second coming

Topic: Jesus Second Coming. The Revelation of Jesus. Category: End Times> Kingdom>
Bible Scripture: Revelation 1:4-8, Isaiah 11:2.

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Today in these end times we look to Jesus. We stand in His victory. Jesus victory is our victory. We testify, ‘Behold He is coming!’

The text for today’s message is from the book of Revelation. May we receive a greater Revelation of Jesus. In the book of Revelation we see God’s relationship through the tribe of Israel and the church. God’s sovereign power and dominion over good and evil, the salvation and reward to all who have received Jesus and the judgement to all who rejected Him. We see into eternity of time, time past, time now and the things that are yet to take place.

situation at time of writing

The situation at the time of writing was that the writer John was in exile on the Isle of Patmos as a result of his testimony of Jesus. The church was under persecution, therefore John uses symbols and word pictures, which makes the book of the Revelation of Jesus difficult to understand. 

In the book of the Revelation of Jesus there are the 7 churches at the time of writing. They are also symbolic of the church as a whole throughout the ages. We read about an empire that has code name Babylon, which is symbolic of all man’s empires throughout all the ages who live  without God. At the time of writing the Roman Empire was in power. They were one of the most brutal empires of man. They ruled without God. 

The fall of Babylon depicted in the book of the Revelation of Jesus would give significant meaning to the text of the first readers. In addition the story of witnesses and martyrdom was frequently linked together with the victory of Christ Jesus. 

prophecies not yet realised

In the book of the Revelation of Jesus there are also prophecies not yet realised such as the fullness of God’s Kingdom–the total eradication of evil–the beast, false prophet and satan. It includes the judgement of all man’s empires–their rulers, unjust systems and abuses of power. In addition there is the judgement and eternal destiny of all who have rejected Jesus and His Kingdom. Also all those who have received Jesus and given their allegiance to Him enter into the realisation of the new heaven and new earth inheriting their future glory of eternal life. 

Therefore as we come to the text let us remember Jesus is triumphant. The church is triumphant, despite persecution and martyrdom. Jesus victory is our victory. So let’s have a look at the first description of Jesus listed in the book The Revelation of Jesus.

grace and peace

Revelation 1:4-8 ‘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 faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who loves us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings (a Kingdom) and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” ‘

First John testifies that the grace and peace he blesses them with comes from God. Grace is all the benefits that come from God in Jesus, who came to earth full of grace and truth. God’s grace is His goodness and undeserved favour intended to bless others. Peace is complete wholeness in body, soul and spirit with each other and God. This peace also comes directly from God and is a result of oneness with God.

John reveals who God is and the oneness of God. God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son. One God, three persons in one. Linking the oneness of God with the oneness of those who choose to be His people.

the spirit of God

The giver of grace and peace is God. God the Father who is referred to as ‘Him who is and who was and who is to come,’ and the Holy Spirit ‘the seven Spirits who are before His throne’ and from Jesus Christ.

In John’s reference to the seven Spirits, John is reminding his readers of the 7 aspects of the Holy Spirit listed in Isaiah 11:2 They are: the Lord, wisdom, understanding, council, might, knowledge and holy fear or reverence. John used this symbol to link the book of the Revelation of Jesus to the prophecy of the first coming of the Saviour in Isaiah 11:2, testifying that Jesus is the anointed One, the saviour of the world. 

John also links the prophecy of the Spirit of God would rest on the shoulders of the anointed One. Testifying Jesus is the anointed One, sent from the Father, who became human, died, rose from the grave and ascended on the clouds back to the Father. 

Therefore grace and peace is an underserved gift from God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son. It is His complete fullness of Himself.

the revelation of jesus – faithful witness

The First Aspect of John’s Testimony of Jesus – Faithful Witness

Revelation 1:5 ‘and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.’

John testifies that Jesus is a faithful witness. Faithful means Jesus is both trustworthy, truthful and because of who He is, He can be believed. John links Jesus’ sacrifice to that of His faithfulness. God the Son gave of Himself to humanity for humanity, even unto death.

God the Son is the faithful witness of God, God the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus when He became a man became the visible expression of the unseen God. 

The fullness of the godhead was revealed in Jesus, in His love, truth and power. Of His compassion and justice in standing up for the outcaste, the oppressed and the downtrodden. Of his deliverance and healing in setting the captives free. Jesus bears witness of the Truth about God.

In the rest of the book of Revelation there is much said about witnesses being martyred or killed for their testimony. John links Jesus’ witness and sacrifice to the role He has in the church and their witness of Him.

