emmaus follows this same rule. Jesus is our example. When explaining prophecy, Jesus used the approach of  Luke 24:25-27,32.

*Luke 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself."

The angel that told John about the Spirit of Prophecy told him not to worship the angels because they have the spirit of prophecy too! They are dependent upon the prophetic Word of God for instruction. The angel also told John that he was of thy brethren "the holy prophets" who receive the testimony of Jesus also. The point is clear. The Spirit of Prophecy is the Holy Spirit who speaks through the prophets everything concerning Jesus Christ! In this case, it is the final light on the book of Revelation and the plan of salvation that will close up the work! EGW is NOT the Spirit of Prophecy, though she definitely had the spirit of prophecy! She is one prophet in the long chain of prophets who TOGETHER, THEY ALL make up THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY, which in reality is the TESTIMONY OF JESUS empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Which is why the Bible says, 

*2 Peter 1:21, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

...Now we see why to reject any prophet, is to reject the Spirit of God & even Christ Himself (because the Spirit speaks of Christ). 2 Peter 1:21 also tells us that the final prophecy (the revelation of Jesus) will come when the people of God will be moved by the Holy Ghost at the Final Outpouring, which is what we have seen so far. The scriptures line up & agree on this point. The final revelation is still future but it is right upon us. Do you see why we are told to study DANIEL & REVELATION like never before???

We must "bare record of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ". The whole world is waiting for the "manifestation of the sons of God" (Rom. 8:19). The sons of God are waiting for the Revelation of Jesus Christ so that we will be empowered by God's Spirit to perfectly reflect the character of Jesus Christ. The Revelation of Jesus will cause God's people to "bare record of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ". (Rev. 1:2). And the stakes have reached high unto life or death. This message must first go to the church to arouse her from her slumbers.

Now you see why we are told, 

 

"I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it and be purified." {EW 270}

*Revelation 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."

...As we have already discussed, the Revelation of Jesus will bring on the end of the world. It will bring revival & reformation to God's church, it will shake out the sinners in Zion, it will establish God's Kingdom of Glory in the earth, and it will finish the gospel work in the earth. Satan knows this, and he is doing his utmost to prevent it, by distracting the church with side issues, causing God's church to argue and bicker, to grow worldly and cold, and to take their eyes off of Jesus. Satan has already cast his spell upon the world and the fallen churches, and now he seeks to darken the minds of God's end time people so that they will not be ready for THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. 

This is why the Bible says, 

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;" 1 Peter 1:13

We have already established the fact that this verse tells us that the Revelation of Jesus Christ will be brought to us at the END OF TIME. This is the most important time in earth's history. All of the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles looked forward to this time and longed to be apart of God's grand final movement! The great controversy hangs in the balance with the issues at stake at the END OF TIME. The great controversy cannot close until Christ enables His church to FINISH IT. This is why the final Revelation of Jesus Christ must take place.

Remember, The Revelation of Jesus Christ brings on the KINGDOM OF GOD'S GLORY, THE FINAL JUDGMENT, THE HARVEST (which separates the wheat from the tares), THE END OF THE WORLD (which is the Harvest) & THE FINAL SHAKING. And God's Word tells us that The Harvest, The Shaking, and The Final Judgment BEGINS WITH GOD'S CHURCH! Now you can see why Satan is attacking the church on all sides! He knows his time is very short! He knows that the Revelation of Jesus will lighten the whole earth with the glory of God. This is why he works to keep the world in utter darkness. The revelation of Jesus Christ will come RIGHT ON TIME.

This is why we are told, 

"The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred [2000] years agoa revelation of Christ." {MH 143}


...The Bible & SOP tell us over & over again that the 2nd Coming of Jesus will be similar to the 1st Coming of Jesus. We can draw many parallels on this point, but the fist point of the matter is that Christ came at the darkest point in earth's history up until that time. The world was in darkness and the Jewish church was in darkness. But praise God Christ came to bring light & life! It will be no different at the end of time, the darkest period of earths history brought to a climax! As dark as it will get, God's glorious light will shine even brighter. This will be THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. 

The REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST will come right on time as Christ came the 1st time to this earth right on time.

The Bible says, 

*Galatians 4:4, "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son..."


...And further on this point we are told, 

"The Saviour's coming was foretold in Eden. When Adam and Eve first heard the promise, they looked for its speedy fulfillment. They joyfully welcomed their first-born son, hoping that he might be the Deliverer. But the fulfillment of the promise tarried. Those who first received it died without the sight. From the days of Enoch the promise was repeated through patriarchs and prophets, keeping alive the hope of His appearing, and yet He came not. The prophecy of Daniel revealed the time of His advent, but not all rightly interpreted the message. Century after century passed away; the voices of the prophets ceased. The hand of the oppressor was heavy upon Israel, and many were ready to exclaim, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth. Ezekiel 12:22. But like the stars in the vast circuit of their appointed path, God's purposes know no haste and no delay. Through the symbols of the great darkness and the smoking furnace, God had revealed to Abraham the bondage of Israel in Egypt, and had declared that the time of their sojourning should be four hundred years. Afterward, He said, shall they come out with great substance. Genesis 15:14. Against that word, all the power of Pharaoh's proud empire battled in vain. On the self-same day appointed in the divine promise, it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:41. So in heaven's council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem." {DA 31-32}

 

...THIS SAME POINT ON CHRIST'S 1ST COMING IS APPLICABLE TODAY REGARDING HIS 2ND COMING!

We are told to "KNOW THE TIME OF OUR VISITATION" (Lk. 19:44). The time of our visitation is the time when Christ comes to His church to be received by her. This is what Israel missed. Their Saviour was right in their midst, yet they knew it not! And when Christ told them He was the messiah and Son of God they REJECTED Him. Little did they know, they rejected THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. This is why they were rejected as God's people and probation closed on them. 

*John 1:11, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not."

...This mistake cannot be done by us in these last hours of earth's history. It will be as fatal for us as it was for the Jews in their day. 

We love to talk about the time when Christ comes physically through the clouds in the sky (and rightfully so because this is the blessed hope), but we fail to realize that if we are not ready for THE FINAL SHAKING, THE FINAL CRISIS, THE MARK OF THE BEAST/SUNDAY LAW TEST, THE HARVEST, THE FINAL JUDGMENT, & THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, then we will NOT be ready when Christ comes in the clouds literally & physically. It is the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST that brings on the Close of Probation. We must be ready for when Christ comes to His church SPIRITUALLY. We are to know the time of our visitation. This is why in vision, the first thing John sees is the 7 Golden Candlesticks and sees Christ there in the midst. (Rev. 1:12-20) Here is a picture of Christ visiting His church. (More on this later). 

The Bible says, 

*John 14:16-18, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

 

...Here, a powerful promise is made by Christ to his disciples. Jesus is telling them that He must leave. But He will send them the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit. But the point to catch is that in Christ's going away speech, He tells them "I WILL COME TO YOU" (Jn. 14:18). Jesus is here saying that He will come to them and be with them through the Holy Spirit. This is important for us to understand in these last days. We have already discovered that The Revelation of Jesus Christ establishes God's Kingdom of Glory in the earth. God's Kingdom of Glory brings on the fullness of God's Spirit. This is why in Revelation 18, the announcement is made that the whole earth is lightened with glory. (Rev. 18:1). This message of God's glory we are told is the power of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power. The SOP says, The great outpouring of the Spirit of God lightens the whole earth with His [God's] glory. (CS 253). 

In plain language, The final Revelation of Jesus Christ BEGINS the final  outpouring of God's Spirit. And as we have seen, it begins with the church. If God's Spirit is come, then Christ has "COME TO YOU". (Jn. 14:18). God's Spirit falls upon the church first. Jesus comes to the church in "visitation". For the church to reject the Latter Rain is to reject the Final Revelation of Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is, to reject the Holy Spirit is to reject Christ. To reject the final outpouring of God's Spirit which is the Latter Rain is to reject the final Revelation of Jesus Christ.

This brings us to our verse for study--the 3rd verse of chapter 1 of Revelation.

*Revelation 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."

...There is a blessing for those who read, hear, and keep the words of this prophecy. To read and study Revelation is not enough. To be blessed, we must keep and follow its counsel and teachings. We cant just be hearers of Gods Word but we also have to be doers of Gods Word. 
The student of this book will be blessed ultimately with "Showers of Blessings" which is the Latter Rain, the final outpouring of God's Spirit in its fullness.

This brings us to the main point. "THE TIME IS AT HAND". 

As we have seen so far, just in the first three verses of Revelation, the context is clear. The time is at hand for God's Kingdom of Glory to be established in the earth and for the outpouring of God's Spirit to fall. This CANNOT be in the past. This is still future (right around the corner).

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS WITH THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GODS SPIRIT AS IT BEGINS TO FALL ON THE CHURCH.

...Please don't miss this point. John 14:16-18 tells us Jesus comes SPIRITUALLY when the Comforter comes. That applied to the "Early Rain" at Pentecost for the disciples. But how much more does it apply to God's people at the end of time at the "Latter Rain". Yes, much more so. 

"The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant." {8T 21}

 

*Revelation 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."


...The time is at hand for God's Spirit to fall. In the fullness of time, God will pour out His spirit and lighten the whole earth with His glory. We are to prepare for this time and look forward by faith to this-Christ's glorious day. This is the great need of the "languishing church" and "impenitent congregation" of today in God's church.

"There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation. If Satan had his way, there would never be another awakening, great or small, to the end of time. But we are not ignorant of his devices. It is possible to resist his power. When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come. Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God's people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth. Wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from the assemblies of His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises. Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6)." {1SM 124}


THE TIME IS AT HAND

 

*Zechariah 10:1, "Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field."

...All that is left to begin the wheels rolling on the prophecy of the Revelation is for the fires of persecution to be rekindled. As we have already seen, the backdrop & context of John receiving the revelation is PERSECUTION. It will be no different for us if we are to receive the revelation as John did. We can see that persecution is right around the corner (ex. Eric Walsh, etc.). Religious liberty is soon to die out in this country. Then the last nation of light will fall into complete darkness in a world full of darkness. This will begin the setting & backdrop for the final Revelation of Jesus to occur. And as we see the signs of the shaking increasing in our church (WO, LGBT, APOSTASY, etc.) it lets us know that the FINAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

Persecution will drive the faithful in God's church to their knees to truly earnestly pray for the Latter Rain which will fulfill the conditions of Zechariah 10:1. God's promise is that He "shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain". 

