Revelation Chapter 1 Introduction & Jesus in the midst of the 7 Churches – Biblical Interpretation & Pictures


Consider Chapters 1-3 as 1 collective Vision, the 1st Vision

Chapters 1-3 as 1 collective Vision!


Jesus in the midst of 7 Lamp-stands,
Sending 7 Letters to the 7 Churches.

In Chapter 1, Jesus is dressed as the High Priest in Heaven in the midst of 7 Lampstands or 7 Churches. In Chapter 2 & 3, Jesus sends 7 Letters to the 7 Churches or 7 Lampstands. In each Letter of Chapter 2 & 3, Jesus refers back to an attribute in chapter 1.
1. Ephesus – Rev 2:1 quoting Rev 1:12-13, 16, 20Jesus,Yeshua,High Priest,Heaven,Midst,Seven,Lampstands,Seven Stars,Seven Churches,Sword out of Mouth,Seven Candlesticks,Book of Revelation,Chapter 1 2 & 3,Revelation Chapter 1,right hand
2. Smyrna – Rev 2:8 quoting Rev 1:17, 22:13
3. Pergamum – Rev 2:12 quoting Rev 1:16, 2:16, 19:15, 21
4. Thyatira – Rev 2:18 quoting Rev 1:14, 15, 19:12
5. Sardis – Rev 3:1 quoting Rev 1:4, 4:5-6, Rev 1:16, 20
6. Philadelphia – Rev 3:7 quoting Rev 1:18
7. Laodicea – Rev 3:14 quoting Rev 1:5, 19:11, 21:6


Why does Jesus have a “sharp two-edged Sword” “in the midst” of the 7 Churches?

Why does Jesus have a “sharp two-edged Sword” “in the midst” of the 7 Churches?

Jesus personally and violently destroys 5 of the 7 Churches of Revelation 2 & 3!


Deadly Consequences for Non Repentance:

➥ Ephesus – Rev 2:5, “Remove your Lampstand.”
➥ Pergamum – 2:16, “War against them with the sword of my mouth.”
➥ Thyatira – Rev 2:20-23, “throw her onto a sickbed,” “throw into great tribulation,” & I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”
➥ Sardis – Rev 3:3, “If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.”
➥ Laodicea – Rev 3:16, ” I will spit you out of my mouth.”
Rev 3:19 “Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be zealous & repent.”
To 5 of the 7 Churches Jesus Provides DEADLY CONSEQUENCES for NOT ZEALOUSLY REPENTING of His REPROVE & DISCIPLINE :
Jesus states His PURPOSE of Deadly Consequences at Revelation 2:23 “ALL the CHURCHES WILL KNOW that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”


Jesus “walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands” Rev 1:12-13, Rev 2:1.
Jesus Knows!

“I know…”In ALL 7 Letters, Jesus expresses complete Awareness of the 7 Churches condition, good and lacking when He says to each, “I Know…”
1. Ephesus – Rev 2:2
2. Smyrna – Rev 2:9
3. Pergamum – 2:13
4. Thyatira – Rev 2:19
5. Sardis – Rev 3:1
6. Philadelphia – Rev 3:8
7. Laodicea – Rev 3:22
Revelation 2:23 – Jesus “searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.”
Jesus “walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands” Rev 1:12-13, Rev 2:1.
Jesus Knows!


Revelation Ch 1
 Scriptural Cross-reference!

“Do not interpretations belong to God?” Genesis 40:8

Revelation Ch 1:1-11, Scriptural Cross-Reference, Introduction

Revelation Ch 1:1-11
 Scriptural Cross-reference!

Revelation Chapter 1:1-11
Opening Words! “Lord’s Day”
Scriptural Cross-reference & Biblical Interpretations!

“Do not Interpretations Belong to God” Genesis 40:8


Revelation 1:1  
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,”

What does the word “Revelation” mean?
The Greek word for “Revelation” is –apokalypsis Strongs G602,
The KJV translates Strong’s G602 in the following manner: revelation (12x), be revealed (2x), to lighten (with G1519) (1x), manifestation (1x), coming (1x), appearing (1x).
Strongs defines Revelation as:
“laying bare, making naked”
“a disclosure of truth, instruction concerning things before unknown”
“manifestation, appearance”

Why can a person who thinks they know everything about the scriptures not understand the Book of Revelation?

Where does the word “revelation” appear in the Bible?
“Apocalypses” or Revelation is used 18 times in the New Testament at:
Luke 2:32, Rom 2:5, 8:19, 16:25, 1 Cor 1:7, 14:6, 26, 2 Cor 12:1, 2 Cor 12:7, Gal 1:12, 2:2, Eph 1:17, 3:3, 2 Thes 1:7, 1 Pet 1:7, 13, 4:13.
“Apocalypse” or “revelation” is used 1 time in the Book of Revelation at Revelation 1:1.
At Revelation 15:4, the 144,000 conquerors sing the Song of Moses / Lamb where they sing, “your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Is “revealed” at Rev 15:4 a past tense word for apocalypse or revelation?

What is the only thing that is mentioned in every Chapter of the Book of Revelation?

