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Christ`s Signature.

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by Marilyn C, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Marilyn C

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    FINAL WORDS

    The Prophecy – Faithful & True.


    At the conclusion of the revelation of Jesus, the angel tells John that the prophecy is faithful & true & that the unfolding of these things will shortly begin to take place. This would be from the building of the Body of Christ through to the New Jerusalem.


    `Then he said to me, “These words are faithful & true,”
    And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show his servants
    the things which must shortly take place.`


    (Rev. 22: 6)


    The Lord then declares that when He comes it will be quickly, suddenly, & by surprise.


    “Behold, I am coming quickly!
    Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

    (Rev. 22: 7)

    Quickly – Gk. `tachu,` meaning shortly, without delay, by surprise, suddenly.


    John is awestruck by the visions & was about to worship the angel, but the angel told him that he was also a servant & to worship only God.

    `Now I, John, saw & heard these things. And when I heard & saw,
    I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things,
    Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that.
    For I am your fellow servant, & of your brethren the prophets,
    & of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
    (Rev. 22: 8 & 9)



    The angel then says that the time for the unfolding of the prophecy is to begin & that judgment is coming for the righteous & the unrighteous.

    `And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book,
    for the time is at hand.
    “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy,
    let him be filthy still; he who is righteous,
    let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
    (Rev. 22: 10 & 11)



    The Lord again declares that when He comes it will be suddenly & a surprise, but that He after the judgment will come the rewards, each according to his deeds.


    `And behold, I am coming quickly, & My reward is with Me,
    to give to everyone according to his work.`
    (Rev. 22: 12)
     
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  2. Marilyn C

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    Christ`s Signature.

    The Lord Jesus Christ, the sovereign ruler of the universe, the King of kings & Lord of lords, supreme above every power & authority finally signs His signature, just - Jesus. All the titles do not change the meek & humble heart of our Saviour, Jesus.
    ` I, Jesus....` (Rev. 22: 16)


    Then the Lord Jesus makes His final profound declarations of who He is. These words are inclusive of everything, everywhere & eternally, giving the whole range of revelation, creation & mediation of our Lord.

    “I am the Alpha & Omega, the Beginning & the End, the first & the Last.”
    (Rev. 22: 13)



    I am the Alpha & Omega: the subject of Revelation.

    These words, `Alpha & Omega,` constitute the initial & final letters of the alphabet of New Testament revelation. With regards to our Lord He is the Reservoir of all wisdom & knowledge, & the Source & Author of all revealed truth.

    The alphabet never grows old & never wears out & is the key to all literature, just as Christ is the fullness of all Revelation, for He is the Word of God. He is the Subject of the Bible,& the Centre of the Divine purpose. He is the fullness of abiding peace, & the Crown of revelation.


    I am the Beginning & the End: the Source of Creation.


    Christ is the beginning & the End as the Creator & Upholder of all things. His will directs all the laws of the universe according to His determinate counsel. He is the mighty architect of Creation & constellations & the Designer & Destiny of everything visible & invisible.



    I am the First & the Last: the Surety of Redemption.


    As the First & Last, Christ precedes & succeeds all other leaders, rulers & teachers of every age & in every realm. The honours of His name as a mediator soar loftily above all other titles & the holiness of His character is the personal quality which is establishes His sceptre forever.



     
  3. Marilyn C

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    Christ the Architect.

    This is the Lord`s last reference to His own majestic personality. He uses three figures of speech which signify His authorship, leadership & governorship in relation to the New Jerusalem.


    “I am the Root & the offspring of David,
    the bright & Morning Star.”
    (Rev. 22: 16)



    I am the Root of David: Deity.


    This title depicts Christ as being the originator of David`s life for behind David`s ancestry, authority & ability stands the Almighty One, Jesus Christ the Lord. Moreover Christ the Shepherd-Saviour is the supreme Sovereign, the very King of kings & Lord of lords who planned & directed David`s royal line.



    I am the Offspring of David: Royal.


    Christ came in His humanity as the Son of David, from the tribe of Judah. He was from the seed & house of David, the city & tabernacle of David, the throne & kingdom of David. These all show the vital link in David`s lineage for Christ to be the rightful king, as David`s offspring.



    I am the Bright & Morning Star: Prince.


    Christ is referred to as the Star that shall come out of Jacob. (Num. 24: 17)

    Star – Heb. `kowkab,` meaning a star, shining, & fig. a prince.

    Thus Christ in His celestial supremacy as Star of the morning is the supreme Prince & Ruler. He soars above the bravest of Israel`s kings & towers in dignity & dominion far beyond the renown of David`s royalty.

    `Messiah the Prince...` (Dan. 9: 25)

    Prince – Heb. `nagid,` a commander, leader, governor,



    These titles show clearly that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who planned this city of David, the New Jerusalem. He is the architect & builder. He is the One who has the right to rule there
    as its Prince – the supreme ruler & governor.


    ` the city which has foundations, whose architect & builder is God.`
    (Heb. 11: 10 Rhm - Rotherham)
     
  4. Marilyn C

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    Christ`s Invitation.

    Those who obey God`s commandments are the blessed ones who may enter the new Jerusalem & receive of eternal life through Jesus. But those who are evil cannot enter.


    `Blessed are those who do His commandments,
    that they may have the right to the tree of life,
    & may enter through the gates into the city.

    But outside are dogs & sorcerers & sexually immoral & murderers
    & idolaters & whoever loves & practises a lie.`
    (Rev. 22: 14 & 15)



    The Holy Spirit & those of the New Jerusalem (the bride) invite those who are desiring
    eternal life, to come & `drink,` of the water of life – Christ`s life in the New Jerusalem.



    ` And the Spirit & the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say,
    “Come!” And let him who thirsts come.
    And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.`
    (Rev. 22: 17)




    However there are warnings given to not add or take away from what God has written in His prophecy in Revelation.


    `For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book:
    If anyone adds to these things,
    God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
    & if anyone takes away from the words of this prophecy,
    God shall take away his part from the book of life, from the holy city,
    & from the things which are written in this book.`
    (Rev. 22: 18 & 19)




    Finally the Lord Jesus declares again that when He comes it will be suddenly. The Apostle John replies, “even so, come, Lord Jesus”. May that be our prayer also.


    `He who testifies to these things says
    “ surely I am coming quickly!”
    Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.’
    (Rev. 22: 20 & 21)






     
  5. Marilyn C

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    I would like to thank every one who has read these comments on the book of revelation. It was much appreciated to see that so many were reading and together learning more about the Lord and His great purposes. May we continue to grow more like Him and give Him the glory.

    Blessings, Marilyn.
     
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