August 20, 2015

The Revelation of Jesus Christ Part 5: 7 Churches

I AM
Alpha.
Omega.
Beginning.
Ending
Saith the LORD.

I AM
He that liveth and was dead;
Alive forevermore

Who is the I AM? Who is HE that lives but was dead?

JESUS.
Undeniably, unarguably-
JESUS.


Our dissection of Revelation chapter one has led us to an encounter with a throne. Jesus is spoken of numerous times in the bible in relation to this throne. Understanding the throne is essential to understanding the God on the throne, for thrones imply kings, and kings imply authority.

Before we get deeper into the throne room, let's look first at Revelation chapter two and three to discover more details about Jesus, the self- declared I AM...


Jesus has messages for seven churches and with these messages he introduces himself to each one of them descriptively.

Revelation 2:1
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 2:8
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Revelation 2:12
 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Revelation 2:18
 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Revelation 3:1a
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

Revelation 3:7
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Revelation 3:14
 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Question: did the speaker change among the various verses?

Let us use the Word of God to determine who each description reveals.

Q1. Who is "he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;" from Rev. 2:1?

A1. And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. And he had in his right hand seven stars- Rev. 1:13,16a


Q2. Who is "the first and the last, which was dead and is alive;" from Rev. 2:8?
A2. "Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore.- Rev. 1:17-18

Q3. Who is "he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;" from Rev. 2:12?
A3. "...out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword..."  - Rev. 1:16 (continuing from 1:13) ;  From his [the Word of God] mouth came a sharp sword- Rev.19:15

Q4. Who is the one "who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;" from Rev. 2:18
A4. "his [the Son of man] eyes were as  flame of fire" Rev. 1:14; 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.- Rev. 19:12-13  See John 1:1.

We could go on and an and find supporting evidence that the same one from chapter one is the same one from chapters 2 and 3. The different descriptions do not change the speaker, only our knowledge or perception of the speaker. Jesus, the great I am , the one "who liveth but was dead", "the alpha and Omega" from chapter 1, is the same voice of instruction to the seven churches. He is introduced to each church from a different projection of himself, but there is still only one of him. 
Stay tuned as we venture into chapter 4 in our journey in Revelation as we continue in the unveiling of Christ.

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