Friday, June 30, 2006

Revelation - John writes

John writes

Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

John is writing this message that he received, to the seven churches in Asia. We will read later that each church was representing future churches, congregations, as to their works. These were actual churches that were types of our churches today.

Grace and peace, from God the Father, which is, and which was, and which is to come;

Also, John sends grace and peace from the seven Spirits, which are before his throne. What are these seven Spirits before the throne of God? God is Spirit, only Spirit creatures may come into His presence. We pray to God through the Holy Spirit to Jesus who speaks to God our requests.

Rom 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The seven Spirits before his throne are seven angels? If so. why not say angels? Seven is the number of completion and perfection. The Holy Spirit is part of the Triune God, perfect. The word for Spirits is pneuma, also meaning wind or spirit. The perfect Spirit.

John 3:8 The wind (pneuma) bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (pneuma)

Another mention:

Rev 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

What did Jesus send forth to the earth?

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Let me say that I do not know all things, so as much as possible I will use God's words. That is always true and profitable. The Holy Spirit is greater than God's created angels. I see three speaking from God's throne room, from the Triune God.

John describes heavenly things that he sees, using his own descriptive words, giving us images from his viewpoint, some are symbolic. This was also how many of the old testament prophets explained things. For example Ezekial:

Ezek 1:16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

If you were the prophet, how would you have described a helicopter? This was not a helicopter.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Grace and peace unto you also, from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness who spoke the words of the Father. He was also the first begotten of the dead. The first to arise and to enter heaven.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

He is the prince of the kings of the earth. The king of kings.

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

1 Tim 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Tim 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
1 Tim 6:16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Jesus, that loved us and washed us in His own blood.

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Rev 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.

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

2 Tim 2:11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
2 Tim 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

To Jesus, be glory and dominion forever and ever.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Eaglewings New Testament Studies

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