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS WITH THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GODS SPIRIT AS IT BEGINS TO FALL ON THE CHURCH.


[TO BE CONTINUED]

"...Shortly Come To Pass."

Among your opening statements is the thought that "the Revelation is a prophecy about end time events that will "shortly come to pass" right before the Lord returns in the clouds." I would suggest that some of what was written did in fact "come to pass" shortly after John wrote down the words of the Book.

The prophecy regarding the church of Ephesus (in Rev 2:1-8), and the prophecy regarding the rider who went forth conquering and to conquer (Rev 6:2), both began their fulfillments in John's life-time. There is a danger, represented in the Spirit of Prophecy, that "events in the train of prophecy that had their fulfillment away in the past are made future..." (2Selected Messages p.102) The Book of Revelation contains things that did "shortly come to pass" after John wrote down the words of the Book. (There are prophecies too, that had their fulfillment in the disintegration of the Roman Empire.) And yet the line of prophecy given in that Book extends all the way to the second coming, through to the second death, and the new earth. There are many things in the Book of Revelation that have had their fulfillment in the past, and I would suggest that we should not necessarily be looking for a secondary fulfillment.

Thank you for your comment Stewart.

As I stated above, the Revelation is given to prepare a people to stand in the last days. God in His wisdom & grace also has given comfort & hope to the church of all ages since John wrote the book. Thats how awesome God & His Word is. It can address & speak to many different things. However, the FINAL Revelation of Jesus Christ is for a specific generation of believers who will go through the darkest point of earth's history. All of the lessons of the past history will be available to them and the hope of their victories in the past will give them comfort. This is why the Revelation is DUAL. All of Scripture "written aforetime", addresses God's people "upon whom the end of the world is come".

*Romans 15:4, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

*1 Corinthians 10:11, "Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

...Ellen White warns against those who deny the historical fulfillment of the prophecies and push them out to the future. That is not what I am doing and not what I said. I stated clearly & emphatically "It is true that history is fulfilled prophecy". I also said that there is a 1st Application and there is a 2nd Application (DUAL). The historical view & fulfillment is truth and is a solid foundation on which we can stand. It clearly brings us down through the ages to 1844 and the Advent movement. But there is another & deeper application that is under the first layer. If you don't want to look for a secondary fulfillment, then that is fine. God has revealed great light already under the current SDA historical teaching. Praise God! But for those searching for greater light and "jewels of truth lying beneath the surface" (as we are told by SOP), then please hinder us not:) 

The first chapter of Revelation is filled with so much truth, we usually rush by it to get to the rest of the book. But Revelation chapter 1 is the context & foundation of the whole book. This is why I am posting a verse by verse PROPHETIC VIEW of the revelation.

We are told, 

"There is need of a much closer study of the Word of God; especially should Daniel and the Revelation have attention as never before.... The light…received from God was given especially for these last days."
—{Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 112, 113}

"Let us give more time to the study of the Bible. We do not understand the word as we should. The book of Revelation opens with an injunction to us to understand the instruction that it contains. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,” God declares, “and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” When we as a people understand what this book means to us, there will be seen among us a great revival. We do not understand fully the lessons that it teaches, notwithstanding the injunction given us to search and study it. 
When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart." {TM 113-114}

*Revelation 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;"

 

 

...As we continue with our study of Revelation, already in the first three verses of Revelation we can see it is power-packed with so much truth from God's word if we would slow down and take the time to listen attentively to the text and most importantly, to the Holy Spirit (who leads & guides us into all truth, Jn. 16:13). The truth is, the first chapter is the foundation of the rest of the book of Revelation. All of the major themes are drawn from this first chapter and further explained as you continue to read further in the book, which is why the first chapter is very important. 

We left off stating, 

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS WITH THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GODS SPIRIT AS IT BEGINS TO FALL ON THECHURCH.


...This is why the church comes into focus right away in the prophecy. God must cleanse His church and prepare His faithful people in the church to finish the work by taking the "gospel of the kingdom" into ALL the world. Since the church cant be cleansed by "might or power" , it must be cleansed "by My Spirit saith the Lord of hosts." (Zech. 4:6). This is why John introduces the message to the churches by saying, "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;"

John is telling the church, this message is from Jesus (who is, was, and is to come) and from the Holy Spirit who is before the throne. As we discussed earlier, if this is the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS to the church, then this is also the FINAL OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT also. 

We are told that the Holy Spirit, described here as "the seven Spirits which are before the throne" represents the 7 Golden Candlesticks. 

*Revelation 4:5, "And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."


...The Holy Spirit is represented as the Golden Lampstand to ENLIGHTEN the church with the FINAL GOSPEL LIGHT. 7 is God's number of perfection & completion. The "Seven Spirits of God" is represented as the "Seven Golden Candlesticks" because God is now shining the Final Revelation of Jesus Christ upon the church, the FINAL & COMPLETE LIGHT! 

Revelation is here quoting from Isaiah. Remember, the Revelation quotes LARGELY from the OT prophets. 

The Bible says, 

*Isaiah 11:1-5, "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;

3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

 

...There is alot in this passage. Revelation quotes from this imagery. Don't miss the point. "...there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:" This phrase is saying that Jesus will be revealed, which is the revelation of Jesus Christ. We know Jesus is the rod & Branch out of the stem of Jesse. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him. The revelation of Jesus brings the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Note the 2nd verse.

"And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;"

NOTE:

1. The Spirit of the Lord

2. The Spirit of Wisdom

3. The Spirit of Understanding

4. The Spirit of Counsel

5. The Spirit of Might

6. The Spirit of Knowledge

7. The Spirit of the fear of the Lord

 

...THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD!!!

...In other words, this is the FULL & PERFECT LIGHT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!

These are seven phases & seven tasks of the Holy Spirit to bring us into full knowledge of light. This is why, to reject the Final Revelation of Jesus Christ is to reject the light to our own damnation. "To whom MUCH is given, much will be required". We will be judged by the light given to us and what we did (or did not do) with that light. This is why the next part of the passage in Isaiah 11 talks about judgment. Once the light has been given, you are judged according to that light.

*Isaiah 11:3-5"3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

...The Holy Spirit is represented as the Lampstand in the Holy Place because the Revelation of Jesus Christ comes to the church in the Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. Remember, in Revelation 2 & 3, the church is seen in the Holy Place of Heaven's Sanctuary, where the 7 Golden Candlesticks are. Christ is walking in the midst of the 7 Churches, the 7 Golden Candlesticks. Why does the Holy Spirit come to the church in the Holy Place as a LAMPSTAND? What was a LAMP used for in Jewish times? The lamp was used to SEE THROUGH THE DARKNESS AT NIGHT. 

Remember, the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST comes at the darkest point in earth's history.

*Isaiah 60:1-3, "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising."


At this point in earth's history, darkness covers the earth, gross darkness the people. And unfortunately, the church is even in a dark spot too! But God's promise is that light will come. The glory of the Lord will rise upon the church. That is exactly what we are seeing in the final revelation of Jesus Christ. God's Kingdom of Glory will be set up in the earth and God uses His faithful church who joins His kingdom to finish the work in the earth. And will be fulfilled the promise...

"The church is the depositary of the wealth of the riches of the grace of Christ, and through the church eventually will be made manifest the final and full display of the love of God to the world that is to be lightened with its glory."  {TM 50}

Then, "the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising". The gospel will go into all the world, and a final harvest will come in from the world. 

But there is also another prophetic imagery used for the LAMP. Lamps were also used for Jewish wedding processionals. You guessed it. The parable of the 10 Virgins. You know the story.

All 10 Virgins had their lamps to LIGHT THEIR WAY TO FOLLOW THE BRIDEGROOM TO THE MARRIAGE HALL. 

The Holy Spirit comes to the church in the Holy Place as a LAMPSTAND to guide the church through the darkness to follow the bridegroom to the marriage hall!

...The prophetic imagery of Revelation is the transition of apartments in the heavenly sanctuary from the HOLY PACE to THE MOST HOLY PLACE. 

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE FINAL CALL FOR THE CHURCH TO JOIN HIM IN THE MOST HOLY PLACE!!!


...This is why a SHAKING takes place. Because those that did not have OIL in their lamps, DO NOT MAKE THE TRANSITION! The GLORY of the Most Holy Place is as "a consuming fire" against sin. Sin & sinners are shaken out! The Foolish Virgins will be exposed for being without oil in their lamps and will be thrown in to "outter darkness" They will be found without their wedding  garments on.

*Matthew 22:11-14, And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."

...The context of both of these parables, the 10 Virgins and the Wedding Feast, is the WEDDING. The wedding between Christ & His Bride takes place in the MOST HOLY PLACE. According to Daniel 8:14 and the 2300 Day Prophecy, Jesus went into the Most Holy Place in October 22, 1844. But the book of Revelation is not focused on Jesus going to the Most Holy Place. The book of Revelation is all about God's church entering the Most Holy Place. That is where the wedding takes place. The church must enter into a Most Holy Place experience with Him. This is AT-ONE-MENT on the Day of Atonement. We are to follow Him there by faith. Unfortunately, we cannot do it in our own strength, which is why we need the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us in. Hence, the lamps trimmed & burning, the Holy Spirit-The Lampstand. Our job is to receive the OIL and follow the LIGHT.

"Now is the time to entreat that souls shall not only hear the word of God, but without delay secure oil in their vessels with their lamps. That oil is the righteousness of Christ. It represents character, and character is not transferable. No man can secure it for another. Each must obtain for himself a character purified from every stain of sin. {TM 234}

...The point is clear. The only way we can stand in the Most Holy Place in the presence of God is if we are covered in the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST which is the oil in the lamp for the virgins and the wedding garment for the guests at the WEDDING. The wedding takes place in the Most Holy Place. So the final revelation of Jesus comes to give us our greatest need in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When we look at the 7 churches in Rev. 2 & 3, we are seeing the last call being given to the church. We are seeing the church TRANSITION from the 1st APARTMENT (THE HOLY PLACE) to the 2nd APARTMENT (THE MOST HOLY PLACE) by the power of the Holy Spirit and it is causing a violent shaking. 

[More on this later]

*Revelation 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;"

...The Holy Spirit comes to the church in the Holy Place as a LAMPSTAND to guide the church through the darkness to follow the bridegroom to the marriage hall---THE MOST HOLY PLACE.


