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Revelation

Rev. 1 King James Version
(Format and emphasis by the author with original italics removed)

 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
 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; And
 5 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.

 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.

 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."
 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,
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, and unto
  Pergamos, and unto
  Thyatira, and unto
  Sardis, and unto
  Philadelphia, and unto
  Laodicea.
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; And
15 his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and
  his voice as the sound of many waters. And
16 he had in his right hand seven stars: and
  out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and
  his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.
  And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me,
18 "Fear not; I am the first and the last: 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."
19 Write
  the things which thou hast seen, and
  the things which are, and
  the things which shall be hereafter;
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
   


Revelation

John was experiencing mental metamorphosis. As he spoke in this brief introduction, the transformation developed with each passing word. His descriptions expanded and became more metaphoric as his consciousness ascended because he had no other way to describe the view. The entire revelation was passing before his vision, laying the framework for his writing of the book.

It is significant that John received this vision while still with us on earth, indicating the grand potential for all men to 'be there' when the Comforter arrives. When we prepare ourselves as John did, we, too, will ascend to witness the apocalypse.



Title

Rev. 1
1,2 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: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

THE UNVEILING OF JESUS' PRESENTATION OF CHRIST
which was the gift that God gave him
to clearly show unto us the
PROPHECY AND FULFILLMENT OF MAN
 
This is an official document signed by its author, Jesus Christ, and presented to his servant John, who acted as a scribe and was Christ's faithful witness in recording all 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.

He who reads this message and has the spiritual receptivity to hear and understand it walks forth with joy. The prophecy contained in this book is ready to be fulfilled. This is NOW!

Preface

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;

From John:
To all those who have been waiting expectantly for the second coming of Christ, it is time to lift up your eyes, awaken your spiritual ears, and prepare to have the ultimate peace settle on you. The very Christ that you have witnessed before is with you now and will be with you forevermore. The whole encircling radiance of God's identity has confirmed it to me from the seat of authority.

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,

And from Jesus Christ:
Always knowing his real identity, he was the first to prove to mankind, through the loss and regaining of his own blood, that life supersedes death. His supreme sacrifice and sublime example illustrate how omnipresent Love wins the victory over sin in each one of us.

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

As Jesus rose to fill the office of high priest prophesied by Moses and the office of king prophesied by David, so shall we rise to the realization of our eternal, God-given inheritance and be like him. We take off our crowns in allegiance to the only source and put on our crowns of dominion-the All-in-all of infinite good.

Amen.

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 arrival of the Comforter appearing with clouds means that even though the potential to understand Jesus' most profound statements is fully available, that understanding is not obvious or immediately accepted at its first appearing. Regardless of whether we accept it or not, we will all be profoundly affected. Weeping and wailing at the funeral of our fondest sins, we will lose our desire for them and watch them disappear. Even our hidden hatred of truth, which would try to destroy the vision, will be forced to submit.

All Good agrees. Amen.

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.

The idea of God that appears in the sequence of Life, Truth, and Love at the beginning is understood to be Love, Truth, and Life at the end. We work up to the grand realization of Love, which is the impetus and finale of all. Our sense of past, present, and future is knit together in one perfect Now substance. Omnipotence reigns!

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.

I, John, who have no inherent advantage over you-suffering the same passions as everyone else and finding calm amidst the storm like Jesus himself demonstrated-was on the island of Patmos* where I was placed as a living testimony of Jesus Christ for the sake of the Word of God.
* Jesus described the recognition of Christ as the rock upon which he would build his church. Patmos was a rock quarry. It appeared as though evil was attempting to break John's dedication, physically and figuratively, to the One Rock-Christ, Truth. John was living that rock in Spirit and, therefore, was unmoved by his internment.

10,11 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 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, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

John had set the physical senses aside and was conscious of Spirit alone when he heard behind him a great, penetrating voice saying, 'I am All-cause and effect.' When there are no distractions, the "still small voice" of truth is crystal clear and demands our full attention.