The Greek word for “God” Strong’s G2316 – theos occurs 96 times and in every chapter of the Book of Revelation:
Rev 1:1, 2, 6, 8, 9
Rev 2:7, 18
Rev 3:1, 2, 12, 14
Rev 4:5, 8, 11
Rev 5:6, 9, 10
Rev 6:9
Rev 7:2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 15, 17
Rev 8:2, 4
Rev 9:4, 13
Rev 10:7
Rev 11:11, 13, 16, 17, 19
Rev 12:5, 6, 10, 17
Rev 13:6
Rev 14:4, 7, 10, 12, 19
Rev 15:1, 2, 3, 
Rev 16:1, 7, 9, 11, 14, 19, 21
Rev 17:17
Rev 18:5, 8, 20
Rev 19:1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17
Rev 20:4, 6
Rev 21:2, 3, 7, 10, 11, 22, 23
Rev 22:1, 3, 5, 6

Where God appears in all Chapters of the Book of Revelation, His Son is not mentioned in 7 Chapters Of Revelation: Chs 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 18.

What are the different Names for God in the Book of Revelation?
Rev 1:4, 8, 4:8. 11:17, 16:5, “who is & who was and who is to come”
Rev 11:17, 16:5, “who is & who was”
(Why does Revelation 11:17, 16:5 leave out “who is to come?”)
Rev 1:8, 4:8, 16:7, 14, 19:6, “the Almighty”
Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13, “Alpha & the Omega”
Rev 4:8, 14:7, the Creator
Rev 21:6, 22:13, “the Beginning and the End”
Rev 22:13 “the 1st and the Last,” Isaiah 41:4, 6, 48:12

Is God’s Name used in the Book of Revelation?
Yes! “Ya,” the abbreviated form of YHWH, occurs 4 times in Rev 19 at Rev 19:1, 3, 4, 6!
The Greek word for “Hallelujah” is Strong’s G239 – hallēlouia.
Hallelujah comes from 2 combined Hebrew words, “halal” “Ya.” “Halal” means praise & “Ya” is a contraction of God’s name, YHWH. 
“Ya,” Strong’s H3050 – yâ, occurs 49 times in the Hebrew scriptures with 43 of those occurrences in Psalms.
“YHWH,” God’s Name, Strong’s H3068, occurs 6,519 times in the Hebrew scriptures!
Psalm 104:35 CSB, Psalm 105:45 CSB, Psalm 106:1 CSB, Psalm 148:14 CSB, Psalm 112:1 CSB, Psalm 113:1 CSB, Psalm 113:9 CSB, Psalm 115:18 CSB, Psalm 116:19 CSB, Psalm 117:2 CSB, Psalm 135:1 CSB, Psalm 135:21 CSB, Psalm 146:1 CSB, Psalm 146:10 CSB, Psalm 147:1 CSB, Psalm 147:20 CSB, Psalm 148:1 CSB, Psalm 148:14 CSB, Psalm 149:1 CSB, Psalm 149:9 CSB, Psalm 150:1 CSB, Psalm 150:6 CSB.

The Greek word for Jesus or Yeshua is Strong’s G2424 – iēsous which occurs 975 times in the New Testament and 14 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2, 5, 9, 12:17, 14:2, 17:6, 19:10, 20:4, 22:16, 22:20, 22:21.


Christ,” Strong’s G5547 – christos occurs 7 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2, 5, 15, 12:10, 20:4, 6.
What does the Word Christ or Greek Christos mean?
Christ means anointed or messiah.
The Greek word for “Jesus” / “Yeshua” is Strong’s G2424 – iēsous which occurs 14 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2, 5, 9, 12:17, 14:12, 17:6, 19:10, 20:4, 22:16, 20, 21.

What are the different names for Christ in the Book of Revelation?
Rev 1:5, 3:14, 19:11, “the faithful witness,” “the faithful and true witness”
Rev 1:5, 18, 2:8, “the first born of the dead,” Col 1:18.
Rev 1:5, “the ruler of Kings on earth”
Rev 1:13, 14:14, “Son of man”
Rev 1:17-18, 2:8, “the first and the last” “who was dead and come to life”
Rev 1:18 ” the Living one”
Rev 2:18, “Son of God”
Rev 3:7, “He who is Holy”
Rev 3:7, “He who is true”
Rev 3:7, “He who has the key of David” 
Rev 3:14, “the Amen”
Rev 3:14, “the beginning of God’s creation,” Col 1:15, 18, Heb 1:6.
Rev 5:6, 8, 12, 13, 6:1, 9, 16, 7:9, 10, 14, 17, 12:11, 13:8, 11, 14:1, 4, 10, 15:3, 17:14, 17:14, 19:7, 9, 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27, 22:1, 3    “Lamb”
Rev 12:10, “Authority of His Christ”
Rev 17:14, ” Lord of lords and King of kings”
Rev 19:13, “the Word of God”
Rev 19:9, “the marriage of the Lamb”
Rev 19:16, “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”
Rev 21:9, “Lamb’s bride”
Rev 21:27 “Lamb’s book of Life”
Rev 22:16, “the root and the offspring of David”
Rev 22:16, “the Bright and Morning Star”

Christ refers to His Father as “My God” 4 times in Revelation at Rev 3:3, 12.
also Matthew 27:46 and John 20:17.


“which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place.”

Who gave the Revelation to Christ?
What is God’s purpose of the Book of Revelation?
For who is Revelation specifically written?
Is the Book of Revelation written to all the people of earth?

