Finally! I’ve completed my reading of The New Testament: As It Was Written (reading through the New Testament in the order of which the books and epistles were written, approximately). Here are my notes for Revelation:
Ch. 1 – How long is shortly (v. 1)? Does that mean it will happen soon or will happen quickly?
Does reading Revelation out loud bring blessing to only the orator or must a hearer be present (v. 3)? Perhaps to claim this blessing, we (believers) should read Revelation to each other AND commit to keep that which is written in it.
What does it mean to have pierced Jesus (v. 7)? That obviously doesn’t just mean the soldiers who crucified him. Who, then, are those who pierced him, and is the piercing spiritual or physical?
What does the “sound” of the Word – the voice of Jesus – sound like (v. 15)? That is, what is the sound of many waters?
Chs. 2 & 3 – The Manly Response to the Seven Letters of the Asian Churches:
The Ephesus Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of walking away from her first love, that of loving Christ. He knows your works and how well you have done, but works do not mean that you love Him. Return to loving Him. (2:1-7)
The Smyrna Letter – Men, lead your church to not fear the works of Satan. Model how to endure suffering, testing, and tribulation with your faith still intact, and with a conquering and overcoming spirit. You never know… (2:8-11).
The Pergamos Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of following and falling for false doctrine. Return your church to the Truth. Hate evil. Jesus hated it. (2:12-17)
The Thyatira Letter – Men, lead your church to turn away from sexual immorality. There are some who do not know the depth of the depravity Satan has unleashed on the world. Protect them. (2:18-29)
The Sardis Letter – Men, wake up! Strengthen the things which are on the verge of dying: purity and honor. (3:1-6)
The Philadelphia Letter – Men, you have an open door for ministry. Only God can close it – no one and nothing else can do so. Go through it. Keep the Word. Do not deny the name of Jesus. Others will learn the hard way that I love you. Just hang in there. Do not lose hope! (3:7-13)
The Laodicea Letter – Men, lead your church to repent of her puffed up, boastful ways. Get on fire for Jesus before it’s too late. Listen to Him. Walk through the open door and meet with Him. Eat with Him. This is more valuable than gold, more appealing than fine garments, more healing than the best medicine. Lead your church to be rich in His mercy, clothed in His righteousness, and healed by the washing away of sin by the Blood of Jesus. (Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of posing as a profound person; God became a baby.”)
Ch. 4 – Note that all things exist and were created (v. 11). However, the tense here is that all things existed. Has time ended by now? Are things in a suspended time? Has creation and existence of things come to an end or are they in the process of coming to an end at this point in Revelation, or is the timeline not as we would think?
Ch. 5 – Prayers of the saints do not vanish or go unheeded. They are collected and kept in at least 28 golden bowls which are presented before Jesus when He opens the un-openable scroll at the end of days (v. 8).
Ch. 6 – Wild animals on the earth will take the lives of many people at the end of days (v. 8).
Ch. 7 – Saints in heaven are innumerable (v. 9). They come out of the great tribulation (v. 14). When does this tribulation occur?
Ch. 9 – Those who are sealed – Christians – are not harmed during the events (or at least during some of the events) at the end of days (v. 4).
Time is apparently still ongoing when the end of days is drawn to a close. Note that there is an exact time for end of days events, known only by God for He is the one who prepared and will release the four angels who will kill a third of mankind. (v. 15)
Ch. 10 – When the seventh trumpet sounds (see 11:15), then the mystery of God will be fulfilled (v. 7). Is this the final end of days? What is the mystery of God?
The mystery of God is that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel (Ephesians 3:6). Paul elaborates on this mystery in Romans 10:24-25, specifically: For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Other Scripture mention this mystery:
– Mark 4:11
– Romans 16:2
– I Corinthians 15:51
– Ephesians 1:9; 3:1-13; 5: 32; 6:19
– Colossians 1:26-27; 2:2; 4:3
– I Timothy 3:9, 16
Ch. 12 – If this birth is Jesus, and the woman is Mary, where is Joseph (the earthly father of Jesus) in this story (verses 1-6, 13-17)? Is the earth (v. 16) a reference to the earthly fatherhood of Joseph over his Son, Jesus, perhaps being the only man who was man enough (and the only man equipped by God) to protect the Christ-fetus/Christ-baby/Christ-child? (At least until John was charged by Jesus from the cross to take care of Mary – after all, where was Joseph then?)
Ch. 13 – That which has been set in motion from the beginning, that is, from the foundation of the world, cannot be changed, except by God (verses 8-10).
Ch. 14 – About those 144,000… Could Melchizedek be of this order? (v. 4)
Ch. 18 – Note throughout the judgment on the great city Babylon that it is said that the devastating downfall will occur in a single hour (verses 10, 17, 19). Is there still the telling of time at this point?
The great city Babylon deceives everyone by sorcery, that is, somehow by use of drugs. (v. 23)
Ch. 21 – Men, note the seven types of evils that God calls out (closely related to 22:15):
- abominable ones
- sexually immoral ones
- drug users/abusers/dealers (sorcerers)
A cubit is the measurement system used by angels. One cubit was measured from the tip of the middle finger to the end of the elbow. What significance is there in this, from an angel’s perspective? (v. 17)
Ch. 22 – Just as in the beginning God created all things (Genesis 1:1), Jesus’ grace is to all. (v. 21)