...As the church receives the HOLY SPIRIT-THE LAMPSTAND, then the church becomes the LAMPSTAND, the Light of the World.

*Revelation 1:20, "...and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."

 

*Matthew 5:14-16, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

*Revelation 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,"

The message of truth that comes as a result of the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST is from Jesus Himself. We discovered in verse 2, as Christ is revealed, it causes His people to "bare record of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ". No doubt, the Revelation of Jesus Christ reveals THE PLAN OF SALVATION. 

Jesus said it this way in His conversation with Nathanael, 

*John 1:49-51, "Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.

51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."

...Don't miss the point. As Jesus is being REVEALED to Nathanael as the Son of God & King of Israel, Jesus responds to Nathanael by stating "ye shall see heaven open, and the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of man". Jesus is pointing Nathanael back to Jacob's dream known as "Jacob's Ladder". You remember in the dream, heaven was opened up and angels were ascending & descending upon the ladder. Here in John, we are told that the ladder is "the Son of man". Jesus is the ladder. He is our only way to heaven. Which means climbing the ladder is the only way to be saved. In other words, Jesus is the only way we can be saved. Acts 4:12. Jesus is the way to the Father and He has a plan to save us. His plan to save us is called the PLAN OF SALVATION.

In fact, we are told, 

"The Lord compassionately revealed just what Jacob needed—a Saviour. He had sinned, but his heart was filled with gratitude as he saw revealed a way by which he could be restored to the favor of God. Wearied with his journey, the wanderer lay down upon the ground, with a stone for his pillow. As he slept he beheld a ladder, bright and shining, whose base rested upon the earth, while the top reached to heaven. Upon this ladder angels were ascending and descending; above it was the Lord of glory, and from the heavens His voice was heard: “I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac.”
...The Lord knew the evil influences that would surround Jacob, and the perils to which he would be exposed. In mercy He opened up the future before the repentant fugitive, that he might understand the divine purpose with reference to himself, and be prepared to resist the temptations that would surely come to him when alone amid idolaters and scheming men. There would be ever before him the high standard at which he must aim; and the knowledge that through him the purpose of God was reaching its accomplishment, would constantly prompt him to faithfulness. IN THE VISION THE PLAN OF REDEMPTION WAS PRESENTED TO JACOB..." {PP 183-184}

...Did you catch that? We have seen it from God's Word and the Spirit of Prophecy amplifies it. The Lord revealed Himself to Jacob and impressed him that he need Him-a Saviour! And in revealing Himself to Jacob, He revealed the plan of redemption which is the PLAN OF SALVATION.

This tells us that the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IS THE FINAL OFFER OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION!

And because Final & Full light is shining (see study on Rev. 1:4), all the issues of the plan of salvation are being made perfectly clear to the church first, and then the world!

God had REVEALED to Nathanael that He was the Son of God and Nathanael accepted that fact and proclaimed it just as God later did the same for Peter!

*Matthew 16:13-19, "When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

...As in the case with Nathanael, Peter proclaims Christ to be the Son of the living God. Christ responds, "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is heaven".

It is the Father who reveals the Son. The Father initiated the Plan of Salvation in heavens council and it is the Father who initiated THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (Rev. 1:1) Because Jesus is REVEALED to Peter as the Son of God, then Christ was able to reveal the plan of salvation to Peter concerning the church.

In all three cases; Jacob, Nathanael, and Peter, Christ was REVEALED to them as the Son of God and the PLAN OF SALVATION was revealed to them as well, and this is because the PLAN OF SALVATION rests in Christ and is all about Jesus! (Just as the book of Revelation is all about Jesus).

It will be no different with us. The REVELATION OF JESUS is given to God's last day church and the world to see the wonderful character of Jesus and who God really is, and to see & understand His blessed plan of salvation in its fullest & final form. In other words, THE REVELATION OF JESUS IS THE PLAN OF SALVATION!

This is brings us to our text of study.

*Revelation 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,"

...John introduces the message of the Revelation to the churches as from Jesus the faithful witness. In the life of Christ, He always sought to WITNESS about His Father. And in turn, the Father witnessed of His Son. Then the Holy Spirit was sent to witness about Jesus. They all SELFLESSLY witness of one another in perfect harmony showing their unity of LOVE. Truly, God is LOVE. (1 Jn. 4:8) All three seek to REVEAL one another. Because Jesus accepted the role of being the sacrifice on mans behalf back in heavens council, He is the one that is both lifted up and revealed by the Father & The Holy Spirit. This is the REVELATION OF JESUS. This is why the disciple of love is given the Revelation of Jesus Christ, because it is all about SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE.

In the life of Christ, the one hour He always kept in mind was the "HOUR OF GLORIFICATION". 

*John 17:1, "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:"

...Earlier in Christ's ministry He would often state that "His hour has not yet come". But as He drew near to the cross and the time of his crucifixion, the hour of glorification had now come. The context of John 17 is the UNIFICATION of Christ's church and their sanctification by the Word of truth. The time had come for the FINISHING OF THE WORK OF CHRIST & THE GLORIFICATION OF CHRIST.

*John 17:3-5, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was."

...Here Jesus tells us that eternal life comes by KNOWING who God is, and Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This is why the Revelation of Jesus Christ is SO VERY IMPORTANT, especially in these last days. Notice also that the time of glorification is at the time of the cross. The work of the cross was to begin revealing to mankind and the unfallen universe the GLORY OF GOD. 

"“His name shall be called Immanuel, ... God with us.” “The light of the knowledge of the glory of God” is seen “in the face of Jesus Christ.” From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father; He was “the image of God,” the image of His greatness and majesty, “the outshining of His glory.” It was to manifest this glory that He came to our worldTo this sin-darkened earth He came to reveal the light of God's love,—to be “God with us.” Therefore it was prophesied of Him, “His name shall be called Immanuel.” By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angels. He was the Word of God,—God's thought made audible. In His prayer for His disciples He says, “I have declared unto them Thy name,”—“merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,”—“that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” But not alone for His earthborn children was this revelation given. Our little world is the lesson book of the universe. God's wonderful purpose of grace, the mystery of redeeming love, is the theme into which “angels desire to look,” and it will be their study throughout endless ages. Both the redeemed and the unfallen beings will find in the cross of Christ their science and their song. IT WILL BE SEEN THAT THE GLORY SHINING IN THE FACE OF JESUS IS THE GLORY OF SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE. In the light from Calvary it will be seen that the law of self-renouncing love is the law of life for earth and heaven; that the love which “seeketh not her own” has its source in the heart of God; and that in the meek and lowly One is manifested the character of Him who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto." 
{DA 19-20}

...That is a powerful quote. So much is said in that paragraph from the beautiful book that REVEALS Jesus, The Desire of Ages. But the main point is that the GLORY OF GOD is the LIGHT OF GOD'S LOVE---GOD'S SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE.

This is important because, 

"The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love." {COL 415}

...As we have already discovered, The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the last message to be given to the world. The Revelation of Jesus Christ establishes the Kingdom of God's Glory in the earth. And we have now discovered that God's Glory is His Self-Sacrificing Love. This is why we are told,  "the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love." 

This is why the first part of the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST reveals Christ as "the first begotten of the dead...him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," (Rev. 1:5).

The foundation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is His SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE. This love was revealed in all its excellence & beauty at THE CROSS OF CHRIST. John is here seeing Jesus high & lifted up on the cross where He "washed us from our sins in his own blood". It is at the cross where we first see THE LIGHT, ultimately the LIGHT OF GOD'S LOVE.

*John 3:14-17, "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

...As Moses lifted the serpent in the wilderness where all must look to live, Jesus was lifted up on the cross. God so LOVED the world that He GAVE...true love is revealed in SELF-SACRIFICIAL giving. Jesus agreed to the plan in heavens council and became the "lamb slain from the foundation of the world" and he stuck to the plan and took on human flesh to become a man to die on Calvary's cruel cross REVEALING His SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE. 

*Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

This is why the cross is presented in the beginning of the Revelation of Jesus (Rev. 1:5). God's love revealed on the cross is meant to draw us to Him. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, all must look to live. So Christ was lifted up that we may look and live, and "by beholding, we would become changed" to reflect His glory--His Holy & Righteous Character and His great love. Christ is seeking a "love relationship with us. The cross and His love is meant to draw us to Him and His precious bleeding side.

*John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

This is also the goal of the Revelation of Jesus Christ---to draw all men to Christ. But it all begins at the cross.

*Revelation 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,"

...We have already discussed the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST being THE PLAN OF SALVATION. It is fitting that the cross is presented right away in the Revelation because according to the Plan of Salvation as revealed in the Old Testament Tabernacle (The Sanctuary & Its Services), THE PLAN OF SALVATION BEGINS AT THE CROSS! 

"We read in the cross of Christ that God is love, and that he will impart to us his excellences if we desire him to do so, in order that we may impart blessings to those around us. The chief end of life is to glorify God." {Youth Instructor September 6, 1894, par. 4}

...When one TRULY accepts the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary, they will begin to glorify God in their life. The beginning of the plan of salvation is the cross where JUSTIFICATION takes place. The end of the plan of salvation is the judgment in the Most Holy Place where GLORIFICATION takes place. [More on this later]. 

The CROSS & THE FINAL JUDGMENT ARE CLOSELY RELATED...which is why the Revelation opens up with a view of the cross in light of the final judgment. According to the Sanctuary Message, the ATONEMENT begins at the cross, but it ends in the Most Holy Place. This is why the issue in the Final Judgment will be ones acceptance or rejection of the message of the cross and whether they truly picked up their cross and followed Him, the Lamb, "wheresoever He goeth".

We are told, 

"In the day of final judgment, every lost soul will understand the nature of his own rejection of truth. THE CROSS WILL BE PRESENTED, AND ITS REAL BEARING WILL BE SEEN BY EVERY MIND THAT HAS BEEN BLINDED BY TRANSGRESSIONBefore the vision of Calvary with its mysterious Victim, sinners will stand condemned. Every lying excuse will be swept away. Human apostasy will appear in its heinous character. Men will see what their choice has been. Every question of truth and error in the long-standing controversy will then have been made plain. In the judgment of the universe, God will stand clear of blame for the existence or continuance of evil. It will be demonstrated that the divine decrees are not accessory to sin. There was no defect in God’s government, no cause for disaffection. When the thoughts of all hearts shall be revealed, both the loyal and the rebellious will unite in declaring, “Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? ... for Thy judgments are made manifest.” Revelation 15:3, 4.”
 {The Desire of Ages p.58}

...In essence, the cross is a TYPE of judgment. This is why the cross event will be repeated in the last days. Will we all run & flee as the disciples did? Or will we stand and be crucified with Christ as Paul exclaims. This is why the Revelation of Jesus brings to view the cross in the beginning of the vision. The cross points us to the final judgment.