“show unto His servants things that must soon take place” Rev 1:1,
Repeated in the introduction and conclusion of Revelation at – Rev 1:1, 22:6.

The Greek word for “servants” is Strong’s G1401 – doulos which occurs 14 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2:20, 6:15, 7:3, 10:7, 11:18, 13:16, 15:3, 19:2. 5, 19:2, 5, 18, 22:3, 6.
11 times refers to God’s servants.
3 times refers to Babylon’s and the Beasts servants at Rev 6:15, 13:16, 19:18.
“Servants” appears in the introduction & conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:1 & 22:3, 6.


“He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,”

Who is the “He” who sent His angel in vs 1?
(Consider Rev 22:16)
“by sending his angel to his servant John” – Rev 1:1.
Repeated in the introduction and conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:1, 22:16.

What is the chain of command of the Book of Revelation? (4 listed in verse 1)


Revelation 1:2
“who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.”

What was John bearing witness to in Revelation 1:2?

What are the similarities and the differences between Revelation 1:2, 9?

“Word of God” is used 5 times in Revelation at Rev 1:2, 9, 6:9, 19:13, 20:4.

In addition to John, who also in Revelation are bearing witness to the “word of God” & “testimony of Christ?” (Rev 6:9, Rev 20:4)

“Word of God” & “testimony of Christ” occurs 4 times together in Revelation at:
Introduction – Rev 1:2, 9, John bore witness to in both scriptures.
5th Seal – Rev 6:9, “slain” “souls” under the altar.
1,000 Year Reign – Rev 20:4, beheaded Priests, kings & Judges. 

Who is identified as the “Word of God” in Revelation 19:13?
Christ is referred to as the “word of God” in 6th Bowl Armageddon at Rev 19:13
Christ is the word or Logos (Greek) at John 1:1

What English word comes from the Greek word translated “witness,” “testified” & “testimony” in the Book of Revelation?
How strong of a witness or testimony is conveyed by the Greek words martyreō, martyria & martys?

Greek words for “witness,” “testified” & “testimony.”
The Greek word for “witness” or “testified,” martyreō, Strongs G3140, occurs at Rev 1:2.
 “Martyreō”  is used 3 times in Revelation’s introduction at Rev 1:2, 5, 9 and 3 additional times in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 22:16, 22:18, 22:20.
The Greek word for “testimony” is martyria, Strongs G3141, occurs 9 times at Rev 1:2, 9, 6:9, 11:7, 12:11, 17, 19:10, 20:4, Matt 10:18.
The Greek word for “witness” is martys Strongs G3144, occurs 5 times at Rev 1:5, 2:13, 3:14, 11:3, 17:6.

What does Rev 19:10 mean when it says, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy?” 
What is Christ’s Testimony?
Where can we find Christ’s Testimony?

“John bore witness to” “even to all that he saw.” occurs in the introduction & conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:2, 22:8


3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

What 3 things must God’s servants do to have His Blessings in the Book of Revelation?

1) “read aloud” 
2) “Hear”
3) “Keep what is written”

“Blessed” is repeated in the introduction and 2 times in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:3, 22:7,14.
“Blessed are those” “who keep what is written” is repeated in the introduction and in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:3, 22:7.
“Keeps what is written” occurs 1 times in the introduction and 2 times in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:3, 22:7, 9.
“Hear” in the past tense, “heard” is repeated 2 times in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 22:8.

 

There is an incredible amount of writing going on in the Book of Revelation:
“Write” used in Revelation 29 times in the Book of Revelation.
The Greek word for “write” is Strongs G1125, graphō, Rev 1:3, 11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 17-18, 3:1, 7, 12, 14, 5:1, 10:4, 13:8, 14:1, 13, 17:5, 8, 19:9, 19:12, 16, 20:12, 15, 21:5, 27, 22:18-19.

1) John Instructed to “Write” – Rev 1:11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7, 3:14, 10:4, 14:13, 19:9, 21:5

2) Emphasis on “Written” words of Revelation Rev 1:3, 22:18-19,

3) Writings in Heaven:
“Written” “Scroll” in heaven Rev 5:1,
“Written,” “Book” & “Books” in heaven opened Rev 20:12,
“Write” “New Names” Rev 2:17, “Name of My God,” “Name of the City of My God” & “My own New Name” Rev 3:12, “His Father’s Name Written on their foreheads” Rev 14:1, Harlot’s name “forehead” Rev 7:5,
“He has a Name Written that no one know but Himself” Rev 19:12,
“On His robe & thigh He has a name written” Rev 19:16, “Written” “Lambs Book of Life” Rev 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27

“Written” or Write” occurs 3 times in the introduction at Rev 1:3, 11, 19 and 2 times in the conclusion at Rev 22:18, 19.

How important are the written words of God according to Revelation?

“For the time is near” occurs in the introduction and conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:3, 22:10.


Revelation 1:4
John to the seven churches that 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,


John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

According to Revelation 1:1, 4, 22:16, to whom was Revelation written?
In Revelation 1:4-5 who are specifically greeting the 7 Churches?

ChurchesStrong’s G1577 – ekklēsia, occurs 20 times in Revelation at Rev 1:4, 11, 20, 2:1, 7, 8, 11,12, 17, 18, 23, 29, 3:1, 6, 7, 13,14, 22, 22:16.

