Revelation 1: 4-11….more on answering who….
Much of the New Testament was written in the form of letters to the early churches. Revelation is also a letter written by John to 7 churches.
Have you ever wondered why only 7 specific churches? In scripture, the number 7 signifies a complete righteous fulfillment. The primary foundation of this pattern is God creating everything and resting on the 7th day…for righteous completion.
Have you ever wondered why these specific 7 churches? At the time John wrote Revelation there were many more than these 7 churches. John himself was a head apostle in Ephesus. Think of all the other letters written to New Testament churches…Galatians, Philippians, Colossians, Corinthians, Romans, and Thessalonians. And there were many more churches that these letters were circulated to. Yet, we find in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, that this letter of Revelation is directed to 7 churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. I believe it is because these 7 churches are the specific ones dealing with all the same major issues with which all churches during the church age will need to deal. We will be getting to that soon.
Who is the letter really from?
Creator Father….who exists forever, continually existed in the past, and who comes in the future, who sits on the throne with the 7 spirits before Him.
Yeshua Jesus…..Yeshua being His untranslated name….who is faithful and trustworthy witness, firstborn of the dead, King of King, who loves us, frees us, cleanses us in His blood, forms us to be His kingdom priests (you can check out some of the posts on Exodus to study this more), the One whose is the glory, power, majesty, and dominion forever, the One who will come again to defeat evil and reign in righteousness.
God is the beginning and the end. He is the Almighty Ruler of all. He is before the beginning in Genesis, through the end in Revelation, and forever beyond is Almighty Ruler of all. And He is always righteousness and truth without change. Those are some qualifications! It would be of extremely high importance that we listen and give good attention to His words.
Just imagine to hear Him speak! To John it sounds like a loud trumpet. For the Hebrew, the loud trumpet was used to signal all the people in the area, in camp. It could be an alarm for danger. It could be the announcement of the opening of a holy feast appointment time to the Lord. It could be announcing a new king or triumph at war. It got people’s attention! Remember, for the Hebrew who knew prophecy, they also knew that their Messiah was coming at the sound of the last trumpet! This loud trumpet announcement is for our Savior Yeshua Jesus, to present His entrance. It is to reveal Him, to present our eternal King, to prepare us for His defeat of the enemy, and to prepare us for His wedding feast!
Hallelujah! I am so excited to see Him!