Jesus Is The Author Of The Book Of Revelation
By David J. Stewart
Jesus is the Author of the entire Bible. John 1:1-3 teaches that the Lord was in the beginning with the Word and is the Word. The Word became incarnate in the flesh (John 1:14). The following helpful words concerning the book of Revelation are from Dr. Oliver B. Greene (1915-1976)...
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:
2. Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
This book is not the book of “Revelations” (plural). It is not “the Revelation of St. John the Divine.” The word “Revelation” is singular - and as the first verse clearly declares, this book is “the REVELATION OF Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him.”
In this interesting and only prophetic book of the New Testament, the Lord Jesus is unveiled. The future is made known in a series of visions, beheld by John the Beloved who was on the Isle of Patmos. John saw in the Spirit things that will happen literally. In Revelation we will see light and darkness . . . righteousness and unrighteousness . . . good and evil opposing each other. We will also see Jehovah God, the Lamb Christ Jesus, and Satan. We will see men - saved and unsaved. We will study angels - holy and unholy. We will witness the greatest blood bath and the greatest fire this earth or any planet will ever know.
As we study the book of Revelation, the scenes will change - from time to eternity, from Heaven to earth, from the earth to the lake of fire, from the river of blood (200 miles long, 6 feet deep and ten miles wide) to the appearing of myriads of millions of white horses with their riders in the sky! (Revelation 19:11-16). Yes, the veil is rolled back. The result? God is victorious. The
millennium and the eternal glories of Christ shine forth in Revelation in undying beauty and splendor found no other place in Holy Scripture. At the consummation of all things - when all things are made new - then will be the complete fulfillment of the words of the prophet, “He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11a).
As we move toward the end of the book, we will witness a new Heaven and a new earth (chapters 21 and 22) and we will see the righteous and holy abiding in their eternal dwelling places. As we near the end of the book (chapters 20:10 and 21:8) we will witness the horrible lake of fire and those who will spend eternity in this terrible place of torment.
“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” (Revelation 1:1).
The very first words in the book of Revelation clearly reveal to us that these twenty-two chapters contain “the Revelation of Jesus Christ”; that this revelation was given BY God, and that it was given for the purpose of showing unto God’s servants (bond-slaves) things which “must shortly come to pass.” God’s angel appeared and spoke to John the Beloved, making the Revelation known to him.
It is not just a revelation - or the unveiling - of the person of Christ, although in the book we see His high priestly, kingly glory; but the greater portion of it is given over to the unveiling of those events which will precede and accompany the return of the Lord Jesus to this earth.
This truth is clearly seen from the fact that the Revelation was given to Jesus Christ by God the Father to show unto His servants “things which must shortly come to pass.” Just before His death, Jesus was asked by His disciples, “When shall these things be?” (referring to things Jesus had declared would come to pass - Mark 13:1-3). He replied, “Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in
Heaven, neither the Son (the Greek word used here for neither literally means not yet), but the Father.”
After the ascension of Jesus, He received from the Heavenly Father the information the disciples had asked for. And before the close of the first century of the Church, while at least one of the disciples (John the Beloved) was still living, God sent an angel to make known to John (and through him to the churches in Asia) the information that is unveiled in this great prophetic book of Revelation. Therefore, we see that the Scriptures would be incomplete without this book - without the unveiling of the Lord Jesus and the events that will occur before and during His return to the earth.
Perhaps someone is asking, “Why did the Holy Spirit say, ‘Things which must shortly come to pass,’ since it has already been more than 1900 years since the words were spoken?” II Peter 3:8 answers that question: “. . . Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
We must remember that we are dealing with The Lord God, and even though time may seem long to us, it has only been a little over two days (according to God’s great Time Clock of prophecy) since these words were uttered. Therefore, to those of us who are spiritually minded, who compare spiritual things with spiritual, it has not been a long time. It has only been two days. It is true that John the Beloved is the writer of the book of Revelation, but he is not the author.
The Author of Revelation is the Lord Jesus, Himself. The Apostle John was the scribe . . . the holy man to whom God spoke these words. It seems that the Holy Spirit desires to make this known clearly and unmistakably. Revelation 1:1 and Revelation 22:8 clearly declare that the revelation came from God Almighty-not from man.SOURCE: Revelation of JESUS CHRIST by Oliver B. Greene - 1963
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