The Church, Angels, Satan, Demons & Leader of the Earth
It is the revelation of God given to Jesus Christ to show unto His servants things that must shortly come to pass. Jesus in turn gives His revelation given to Him by His Father unto hands of an angel to pass it on to John, the beloved Apostle. John writes these words by the Spirit of God to convey to humans things that are difficult and hard for mortal beings to understand. Even though he has the Holy Spirit, it is not easy to convey spiritual things into human language. (v.1)
John bears record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ and of the things that he sees in the Spirit. (v.2) The Book of Revelation is the only Book that has a threefold promise of blessings attached to it. The one who reads it, hears the Words of the prophecies and finally keeps those things which are written therein. The time is short and the era of their fulfillment is at hand. (v.3)
It is not the Asia as we know it today, but the vicinity around Asia Minor as in the Bible days and it was about 150 miles radius from the North, South, East and West. He brings a word of greetings and says, “Grace and peace be unto you from Him who is, who was and who will come again and from the Seven Spirits who are before God’s Throne”. He also brings greetings from Jesus Christ, who is the Faithful Witness, the First Begotten from the dead and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Jesus Christ is He who loved and washed us from our sins in His own Blood. (v.5) He did not only love and die for us, but He also made us kings and priests unto His God and Father and whose is the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen! (v.6)
Alas! Jesus Christ is coming with the clouds and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced His side. All the people of the earth shall wail and mourn because of Him. So let it be. Amen! (v.7)
Jesus is speaking here in the first person singular and He says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending. I am He, who is, was and who is to come, the Almighty. (v.8) John is a brother, companion in tribulation, in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus, who was banished to the Island of Patmos because the reigning powers could not kill him even after he was thrown into boiling oil to die. (v.9) He is in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and hears behind him great voices like that of a trumpet. His bodily functions are suspended and he is caught up into the realm of the Spirit of God. He has out of body experience and he is hearing trumpet like voices behind him. He hears a voice saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last and what you see, write in a book and send it unto the Seven Churches which are in Asia.” (Rev.4:11) The Churches are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
The seven Churches are located in the geographical landscape of the country of Turkey as we know it today in the 21 century. The Churches are scattered around the then called Asia Minor. There were other regions in the first century setting like Illyricum, Italy, Macedonia, Achaia, Crete, Thrace, Mysia, Bithynia, Galatia, Pontus, Lycaonia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Cyrus, Athens, Caria and Lycia.
The land then was a lucrative and thriving center of Christianity. It had Churches flourishing and alive by the Spirit of the Lord. Two thousand plus years had passed and as the Lord said, they were no more and their candlesticks and stars had been removed. Now Turkey is the hub of another religion called Mohammedanism. Muslims filled the present the land although there are Christians here and there scattered throughout the land. Two thousand years is a long time, but the Word of God was fulfilled and we can learn from history as we read the Scriptures today.
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