“7 Churches” is repeated in the introduction and conclusion of Revelation at Rev 1:4, 22:16.

Seven” occurs 57 times in the Book of Revelation and used to describe 22 different tings.
“Seven” in Revelation hepta, Strong’s G2033,  Rev 1:4, 11-12, 16, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 4:5, 5:1, 5-6, 6:1, 8:2, 6, 10:3-4, 11:13, 12:3, 13:1, 15:1, 6-8, 16:1, 17:1, 3, 7, 9-11, 21:9.
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Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come,

Grace” only occurs 2 times in Revelation and is repeated in the introduction & conclusion at Rev 1:4, 22:21.

who is & who was and who is to come
Rev 1:4, 8, 4:8. 11:17, 16:5,
Why does Revelation 11:17, 16:5 leave out “who is to come.”

Opposite language regarding the beast – “who was but is not” Rev 17: 8, 11

How can we tell in Revelation 1:4 the “who is & who was and who is to come” is speaking about God and not His son? (answer in Rev 1:4 & 5)

Come” or “Coming” occurs 36 times in the Book of Revelation at Rev 1:4, 7, 8, 2:5, 16, 3:10, 11, 4:8, 5:7, 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 7:13, 14, 8:3, 9:12, 11:14, 11:18, 14:7, 15, 16:15, 17:1, 10, 19:7, 21:9, 22:7, 12, 17, 20.
The Greek word “to come” or “coming” is erchomai, Strongs G2064 Rev 4:8, 22:7
God’s Son Christ is a God but YHWH is God Almighty.

YHWH “to come” or “coming” – Rev 1:4, 1:8, 4:8, 11:18

Christ “to Come” or “Coming” in Revelation,  Rev 1:7, 8, 2:5, 16, 3:11, 16:15, 22:12, 20.

Christ’s Letter to Philadelphia – “Hour of trial is coming,” Rev 3:10
1st – 4th Seals – 4 Horsemen “come,” Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7,
6th Seal – “God” YHWH & “Lamb” Christ, “the great day of their WRATH has come,” Rev 6:17
5th – 7th Trumpet – “come” “came” for 3 woes, Rev 9:12, 11:14
7th Trumpet – YHWH “Almighty” “WRATH came” Rev 11:16-19
1st message of eternal gospel – “Hour of Judgment has come” Rev 14:7
“Hour to Reap has come” Rev 14:15
Babylon’s Judgment has “come” Rev 18:10
“Marriage of the Lamb has come” Rev 19:7


and from the seven spirits, who are before his throne,

What are “the 7 spirits, who are before His throne?”
7 Spirits” before God’s Throne occur at Rev 1:4, 3:1, 4:5, 5:6

The Greek word for “spirit” is Strong’s G4151 – pneuma, which occurs 385 times in the New Testament.
“Spirit” occurs 24 times in the Book of Revelation at Rev 1:4, 10, 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:1, 6, 13, 22, 4:2, 5, 6, 11:11, 13:15, 14:3, 16:13, 14, 17:3, 18:2, 19:10, 21:10, 22:6, 17.
“Spirit” is linked with evil in 4 of the 24 occurrences at Rev 13:5, 16:13, 16:14, 18:2.
“Spirit” appears 2 times in the introduction of Revelation at Rev 1:4, 10 and 2 times in the conclusion at Rev 22:6 and 22:17.

How does God’s Holy Spirit get to people on earth?
answer: Rev 5:6

What is the significance of a greeting “from the seven spirits who are before His throne?”
Why does Revelation 1:4 say about the 7 spirits “who are before His throne” instead of “that are before His throne?”

Did you know that the 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets & 7 Bowls of Wrath all take place in front of God’s Throne? (Rev 4, 5, 8:1-6, 15)
God’s Throne!

The 7 Seals, 7 Trumpets & 7 Bowls of Wrath ALL take place from the perspective of God’s Throne in Heaven!
In the Book of Revelation YHWH’s THRONE appears 36 times!
Revelation describes what is happening in Heaven “on,” “before,” “from,” “on each side of,” “around,” “in the midst of” & “round about” YHWH’s THRONE!

God’s Throne in Revelation Scriptural Summary:
Revelation 1, 1X – Greetings from God’s Throne! Rev 1:4.
Revelation 3, 1X – Church of Laodicea, Rev 3:21
Revelation 4, 11Xs – 7 Seals opening vision provides a whole chapter describing God’s Throne! – Rev 4:2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10,
Revelation 5, 5Xs – Lamb worthy to open 7 Seals around God’s Throne, Rev 5:1, 6, 7, 11, 13.
Revelation 6, 1X – 6th Seal Wrath of God, Rev 6:16.
Revelation 7, 5Xs – 6th Seal continued, Rev 7:9, 10, 11, 15, 17.
Revelation 8, 1X – 7 Trumpets opening vision, Rev 8:3.
Revelation 12, 1X – Man Child caught up to God’s Throne. Rev 12:5
Revelation 14, 2Xs – Lamb with 144,000 singing new song before God’s Throne, Rev 14:4, 5.
Revelation 16, 1X – 7th Bowl of Wrath announcement from God’s Throne, Rev 16:17.
Revelation 19, 2Xs – Heavens celebrate Babylon’s Judgment around God’s Throne, Rev 19:4, 5.
Revelation 20, 2Xs – Dead Judged before the Great White Throne, Rev 20:11, 12.
Revelation 21, 2Xs – 2 Announcements from God’s Throne – God Tabernacles with Humans & I am making all things new! Rev 21:3, 5.
Revelation 22, 2Xs – 1st time “Throne of God & of the Lamb” are mentioned twice. Rev 22:1, 3.

