The Book of Revelation: Chapter 2 Part One
We have been discussing in the previous lessons that the Book of Revelation shows us how God does not add more to us to reveal Jesus, but removes more of "self" so that Christ is seen in us. The only way for "self" to be removed is to recognize the finished work done on Calvary. The Holy Spirit will reveal any hindrances to Christ Jesus being revealed in us. We must be taken to the cross, hung, acknowledge we are dead, and buried. Only then can Christ in you be resurrected. Most of us don't want to bury the old man, but instead, we want Him to be resurrected as a buddy for Jesus Christ. This is a place Christians get themselves in trouble because there are two minds trying to give instructions to the soul and flesh.
Calvary is not a process but a provision. This is not a book about an antichrist, but about the Day of the Lord being manifested. It is not about what God is going to do, but what HE has already done. We already have eternal life because we have the Son; however, that eternal life is not flowing out of us because we haven't crucified all of the old man in our thinking. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gives the disciples an example of how to pray to God. He had just finished telling them about loving your enemies and not giving recognition to self. Then, he tells the disciples to begin their prayer by calling God "FATHER." This took place before any of them knew about Calvary. For them to call God "FATHER" would mean they were sons, and sons were given the power and authority of the Father. Then Jesus goes on to say that when they pray, request for things in heaven to be manifested on the earth. "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
A custom of the people during this time was that a son in right relationship with his father could ask any requests as long as they were within the will of the father. He could also use the father's name with the father's full power and authority as the father's representative.
For Jesus to tell the disciples to pray using the endearment "FATHER" instead of the unspeakable name of "GOD" was blasphemy and punishable by death. By praying in this manner they were declaring themselves crucified so that the Kingdom of God would be manifested. Keep in mind they knew nothing of what Jesus would be going through at Calvary. The disciples were declaring the finished work before Calvary through prayer, and by faith in Jesus. Even though they didn't understand everything, they were willing to allow their prayers to crucify them to bring forth the Kingdom of God.
The golden candlesticks in chapter one, verse 13 illustrate that Jesus is to be uncovered in the church. When John writes to the seven churches to be over-comers, he is speaking of seven hindrances that the body of Christ needs to address so that the fullness of Jesus can be manifested. The number "7" is not meant to be a literal number, but an understanding of the perfection of God that is surrounded with unconditional love, mercy, and forgiveness.
The word "like" in this verse distinguishes what John is seeing of being more than just the man Jesus. In Isaiah 11:1 we read, "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:" The rod is the Tree of Life, or Jesus. The branches are the sons of God functioning with the mind of Christ with Jesus as head ruling and reigning with Him so that Christ is ALL in all.
In Rev. 1:19. John is told to write the things he had seen. This is not just while he was on the Isle of Patmos. Let us remember what John saw when Jesus walked the earth. He saw Jesus as a man. He saw supernatural miracles. He saw the Son of God in the flesh. He saw the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. John wrote the things that "are" (present truth) by the wisdom and revelation of the Holy Spirit given according to his relationship with Jesus, and his cultural viewpoint as a Jew. Throughout the book the things that "were" are designated with "seals." The things that "are" are designated with "trumpets." The things that "shall be" are designated with "vials." The vials illustrate a renewed mind. Today we are as the Babylonian woman with a confused mind that is referred to in Chapter 17. The seven bowls of blood are symbolically speaking of things that must be removed to bring salvation of the soul to walk in the finished work of Jesus Christ while in the flesh. The old mind is beheaded and the mind of Christ is resurrected in you. Again, this "7" is not a literal number, but symbolic of perfection.
In Revelation 20, the priest that is giving judgment is the self within being judged as referred to in John 12:31-32, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." Many times we read these scriptures with head knowledge, but it must also be poured into our soul so that life is given to our body and not just our spirit.
To be changed we must be challenged. You must see Christ as your new "self" with Jesus as the head (Gal. 2:20). You must see Jesus had become the man of sin. See that he died totality as us, and suffered the pains of hell. God removed and destroyed the first Adam (the self life).Now that we are His righteousness, we need to see our "self" (which is really His "self") seated with Him now. If we don't, we will always come short of the finished work.
Jesus as the Lamb of God can not be watered down! He is not just the sin offering of the Old Testament that covered sin without altering what was underneath. The finished work of the cross must be seen. Sin has been dealt with, removed, and destroyed 2000 years ago, and there is no more work for Jesus to finish! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that we are now new creatures in Christ. Gal. 2:20 tells us the old Adam was crucified, died, and was buried in a tomb over 2000 years ago. We are not just a forgiven sinner. God saw the finished work in us on the cross, and He is waiting for us to manifest this truth on the earth today so that the earth will be full of His glory. The glory of every
Father is His children.
The purpose of John's writing is to reveal the finished work of God that has already been declared in us. He has declared it as finished and is showing us the process of how it was accomplished in this book. Religion will tell us that this book is sealed till the end of time. In Revelation 22:10, Jesus told John NOT to seal up the book for the time is NOW.