TITLE: My Son (1/10/2018)
By Michelle Gretz
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The Revelation of Jesus Christ is not so much about revealing the Father’s plans for mankind, but rather reveals just who his Son is and will be. Howbeit, the futures of mankind and Jesus are so intertwined that by reading this book we gain insight into both.
Let us begin. The first verse of this book is a bit complex. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” The key to this verse is recognizing to whom do the words him and he refer. This verse could also be written as follows: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto his Son, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and Jesus sent and signified the message by his angel unto his servant John. This verse describes the divine means by which a heavenly vision is given to a man. It starts with God the Father. He decides what is to be communicated. He shares the message with his Son and authorizes him to share it with man. Jesus does so by angelic means.
The angel mentioned in this verse is more than a conduit for communication. Many versions omit the word “signified” from this verse. It is a great loss. Even on earth when a King sends a message to a servant the servant needs proof that the message is indeed from the King. In history, written messages were often sealed with wax including an impression of the King’s signet ring. A verbal message would be sent by a person known to be trusted by the King. Even so, Jesus didn’t send just any angel. His identity and significance are found at the end of the book. Consider chapter 22 verses 8 and 9. “And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
This angel wasn’t just any angel. John was in communication with someone who had once been human on earth. Perhaps it was John the Baptist, Peter, or Paul. We cannot say, but John understood his significance. This heavenly servant was evidence of human immortality and thus proved who sent him. Jesus.
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