YHWH & His Son’s Throne occurs together at Rev 3:21, 22:3,
Satan’s “throne”2:13,
“24 Elders” “Thrones” Rev 4:4, 11:16,
“Priests” “Kings” “Thrones” Rev 20:4


Revelation 1:5
“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood”



5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness,

Christ,” Strong’s G5547 – christos occurs 7 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2, 5, 15, 12:10, 20:4, 6.
What does the Word Christ or Greek Christos mean?
Christ means anointed or messiah.
The Greek word for “Jesus” / “Yeshua” is Strong’s G2424 – iēsous which occurs 14 times in Revelation at Rev 1:1, 2, 5, 9, 12:17, 14:12, 17:6, 19:10, 20:4, 22:16, 20, 21.

faithful occurs 8 time in Revelation – pistos Strongs G3982
Jesus “faithful “witness” “true”  Rev 3:14, 19:11
“Antipas” “faithful witness” 2:13
“faithful” in Revelation, Rev 2:10, 17:14, 20:5, 22:6,
Jesus’ words using “faithful” Matt 24:45, 25:21-23, Luke 12:42, 16:10-11

What English word comes from the Greek word translated “witness,” “testified” & “testimony” in the Book of Revelation?
How strong of a witness or testimony is conveyed by the Greek words martyreō, martyria & martys?

Greek words for “witness,” “testified” & “testimony.”
The Greek word for “witness” or “testified,” martyreō, Strongs G3140, occurs at Rev 1:2.
 “Martyreō”  is used 3 times in Revelation’s introduction at Rev 1:2, 5, 9 and 3 additional times in the conclusion of Revelation at Rev 22:16, 22:18, 22:20.
The Greek word for “testimony” is martyria, Strongs G3141, occurs 9 times at Rev 1:2, 9, 6:9, 11:7, 12:11, 17, 19:10, 20:4, Matt 10:18.
The Greek word for “witness” is martys Strongs G3144, occurs 5 times at Rev 1:5, 2:13, 3:14, 11:3, 17:6.


“the firstborn of the dead,”

According to Rev 1:5, 1:18, 2:8, Col 1:15, 18, John 3:13 what does the phrase “firstborn of the dead” mean?

Jesus “firstborn among many brothers” Rom 8:29

Christ is also the “firstborn of all creation” at Rev 3:14,  Col 1:15, 18, Heb 1:6

How is Christ described as “the firstborn from the dead” in Revelation & the Bible a part fulfillment of YHWH’s Feast of First Fruits?

Can you see the additionl future fullfillment of YHWH’s Feast of First Fruits in Rev 14:4, 20:4, 5, 6?

Feast of Firstfruits Future Fulfillment in Revelation Rev 14:4, 20:4, 5, 6.
“order” of  “firstfruits” 1 Cor 15:20
“Heavenly Jerusalem” called “assembly of firstborn” Heb 11:22, 23
“144,000” “firstfruits” 2 Thes 2:13, James 1:18
Nation of Israel foreshadow of 144,000 “firstfruits” Rom 11:16, Jer 2:3
“firstfruits of the Spirit” Rom 8:23
“First Resurrection” Rev 20:4-6

“and the ruler of kings on earth.”

What “Kings” is Christ referring to at Revelation 1:5?

➥ Revelation 5:9-10
9 They sang a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the book, And to open its seals: For you were killed, And bought us for God with your blood, Out of every tribe, language, people, and nation,
10 And made them kings and priests to our God, And they reign on earth.”

➥ Revelation 20:4-6
4 Then I saw THRONES, and seated on them were those to whom the AUTHORITY to JUDGE was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been BEHEADED for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and REIGNED with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be PRIESTS of God and of Christ, and they will REIGN with him for a thousand years.

“KINGS”
Revelation 1:5, 5:10, 20:4-6, Revelation 3:21, 2:26-27, 2 Timothy 2:12, Daniel 7:13, 14, 18, 22, 27.
 
Foreshadow of the 144,000 Kings occurs at Genesis 17:6 and Exodus 19:5, 6.
 

The Greek word for “King” basileus Strongs G934  occurs 21 times in the Book of Revelation.
Rev 1:5, 6, 9:11, 11:15 15:3, 16:12 17:14, 19:16, 20:4, 6.
Satanic controlled “Kings”  in Revelation, basileus Strongs G934  Rev 6:5, 10:11, 16:14, 17:10-12, 18, 18:3, 9, 19:18-19, 21:24


To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
(Jesus’ “blood” “freed” Rev 1:5, “blood” “redeemed” Rev 5:9-10, “overcame by blood of Lamb” Rev 12:10-11, “Lamb slain” 5:6, 9, 12, 13:8, “Lamb” appears 30 times in Revelation.)