This is why Jesus said, 

*John 12 :31-33, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

33 This he said, signifying what death he should die."

...Jesus is here saying the judgment of the world is come and Satan is being cast out because He is being lifted up on the cross. The CROSS IS A TYPE OF THE JUDGMENT. According to Revelation, the final judgement of the world and the final casting out of Satan doesn't occur until the end of time.  So what is Jesus saying? He is saying, because of the atonement being provided at the cross, it will bring on judgment upon this world and finally cast out Satan once the atonement is completed. "His word goeth forth and will not return unto Him void".

 

*John 12:31, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."

 

*Luke 10:18, "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."

 

"Our condemnation in the judgment will not result from the fact that we have been in error, but from the fact that we have neglected heaven-sent opportunities for learning what is truth. Like the apostles, the seventy had received supernatural endowments as a seal of their mission. When their work was completed, they returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.” Jesus answered, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” The scenes of the past and the future were presented to the mind of Jesus. He beheld Lucifer as he was first cast out from the heavenly places. He looked forward to the scenes of His own agony, when before all the worlds the character of the deceiver should be unveiled. He heard the cry, “It is finished” (John 19:30), announcing that the redemption of the lost race was forever made certain, that heaven was made eternally secure against the accusations, the deceptions, the pretensions, that Satan would instigate. Beyond the cross of Calvary, with its agony and shame, Jesus looked forward to the great final day, when the prince of the power of the air will meet his destruction in the earth so long marred by his rebellion. Jesus beheld the work of evil forever ended, and the peace of God filling heaven and earth. Henceforward Christ's followers were to look upon Satan as a conquered foe. Upon the cross, Jesus was to gain the victory for them; that victory He desired them to accept as their own. “Behold,” He said, “I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” {DA 490}

 

The Spirit of Prophecy has confirmed what we have seen in the Word of God thus far. THE CROSS IS A TYPE OF THE JUDGMENT. The cross leads to the judgment. The cross (in the Outter Courtyard of the sanctuary) begins the PLAN OF SALVATION. The judgment (in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary) ends the PLAN OF SALVATION. 

Because of the atonement being provided at the cross, it will bring on judgment upon this world once all of the issues are made clear by the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

This is why the Bible says, 

 

*John 3:16-21, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."

...The Word of God is here saying that the "condemnation" or the judgment will occur because "light has come into the world" to expose their deeds, "because their deeds were evil". The wicked try to escape the light. They "hate the light, neither come to the light". But God's faithful people that accept the truth "come to the light" that their deeds made be made manifest that they have accepted and relied on the power of God unto salvation. Notice the context, it is the light shining from the cross revealing the SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE of God that "so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son". 

As we have learned, THE SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE OF GOD IS THE GLORY OF GOD. 

THIS IS WHY THE CROSS IS REVEALED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE REVELATION.

*Revelation 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,"

To fully accept the Revelation of Jesus Christ, God's people must fully accept the love & sacrifice of Christ
. God's people must also view & love the cross and CARRY their own cross.

*Matthew 16:24, "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

...This is the litmus test of salvation and will be the test of the judgment, which is why the cross is presented in the beginning of the Revelation.

It is our RESPONSE to Calvary that determines if we have really accepted the sacrifice of Christ or not. 

There are TWO different views/TWO different responses of/to the cross.

1. One group looks at the cross and sees someone who set them free from the law. This group claims His grace to continue living as they please since they are "saved" by the cross. They believe the atonement has been completed at the cross. They love Him because He has "released" them from the law.

2. The other group looks at the cross and sees someone who set them free from SIN. This group claims His grace as "enabling & overcoming power" to obey. They find their greatest joy in serving Him because of what He has done for them at the cross in providing & beginning the atonement and are thankful for what He is doing for them in heavens sanctuary to complete the atonement. They love Him because He has "revealed" His perfect law in His perfect life and they seek to love Him back by keeping His commandments (Jn. 14:15) and living as He lived.

ONLY ONE OF THESE VIEWS IS CORRECT. IT IS OUR RESPONSE TO CALVARY THAT SHOWS WHETHER WE TRULY UNDERSTAND THE CROSS.

This is why the Revelation of Jesus begins with the cross.

The truth is, because:

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain;

He washed it white as snow.

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Must Jesus bear the cross alone,

and all the world go free?

No, there's a cross for everyone,

and there's a cross for me.

 

The consecrated cross I'll bear

till He shall set me free;

and then go home my crown to wear,

for there's a crown for me.

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This is why the cross is lifted up in the Revelation of Jesus.

"These are our themes—Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ our intercessor before God; and closely connected with these is the office work of the Holy Spirit, the representative of Christ, sent forth with divine power and gifts for men. His pre-existence, His coming the second time in glory and power, His personal dignity, His holy law uplifted, are the themes that have been dwelt upon with simplicity and power…Bear with a certain voice an affirmative message. Lift Him up, the Man of Calvary, higher and still higher. THERE IS POWER IN THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST...."{Evangelism 187}

...Notice, we are told that "closely connected" with the cross is the "office work of the Holy Spirit". We have already discovered that the final Revelation of Jesus brings the Final Outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Now we know why. Because the Revelation also reveals the cross and the cross connects us to the office work of the Holy Spirit. Also, connected to the cross is "Christ our intercessor before God" and "His coming the second time in glory and power" which is the final revelation of Jesus Christ. Again, all the dots are being connected as God's final light is being given to the church & world in the closing scenes of the earth's history.

The Spirit of Prophecy says, 

"The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. BY HIS DEATH HE BEGAN THAT WORK WHICH AFTER HIS RESURRECTION HE ASCENDED TO COMPLETE IN HEAVEN. We must by faith enter within the veil, “whither the forerunner is for us entered.” Hebrews 6:20. There the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected. There we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. The salvation of man is accomplished at an infinite expense to heaven; the sacrifice made is equal to the broadest demands of the broken law of God. Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation the sincere desire of all who come to Him in faith may be presented before God."  {GC 489}

...This is a powerful quote worth reading over and over again until you get the point. We have stated already that according to the Sanctuary, the cross begins the work that is completed in the Most Holy Place during the final judgment. Here we are told that in the Most Holy Place, "the light from the cross of Calvary is reflected". This means that the cross is MAGNIFIED in the Most Holy Place. It is in the Most Holy Place that "we gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption"...which is THE PLAN OF SALVATION.

I think you get the point now. It has been stated over & over again in this study based on God's Word and the SOP. The message is clear.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ brings on the KINGDOM OF GOD'S GLORY, THE HARVEST (which separates the wheat from the tares), THE END OF THE WORLD (which is the Harvest) & THE FINAL SHAKING. However, The Harvest & The Shaking BEGINS WITH GOD'S CHURCH! The Harvest & The Shaking are both caused by THE WORD OF GOD. Jesus is the Word made flesh and is God Himself, and God is love. We see that love portrayed clearly in the cross of Christ which is why the cross is presented in the beginning of the revelation and is the issue in the judgment. 
(DA 58). 

God's desire is that His love will draw us to Him and will change us to reflect His glory. Only LOVE AWAKENS LOVE.

"The earth was dark through misunderstanding of God. To bring the world back to God, Satan’s deceptive power must be broken. God could not do this by force. He wants only the service of love, and love cannot be won by force or authority. ONLY LOVE AWAKENS LOVETo know God is to love HimWE MUST SEE HIS CHARACTER IN CONTRAST TO SATAN’S. Only one Being could do this work. Only He who knew the height and depth of God’s love could make it known. The plan for our redemption was not formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of “the mystery that was kept secret for long ages.” Romans 16:25, NRSV. It was an unfolding of the principles that have been the foundation of God’s throne from eternity. God foresaw sin’s existence and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. He pledged to give His only-begotten Son, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16." {HH 8}

And this is why we need a revelation of Jesus in these last days.

 

"The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred [2000] years ago---a revelation of Christ." {MH 143}

 

...The cross vindicated God's character to the unfallen worlds and the angels; thus heaven was eternally secured. But the final battleground is on this earth. As Satan pulls out his final masterpiece of deception, God pulls out His greatest weapon of light---THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

*Revelation 12:10-12, "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."

 

...The final showdown will occur on this earth. The powers of darkness verses the power of light. The issue is on THE CHARACTER OF GOD which is HIS-SELF-SACRIFICING LOVE. Satan charges God to be a selfish tyrant & dictator who only wants to force worship upon all for Himself. But the cross stands as a powerful witness that God is indeed LOVE. This is why the cross is the foundation of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. We must accept the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST & the full terms of the PLAN OF SALVATION.

"But the plan of redemption had a yet broader and deeper purpose than the salvation of man. It was not for this alone that Christ came to the earth; it was not merely that the inhabitants of this little world might regard the law of God as it should be regarded; BUT IT WAS TO VINDICATE THE CHARACTER OF GOD BEFORE THE UNIVERSE. To this result of His great sacrifice—its influence upon the intelligences of other worlds, as well as upon man—the Saviour looked forward when just before His crucifixion He said: “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all unto Me.” John 12:31, 32. The act of Christ in dying for the salvation of man would not only make heaven accessible to men, but before all the universe it would justify God and His Son in their dealing with the rebellion of Satan. It would establish the perpetuity of the law of God and would reveal the nature and the results of sin."  
{PP 69}

 

...Which is exactly why the cross must be seen in its real & true light at the end of time.

 

*Revelation 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,"

*John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

"When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us." {DA 668}

...This is God's desire in sending us the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. This will finally vindicate the character of God before the universe in the person of His saints and will finish the work and end the great controversy.

OH THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM!!!

BACK TO OUR STUDY OF REVELATION.

*Revelation 1:6, "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

We left off stating that God's desire in sending us the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST is to finally vindicate the character of God before the universe in the person of His saints and will finish the work and end the great controversy. 

