Rev. 1:4-5 “John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ”
The content of this message is filled with GRACE AND PEACE from the Father, Spirit, and Son. Now prepare for what’s to come. God told Noah to build a huge arc because He was going to flood the earth to cleanse it from wickedness. God gave the plans to Noah but it was up to Noah to build it. The book of Revelation is a blueprint for what is going to happen and it is up to us to be prepared and in tune with His plans. We won’t make it very far if we are ignoring His instructions for the times.
Historically we can say that this letter was for 7 specific churches in Asia-Minor during 90-100 A.D. and that would be true. But we must not write this message off as irrelevant because of that fact. If we were to do that then we would have to apply that approach to the rest of the New Testament! The majority of the New Testament is made up of epistles to churches or correspondences that are not addressed to any of us today. One must stay true to form and understand that the entire Bible is God’s message. His Word is everlasting and we must adhere to it whether it is past, present, or future.
I feel that it is important to understand what “John” is giving this message. I believe that it is John: the apostle, disciple, and beloved of Jesus. What other John could give a message this divine to 7 major churches and expect them to listen? John the beloved was a great leader (pastor) in the church and was very well known among the church body; so much so that I don’t think he felt the need to give a title to himself when addressing the churches.
I like to think that one of the reasons Jesus kept John alive longer than the rest of the gang is for this purpose. I know that John did not technically see Jesus at His second coming (because it has not happened yet) but the vision that he received revealed close to all of what was going to take place at Jesus’ second coming. I know this was a vision but I am not certain if John was actually brought into the future and witnessed it all or if it was a vision in front of John showing the end time events taking place. Either way I think John got a full taste of what is about to come at Christ’s Return! I wonder if John was reminded of what Jesus spoke of him before His ascension, “Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” John 21:23
This message is,
Pastoral: I believe pastors will benefit greatly if they rightly communicate this epistle to their flock. Remember it is given with the Grace and Peace of the Trinity.
Apostolic: It has great authority and needs to be taken seriously. Remember that John the apostle witnessed it, believed it, and made sure it was shared.
Strategic: I believe its contents will unify the church as it unveils a battle plan for the army of God to move in. Remember that God is the LORD of Hosts and is rising up an end time army to defeat the Hordes of Hell. He is so confident in this plan that even the enemy has been allowed to see what He is planning and yet it does not affect His perfect plan.
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