Revelation 1:6
“and He made us into a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”


6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father,
(“Kingdom” basileia Strongs G932 Rev 1:6, 9, 5:10, 11:15, 12:10, Exo 19:6)
(Rev 5:9-10, 12:5, 20:4, 6, 21:4, 14 1 Pet 2:5, Exo 19:6)
(“priest” hiereus G2413 Rev 1:6, 5:10, 20:6)
to him be glory and dominion (5:13) forever and ever. Amen.
(“glory” to Jesus – Rev 1.6, 5.12, 5.13, 22:23)
(“glory” to YHWH – Rev 4.9, 11, 5:13, 7:12, 11:13, 14:7, 15:8, 16:9, 19:7, 21:11, 21:23)
(“glory” to Father & Son COMBINED! – Rev 15:13, 21:23)
(“glory and dominion forever and ever” – Rev 1:6, 5:13. 14, 7:12: 10:6, 11:15)
(“alive” or “live” “for ever and ever” – Rev 1:18, 4:10, 5:14, 10:6)
(“reign” “for ever and ever” – Rev 22:5)

What distinction is made between the Father & Son in Revelation 1:4-6?


7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him,
(Matt 25:31-46)
and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
(Matt 24:29-30)


8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God,
Rev 1:8, (1:11 KJV), 21:6, 22:13
“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
(“who is & who was” Rev 1:4, 8, 11:17, 16:5, Opposite “who was but is not” Rev 17:11)
(“Almighty” pantokrator Strongs G3841 Rev 1:8, 4:8, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 16:14, 19:6, 15, 21:22)


9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation
(Rev 2:9, 2;10, 2:22, 7:14)
and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus,
(“Kingdom” basileia Strongs G932 Rev 1:6, 9, 5:10, 11:15, 12:10, Exo 19:6)
(“patient endurance” hypomone Strongs G5281 Rev 1:9, 2:2-3, 19, 3:10, 13:10, 14;12)
was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
(“Word of God” Rev 1:2, 9, 6:9, 19:13, 20:4)
(“testimony” martyria Strongs G3141 Rev 1:9, 6:9, 11:7, 12:11, 17, 19:10, 20:4, Matt 10:18
“witness” or “testify”martyreō Strongs G3140 Rev 1:2, 22:16, 22:18, 22:20
“witness” martys Strongs G3144  Rev 1:5, 2:13, 3:14, 11:3, 17:6)


10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,
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and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
(same voice at Rev 1:10, 12 4:1)


11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches,
(“Write” used in Revelation Strongs G1125 graphō, Rev 1:3, 11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 17-18, 3:1, 7, 12, 14, 5:1, 10:4, 13:8, 14:1, 13, 17:5, 8, 19:9, 19:12, 16, 20:12, 15, 21:5, 27, 22:18-19,
John Instructed to “Write” – Rev 1:11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7,  3:14, 10:4, 14:13, 19:9, 21:5
Emphasis on “Written” words of Revelation Rev 1:3, 22:18-19,
“Written” “Scroll” in heaven Rev 5:1,
“Written,” “Book” & “Books” in heaven opened Rev 20:12,
“Write” “New Names” Rev 2:17, “Name of My God,” “Name of the City of My God” & “My own New Name” Rev 3:12, “His Father’s Name Written on their foreheads” Rev 14:1, Harlot’s name “forehead” Rev 7:5,
“He has a Name Written that no one know but Himself” Rev 19:12,
“On His robe & thigh He has a name written” Rev 19:16, “Written” “Lambs Book of Life” Rev 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27)

to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
(Location of “7 Churches” in Revelation – Rev 1:4, 11, 20, 2:1, 7, 8, 11,12, 17, 18, 23, 29, 3:1, 6, 7, 13,14, 22, 22:16)

Revelation Ch 1:12-20, Scriptural Cross-Reference- High Priest Jesus in Midst of 7 Lamp Stands

Revelation Ch 1:12-20
 Scriptural Cross-reference!

Revelation Ch 1:12-20
High Priest Jesus in Midst of 7 Lamp Stands Sending 7 Letters to the 7 Churches!


12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me,

(same voice at Rev 1:10, 12 4:1)
and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
(“Seven” in Revelation hepta Strongs G2033,  Rev 1:4, 11-12, 16, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 4:5, 5:1, 5-6, 6:1, 8:2, 6, 10:3-4, 11:13, 12:3, 13:1, 15:1, 6-8, 16:1, 17:1, 3, 7, 9-11, 21:9)
(“Lampstands” in Revelation, Rev 1:12, 2:1, 5, 11:4)
Instruction for Lampstand construction – Exo 25:31-40,
Priest Duties with Lampstand, Exo 27:20-21, 30:7-8, Lev 24:2-4, 2 Chr 13:11
Lampstand’s purpose was for Light – Exo 35:14, 39:37,  John 8:12, 9:5, 1:4, 9, Matt 5:14-16, Phil 2:15, Eph 5:8
Lampstand was 1 piece – Exo 25:31 – John 17:21-22
Lampstand was 1 shaft with 6 Branches – Exo 25:31 – John 15:5
Lampstand was pure gold – Exo 25:31 – Rev 3:18, 21:18
Lampstand has almond blossoms – Exo 25:33 – The Almond tree was the first tree to bloom after winter – Jesus as “firstborn” “first” “dead” Rev 1:5, 1:18, 2:8, Col 1:15, 18, John 3:13. Jesus “firstborn among many brothers” Rom 8:29
144,000 as firstfruits – “First Resurrection” Rev 20:4-6, “order” of  “firstfruits” 1 Cor 15:20, “assembly of firstborn” Heb 12:22-24,  “firstfruits” 2 Thes 2:13, James 1:18.