It is fitting that after the truth about the cross is presented and finally understood by the church first, then the world, the next thing we see is that God will have made us "kings and priests" for His glory. 

"We read in the cross of Christ that God is love, and that he will impart to us his excellences if we desire him to do so, in order that we may impart blessings to those around us. The chief end of life is to glorify God." {Youth Instructor September 6, 1894, par. 4}

...The message & truth of the cross is meant to change us and transform us that we may give God the glory. We have understood thus far that the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST brings on God's Kingdom of Glory.

*Revelation 11:15, "...The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."

As we enter by faith into this spiritual kingdom of glory, God makes us "kings and priests". Once we have been fully drawn to Christ by His love and great sacrifice for us, we will be a converted people and be ready and fully equipped to be used by Him to take this final gospel to the entire world. This is why the FINAL REVELATION begins with the message of the cross.

*Revelation 1:5-6, "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,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

...In the end, those that receive, understand, and communicate the book of Revelation are called of God and made as “kings and priests”. 

A king for God is a spiritual leader. A priest for God is a spiritual minister. They are given spiritual leadership & authority and spiritual anointing & ministry by God to proclaim Revelations truths and to stand in the day of the Lord. 

Gods High Calling for the church is that His people may be “priests & kings”.

 It will be a privilege and a great responsibility---a HIGH CALLING.

"Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His childrenGodliness---godlikeness---is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble.    {ED 18}

...Here we are told that Godliness, which is God-Likeness, is the goal to be reached by God's people. God is calling His people to be just like Him! The Revelation of Jesus Christ is given to show us what Jesus is really like! Christ is both PRIEST & KING!

*Hebrews 4:14, "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession."

*Revelation 19:16, "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords."

Jesus is both PRIEST & KING. That's why Hebrews says He comes "after the order of Melchisidek". 

Jesus was, 

"Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec." Hebrews 5:10

Melchizedek was a king of righteousness, the king of Salem and a priest of God, who met Abram in the valley of Shaveh, which is the kings valley, bought out bread and wine, blessed him, and received tithes from him. You can read the story in Genesis 14:18-20. Speaking of Christ, God says, "The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." (Ps. 110:5).

The point is that Abraham, who represents the faithful as the "father of faith", comes to Melchizedek and paid him tithes. Once God's people become the "priests & kings" that we are called to be, the faithful "not of this fold" will come to us to give themselves fully to the Lord. The final harvest will not join God's last day movement until God has a faithful people who are His "priests & kings". 

Matter of fact, we are told...

"The Lord does not now work to bring many souls into the truth, because of the church members who have never been converted and those who were once converted but who have backslidden. What influence would these unconsecrated members have on new converts? Would they not make of no effect the God-given message which His people are to bear?" {6T 371}

The Lord has thousands upon thousands waiting to hear the final message of truth. But more than hearing it, they must SEE it. The world is waiting to see a REVELATION OF JESUS in the person of His saints. This is why we are called to a high standard of being representatives, "priests & kings" for God. This is why Christ died for us. This is why Revelation 1:5 comes before Revelation 1:6. We must see and understand the cross before we can become who God wants us to be. On the cross, God revealed His perfect love for us, and "the love of Christ constrains us" (2 Cor. 5:14) to be all that Christ wants us to be.

"Christ gave His life to make it possible for man to be restored to the image of God. It is the power of His grace that draws men together in obedience to the truth. God desires us to reach the standard of perfection made possible for us by the gift of Christ. He calls upon us to make our choice on the right side, to connect with heavenly agencies, to adopt principles that will restore in us the divine image." {AG 103}

...Here we are told that "Christ gave His life to make it possible for man to be restored to the image of God". As we saw in our study of Revelation 1:5, God's love is revealed at the cross and draws us to Him. "It is the power of His grace that draws men together in obedience to the truth". Obedience to the truth leads us to full surrender to the will of God, where God can have His perfect way in our lives. "God desires us to reach the standard of perfection made possible for us by the gift of Christ". That is indeed a HIGH CALLING! But it is possible in Jesus Christ, only as we "make our choice on the right side, to connect with heavenly agencies, to adopt principles that will restore in us the divine image"---THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST!

"As the truth is brought into practical life, the standard is to be elevated higher and higher, to meet the requirements of the Bible. This will necessitate opposition to the fashions, customs, practices, and maxims of the world. Worldly influences, like the waves of the sea, beat against the followers of Christ to sweep them away from the true principles of the meekness and grace of Christ; but they are to stand as firm as a rock to principle. It will require moral courage to do this, and those whose souls are not riveted to the eternal Rock, will be swept away by the worldly current. We can stand firm only as our life is hid with Christ in God. Moral independence will be wholly in place when opposing the world. By conforming entirely to the will of God, we shall be placed upon vantage ground, and shall see the necessity of decided separation from the customs and practices of the world. We are not to elevate our standard just a little above the world’s standard; but we are to make the line of demarcation decidedly apparent. 

There are many in the church who at heart belong to the world, but God calls upon those who claim to believe the advanced truth, to rise above the present attitude of the popular churches of today. Where is the self-denial, where is the cross-bearing that Christ has said should characterize His followers? The reason we have had so little influence upon unbelieving relatives and associates is that we have manifested little decided difference in our practices from those of the world. Parents need to awake, and purify their souls by practicing the truth in their home life. When we reach the standard that the Lord would have us reach, worldlings will regard Seventh-day Adventists as odd, singular, strait-laced extremists. “We are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.” We are under solemn, sacred covenant to God to bring up our children, not for the world, not to put their hands into the hands of the world, but to love and fear God, and to keep His commandments."              {FCE 288-289}

This is simply to say, once God has a fully converted people, then He can finish the work and close the great controversy.

*Revelation 1:6, "And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

Here, the Revelation quotes Peter and Moses. 

*1 Peter 2:9-10, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy."

...And Peter quoted Moses, 

*Exodus 19:1-6, "In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.

2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.

3 And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;

4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:

6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."

*Deuteronomy 14:2, "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth."

*Deuteronomy 26:18-19, "And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken."

... God had called ancient Israel to be His representatives in the earth, to point the world to the Saviour and to demonstrate the love of God and the law of God to the nations around them.  Through them "all nations" were to be blessed. But Israel proved to be an unfaithful and disobedient people.

In the FINAL REVELATION, God will have an obedient and faithful people. They will be His people and He shall be their God. This is covenant language. They will have accepted ALL the terms of the covenant and will enter into a covenant relationship with God based on love.

...Notice, it was after God called His people out of Egypt that He set them apart o be His chosen nation & representatives in the earth. God called Israel out of Egypts bondage so that they could fully SERVE God. God took them into the wilderness so that they could LEARN how to follow Him and obey Him. Even though they were out of Egypt, Egypt was not out of them. God's people must learn to obey.
Only "if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people" (Ex. 19:5). This promise is "conditional" and has NOT YET been fulfilled.

The fact in Rev. 1:6 is that once the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST is revealed and accepted, God will have a faithful and obedient people, a kingdom of "priests & kings", a "peculiar people",  a "holy nation", a "chosen generation" who will "shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;"...only as they walk in the FINAL LIGHT of the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

The FINAL REVELATION will bring on the end of the world because God will produce a people that will be His representatives in the earth. They will be "Priests & Kings". God will have a "sanctified" people. The word sanctified means, "set apart for a holy use" God will have a covenant people that will sacrifice their ALL for the Lord and the gospels' sake. (Ps. 50:5). God will be able to FULLY use them to finish His work in the earth. The Everlasting Gospel will go into ALL the world and God's character will be vindicated. The Great Controversy will be ended.

BACK TO OUR STUDY

*Revelation 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 of him. Even so, Amen."

...In our last study together, we discovered that Christ is longing for His people to become"Priests & Kings". This is the goal that Christ is working for in our lives, as He is shaping & molding us into His image if we consent and allow Him to have His perfect way in our lives. This work must be done BEFORE He comes in the clouds of glory. Which is why Rev. 1:6 comes before Rev. 1:7 where Christ gives John the blessed hope of His appearing in the clouds to come again the 2nd time!

Only those who have accepted the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST and who have entered by faith into God's SPIRITUAL Kingdom of Glory will take apart in God's PHYSICAL Kingdom when He returns to take us to spend an eternity with Him.

In Revelation Chapter 1, Christ is giving John all of the major themes that the rest of the book will expound upon in further detail. This is why we are doing a careful verse by verse study of Revelation 1 as it relates to the FINAL FULFILLMENT, that we have discovered is still future.

The reason why verse 7 talks about the 2nd Coming is because already in the first 6 verses of Revelation God has already dealt with the final issues of the Great Controversy! 

In verse 1 God deals with the KINGDOM OF GLORY that He will set up in the earth.

In verse 2 God deals with the Word of God, the Testimony of Jesus (Spirit of Prophecy & Straight Testimony) that will be preached into ALL the world, then the end will come (Matt. 24:14). This is the "gospel of the kingdom" that finishes the gospel work. The Kingdom of Glory that is set up in verse 1 cause God's people that join it to proclaim the gospel about it and welcomes all to join!

In verse 3 God deals with the "BLESSINGS" of receiving the Revelation of Jesus and joining His everlasting "Kingdom of Glory". This blessing is ultimately the blessing of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power---THE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS. 

In verse 4 God deals with the final message to the church that He is purifying & preparing to be ready for His soon return.

In verse 5 God deals with the message & truth of the cross which reveals the PLAN OF SALVATION.

In verse 6 God deals with the final product of His work in His saints to make them His representatives in the earth---"Priests & Kings" for Him.

...All of the issues presented thus far have been END TIME ISSUES, the final issues of the Great Controversy. Now Jesus is ready to reveal to John a glimpse of His Second Advent.

At this point in he end of time, in making His people to be "Priests & Kings", God has prepared His people to be ready for His appearing. If God's people have become "Priests & Kings" that means that God's people have become just like Christ and are perfectly reflecting His character who He Himself is a PRIEST-KING!

Christ has constituted His church to be a "kingdom" and its individual members to be "priests". Those who have accepted salvation in Christ make up the kingdom whose king is Christ. In this case of the FINAL REVELATION, it is the FINAL KINGDOM OF GLORY that we are talking about. A priest is one who presents offerings to God. In this case it is the FINAL OFFERING in this earth's history that must be made by Christ and His people, hence the FINAL ATONEMENT.

