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Thursday, December 2, 2010

REVELATION 1: 2 - 'BARE RECORD'


Dear Blessed Reader,

Shalom from Dar es Salaam!

Welcome again to our verse by verse and chapter by chapter study on the The Revelation. In our first lesson we saw the meaning and purpose of this prophetic book provided in Revelation 1: 1. You can revise it here: Lessons from the Revelation of Jesus Christ.


The verse mentions two beings or persons. The first one is the "who" in the beginning of the text. This is John, the beloved Disciple of Jesus, who is referred to in the end of the preceeding verse. Of course the other one is Jesus Christ. The working relationship between Jesus and John is also clearly stated therein.

John's task is to bare three things. Before we go on let us unpack the meaning the of this term 'bare'. The Free WordWeb Dictionary simply defines it as: (1) Make visible, allow others to see; (2) Make public; (3) Remove or clear everything so that nothing is left.

In other words, John is telling us that his task as far as the Revelation of Jesus Christ is concerned is to make visible, clear and public the following three things so that others, that is, you and I, can see:

(1) Record of the Word of God
(2) The Testimony of Jesus Christ
(3) All things that he [John] saw

As usual, the Bible offers its own definitions of things that it introduces to us. In our previous lesson we saw how it defined the Word of God and John's role and rationale in baring its record. Let us thus relive in full that marvellous Biblical passage that sums all this:

So, here we have John baring the record of Jesus - "The Word of God" (John 1: 1 -18). In regard to the Gospel of Jesus according to John, this "is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true" (John 21: 24).

John's testimony is on and about Jesus. It is not surprising then that in Revelation 1: 1 he also introduces himself as baring the Testimony of Jesus. Interestingly, somewhere else the Bible specifies those who "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12: 17). Then it goes on elsewhere to offer this powerful definition from a messenger of God who was addressing John:


I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19: 1.

In sum the second verse of chapter one is telling me and you that we are called to share with our spiritual brethren John the main mission of Revelation - to testify about Jesus!


And testifying about Jesus is all about ensuring that we "hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches" (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3: 6, 13, 22) - Yes its about hearking to what God "hath declared to his servants the prophets" (Revelation 10: 7). For: "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secrets to His servants the prophets" (Amos 3: 7) and the Bible thus declares accordingly:


"Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper" ( 2 Chronicles 20: 20).


No wonder our Saviour has thus indeed testified in his Revelation of Jesus Christ:


"Behold , I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the saying of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22: 7).


"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22: 20).


AMEN

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