VERSES I-3: The REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST, which God gave unto him, TO SHEW UNTO HIS SERVANTS things which must shortly come to pass; 2 Who bare RECORD OF THE WORD OF GOD, and of the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST, and of all THINGS HE SAW. 3 Blessed is he that READETH, and they that HEAR the WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY, and KEEP those things which are written therein: for the TIME IS AT HAND.
VERSE 1: You and I are BOND-SERVANTS of Christ, after we accepted His offer of SALVATION, for “YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE; be not ye the servants of men” [1 Corinthians 7:22-23] We are bought with His BLOOD; no longer to live for ourselves but as “… good STEWARDS of the MANIFOLD GRACE of God” [1 Peter 4:10] Those who heard Him while He was in the FLESH, passed to us as much as they could take of His TEACHINGS and MYSTERIES of His Kingdom, but not all, as it is written: “I HAVE YET MANY THINGS TO SAY unto you, but YE CANNOT BEAR THEM NOW. Howbeit when he, the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, is come, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” [John 16:12-13] The SPIRIT OF TRUTH is the HOLY GHOST, which is Christ in us, fulfilling the promise in John 16:16 [Romans 8:9] If Peter and others struggled with the MESSAGE of Jesus Christ while He was here, imagine how difficult it would be to UNDERSTAND the CAPSTONE MESSAGE from the throne without the SPIRIT OF TRUTH, therefore, “… REPENT, and be BAPTIZED every one of you IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins, and ye shall RECEIVE the GIFT of the HOLY GHOST” [Acts 2:38]
VERSE 1b:This BOOK is the final disclosure of Christ to His SERVANTS and “… he sent and SIGNIFIED it BY HIS ANGEL unto HIS SERVANT JOHN” [Revelation 1:1] His ANGEL was in Egypt to bring Israel to the Promised Land, “For MINE ANGEL SHALL GO BEFORE THEE, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off” [Exodus 23:23] His ANGEL was in the PILLAR OF CLOUD by day and in the FIRE by night to GUIDE Israel through the wilderness, and Israel “… did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that SPIRITUAL ROCK that followed them: and THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST” [1 Corinthians 10:4] The same ROCK is manifest in the midst of the seven golden CANDLESTICKS [Revelation 1:13] He abides with those who FEAR Him, to SIGNIFY the “THINGS WHICH MUST SHORTLY COME TO PASS” and GUIDE the BRIDE into His REST [Hebrews 4:9-11] The ANGEL of the Lord spoke to “… Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…”, and shall do same with you, if you will turn to Christ with all your heart and TREMBLE at His WORD. He will SIGNIFY the MESSAGE of this BOOK to you by REVELATION, as no man can do, and the SPIRIT OF CHRIST in you will give you UNDERSTANDING, ”For I NEITHER RECEIVED IT OF MAN, NEITHER WAS I TAUGHT it, but BY REVELATION of Jesus Christ” [Galatians 1:12]
VERSE 2: In John, we have the profile of the faithful SERVANT to who the ANGEL of the Lord shall come and SIGNIFY the MYSTERIES of this BOOK. John TESTIFIED of the TRUTH, as it is written: “IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD” [John 1:1] Down the line, in John 1:14, he settled the IDENTITY of God in Jesus Christ as the WORD made FLESH and bore witness of “THAT WHICH WAS FROM THE BEGINNING, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN with our eyes, which we have LOOKED UPON, and our hands have HANDLED, of the Word of life” [1 John 1:1] It is not enough to HEAR the gospel, we must SEEK Him, not in the FLESH but in the SPIRIT, setting our EYES and AFFECTIONS on Him to be like Him, “… not walking in craftiness, nor HANDLING the WORD of God DECEITFULLY; but BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MAN’S CONSCIENCE in the SIGHT of God” [2 Corinthians 4:2 & Hebrews 12:2] If we live in the TRUTH in the SIGHT of men and God, we are living TESTIMONIES of Jesus Christ; His ANGEL shall come and SIGNIFY to us the PROPHECIES of this BOOK, “… for the TESTIMONY of Jesus is the SPIRIT OF PROPHECY” [Revelation 19:10]
VERSE 3: The BOOK OF REVELATION is the hidden WISDOM of God and our PATHFINDER in the last chapters of TIME. It is a BOOK of PROPHECIES and must be READ with UNDERSTANDING to WALK and WORK in the LIGHT of TRUTH, “… for the NIGHT COMETH, when NO MAN CAN WORK” [John 9:4] We have a duty to READ and PREACH the PROPHECIES in the BOOK OF REVELATION to the HEARING of all men. We are as John, sent as WATCHMEN to WARN the SINNER and PREPARE the SAINT, “But if the WATCHMAN SEE THE SWORD COME, and BLOW NOT THE TRUMPET, and the PEOPLE ARE NOT WARNED; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but HIS BLOOD WILL I REQUIRE AT THE WATCHMAN’S HAND” [Ezekiel 33:6] I charge both READER and HEARER to KEEP the PROPHECIES of this BOOK with WATCHING and PRAYER, for the “TIME IS AT HAND” when we shall be “BLESSED”, as it is written: “And, behold, I COME QUICKLY; and MY REWARD IS WITH ME, TO GIVE EVERY MAN ACCORDING AS HIS WORK shall be” [Revelation 22:12]