After God's FINAL KINGDOM is set up in the earth, John announces the theme of the Revelation---The 2nd Coming.

The Second Coming of Christ is the goal toward all else that comes after verse 7. All else in the book of Revelation now points to this goal.

Do not miss the phrase "he cometh" which stresses the certainty of the event with a sense of imminence. This is because at this point of the FINAL REVELATION, the final movements will now be RAPID ONES. (9T 11).

 The 2nd Advent must be a focus for Gods People
.

*Luke 21:28, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

And when the FINAL MOVEMENTS (presented in Matt. 24, Mk. 13, & Lk. 21) begin to come to pass, look up, for your redemption draws near.

*Titus 2:13, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"

...Only as we accept the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS by faith, will we be able to see the physical revelation & appearing of Jesus in the clouds of glory by sight.

This is why we are told, 

"There is a day that God hath appointed for the close of this world’s history: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Prophecy is fast fulfilling. More, much more, should be said about these tremendously important subjects. The day is at hand when the destiny of souls will be fixed forever....Great pains should be taken to keep this subject before the people. The solemn fact is to be kept not only before the people of the world but before our own churches also, that the day of the Lord will come suddenly, unexpectedly. The fearful warning of the prophecy is addressed to every soul. Let no one feel that he is secure from the danger of being surprised. Let no one’s interpretation of prophecy rob you of the conviction of the knowledge of events which show that this great event is near at hand."
—Fundamentals of Christian Education, 335, 336 (1895).

 

...We have already discovered that the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST will cause God's people to "bare record of the Word of God" (Rev. 1:2. God's people will begin to say "more, much more" about the "tremendously important subjects" concerning the DAY OF THE LORD---the Final Judgment & The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ. Everyone will see that the "great event is near at hand".

 

*Revelation 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 of him. Even so, Amen."


...Every eye will see Him, and they also which pierced Him. This is a quotation taken from Zechariah 12:10. 

*Zechariah 12:10, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

...We have already studied the fact that the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS AT THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GOD'S SPIRIT---THE LATTER RAIN. 

When God's Spirit is being poured out in its fullness, everyone will begin to realize their choices for or against Christ and His truth. We have already discovered that the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS presents the truth about Jesus on the cross (Rev. 1:5). 
[See our study on Rev. 1:5 for more info]

The final message of the cross & the plan of salvation will open everyone's eyes to what Christ really did for them on Calvary and what He is now doing for them in Heaven's Sanctuary as a result of the blood shed on the cross.

This is why Zechariah says that God will "pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications:"--this is apart of the outpouring of God's Spirit. And it begins with the church, the "house of David". And because the pouring out of God's Spirit and the opening of the eyes to the truth about the cross is revealed to the church first, therefore JUDGMENT also begins with the church-"the house of God" (1 Peter 4:17).

The issue for the church is that at this point, if we have not already understood what God has done for us by giving us His Son and giving us so much light, the "bitterness" will be too great. God's plan is that He will have a "called out" people that understand the issues and the plan of salvation so that when His Spirit is poured out, they will be ready to spring into action and tell the world the final 'GOOD NEWS" about ALL that Christ has done. But those in the church who wait to this time, will be found "weighed in the balances and found wanting".

This is why we are told, 

"I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of “refreshing” and the “latter rain” to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. Those who refuse to be hewed by the prophets and fail to purify their souls in obeying the whole truth, and who are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared for the building. But there will be no time then to do it and no Mediator to plead their cause before the Father. Before this time the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” I saw that none could share the “refreshing” unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence." 
{EW
 71}


More On This Later...

The point is, God wants us to see Jesus high & lifted up now since the bright rays of the Light are shining upon our pathway. We should be in "bitterness" now about what our sins have done to Jesus. We should NOW be mourning over our sins "weeping between the porch and the altar" and "sighing and crying for the abominations" in the church and in the land. We should show true heart contrition and sorrow of soul. If we wait to the final day of judgment to be in "bitterness", it will be too late, because we in the church would have had our day of opportunity and advantages. However for the world, those that have never understood this grand truth, God's final light will shine. All will have to make decisions for Christ or against Christ. This will bring the whole world to the judgment seat of Christ!

Remember, we have discovered that the cross is connected to the judgement. The truth about the cross brings on final judgment.

THE CROSS IS A TYPE OF THE JUDGMENT. The cross leads to the judgment. The cross (in the Outter Courtyard of the sanctuary) begins the PLAN OF SALVATION. The judgment (in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary) ends the PLAN OF SALVATION. 

Because of the atonement being provided at the cross, it will bring on judgment upon this world once all of the issues are made clear by the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

The CROSS & THE FINAL JUDGMENT ARE CLOSELY RELATED...which is why the Revelation opens up with a view of the cross in light of the final judgment. According to the Sanctuary Message, the ATONEMENT begins at the cross, but it ends in the Most Holy Place. This is why the issue in the Final Judgment will be ones acceptance or rejection of the message of the cross and whether they truly picked up their cross and followed Him, the Lamb, "wheresoever He goeth".

We are told, 

"In the day of final judgment, every lost soul will understand the nature of his own rejection of truth. THE CROSS WILL BE PRESENTED, AND ITS REAL BEARING WILL BE SEEN BY EVERY MIND THAT HAS BEEN BLINDED BY TRANSGRESSION. Before the vision of Calvary with its mysterious Victim, sinners will stand condemned. Every lying excuse will be swept away. Human apostasy will appear in its heinous character. Men will see what their choice has been. Every question of truth and error in the long-standing controversy will then have been made plain. In the judgment of the universe, God will stand clear of blame for the existence or continuance of evil. It will be demonstrated that the divine decrees are not accessory to sin. There was no defect in Gods government, no cause for disaffection. When the thoughts of all hearts shall be revealed, both the loyal and the rebellious will unite in declaring, Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? ... for Thy judgments are made manifest. Revelation 15:3, 4.
 {The Desire of Ages p.58}

...In essence, the cross is a TYPE of judgment. This is why the cross event will be repeated in the last days. Will we all run & flee as the disciples did? Or will we stand and be crucified with Christ as Paul exclaims. This is why the Revelation of Jesus brings to view the cross in the beginning of the vision. The cross points us to the final judgment.

 

*Revelation 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 of him. Even so, Amen."

Revelation 1:7 clearly implies that those responsible for the death of Christ will "wail because of him". Those responsible both PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY will wail. The only ones who will stand blameless are those that have accepted the truth about the cross and have allowed Christ to remove their sins & guilt from them. These will stand in the final judgment "without fault before the throne of God, being redeemed from among men" (Rev. 14:4).

*Romans 8:1-2, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

...Those that stand in the FINAL JUDGMENT will be those that are walking after the Spirit during the FINAL OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT who now have no condemnation. The rest of the world will stand condemned in "bitterness" (Zech. 12:10) as they see the truth about the cross and their rejection of that truth and they see the nearness of Christ's return and they are sadly NOT READY. 

As we are told in Inspiration, there will be a "special resurrection" of those responsible for Christ's death physically. They will be raised from the dead to witness His coming (Dan. 12:2). During the course of His trial Jesus had warned the Jewish leaders of this dread event. And the same warning is also for us!

*Matthew 26:64, "Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."


...Those that realize they are lost because of their rejection of the cross of Christ & His truth "will wail". In the original, this word means to "cut themselves". They will realize they have been "cut off" and this has been done by "themselves".

God's Word teaches the truth of the judgment being a course of one's own decision. In the judgment we will all "reap what we have sown". 

*Galatians 6:7, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."

*Job 4:8, "Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same."

*Hosea 10:13, "Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men."

*2 Chronicles 6:23, "Then hear thou from heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness."

*Ezekiel 33:4, "Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head."

*Psalms 7:8, 11-16, "The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
11God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate."

...You get the point, we will receive the reward of our own choices.

The term "wail" literally meaning "cut themselves" is in reference to the ancient custom of gashing or smiting one's own body as a sign of grief. In a figurative sence, as here, the word comes to a focus on the grief rather than the physical act of striking the body. Here it reflects the remorse of the ungodly. The wicked now realize they are everlastingly lost!

*Jeremiah 8:20, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

As we have previously stated, 

 The Kingdom of God's Glory brings the end of the world, which means that it also brings THE HARVEST, which is also the end of the world 9Mk. 13:39). Which means the Revelation of Jesus Christ will bring on the end of the world and will Harvest the earth. This has NOT YET HAPPENED, which still points to the future. Revelation CHAPTER 1 is still future in a final sense. This is why God told John that the message is also given to the angels (Rev. 1:1). They are "ministering spirits" (Heb. 1:14) which help to finish the work BUT they are also the REAPERS (Mk. 13:39) which separate the Wheat from the Tares in the church first, then in the world. This is why the Revelation of Jesus goes to the church first. This is why angels are mentioned over & over again in the book of Revelation as they have a large role in the final scenes of this earth's history. But ALSO angels represent God's people who cooperate with them. The original word for angel is "messenger". The message of truth is a HARVEST message, which means it is a "SEPARATING MESSAGE" that is given to the church and the world by God's messengers. Those that reject God's final message of mercy, are rejecting the last offer of salvation. They finally see when it is too late, that they REJECTED the Son of God---the FINAL REVLATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

May we not be amongst those who cry out,

 "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." Jer. 8:20.

 

BACK TO OUR STUDY OF REVELATION 1

*Revelation 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."

The vision now turns from John speaking and introducing to the author & message of the vision to the author of the vision speaking for Himself and introducing Himself. It is fitting that the vision now turns gears after the first 7 verses of Revelation 1. The number 7 is God's perfect number, number of completion, a finished work. In the last book of the Bible that reveals the apocalypse, the final events, and closing scenes of this earth's history, it is interesting to note that the first seven verses give a summary of the entire book of Revelation thus giving a synopsis of the final issues at stake.

We have discovered...

In verse 1 God deals with the KINGDOM OF GLORY that He will set up in the earth.

In verse 2 God deals with the Word of God, the Testimony of Jesus (Spirit of Prophecy & Straight Testimony) that will be preached into ALL the world, then the end will come (Matt. 24:14). This is the "gospel of the kingdom" that finishes the gospel work. The Kingdom of Glory that is set up in verse 1 cause God's people that join it to proclaim the gospel about it and welcomes all to join!

