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The Revelation of Jesus Christ; what a marvelous title to give this wholly divine prophecy. There is no rush to go through this profound book so I recommend loitering in this text to ponder the extravagant title in hopes to draw from its depths. To understand the rest of the prophecy, one must lay hold of this magnificent title. Do not be afraid of this book if you are hungry for more of Jesus, the title alone should be enough for you to consume it!
“Plunge into the very depths of the words you read until revelation, like a sweet aroma, breaks out upon you” Madame Jeanne Guyon
The amount of times that one may have read or heard this title, Jesus Christ, is probably innumerable for most people. If we are honest, it is most commonly heard as an expletive. Of course another obvious place is in the church, but even then I believe there is a great lack of understanding of its meaning! I include myself when I say Christians as a whole need a greater revelation of Jesus Christ. This is the very unfortunate truth and I hope that, as we look deeper into this book we might find that the Man behind this Title deserves MUCH more of our attention, allegiance and adoration.
One of the ultimate reasons that this book title is so great is because it is fixed to the same Jesus that we have come to love and know through the 26 New Testament books leading up to this point (and the 39 books of the Old Testament prior to these books). One cannot separate the Jesus of Revelation from the rest of the Bible. This book must be read with that basic understanding, keeping in mind that the title and theme of the book directs us to the glory of this Man.
Yes, this book and title is about a Jewish man! The name Jesus carries a huge amount of weight and I do not want to play that down at all; but one must not stop there! The name Jesus (Yeshua or Joshua) means, “God is Salvation” and it carries great power. But we must realize that the name Jesus is found in the Bible before Jesus of Nazareth came on the scene. It was a common Hebrew name during Jesus’ lifetime and it is still very popular in some cultures today. So with that being said we can’t stop at the name of Jesus alone.
One example of a person with the name of Jesus during Jesus of Nazareth’s earthly time period, is Barabbas, the murderer, which the people chose to release over Jesus (Matthew 27:16-26). Historians have said that his first name was also Jesus. The point of this example is, Jesus Barabbas was a murder and Jesus of Nazareth is perfectly holy and blameless. On a fun note, the name Jesus Barabbas means Jesus, son of the father but our Jesus is the Son of the Father
What sets Jesus’ name apart from every other name is that “God has made Him both Lord (Yahweh) and Christ (Anointed/Messiah)” Acts 2:36.
“Who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God to be used for His own advantage, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:6-11
Reading the rest of this prophecy through the lens of Jesus being both LORD and CHRIST is critical. We must see that He is fully man, the same Jesus that walked the earth 2,000 years ago and that He is fully God (Yahweh) as so many Old and New Testament Scriptures attest to.
With this truth we must have a clearer definition of the word Christ. I am still studying this out and have come across a great wealth of insight from one of my favorite bible teachers, Stephen Venable. Please check out his website Beholding Jesus or at least just listen to this message of his, Christ the Lord.
The name “Christ” is an English word based on the Greek word Χριστός (Christós), which simply meant anointed, and served as the direct equivalent to the Hebrew word מָשִׁיחַ (mashiyach) or messiah.
The name Christ historically is a throne name of the Kings of Israel; in a similar manner to how Rome had a Caesar or how the United States has the position of President. Saul, even in his wickedness, was the first anointed of the Lord, which is the same as saying the first king of Israel. Then we see David become the Lords anointed. And after David we know that the much awaited Messiah or Anointed One would come through the line of David and would be a son to God establishing an everlasting kingdom.
“When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant (seed) after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” ’ (2 Samuel 7:12–16, NASB95, see parallel in 1 Chronicles 17)
(From Passion of the Christ)
Jesus is this Christ; He is the King of Israel as Nathanael so quickly stated so early on in His ministry (John 1:49) and we see it again at the very end of His ministry, though in mocking, as it is was written above the cross that He hung from for the sins of the world! He is the Son of David as the blind men cried out (Matt. 20:30) and the crowds professed (Matt 21:9). He is the Son of God, which we see even the wretched demons declare (Matt 8:29)!
The Wycliffe Commentary says the book of Revelation, is the climax of the prophecy of Old and New Testaments. Much of this books language is entrenched in Old Testament scripture and prophecy, knowing it will really help bring clarity to this book. Seeing Jesus being rightly displayed in the whole Word of God and allowing this book to be apart of what God is saying to us today will substantially mature our thinking on Jesus Christ and our role as Saints in His end times plan.
“The person of Christ is the most important key to the Revelation. As His place in it is recognized, its main structure becomes understandable and its meaning can be found in terms of the disclosure of His person and work.” M.C. Tenney