13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,
(“son of man” Rev 14:14)
clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
(“robe” Jesus – Rev 1:13, 19:13, 16,
others in “robe” Rev 6:11, 7:9, 7:13-14, Rev 22:14,
“golden sash / bands” Rev 1:13, 15:6
robe & Sash – Priest garments, Exo 28:4, Lev 8:7, 16:4)
Jesus is The High Priest – Heb 8:1-11
14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow.
His eyes were like a flame of fire,
15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace,
(Jesus “eyes like a flame of fire” Rev 1:14, 2:18, 19:12)
(“fire” appears 25 times in Revelation, pyr G4442, Rev 1:14, 2:18, 3:18, 4:5, 8:5, 8:7-8, 9:17-18, 10:1, 11:5, 13:13, 14:10, 18, 5:2, 16:8, 17:16, 18:8, 19:12, 20, 20:9-10, 20:14-15, 21:8)
(“feet like burnished bronze” Rev 1:15, 2:18)
(“refined” Rev 1:15, 3:18)
(“refined” & fire” in the Bible, 1 Cor 3:13-17, Eze 22:18-22, 2 Pet 3:7, 10-12, Isa 33:11-16, Psa 12:6)
and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
(Jesus connected to “water” in Revelation – Rev 1:15, 7:17, 14:1-3, 22:1, 17)
(Use of “”water in Revelation – Strong’s G5204 – hydōr – Rev 1:15, 7:17, 8:10-11, 11:6, 12:15, 14:2, 16:4-5, 12, 17:1, 15, 19:6, 21:6, 22:1, 17 )


16 In his right hand he held seven stars,
(“7 stars” Rev 1:16, 1:20, 2:1, 3:1)
(“stars” in Revelation, aster Strongs G4766, Rev 1:16, 1:20, 2:1, 28, 3:1, 6:13, 8:10-11, 9:1, 12:1, 4, 22:16)
from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword,
(“sword” “mouth” Rev 1:16, 2:12, 16 19:15, 19:21, also Isaiah 11:4, 49:2, 2 Thes 2:8.
and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.


17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
But he laid his right hand on me, saying,
“Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one.
(first & the last, Rev 1:17, 2:8, 22:13)
(“Living one” “live” “alive” used in Revelation Zao Strongs G2198 Rev 1:18, 2:8, 3:1, 4:9-10, 5:8, 7:2, 10:6, 13:14, 15:7, 19:21, 20:4-5)
I died, and behold I am alive forevermore,
(“first borne from dead” “dead” then “alive”Rev 1:5, 1:18, 2:8, Col 1: 15, 18, Opposite at Rev 3:1)
and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
(“Keys of Death & Hades” Rev 1:18
“Key of David” Rev 3:7
“Key to the shaft of bottomless pit” Rev 9:1
“Key to bottomless pit” Rev 20:1
“Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” Matt 16:19
“Key of Knowledge” Luke 11:52)


19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.
(“Write” used in Revelation Strongs G1125 graphō, Rev 1:3, 11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 17-18, 3:1, 7, 12, 14, 5:1, 10:4, 13:8, 14:1, 13, 17:5, 8, 19:9, 19:12, 16, 20:12, 15, 21:5, 27, 22:18-19,
John Instructed to “Write” – Rev 1:11, 19, 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7,  3:14, 10:4, 14:13, 19:9, 21:5
Emphasis on “Written” words of Revelation Rev 1:3, 22:18-19,
“Written” “Scroll” in heaven Rev 5:1,
“Written,” “Book” & “Books” in heaven opened Rev 20:12,
“Write” “New Names” Rev 2:17, “Name of My God,” “Name of the City of My God” & “My own New Name” Rev 3:12, “His Father’s Name Written on their foreheads” Rev 14:1, Harlot’s name “forehead” Rev 7:5,
“He has a Name Written that no one know but Himself” Rev 19:12,
“On His robe & thigh He has a name written” Rev 19:16, “Written” “Lambs Book of Life” Rev 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 21:27)


20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand,
(“7 stars” Rev 1:16, 1:20, 2:1, 3:1)
and the seven golden lampstands,
(“Lampstands” Rev 1:12, 13, 20, 2:1, 5, 11:4)
the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches,
(“Seven” in Revelation hepta Strongs G2033,  Rev 1:4, 11-12, 16, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 4:5, 5:1, 5-6, 6:1, 8:2, 6, 10:3-4, 11:13, 12:3, 13:1, 15:1, 6-8, 16:1, 17:1, 3, 7, 9-11, 21:9)
(“angle” appears 64 times in Revelation, aggelos Strongs G32, Rev 1:1, 2, 20, 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 5, 7, 14, 5:2, 11, 7:1-2, 11, 8:2-13, 9:1, 11, 13-15, 10:1-10, 11:15, 12:7, 9, 14:6-10, 15-19, 15:1, 6-8)
(Angel or Angels appears 294 times in the Bible, Heb 1:6-7, 14, Heb 2:2, Rev 14:6-12, Exo 3:2, 14:19, 23:20-23, 32:34, 33:2, 2 Kin 6:17)

and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
(Location of “7 Churches” in Revelation – Rev 1:4, 11, 20, 2:1, 7, 8, 11,12, 17, 18, 23, 29, 3:1, 6, 7, 13,14, 22, 22:16)

Christ’s Personal Description in Revelation Chapter 1!


