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1 Revelation: Back to the Future Message #2 Revelation 1:4-8 A Sneak Preview of Coming Attractions I. The Prelude of the Revelation verses 4-5a John to the seven churches which are in Asia: 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 1. The Destination of the Letter Verse 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia Mentioned by name in verse 11 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 Smyma, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. Dealt with in detail in Revelation 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. A. They were REAL literally congregations B. These 7 Churches are representative of every Christian church that has ever existed. Every church has some of the characteristics that mark these early churches. C. The number 7 is the number of perfection and completeness 7 is a prominent number in our world i. 7 notes in a musical scale ii. 7 colors make up the light spectrum iii. 7 days in one week In Revelation the number 7 is mentioned 49 times x 7 For example: 7 churches - Revelation 1:4

2 7 spirits - Revelation 1:4 7 seven stars Revelation 1:16 7 seals Revelation 4:5 7 horns Revelation 5:6 7 eyes Revelation 6:6 7 trumpets Revelation 8:2 7 angels Revelation 8:2 7 thunders Revelation 10:3 7 heads Revelation 12:3 7 crowns Revelation 12:3 7 plagues Revelation 15:1 7 vails Revelation 17:1 7 mountains Revelation 17:9 7 kings Revelation 17:10 A small sample of what we ll see! 2. The Desire of the Letter The Desire of the Letter is Grace be unto you, and peace verse 4 3. The Deity of the Letter from in verse 4-5 Each time it appears it introduces another member of the Godhead 1. We see the Sovereign Father The Self- Existent One He never changes. 2. We see the Sufficient Spirit The Fullness and Perfection and Completeness of the spirit. Isaiah 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD 3. The Splendid Son Verse 5 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 from our sins in his own blood. 1. His Revelation The Faithful Witness

3 2. His Resurrection The First Begotten of the Dead - From the word prototype, Jesus sets the standard that the rest will eventually follow. - This does not mean He was the first One that got up, it means He is first in preeminence, in other words He set the standard. He IS the Prototype. He got up and stayed up! 3. His Royalty The Prince of the Kings of the Earth This establishes that Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. II. The Praise of the Revelation Verse 5b- 6 Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. John got caught up in Who Jesus Is, and offers a hymn of praise in verse 5b 1. He is Praised for His Loving Ministry Verse 5 Unto him that loved us John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

4 2. He is Praised for His Loosing Ministry Verse 5 and washed us from our sins in his own blood Washed means to cleanse. I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace 3. He is Praised for His Lifting Ministry And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father He refused to leave us like He found us. He lifts us out of our condition, and CHANGES us. We are kings and priests. As kings, the saints will reign with Jesus one day. 2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him As priests, we are given direct access to the throne. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Verse 6 hath made us He wants to make somebody out of YOU.

5 III. The Promise of The Revelation Verses 7-8 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. A. The Promise of A Coming One Verse 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. This event is not the Rapture, but His Revelation His Second Coming. 1. The Method of His Coming a. He Cometh with Clouds This is not the first time that Jesus clothed Himself with clouds. Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way He led Moses and the children of Israel through the wilderness in a Pillar of a Cloud Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. He descended back into Heaven riding a chariot of clouds. 2. The Manifestation of His Coming every eye shall see him verse 7 3. The Misery of His Coming a. He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. A. The Promise of a Concluding One Verse 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 1. The Lord s Announcement As Alpha and Omega, Jesus is the One Who knows ALL things. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the

6 last. The beginning and ending reminds us that He is the one that started the universe on its present course and is the One Who pilots it through its proper conclusion. He declares Himself to be the One Who is in Control. HE IS THE LORD. 2. The Lord s Authority Jesus also calls himself, which is and which was, and which shall be. He proclaims His Deity. As God, Jesus is the all- knowing, all- powerful One who transcends time and space. He has authority to do all the things He says will come to pass in the Book. He has that Authority! 3. The Lord s Ability He declares Himself to be the Almighty. The word means the One who hold sway over all things.

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