Chapter 41

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(Rev 1:1,2)  The Revelation [Gk: apokalupsis] of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent [Gk: to send out (prop. on a mission)] and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word [Gk: logos] of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ [i.e., the rhema of God], and of all things that he saw.

1.      revelation = Gk: disclosure:--appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed ///  to take off the cover, i.e. disclose:--reveal. [very much the rhema of God in logos apparel]

2.      (Rom 8:18,19)  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory [Gk: (as very apparent): dignity, honour, praise, worship] which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation [Gk: (in the sense of watching); intense anticipation] of the creature [Gk: the original formation: creation] waiteth for the manifestation [Gk: apokalupsis; revelation] of the sons [Gk: huios; mature sons] of God. [2 Thes 1:7 “revealed from heaven”,8 “in flaming fire”,10 “in his saints” “in all them”, 12 “glorified in you”]

3.      glory = Dict: 1. exalted praise, honor, or distinction, accorded by common consent: paths of glory. 2. something that makes honored or illustrious; a distinguished ornament; an object of pride. 3. adoring praise or thanksgiving: give glory to God. 4. resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of God. 5. state of splendor, magnificence, or greatest prosperity. 6. the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven. 7. a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ, a saint, etc.; a halo, nimbus, or aureola. 8. to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly.

a.      halo = Dict: an ideal glory investing an object viewed with feeling or sentiment.

b.      nimbus = Dict: a bright cloud anciently conceived as surrounding a deity.

c.      aureola, aureole = Dict: 1. a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage. 2. any encircling ring of light or color; a halo.


(Rev 1:3) Blessed [Gk: supremely blest; by extens. fortunate, well off: happy, happier] is he that readeth, and they that hear [Gk: to hear (in various senses): give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears of), understand] the words of this prophecy [Gk: prediction], and keep [Gk: to guard (from loss or injury, prop. by keeping the eye upon] those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

1.      (Gen 2:15)  And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

a.      to dress it = Heb: to serve, till, worship.

b.      to keep it = Heb: to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e. guard; gen. to protect, attend to, etc.: take heed (to self), keep (self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), watch (-man).


(Rev 1:4-6)  John to the seven churches which are in Asia [modern Turkey]: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us [Gk: to bathe (the whole person)] from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests [Rev 5:10] unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


(Rev 1:7,8)  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him [the unsaved descendents of the Jews who pierced him; also referring to current unbelievers]: and all [the remaining unsaved] kindreds of the earth shall wail [Gk: beat the breast in grief: lament, mourn] because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega [the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet], the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

1.      (Mat 24:29,30)  Immediately after the [great] tribulation [the fifth seal of Rev 6] of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken [i.e., the announcement of the sixth seal]: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the [unsaved] tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

(Rev 1:9-11)  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation [for the past 2,000 years], and in the kingdom [of God] and patience [the needful endurance of Christians in suffering] of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God [the logos], and for the testimony of Jesus Christ [the rhema] [together, the twoedged sword of the Lord]. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day [Sunday], and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

1.      Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: “Patmos” = is a small rocky island about ten miles long and six miles wide off the southwest coast of Turkey to which the apostle John was banished and where he wrote the book of Revelation. Because of its desolate and barren nature, Patmos was used by the Romans as a place to banish criminals who were forced to work at hard labor in the mines and quarries of the island. Early Christian tradition says that John was there in exile for 18 months.


(Rev 1:12-16)  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 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 [Gk: breasts] [pectorals] with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass [biblically, the metal symbolic of pure and perfect judgment], as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword [the word of God: “logos” Heb 4:12; “rhema” Eph 6:17]: and his countenance [Gk: appearance] was as the sun shineth in his strength [Gk: force; spec. miraculous power: might, power, mighty (wonderful) work].

1.      (Exo 3:1-6)  Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside [Heb: the hind part] of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb [Heb: desolate] [Mount Sinai]. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

2.      (Isa 48:10)  Behold, I have refined thee [Heb: melted, purified, purged away], but not with [“as” Amplified Bible] silver; I have chosen thee [John 15:16,19] in the furnace of affliction [what other metal does God desire and therefore refine?].


(Rev 1:17-20)  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels [Gk: messengers] of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.