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.
John being an eyewitness of the death, resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ and ten days after Christ ascended to the Father, John was among those who the Holy Spirit spoke through on Pentecost day beginning the chain reaction that continues even to this day as whosoever will continues to be grafted into God’s family tree upon believing in their heart God the Father raised the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead.
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.
Meaning the time of Christ’s return which is when ‘the Lord’s day’ begins that we will see written of in verse 10 of this first chapter of the book of Revelation.
John was taken from the first century A.D. to the future of even now to bring about this final book of the Bible: the book of Revelation, called also the Apocalypse which means ‘to reveal’ (that which is hidden to most people) as you can see when you look up the word translated as ‘revelation’ in the Greek dictionary of the Strong’s Concordance.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him Which is, and Which was, and Which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne;
The seven Spirits being symbolic of those of the 7,000 Zadok who have lived and died throughout the centuries who are ‘the armies which were in heaven’ that will return with Christ immediately after ‘the hour of temptation’ which (as this book of Revelation will document) is a five month period split into two parts, shortened from the seven years written of in the last verse of Daniel chapter 9: the book of Daniel being an overlay of the book of Revelation.
The seven churches which are in Asia (so to speak) are symbolic of all who are either Christians during the 6th trumpet, or those who will have ceased to be Christians when they began to worship Satan instead of Christ, not counting those who will have already died physically throughout the centuries or the two witnesses who are most likely Moses and Elijah.
The 6th trumpet being when Satan will appear in Jerusalem as the false christ in the midst of Daniel’s 70th Week, which (again) was seven years, but is now five months.
Asia means ‘from the rising of the sun’ so then the seven churches are symbolic of the entire many-membered body (including those who ceased to be part of the many-membered body in the Great Apostasy) with the number ‘seven’ being spiritual completeness in Biblical numerics.
The many-membered body does not get split into seven until Satan appears as the false messiah at the 6th trumpet.
There are six trumpets of deception as this book of Revelation will teach you and the TRUE Christ will not return (at all) until the 7th trumpet as King of kings and Lord of lords.
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the First Begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
John being obviously among those who will return with Christ at the 7th trumpet to serve in the millennial priesthood that will be established at that time along with many out of most (if not all) of the seven churches who repented and were part of God’s family tree upon the return of the TRUE Messiah.
7 Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
The reason ‘all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him’ is because it is at that time they will realize they had been worshipping Satan instead of Christ (which is what ‘antichrist’ means) and the same bloodline of they ‘which pierced Him’ (which is the bloodline of Satan through Cain) will be on the earth at that time as well, providing the infrastructure of Satan’s one world system via the four hidden dynasties of Education, Economics, Politics and Religion: the Kenites, which means the sons of Cain.
8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, Which is, and Which was, and Which is to come, the Almighty.
Always remember: for every positive there is a negative.
For example: the TRUE Christ is obviously the positive while Satan’s role of antichrist is the negative.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
In other words, John was taken from Patmos in the first century A.D. to ‘the Lord’s day’ which begins at the 7th trumpet when the TRUE Christ returns.
As we know from II Peter 3:8, ‘one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.’
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, (which is symbolic of the 144,000 that we will read of beginning in chapter 7 of this book of Revelation) and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, (which is symbolic of those of the 7,000 Zadok or 232 of that number possibly who will be delivered up to Satan once he appears as the false christ, which is when the Holy Spirit will speak through them causing Smyrna to repent as well as many out of most of the other churches who out of their own free will will hearken to the voice of the Holy Spirit at that time) and unto Laodicea.
And again: the many-membered body is not split into the seven churches until the 6th trumpet sounds which is when all 6 trumpets of deception will be sounding at the same time which is when most Christians will be deceived into worshipping Satan which when they will cease to be Christians, having been grafted into Satan’s family tree along with the natural branches thereof which are the sons of Cain: the stones worn smooth that come from the false rock we are supposed to enumerate as we will learn in the last verse of the 13th chapter of this book of Revelation.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Again, Asia means ‘from the rising of the sun’ and the Lord Jesus Christ is called ‘the Sun of righteousness’ in Malachi chapter 4, where you will also see Moses and Elijah mentioned who (again) are most likely the two witnesses we will read of in Revelation chapter 11.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And he laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the First and the Last:
18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Whosoever will believe upon Christ Jesus (Who is the Lamb slain) will not perish in ‘the lake of fire’ after the thousand years are finished which is the second death but will have ‘everlasting life’ as you can see in the 16th verse of the third chapter of the gospel of John which was written through the same person as this book of Revelation.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Remember this is being said by the Lord Jesus Christ to John on ‘the Lord’s day’ which begins at the 7th trumpet.
The things John has seen (in the past tense) being the events leading up to the return of the TRUE Christ, with the things which shall be hereafter meaning after the thousand years are finished when the great white throne judgment transpires which is followed by the eternity which is the third world age.
There are three world ages and before you can understand God’s Word, you have to understand that Satan rebelled in ‘the world that then was’ (as the first world age is called in II Peter chapter 3) causing the destruction of the first world age, after which God created ‘the heavens and earth which are now’ meaning the second world age we are now in.
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
All together we will see ten candlesticks in this book of Revelation, with the candlestick you can read of in Revelation 4:5 being symbolic of those of the 7,000 Zadok who lived and died throughout the centuries we saw back in verse 4 of this first chapter, so that makes eight candlesticks and when added to the two candlesticks that symbolize the two witnesses (who are most likely Moses and Elijah) we then have a total of ten candlesticks, just as there were in the temple Solomon built which was burned by the king of Babylon: a type of antichrist.
So keep in mind as we cover these next two chapters that the time frame is after the king of Babylon of the end times appears (which is Satan in his role of antichrist) and also after the delivering up of those of the church in Philadelphia, because what the Holy Spirit will say through them will bring the church in Smyrna (the 144,000) out of the confusion (which is what ‘Babylon’ means) as well as many out of most of the other churches who will of their own free will repent, being then grafted back into God’s family tree, beginning the same sort of chain reaction you can read of in the book of Acts.