Friday, 24 February 2012
Revelations 1: Greetings to the 7 Churches
Greetings to the 7 Churches (Rev 1: 4-8)
Rev 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 that are before his throne;
Die 7 churches are named in Rev 1:11, also more fully described in Rev: 2-3
The figure Seven in Scripture indicates perfection and absoluteness. Also see: http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/7.html
The 7 churches would represent the entire church age and the specific churches named represent thus the comprehensive condition of the entire church as well as the church timelines that would follow during the church history.
The greeting from the 7 Spirits refers to a qualitative aspect and as such refers to the 7 attributes of the Holy Spirit.
Isa 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the LORD.
Jesus Christ is the Faithful Witness, has risen from the dead, is the Prince of all kings on earth, as well as the King of all kings, loves us, has washed us from our sins and has made us Kings and Priests for God.
Rev 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loveth us, and loosed us from our sins by his blood; (6) and he made us to be a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Verse 7 is the theme of Revelations; the second coming of Jesus Christ as comfort for the churches!
Rev 1:7 Look! He is coming in the clouds. Every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen.
GOD the Father is called the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 1:8; 21:6), and this name is also applicable to the Son of GOD (Rev 1:11; 22:13)
GOD, the Almighty, whom can do everything; He reigns over all things and He regulates the flow of history. He will bring to fulfillment all that is written in Revelations.
Rev 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
Rights (C) 2011 Raymond D Lombard