Revelation Starts the way it Concludes Comparison!

Revelation Starts the way it Concludes Comparison!

➥ How Important are God’s REPEATED words in the Opening & Concluding Words of Revelation?
If God opens and closes the Book of Revelation the Same way, we should probably pay more than usual attention!

There are over 30 REPEATED words, phrases and/or instructions at the Beginning and End of Revelation.

➥ This Chart is designed to visually see these similarities, REPEATED words and phrases that God EMPHASIZES comparing Revelation 1:1-11 with 22:6-21.
The ending of Revelation REINFORCES what was said in the beginning.
Revelation begins and ends in REPETITION and the content of the book confirms the Repeated Words!

As Revelation REPEATS in the opening and concluding words:
May you be “BLESSED,” READING, HEARING & KEEPING the words of this prophesy!
Rev 1:3, 22:7, 9


Rev Ch 1:5-6, “Kingdom” of “Priests”


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14 Comments

  1. Eminah uriah Ikaebinyu says:

    What is the meaning of the white Garment and white candle ?

  2. The Bible is God’s words for us. When our Lord mentions that He saves those who are born-again, He meant every word of it. He is not a man that He should lie. The promises and declarations are clearly there to assure us that the salvation He offers is an eternal salvation, and does not depend upon our “feelings”, or “situations”. John 3:16 if quite famous, in it He said to us… “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”.
    Did our Lord mean what He said? Sure! Once He says something, it will be forever. Thus He also said that “Heaven and earth would pass away but my word shall not pass away.”.
    Combing just these 2 verses would cement the deal, and those who truly have been born again need not fear of death, as Jesus never once lied.
    So once you are truly saved, you become a part of His Body, the Church, and no one can take you of of His body (John 10:28-30). He means what He says, and there is no denying that even during His brief stay on earth, He never sinned nor lie. His word is true. John 6:63.

    Hope this eliminates your concerns about salvation – it’s just concerning that some people doubt what God stated.

    1. Amen!
      Define born again please so one’s will understand and follow through what needed to be done to be saved.

  3. Junior-chilekwa says:

    Very-interesting-topic-GOD-bless,you

  4. Corrie van wyk says:

    I have just started this study now, what I see so far is the idea of once saved always saved is a mith, because 5 churches, not sinners are destroyed

    1. You are quite right. We can lose our call if we do not strive to make it permanent. Both Paul and Peter say this in their teaching. They use words like; run as to win, make you election permanent, the Devil is seeking souls to devour so keep strong in you faith. None of this would be necessary if we could not be pulled away and lose our salvation. We have to have a living faith, one that we guard and Work on. Faith is a gift, but it we fail to use it, to exercise is, to pray for it, to avoid temptation, to confess our sins, and to carry on the work of mercy Christ called us to do, then we can be lost.

    2. God is not a man that He should lie. When He says and commits that we shall never perish (John 10:28-3)) and that no one shall pluck us out of His Hands, I barely can absorb immutable promises of God. If God changes His thoughts and His ways, how can we trust Him, if we even doubt His Words. (John 6:63). He never sinned, He never lied, He died for you and me (for the entire world), and His truth is absolute regardless of people’s feelings and orientations. That is the God whom we serve. Unwavering, immutable in all His declarations. If being saved forever is offensive to you, what can of salvation is that – based on our feelings our salvation will perish? That’s not the true God. Remember in the book of Hebrews it also says He is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is absolutely no reason to doubt God. If we doubt Him, what assurance do we have that what He says is true? The burden of proof is not on God but on embracing God’s immutable (unchanging words).

      It would be folly to believe “saved today”, “lost tomorrow”, and “hope to die on the right day”. That is not God. That is mere men playing Russian Roulette with their sould and eternal destiny. Imagine if what God says is not true? Where would we end up after death? If we reason as men, then there is no hope at all.

      If only in this life we have hope, we are of all men most miserable (look it up 1 Corinthians)

      God said it.
      I believe it.
      That settles it.

      For who am I, a sinner saved by grace, to question and to disbelieve what Jesus our Lord has done for us? Can anyone on his own merit guarantee that he can save himself? Hebrews 9:27 “as it is appointed for men once to die, then after that the judgment”. Where will you be when the certainty of that scenario of death appears before you? What can you hold on to? Only God’s words taken and believed as-is guarantees the sinner the sure promises of God.

      Cheers! Open our eyes to the immutable words of God.

      1. God Said It (that’s it no need for the rest of other 2 lines )

  5. I always set my heart when reading the book of REVELATIONS. I FEEL THE DIRECT PRESENCES OF GOD.

  6. nancy griffith-biglake says:

    would love to print this out to our deaf firends for our bible study this was a perfect sample for them to understand also can print to bring home to study more

  7. Anonymous says:

    Revelation is difficult to understand.
    What makes it complex is z miracle work and power given to z serpent.

    1. JAIYEOLA TITILOPE says:

      THE WILL OF GOD ALMIGHTY HIMSELF BE DONE IN MY LIFE IN JESUS MIGHTY NAME AMEN

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