In verse 3 God deals with the "BLESSINGS" of receiving the Revelation of Jesus and joining His everlasting "Kingdom of Glory". This blessing is ultimately the blessing of the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power---THE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS. 

In verse 4 God deals with the final message to the church that He is purifying & preparing to be ready for His soon return.

In verse 5 God deals with the message & truth of the cross which reveals the PLAN OF SALVATION.

In verse 6 God deals with the final product of His work in His saints to make them His representatives in the earth---"Priests & Kings" for Him.

In verse 7 God deals with the 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ.

...All of the issues presented thus far have been END TIME ISSUES, the final issues of the Great Controversy. Now the rest of the book will flesh out the details and further expand on what has already been presented this far. Of course, the next phase must start with Jesus Christ Himself, the one whom the book reveals.

*Revelation 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."


...Revelation quotes from Isaiah the "Gospel Prophet".

*Isaiah 44:6-8, "Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.

 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."

Jesus is here making it clear to the universe that He is the God of the universe. Beside Him there is no other. As we have discovered in verse 1, Gods Everlasting Kingdom of Glory is being set up in the earth and God is taking His rightful place in the earth that has been taken hostage by Satan the usurper. 

The "last day" message is one of hope in a chaotic world. "Fear ye not, neither be afraid" (Is. 44:7) Christ echoes His words on earth...

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Christ also declares Himself as the source of all knowledge, wisdom, and truth---the originator of prophecy. For it is His word that "goeth forth and will not return unto Him void". It is His word that hangs stars, worlds, and galaxies in their place. It is His word that comes to pass. 

Speaking of prophetic events Christ declares, 

"And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them." Is. 44:7

He is the one that declares the prophecies. He set the prophetic events in their order.

This is why we are told, 

"The history which the great I AM has marked out in His word, uniting link after link in the prophetic chainfrom eternity in the past to eternity in the future, tells us where we are today in the procession of the ages, and what may be expected in the time to come. All that prophecy has foretold as coming to pass, until the present time, has been traced on the pages of history, and we may be assured that all which is yet to come will be fulfilled in its order."     {Education 178}

He reveals the future. He tells us what is coming that we may believe in Him.

*Isaiah 41:26, “Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? …”

*Isaiah 42:9, "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them."

*John 13:9, " Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he."

...Prophecy Points Us To The God of Prophecy. Jesus proved on this earth that He is the Lord of prophecy. 

WHAT IS PROPHECY?

Webster defines prophecy as:

1:  an inspired utterance of a prophet

2:  the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically :  the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose

3:  a prediction of something to come

...It is the second definition that is the most important. Prophecy is ultimately "the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose. Prophecy shows us the divine will and purpose of God. In the context of the book of Revelation, prophecy shows us God's will and purpose in CLOSING THE GREAT CONTROVERSY.

No better place can we find the "divine will and purpose" of God as we find in the life of Christ. Which is why the title of the last book of the Bible is "THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST". He came to do the will of His Father and He perfectly followed and lived out that will. It is no wonder that when Jesus declares Himself "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending", Jesus is here saying that HE IS PROPHECY.

Jesus is the definition of prophecy. Therefore prophecy must be CHRIST-CENTERED. Prophecy reveals what Christ is doing and what He is doing to save His people in the final scenes of this worlds history. This is why to reject the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS is to reject Jesus Himself.

HOW IMPORTANT IS PROPHECY?

*Matthew 24:37-39, "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

...Have you wondered how the antediluvians "knew not" that the flood was coming? The Bible tells us that Noah warned the world of the coming flood. How and why did they not know? The moral of the story is that they did not take Noah's message SERIOUSLY. They heard the prophecy, but they ignored and mocked it. They rejected the very message that would have saved them. "So shall also the coming of the Son of man be". So it will be at the end of time.

"Though no man knoweth the day nor the hour of His coming, we are instructed and required to know when it is near. We are further taught that to disregard His warning, and refuse or neglect to know when His advent is near, will be as fatal for us as it was for those who lived in the days of Noah not to know when the flood was coming." {The Great Controversy p.371}

 

*Revelation 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."


...JESUS IS PROPHECY. He is from "everlasting to everlasting", He is omniscient-ALL KNOWING, He is eternal. He is eternity in the past, He is the present, and He is eternity in the future. He is the Lord of prophecy.

*Mark 1:14-15, “…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

"The burden of Christ’s preaching was, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Thus the gospel message, as given by the Saviour Himself, was based on the prophecies."
{The Desire of Ages p.233}

As this was true for the KINGDOM OF GRACE Christ established the first time He came, so it will be true for the KINGDOM OF GLORY that Christ establishes right before He comes the 2nd time. The "gospel of the kingdom" will be based on the prophecies, based on Christ Himself---THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

*2 Peter 1:19, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:"

When the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST is revealed to the world, the world will be covered in darkness. However, the "more sure word of prophecy" will be as "a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts". Jesus is the DAY STAR, the bright and morning star! Rev. 22:16

*Revelation 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." 

The Lord, "which is, and which was, and which is to come".

...This phrase points out that the Revelation of Jesus Christ has been revealed in THREE (3) tenses. Jesus divides Himself into three points of time. Don't miss the point.

3 is a very important number in the Bible. 

Three is common in designating significant lengths of time, such as three days, three weeks, three months or three years. 
(Gen. 40:12f., 18; Ex. 2:2; 10:22; 2 S. 24:13; Isa. 20:3; Jonah 1:17; Mt. 15:32; Lk. 2:46; 3:7; Acts 9:9; 2 Cor. 12:8)

The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible. It pictures completeness, though to a lesser degree than 7.

The number 3 suggests the idea of completeness—beginning, middle, end. Which is what we have just seen in Rev. 1:8.

The point is, there were three important "revelations" of Jesus as it relates to the plan of salvation.

1. Jesus revealed Himself to Adam & Eve as their Saviour after they sinned. THE BEGINNING (WHICH WAS)

2. Jesus revealed Himself to the world as the Saviour of mankind by dying on the cross. THE MIDDLE (WHICH IS)

3. Jesus reveals Himself to the world the last time as Judge & King of the Universe. THE END (WHICH IS TO COME)

This is important because as we have discovered, the REVELATION is based on the SANCTUARY.

We have already discussed that the OT Sanctuary service is the Old Testament REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST because it revealed the plan of salvation and everything in it and about it pointed to Christ.

The New Testament Revelation of Jesus Christ is the last book of the Bible and you will NOT be able to FULLY understand it if you do not understand the sanctuary and its services.

The Sanctuary is divided into 3 compartments or PHASES.

1. The Outter Courtyard

2. The Holy Place

3. The Most Holy Place

There are 3 phases to the plan of salvation that correlate with the sanctuary.

1. Justification (The Outter Courtyard)

2. Sanctification (The Holy Place)

3. Glorification (The Most Holy Place)

...All of this also means that there are 3 main BATTLES or CONFLICTS between Christ & Satan. This is because if there are 3 "revelations" of Jesus and the plan of salvation, then the "enemy of all righteousness" is on the prowl seeking to stop or hinder it.

This is why the very first prophecy is also divided into THREE tenses.

*Genesis 3:15, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

Without exhausting this verse, the Bible student knows that there are 3 applications to this prophecy.

1. "Enmity between thee (the serpent) and the woman". The BATTLE in Eden. In the immediate context, the prophecy applies to Eve and the serpent.

2."Enmity between thy seed and her seed". The BATTLE at the cross. This applied to Christ vs. Satan

3. "Enmity between thy seed and her seed". The final BATTLE at the end of time. This applies to "the children of this world" vs. "the remnant of her seed" in a FINAL sense.

Ever sense the first prophecy was given, the GREAT CONTROVERSY has been raging. God will fulfill His promise of putting ENMITY in our hearts against SIN & SATAN. This is finally fulfilled in the book of Revelation with God's last day church!

The whole plan of salvation has been working from Genesis 3:15 to fulfill this purpose!

"The central theme of the Bible, the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters, is the redemption planthe restoration in the human soul of the image of God. From the first intimation of hope in the sentence pronounced in Eden to that last glorious promise of the Revelation, “They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4), the burden of every book and every passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme,—man's uplifting,—the power of God, “which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57. He who grasps this thought has before him an infinite field for study. He has the key that will unlock to him the whole treasure house of God's word." {ED 125}

In the end, Christ wins even though it has appeared that Satan has been winning. This is why Christ announces HIMSELF as Alpha & Omega.

He is "A" to "Z". He is the beginning and ending. This expression indicates completeness and comprehensiveness. And He is the ALMIGHTY.

*Revelation 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."

...In the original Greek word, Christ is declaring Himself the "ruler of all". This title will be seen frequently through the rest of the book of Revelation. This title stresses the omnipotence of God as the one with all power in His hands is now about to exercise His full authority in the earth and end the battle for good, once and for all. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

*Revelation 11:15, "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."

 

BACK TO OUR STUDY

*Revelation 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."

After Christ has revealed Himself to John, John proceeds to portray the vision that he has has received from Christ. He introduces himself as he obeys Christ's command of writing down "in a book" the things which he is seeing.

Remember, in our study of Revelation 1:1 we discovered that John is a type of the church that receives the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.

The context or backdrop of the book of Revelation is the fact that John is bound in prison on the isle of Patmos. John is the last of the 12 original disciples living. The church is suffering from false doctrines, false prophets, divisions, and under heavy persecution from the Jewish leadership & The Roman Government (Emperor Domitian). To John, the church has appeared as about to fall. He is now discouraged. However, mans extremity is Gods opportunity. It will be no different with the church in these last days.

In this case, John represents the church.

 

The final Revelation will be given to the church when it has seemed to fall. God's faithful people within the church will be burdened down as John was on the isle of Patmos. But praise God, Jesus always shows up right on time!

 

John wrote Revelation under the most forbidding, hopeless, discouraging circumstances. But Christ came to give John a message of hope and assurance of salvation for him and his people! 

 

John was told to send the message to the 7 churches. The messages contained in this book are especially for the church! John was instructed to send this very important message to the 7 churches of Asia Minor in his day. The reason is clear: the church must first receive a clear revelation of Jesus before it can present the message to the world. Also, because this great & final light will be given to the church first, judgment will also begin with the church first (1 Peter 4:17). Which is why the first part of the vision of Revelation is addressed to the church (Revelation 1-3). 

 

We must understand that the final, full & complete revelation of Jesus Christ comes to the church when she is under distress from all sides, as seen in the (TYPE) case with John. This is still future. 

