Understanding Revelation

There probably has never been any book more misrepresented than the Bible book of Revelations. To the casual reader it is a very mysterious book – yet, inspite of its mysterious nature, it still clearly conveys a profound sense of importance and urgent warning! Sadly, many have sought to take advantage of its “mysterious” nature to leverage it to their own advantage by drawing attention to themselves and by making much money off of people’s curiosities and fears.

Magnifying GlassAlthough it is a book of many deep spiritual meanings, the Lord Jesus Christ intended it to be received and understood by all – just as he has intended for all to be able to forsake their sins and be saved. The first step to receiving the message is to have a humble and a broken spirit. No matter how much one studies, the intelectually self-righteous will never get it. The stuburnly self-willed will never come close to its real meaning. And the religious, yet still sinful heart, is extremely far from any kind of comprehension.

Jesus said “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” (Luke 10:21-22)

Clearly it is Jesus’ revelation. You must get it from him, and you don’t approach him for understanding just any way you want to!

In the very first verse of Revelations, Jesus tells his servant to deliver the message to His servants. It is only addressed to those with a heart of a servant. Do you comprehend what it means to be a servant? Don’t be so quick to answer this question – it is something you must experience and live to understand. Few in this day and age really know what it means to be wholly owned by someone else, and to do the bidding of your master first, before your own. And to take this further, to be a servant of Christ is to be a servant from a loving, willing, and obedient heart.

But don’t be discouraged if you are not yet his faithful servant. Over 25 years ago, I too was living for myself, although I was religious. But my heart was honestly seeking in the humblest way that I knew how, so Jesus had mercy on me and revealed enough of his great love to me that I might turn completely away from my ways and ask forgiveness. This is the first step towards “The Revelation of Jesus Christ!”

9 responses to “Understanding Revelation

  1. Praise the Lord;

    I had a dream about the bright and shinning light, so I began to search for the meaning, and I found this website and you gave me understanding.

    I thank God for you. Keep up the good work.

  2. Anne, thank you for your sincere question,

    In our day and age we have trouble understanding what a Bible servant is, because the term was used in the context of what a servant meant back 2000 years ago. As stated in this page, servants in general back then (not speaking of Christian ones necessarily) were people who were wholly owned by someone else. And yet Jesus was looking for something “deeper” in his servants:

    “But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:7-10)

    Servants were expected to do certain things; yet Jesus wanted more than what was commanded. What might that be? He wants what we do for him – to be because we love him, not because we have to or feel obligated to.

    Now with that said, we should feel obligated to obey the Word of God, the Bible, because he gave that to us so we could know his will – and true salvation is what will save and set us free from sin. But there are still those who do only what they feel is required, and yet they will do nothing further in sacrificial love. If someone else needed help, encouragement, mercy – if it was not directly their responsibility, not their family, not of their culture or neighborhood, they would not help when it was truly needed. Their heart could not be moved to reach out to a lost soul to witness of Jesus Christ’s power to save from sin, unless it was convenient or socially accepted by others.

    Jesus’ love reached beyond: family, culture, status, what people expected, even what people deserved. Jesus did not just give handouts – he personally provided himself in teaching and living before us the way of holiness, obedience, and faithful love and devotion. Ultimately he give his life for us.

    This answer really is not enough, but you can find more of the same in the Bible Study Blog that we post to regularly at:
    http://www.churchofgodcarmichael.org/mature-adult/mature-adult-class-blog.html

    There are many thoughts brought right along these lines that I believe would help you in your desire to be a true servant of the Lord. May the Lord continue to bless you in this endeavor!

  3. Wow! This network is great.
    About being a servant. I always asked the Lord that I want to serve Him. He’s done a lot with me. Saved me, healed me, changed my character, made me stronger. Being His servant is not easy. It means not an easy life. But then His life was not easy either. Now He tells me He has to test me more to be stronger before He can use me in His Kingdom. Not that I have to wait till He actually places me there where He wants me. I experience He puts me in places where He teaches me to become the servant He wants me to be. I think You never stop changing. He always teaches you. And sometimes it’s hard. Like today I’ve done what I wanted to do and didn’t asked Him if it was His will. But than the Holy Spirit calls me back and reminds me of what I’ve done. I feel bad and feel like I’ve failed but when I’m back on the road again with my Lord I’m happy the Holy Spirit did pull me back. I repent and ask for forgiveness and He forgives me. Isn’t that true love. Love the world doesn’t know. How can we not want to live for Him Who gave His life for us? If we are faithful He’s always faithful. It’s all about Him.

  4. Lily thank you for your thoughts. I am not fully sure of what all you were referring to when you say “I feel bad and feel like I’ve failed but when I’m back on the road again with my Lord I’m happy the Holy Spirit did pull me back.” But your words remind me of when Jesus said to his disciples shortly before he was to be crucified:

    “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:15-17)

    Did you notice what he said to them concerning the Holy Ghost? “…but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” There is a time in our walk with the Lord where He is with us, but the Spirit of God desires to be more than just “with us.” He wants to be “in us”, but what does that really mean? It means we must completely yield our selves to him for good! Nothing “part-time” or “most of the time” about it. You see to say “I want the Holy Ghost” is not a concept, it is desiring the very nature of the Holy Ghost which is a holy and pure nature, and is a nature to not do his own will, but that of the Father, and to glorify the Son. This is the nature of the Holy Ghost:

    “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:13-14)

    If we really want the Holy Ghost in us, we really want his nature to rule in us, so we will “…not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak… …He shall glorify me”. This is what will rule in our hearts, when the Holy Ghost rules in our hearts. If he cannot rule there, he will not come into there. The battle for this “rule” in our hearts is much of what the battles in Revelation are all about. It is a battle for the throne of our hearts – who will get it? Jesus, or the devil.

  5. hola, espero me ayude, porque dios le dio la revelacion a jesucristo.
    estoy tomando unas clases de biblia y tengo poco de haber aceptado a jesus. gracias de antemano y bendiciones , para usted.

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