Brit Hadashah Reflections 23
Hebraic understanding Hebrews and Revelation
Revelation 1 : 17 – 3 : 22
This is a part of Scripture which is avoided by many people because of its seeming complexity. It is the only book in our Bible attributed to Yeshua Ha’mashiach Himself. Written by the Apostle John late in his life during a visionary encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. At times John is prompted, even directed, by the Lord to write what he is witnessing. One can only guess at the amazing spectacle of being so directed. What he describes is sometimes very difficult to imagine. There are quite unusual events and situations, such as have never before been encountered by mankind, to be considered, evaluated, and reckoned with. But it all comes with a promise!
The One who wrote the letters to the seven ‘churches’.
When I commenced these ‘reflections’ I had not intended to include this one. However, I have been so impacted by the revelation of Yeshua from these letters that I consider this aspect to be worthy of further ‘reflection’. It constitutes a compilation of the attributes and weaknesses in the “ekklesia” which was observed by Yeshua.
The nature and character of the Author, Yeshua.
“I am the First and the Last”
“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.”
“I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
“I hold the seven stars (the angels of the “ekklesia”) in My right hand.”
“I walk in the midst of the golden lampstands (the “ekklesia”).”
“I have the sharp two-edged sword.”
“I am the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and feet like fine brass.”
“I have the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars.”
“I am holy, and I am true. I have the key of David. I open and no-one shuts. I shut and no-one opens.”
“I am the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.”
Has there ever been a more complete description of the One who is the Only One qualified to “open the scroll and loose its seven seals”. (Rev 5:5) Each one of these descriptive salutations reveals the awesome majesty and might of our Saviour. Take time to ponder each one. Look carefully at the implication for every believer. “O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!” (Psalm 9:1)
There are commendations to be appreciated. “I know your works!”
“You labour patiently, and you cannot bear those who are evil. You have tested the teachers among you, and found them to be liars.”
“You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
“You don’t have wealth, but you are rich. You have exposed the fakes in your “ekklesia”.”
“You are faithful, and in the face of persecution you do not deny Me.”
“I appreciate your loving service, your faith, and your good works.”
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming.”
“He who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and I will write upon him the name of My God.”
And there are faults to be addressed.
“You have left your first love.”
“You hold the doctrine of Balaam.”
“You tolerate false teaching in the “ekklesia”.”
“You are neither hot nor cold, so I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
“Your wealth has blinded you to your true spiritual state.”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” This written to those inside the “ekklesia”, anticipating a return to true worship and obedience.
It is my fervent hope that any who read this will take time to go through each aspect of characteristic, each commendation of service, and each fault to be addressed. It is not difficult to make generalizations of each of these things, but what is required is for each one of us, individual believers, to carefully appraise our own position before our holy God in the light of these letters. There is blessing to be received, but there is much worse ahead for any who treat the words of our Lord and Master lightly.