Thus we are told, 

 

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out---the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ." {2SM 380}

...Here we are told that the church will appear as about to fall. This is the same case with John receiving the revelation. The next part of the statement details why the church is appearing as if it is falling. It appears to fall because SO MANY of the members are being shaken out! The church remains while "the sinners in Zion" are being "sifted out". Only those who have overcome will remain after the "terrible ordeal" of the shaking process. This is why after Chapter 1, the next prophetic scene of the vision concerns the church and its shaking.

Revelation 2 & 3 is a picture of the FINAL SHAKING of God's church, where the "sinners in Zion are being sifted out---the chaff separated from the precious wheat"...which is the FINAL HARVEST---THE END OF THE WORLD.   [More On This Later]

*Revelation 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."

John is writing to the church UNDER PERSECUTION. He introduces himself as a "brother, and companion in tribulation". He notes that he shares in their sorrow and hardships. Don't miss the point.

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST COMES TO THE CHURCH WHILE SHE IS BEING PERSECUTED!

We have already stated that the FINAL REVELATION begins with the OUTPOURING OF GOD'S SPIRIT---THE LATTER RAIN!

This point is further proven by the fact that the Latter Rain begins to fall on the church to empower her to take the gospel to the entire world during the TIME OF TROUBLE, which is a time of terrible persecution the world has ever seen. Dan. 12:1

 

We are told to "KNOW THE TIME OF OUR VISITATION" (Lk. 19:44). The time of our visitation is the time when Christ comes to His church to be received by her. This is what Israel missed. Their Saviour was right in their midst, yet they knew it not! And when Christ told them He was the messiah and Son of God they REJECTED Him. Little did they know, they rejected THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. This is why they were rejected as God's people and probation closed on them. 

*John 1:11, "He came unto his own, and his own received him not."

...This mistake cannot be done by us in these last hours of earth's history. It will be as fatal for us as it was for the Jews in their day. 

We love to talk about the time when Christ comes physically through the clouds in the sky (and rightfully so because this is the blessed hope), but we fail to realize that if we are not ready for THE FINAL SHAKING, THE FINAL CRISIS, THE MARK OF THE BEAST/SUNDAY LAW TEST, THE LATTER RAIN, THE HARVEST, THE FINAL JUDGMENT, & THE CLOSE OF PROBATION, then we will NOT be ready when Christ comes in the clouds literally & physically. We have already discovered that it is the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST that brings on the Close of Probation. And Jesus came to His people BEFORE probation closed on them in 34AD. It will be no different with us. Jesus will again come to "visit" His church SPIRITUALLY. He will "visit" His church BEFORE probation closes. It is the REJECTION of Christ that always closes probation. We must be ready for when Christ comes to His church SPIRITUALLY. We are to know the time of our visitation. This is why in vision, the first thing John sees is the 7 Golden Candlesticks and sees Christ there in the midst. (Rev. 1:12-20) Here is a picture of Christ visiting His church! (More on this later). 

The Bible says, 

*John 14:16-18, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."

 

...Here, a powerful promise is made by Christ to his disciples. Jesus is telling them that He must leave. But He will send them the Comforter who is the Holy Spirit. But the point to catch is that in Christ's going away speech, He tells them "I WILL COME TO YOU" (Jn. 14:18). Jesus is here saying that He will come to them and be with them through the Holy Spirit. This is important for us to understand in these last days. We have already discovered that The Revelation of Jesus Christ establishes God's Kingdom of Glory in the earth. God's Kingdom of Glory brings on the fullness of God's Spirit. This is why in Revelation 18, the announcement is made that the whole earth is lightened with glory. (Rev. 18:1). This message of God's glory we are told is the power of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power. The SOP says, The great outpouring of the Spirit of God lightens the whole earth with His [God's] glory(CS 253)

In plain language, The final Revelation of Jesus Christ BEGINS the final outpouring of God's Spirit, because the Holy Spirit REVEALS Jesus Christ, which is the whole point of the book of Revelation---THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. And as we have seen, it begins with the church. If God's Spirit is come, then Christ has "COME TO YOU". (Jn. 14:18). God's Spirit falls upon the church first. Jesus comes to the church in "visitation". For the church to reject the Latter Rain is to reject the Final Revelation of Jesus Christ. The fact of the matter is, to reject the Holy Spirit is to reject Christ. To reject the final outpouring of God's Spirit which is the Latter Rain is to reject the final Revelation of Jesus Christ. This is why the REJECTION of the Holy Spirit during the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST is the "unpardonable sin". IT IS TO REJECT THE SEAL OF GOD!

 

*Ephesians 4:30, "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS WITH THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GODS SPIRIT AS IT BEGINS TO FALL ON THE CHURCH.

...Please don't miss this point. John 14:16-18 tells us Jesus comes SPIRITUALLY when the Comforter comes. That applied to the "Early Rain" at Pentecost for the disciples. But how much more does it apply to God's people at the end of time at the "Latter Rain". Yes, much more so. 

"The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the former rain, and glorious was the result. But the latter rain will be more abundant." 
{8T 21}

 ...The time is at hand for God's Spirit to fall. In the fullness of time, God will pour out His spirit and lighten the whole earth with His glory. We are to prepare for this time and look forward by faith to this-Christ's glorious day. This is the great need of the "languishing church" and "impenitent congregation" of today in God's church.

"There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation. If Satan had his way, there would never be another awakening, great or small, to the end of time. But we are not ignorant of his devices. It is possible to resist his power. When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come. Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God's people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth. Wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from the assemblies of His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises. Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6)." {1SM 124}


THE TIME IS AT HAND

 

*Zechariah 10:1, "Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field."

...All that is left to begin the wheels rolling on the prophecy of the Revelation is for the fires of persecution to be rekindled. As we have already seen, the backdrop & context of John receiving the revelation is PERSECUTION. It will be no different for us if we are to receive the revelation as John did. We can see that persecution is right around the corner (ex. Eric Walsh, The Rise of the Apostate Religious Right, The Disregarding of the U.S. Constitution etc.). Religious liberty is soon to die out in this country. Then the last nation of light will fall into complete darkness in a world full of darkness. This will begin the setting & backdrop for the final Revelation of Jesus to occur. And as we see the signs of the shaking increasing in our church (WO, LGBT, APOSTASY, etc.) it lets us know that the FINAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

Persecution will drive the faithful in God's church to their knees to truly earnestly pray for the Latter Rain which will fulfill the conditions of Zechariah 10:1. God's promise is that He "shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain". 

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST BEGINS WITH THE FINAL OUTPOURING OF GODS SPIRIT AS IT BEGINS TO FALL ON THE CHURCH.

*Revelation 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."

 

THE FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST COMES TO THE CHURCH WHILE SHE IS BEING PERSECUTED!

THE FINAL REVELATION begins with the OUTPOURING OF GOD'S SPIRIT---THE LATTER RAIN!

This point is further proven by the fact that the Latter Rain begins to fall on the church to empower her to take the gospel to the entire world during the TIME OF TROUBLE, which is a time of terrible persecution the world has ever seen. Dan. 12:1

The SOP says, 

"I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully...'The commencement of that time of trouble,' here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out." {Early Writings p.85-86}

Here is a powerful statement. Here we are told that the TIME OF TROUBLE comes right before we are "filled with the Holy Ghost" which again proves the point that we enter PERSECUTION right before the HOLY SPIRIT is poured out in LATTER RAIN Power. At this time,  "the work of salvation is closing" and "trouble" is "coming upon the earth". The "latter rain or refreshing from the presence of the Lord" comes to "give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and to prepare the sants to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out." This is to say that the LATTER RAIN empowers the church to preach and take the EVERLASTING GOSPEL into the entire world during the TIME OF TROUBLE. 

...This brings us back to John. He identifies himself as a "companion in trouble". 

Truly, 

*2 Timothy 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

"There is another and more important question that should engage the attention of the churches of today. The apostle Paul declares that all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12. Why is it, then, that persecution seems in a great degree to slumber? The only reason is that the church has conformed to the world's standard and therefore awakens no opposition. The religion which is current in our day is not of the pure and holy character that marked the Christian faith in the days of Christ and His apostles. It is only because of the spirit of compromise with sin, because the great truths of the word of God are so indifferently regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church, that Christianity is apparently so popular with the world. Let there be a revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled." {GC 48}

...When the church begins to accept the FINAL LIGHT on the FINAL REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, there will be a "revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled."

 

*Revelation 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."

John identifies himself "in the kingdom" of God. Remember, the Revelation introduces the KINGDOM OF GOD to the church and the world. The "kingdom" John was apart of was the "KINGDOM OF GRACE". But in the FINAL REVELATION, God's saints will be apart of the "KINGDOM OF GLORY". The work of the kingdom of grace will prepare the saint for God's spiritual "KINGDOM OF GLORY" that will reign in the earth as all will have to either accept Christ as King or reject Him. (Sound familiar? Yes, a replay of Caesar chosen as king instead of Christ).

MORE ON THIS LATER.

The point is, 

*Acts 14:22, "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."

...Again, PERSECUTION is the backdrop of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. One's acceptance of this FINAL REVELATION qualifies him/her to enter into Christ's KINGDOM OF GLORY. And as the Bible tells us, it is by "much tribulation" that we will enter in. 

Another major point is that John identifies himself in the "patience of Jesus Christ". 

The word "patience" in the original is to "remain under". He is literally resting & remaining in Jesus as He goes through tribulation. The text implies the exercise of self-control to endure a difficult situation when, by a surrender of faith, release might be obtained from the pressure of persecution. In Christ, Christians have the strength to "remain under" "in Jesus". (See Rom. 2:7)

This is important because like John, the saints that stand at the end of time have the "patience" that John here has. (See Rev. 14:12)

This again, proving the point that John is a TYPE or REPRESENTATION of the FINAL CHURCH.

It is because of John's faithful witness by his preaching and by his life that he is on PATMOS, the prison-island. He is there because of the "word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ". [For More Info See Study On Rev. 1:2]

Revelation 1:9 is very important because it sets the BACKDROP for the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. The church will be in tribulation. God's Kingdom of Glory will reign in the earth, and God's people will be persecuted for the Word of God. But this is the exact time that God will vindicate His people, while His people are vindicating Him and His character, the work will be finished and the controversy ended!

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