When the writer John uses Jesus’ earthly name in the the book of Revelation, it is linked with witness/martyr or testimony. Jesus is the faithful witness and blood sacrifice

What does Jesus being the faithful witness mean for us today?

The answer is in the first part of verse 6. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood…

John is reminding the reader that Jesus being a faithful or truthful witness means we can trust in His love for us. He gave everything of Himself for us. We can trust in Him, who He is and what He has done and promises to do. 

If your heart is broken by someone. You can trust Jesus loves you. If you have sickness in our body or mind or spirit. You can trust Jesus is your healer. If you are trapped in anything not of God, you can trust Jesus has washed you clean in His own blood and set you free.

Surrender that thing not of God and let it go, nail it to the cross and receive from Jesus.

Jesus is the saviour, the anointed One, the faithful witness, God the Son. Jesus’ victory is our victory to receive and live in that reality now.

the revelation of jesus – the first born from the dead

Second Aspect of John’s Testimony of Jesus – Firstborn from the Dead

Revelation 1:5 ‘and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.’

the old testament

The firstborn is linked to Israel’s deliverance from slavery in ancient times, the promise of a saviour from the line of David, who was a king of Ancient Israel and Jesus being the head of the church. Jesus is the first resurrected human glorified body. In the Old Testament God revealed Himself to the world through the Ancient nation of Israel.

Exodus 4:22 ‘Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Israel is My son, My firstborn.’

Jesus is the fulfilment of every promise to the nation of Israel. Jesus when He became flesh and blood, came from the tribe of Judah, the tribe of king David, a tribe of the nation Israel. God made a covenant with David that through his tribe would come an eternal kingdom. This was fulfilled when God the Son became flesh through the tribe of David.

Psalm 89:27-29 ‘Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth. My mercy I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall stand firm with him. His seed also I will make to endure forever, And his throne as the days of heaven.’

Here God is talking about His promise to king David. The promise that the king of all kings will come from his tribe. This king and His kingdom is forever. Jesus the King of all kings revealed in the book of Revelation. Jesus is not a created being. He is not a man of human seed. He is eternal. Jesus is God, God the Son.

the new testament

Colossians 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 may have the preeminence.’

The meaning of this scripture in Colossians is to reveal Jesus, God who became flesh and blood, gave His life, died on the cross and rose in body form. Jesus is the first to receive the inheritance of a resurrected body. What does Jesus being the firstborn from the dead mean for us today?

All those who receive Jesus and His right to rule and reign have this inheritance, living with this future ‘confident expectation’. As Jesus is the faithful witness we have the certainty of our inheritance. 

Jesus is coming back. When He returns the dead in Christ shall rise, (they are those who have died physically), together with those who are still physically alive on the earth will be caught up. All in Christ shall be transformed in an instant, receiving their glorified resurrected bodies. This is what the Bible calls the first resurrection.

This hope is for all those who received Jesus, His sacrifice and Lordship (power and authority), whether Jew or non Jew, from any tribe or nation. Whoever believes and receives will receive their resurrected bodies. Hallelujah! Jesus’ resurrected body is a faithful and true witness. He defeated death. Jesus the saviour,
the anointed One, the firstborn from the dead. Jesus’ victory is ours to receive in time future. 

the revelation of jesus – ruler of the kings of the earth

Third Aspect of John’s Testimony of Jesus – Ruler of the Kings of Earth

Revelation 1:5 ‘and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.’

Kings of the earth includes those who receive Him and those who reject Him. Jesus is the King of all kings. 

The One who is The Lord of lords and ultimate ruler is the One who is the faithful witness. It is He who died and rose from the dead bodily. His name is Jesus!

jesus second coming

Revelation 19:11-16 ‘Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges (judges all those who have rejected Him, He judges the unjust world systems of man) and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.’

Behold He is coming!

Jesus will judge the unjust world systems of humanity and those who refuse to receive Him. Those that chose to reject the King of all kings reject His kingdom. They are condemned.

What does Jesus being the ruler of the kings of the earth mean for us today? 

We are His kingdom, His Spirit is within us. As we have His Spirit within we have His power and authority to be a witness of Him. We have dominion over satan and our flesh. As we have received His free gift of salvation, His blood sacrifice of Himself, we have been passed from judgement.

However our works will be assessed. They will be judged as to whether they were of our flesh (our own desires or ambitions) or of the Holy Spirit (God’s desires and destiny for us). If what we have done is of our flesh, then all of it will be burnt up and meaningless. If what we have done has been according to God’s will, then there will be much eternal fruit.

Jesus the saviour, the anointed One, the ruler over the kings of the earth. Jesus victory is ours to receive in time now and time future.

Behold He is coming! Hallelujah!!!!

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