Revelation 5:4-5 The Way Out of Tears

Revelation 5:4-5 (KJV)
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

There is a practical lesson here that might be missed as we gaze upon the spiritual.

At first John wept.
Life is filled with opportunities to weep. There are heartaches, disappointments and upsets in every realm we witness:

  • Family
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Church

The angel was sure to show John that thing over which he wept. He even let him weep much for a time.

John was then encouraged
As difficult as things appeared to be, all was not lost. There was no man but there was the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

God often brings us to places of great sorrow. We’ll generally be there long enough to weep much. But then God will point us to Jesus.

In every case the way out of tears is Christ.

 

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Revelation 3:4 The Current State of Our Country

Revelation 3:4 (KJV)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

It isn’t difficult to picture the current state of our country as Sardis like. Spiritual death is the  norm. We are certainly far from perfect before God. One would wonder if there is any possibility of revival. (Preachers have been speculating on that at least as long as I’ve been in the ministry.)

Though the clouds seem dark these days, and evil seems to be at an all time high, I believe we can claim this passage. There are a few names, even in our day, who have not defiled their garments.

Jesus is coming again. He knows the state of affairs and we can trust Him.

 

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Revelation 2:2-4 A Testimony of Kindness

Revelation 2:2-4 (KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

I read an article this week written by a man noted for his “ministry of warning” reporting about the compromised fruit of another man’s ministry. The suggested lesson of the article is that, because this later man’s ministry focuses on what he is for instead of what he is against, some of his followers have drifted into compromise, never being warned of its error.

  • One man is known for his negativity
  • The other for his positivity

Mind you, both men hold very similar doctrinal values yet neither man has great balance.

I think that fairly describes the church in Ephesus. They were right doctrinally, even right in their stands. They were just not right in their balance. Their stand had left them with a testimony of no love.

I have heard the first love preached as being many things:

  • The joy of salvation
  • The faithfulness to church services
  • The passion for soulwinning

I cannot day for sure what it is because the passage doesn’t tell me what it is.

It sure wouldn’t be wrong to suggest that it is a testimony of kindness even while defending our faith.

 

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Revelation 1:1 If You Believe in God Believe His Word

Revelation 1:1 (KJV)
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:

A common error regarding the Bible is that it was written by a group of religious or holy men. Another common error is that the Bible underwent the same degradations of copies that plague every other ancient writing. This passage answers both mistakes.

Notice that, in a nutshell, the Revelation is from God to His servants. But the message passes through several channels:

It was given by God to Jesus Christ
Jesus told His disciples that the day and hour of Christ’s coming belonged to God alone. Here He gives a piece of that Puzzle to Jesus.

Jesus sent the message by His angel
Angels are celestial messengers. They are not divine but they do serve the divine.

His angel signified it to John
The translation of the message from heavenly to earthly happens here.

John recorded it in this book for the servants of God to read
John did not write it, God did. Though the message passed through all these hands, it remained intact and blessed.

God’s Word is His Word, preserved through the passing of the generations. If you believe God, believe His Word to be infallible and without error.

 

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Revelation 22:4 I Am One of Them

Revelation 22:4 (KJV)
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

There is no explanation of who the “they” are. Gill writes “not only the angels … but all the saints.” This seems to be the implied reality.

They
A numberless group whose sins have been forgiven by the blood of Christ.

They
From every nation a kindred and people and tribe.

They
From differing periods of time having totally different cultural preferences.

They
Once interested only in themselves but being saved now fully interested in Christ.

I don’t know even a fraction of those who are part of the “they”. But I am thankful that I have the assurance I am one of them.

 

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Revelation 21:1 No More Sea?

Revelation 21:1 (KJV)
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Isn’t it interesting that a key feature of the new heaven an new earth is that there is no more sea? There are a few things that this brings to mind:

The first state of our present earth was without seas.
It was the violent upheaval of the Flood when the oceans and seas were formed.

Seas are turbulent and full of unpredictable trouble
No such turbulence will exist in eternity.

Biblically seas are typological of the masses of people.
Perhaps this is an indication of final unity among peoples. Ever since Cain killed his brother Abel, there has been division, differences and disagreement among men. We have different languages, cultures, tastes, beliefs and etc. We divide our properties and we protect our national borders. We have to. The sin nature makes it so.

Eternity will realize the desire of even unregenerate man; unity and peace among all.

 

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Revelation 20:1-2 The Real Power of Satan

Revelation 20:1-2 (KJV)
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

I am reminded of Jude 1:9
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

In ages, previous to the Tribulation, even the archangel would not contend with Satan in his own power. Here we are, in this text, at the end of the Tribulation and an angel “laid hold” of the devil.

Satan is a powerful enemy today but his power only exists because it serves a greater purpose and God temporarily allows it. In time his authority and power will be so removed that an angel, not the archangel, lays hold of him to cast him into the pit.

Satan is a reality and believers ought to resist him. But Christians need not dread contending with him so long as we are in the power of the Lord.

He only has the strength that God allows.

 

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Revelation 19:4-5 A Voice From the Throne

Revelation 19:4-5 (KJV)
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

God sat on the throne and a voice came out of the throne.

A natural interpretation would tell us that an inanimate throne did not speak. Either this means:

  • It seemed to come from the throne but came in reality from nearby the throne or else
  • The throne is not a physical structure but a living type.

I want to meditate upon the latter a moment. Could the throne upon which God sits be symbolic of those over which He reigns?

  • The throne speaks in plural (our God)
  • The throne claims possession of God and
  • The throne urges praise upon others within and without itself.

God needs no rest as men do; yet He rested on the seventh day. God needs nowhere to sit; yet He possesses a throne. God needs no one to rule; yet He is sovereign over heaven and earth.

 

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Revelation 18:4 Who Possess Eternal Life

Revelation 18:4
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

From Sodom and Gomorrah to the final days of the Tribulation, God consistently and compassionately calls those who are sinners, lost and destined for judgment to come out of the world and be saved.

The trap of the world’s system is that it appears to be reality. It seems:

  • Strong,
  • Prosperous
  • Enlightened and therefore
  • Correct

It is the way of the majority. It is the path that seems straight and the way that looks like it leads to success.

But it is a deceitful trail that ends in destruction.

Faith turns onto a different way. Trusting Jesus:

  • The One prophesied of in the Old Testament,
  • Demonstrated in the Gospels and
  • Proven in His death, burial and resurrection,

a handful heed the voice of God and come out of the world.

It will be they alone who possess eternal life.

 

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Revelation 17:1 Talking With the Angels

Revelation 17:1 (KJV)
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

The subject of this chapter is intense and it is important. The prophetic nature of the chapter, as well as the context of judgment must not be ignored. But permit my thoughts just now to dwell on another form of wonderment; that a man could simply talk with an angel.

This is a heavenly scene. It’s not one that is duplicated, at least in this literal of a sense, in our age. But every indication is that this will be a natural and normal event in eternity.

Imagine talking with the angels!

  • The wisdom
  • The experiences
  • The insights

that we might gain from such conversations will be incredible.

Notice the casual tone of the verse. Though the subject is far from laid back, the angel came to talk with John and John engaged in the conversation as if it were commonplace.

I don’t imagine that we can imagine half of what heaven will be. This verse hints at just one of those heavenly wonders that belong to those who are saved and for whom a place is prepared in heaven.

 

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