Volume 20, Issue 1 _________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

The Revelation Revealed. . .Page 3

      This begs the obvious question, When did Jesus let all these things be made known? The New Testament was information divulged by the Holy Spirit through each of the disciples and apostles, each of which died prematurely. But none of their expositions were revelations from Jesus himself.

      And none of these Gospels were the Revelation of Daniel's sealed shut book, a book that God specified directly would be opened up at the "time of the end". (See Daniel 12:4,9)

      And he said, Go thy way Daniel; for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

      There was still information to be revealed, or unsealed, and that information could only be divulged by "One Worthy"!

      Lets now re-read Revelation 1:1

      Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

      Here, it is plainly stated that "The Revelation" is the revelation of; "Jesus Christ"!

      Here then is the rest of all those things that Jesus told his disciples that he could not reveal to them sixty three years earlier. The "many more things" that he had to share were now ready to be shared.

      Reading Revelation 1:1 expresses distinctly that the entire book of "The Revelation" had been heretofore cloaked in veiled mystery. There now was no further need for it to be mystifying.

      The word "Revelation", in the Greek text utilized is the word "Apocalypse". Apocalypse means simply to "unveil" or to reveal something previously veiled.

      Thus, "The Revelation" is the unveiling of Jesus' transcendent perspective of His imminent return!

      Now, for those who steadfastly assert that the one and only revealer "Jesus" doesn't know the time of his own return, lets read again Rev. 1:1:

      Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

      The Revelation of Jesus Christ was "given", to him by whom?

      Ah, yes; His Father "gave" it to him. What Jesus did not have availed to him back in his manifest earthly lifetime was now granted to him by his Father!

      "HALLELUJAH! I am so glad that the Father does not keep secrets from his own Son. Jesus and his Father are of course, one and the same; far be it from them to keep secrets from themselves. That wouldn’t make any sense now would it?

      What did Jesus do with "The Revelation"?

      As indicated in verse one; he sent and signified it by his angel unto His servant, "John". Hence in historical fact John was providentially protected to live long enough to record what we now know as "The Revelation".

      And what did John do then with all this revelation?

      He wrote it all down, baring a written record of the Word of God, and the "manifest testimony" of Jesus Christ, so that "we" today could read and be blessed by it.

      "We, the servants now have it". Hallelujah again!

      What was the purpose of this revelation? The intent of the Revelation was to reveal unto Jesus Christ’s servants all the things which would "shortly" come to pass.

      Verse three of the Revelation announced that from that point onward, that the "time of the end" had indeed at long last commenced. The Church has been the final testament to the world of the "manifestation" of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself has provided the Church with a glimpse of his return, his victory, and his reign; and accordingly has opened the sealed book of last events.

      Daniel, who had yearned to know the secrets concerning his visions of the world empires that he was granted the opportunity to prophesy about, simply because of his time slot in life during the 6th century before Christ; could not comprehend the long running course of history. It was futile for him to be able to comprehend, but it is not futile for Christians today!

      Daniel 12:4 But, thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end;

      Daniel had to continue on his way, live out his life in his era, but always contemplating in the back of his mind about the things which he had been shown, but never being able to grasp it.

      But once again notice; these things were destined to be opened at "the time of the end"!

      Now, lets go forward once again into The Revelation. In chapter 5 of the book of the Revelation, we catch a majestic glimpse of a scene in Heaven. Seated there upon a throne and posessing in his right hand a book; is God almighty!

      It is sealed! Sealed with seven seals.

      As the scene plays out, a great search is under way for someone that is worthy to open that book, and worthy to look inside of it.

      John begins to weep, because there couldn't anyone be found worthy to gaze on the inside of it. No doubt, John began to swell up inside with anxiety and a sense of consternation about the contents of the book. Daniel must have had similar feelings many centuries before.

      This is a sad scene. No one worthy to open the sealed book!

      But Revelation 5:5 ends the sadness and the mystery, for John is informed that there is no need to weep; because the Lion of the tribe of Judah hath prevailed to open up the book!

      In verse 8, Jesus walks up to God, his Father, who is seated on the throne and he takes the book from out of his Father's right hand! He opens the book! He, oh and He alone could "REVEAL" the contents.

      That is The Revelation! Jesus is the Revelator!

      Oh, how I marvel at that old analogy of the Bride yearning for the return of the Bridegroom. Jesus has gone back to his Father, and has prepared a place for his Bride. The Father has already given his seal of approval. Jesus is even now embarking forth from the portals of Heaven to steal away his Bride. He has sent her letters ( 7 churches ) spelling out every thing to expect in the meantime.

      Folks; Jesus is not waiting for his Father's signal to come back. He already has his Father's approval! He only tarries while the Bride is being completed!

      The Revelation is an unveiling, a disclosure, of the panorama of the glory of Jesus. He was observed in the Gospels as a sacrificial Lamb, the atoning price for fallen mankind. He was meek, lowly, humble, ever patient and loving; he suffered pain, humiliation, and death.

      Via The Revelation, we have the gospel of Christ's enthronement in glory, his association with the father upon the throne of universal dominion, his overruling providence among the nations, and of his coming again; in power and great glory!

      Let us join with the angels and the elders in song to the only one that is Worthy to open the book and look thereupon, and to convey "The Revelation"!

      Jesus is coming back, not as a lamb being led to the slaughter; but as a conquering King; the King of all Kings!

      The reason that Satan schemes to dilute the grand and majestic book of The Revelation, is because the open book reveals Satan's ultimate destiny. Lucifer is destined to be cast into the lake of fire where he will endure eternal torment. Satan would like nothing better than to deceive humanity into discounting or ignoring the revealed providence of Jesus worthy right to reign.

      Lastly, look at the command of Jesus to John in Revelation 22:10

      And he saith unto me, "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book"; for the time is at hand:

      The Revelation is open, it is forever "unsealed". No man can shut it. Though Satan tries to change it, and tries to distort it, it is forever settled!

      And, it was all foreordained, before the earth began because God so loved; and he so loved that he made his Son "manifest", to expedite his Love.

      And he has revealed all things that shall ever be!

Darrell G. Young

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