The Annotated Book of Revelation: ch.4


The Book of Revelation is unique for presenting us a setting for the Salvation Plan of God. Often a reader of the Bible is likely to miss the overall picture while reading any other. The Old Testament is not complete without a clear exposition of divine Mercy and it can be only possible by the New Covenant,- and the blood of his Son is its key; neither is grace made manifest by Jesus complete, without understanding his position as God: being present from the beginning of Creation. The Father-Son interaction is presented in the Book as the glory that lit the holy city of God. For which we have the symbol of Urim and Thummim. The Book of Revelation can be understood as the Perfect Light of Core Will in which destiny of every man past present or future is found mention. Let us consider it in terms of Light. Will of the Father as the epistle of James would qualify is as the Father of lights. God, the Son is the light of the world (Jn.8:12) which brings all believers into the light of life. Greater light and lesser light presented in the creation account in Book of Genesis is not about the Jews or of the Gentiles but light of life covering the entire mankind. Naturally time is not as we know of it, but Time according the will of God ,- and it is upon of which the Book of Revelation is built up. Accordingly we discuss the seven churches, which are merely pegs from which life of all believers (regardless of the congregation to which they belong) find their place. There is no distinction between the Jews, Greeks, Barbarians or the gentiles. Symptomatic of these we shall find the Book ending with the Throne of God and of the Lamb(Re.22:1) to which we can find in the Book of Psalms an equivalent name ‘the House of God’ . For example consider the familiar ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ Psalm: “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever Ps.23:6b”. Dwelling in ‘the house of God’ is a privilege where Mercy of God and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is one. It is perfect light, which speaks of glory so bright that no sun is needed.
“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other(Ps.85:10).” In short the House bears comparison with the throne as the seven churches in Asia Minor with congregation of believers. Time needless to say is of God’s Time. In the ensuing chapters we shall explore the will of God concerning each of us.
Finally concerning the mode of inversion,-in the previous post we had discussed about the intimate supper for two between Christ and an overcomer. As with narrative mode we see inversion here. The hidden manna given to an overcomer is private whereas God giving manna the children of Israel in the wilderness was public. It was as public as the outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. It was given each according to his eating. Hidden manna similarly for edification of any overcomer.

(To be continued)

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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