Why was the voice behind him? Even Isaiah heard the angel message from that vantage point and knew that we would too: "Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it" (Isa. 30:21). We all must learn that experiencing the Christ presence is not an external event that comes to us from some distant place. John had to turn from the human way of spiritual listening, which is like receiving a radio signal from a broadcasting station, to seeing Christ broadcast from within his very being radiating outward. Now, as a beacon, he was compelled to share the light!

The seven churches in Asia were not specific locations to send messages. Through metaphor, they illustrate advanced spiritual concepts. Since the book is written in Spirit language, we must translate the words back into the original tongue in order to understand the message. On the most basic level, we know that Asia is in the east where the Magi first saw the star appear that would draw attention to the babe and king, Jesus. As the sun figuratively rises in the east, so the spiritual day dawns on human thought, not from Asia but from Christ. Each of the seven cities had peculiar features that help identify areas of spiritual progress and error in the evolving Christian thought. They present universal messages for mankind.

The number and sequence of the messages to the churches set the pattern for all revelation as it appears to man.

12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

John changed from looking up to Spirit to looking out from Spirit, that is, he changed from being a translator of spiritual parables to living the spiritual meaning directly. As John turned, he realized the spiritual mechanism through which light shines: metaphorically, it is like seven lamp stands, seven being the symbol for completeness.

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.

In the center of the light-bearers is the presence of an intelligent being, manifest as one like the Son of man. Jesus called himself the Son of man. This man is like that Son. A robe down to the foot exemplifies the garment of a high priest and that of a king, like the seamless garment worn by Jesus. He is girded with a heart of gold-a breastplate of righteousness. This man is not identified as a specific person, but he is obviously endowed with Christly qualities. Is Jesus' angel presenting the divine prototype representing all ascended consciousness? In any event, John is about to assume the consciousness of that type of spiritualized man as his thought ascends.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

John's ascending thought is first drawn to the focal point of intelligence, and he finds it pure white. White represents completeness, much like sunlight with its full spectrum of component colors presented as one colorless whole. This sparkling reflection of God is clean, innocent, and without shadow-not colored by human events. Eyes as fire are not cumbered about by opacity. There are no secrets here. These windows of heaven discern all good. They are not receivers of light: they radiate Christ vision out upon the universe.

15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
The resplendent speaker of the Word stands erect on pillars of fire, which represent foundations of Truth. Fine brass, as if burned in a furnace, is not fragmentary and brittle like the iron mixed with clay that Daniel envisioned in King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. This man has no Adam-clay component. His voice is broadcast universally, like multiple transmissions on all bandwidths, so one cannot miss it or be distracted by any external voice.

16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

John's vision of man has now expanded to sun-strength radiance. The man of God's creating holds aloft the sevenfold light for all to understand, while the two-edged sword of Truth delivers the Word, severing fiction from fact. A single star prophesied the Savior whose Christ light illumined the earth for all to see. Now, seven stars proclaim the dawning of universal light so that all may shine like the Son of man. There will be no diluting of words any longer, no waiting for a latter day for the Comforter to arrive.

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:

It was as if John was saying the following: 'When I realized the wholly spiritual nature of man, my finite sense of self died. My mistaken mortal view followed the path of Satan's fall from heaven, whereupon I witnessed error's demise. Then, I was lifted up by the stellar message that touched me and took away my fear. The Christ came to where I thought I had fallen, spoke my language, and lifted me up to behold my spiritual self-whole without limits.'

"I am the first and the last." All of The Revelation is condensed into this moment.

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.

'I am' was always alive even though mankind was dead to the 'I,' did not understand 'I am.' Life is infinite and eternal, and this fact understood holds the key that binds hell and death. Jesus demonstrated this phenomenon while here on earth, yet he could not explain divine Life to his disciples at that time because they were not ready. He promised that he would send the Comforter to explain the spiritual dimension of Life, Truth, and Love that would bring all things to their remembrance. That promise is fulfilled in your ears this day.
"… My time is at hand; … " (Matt. 26:18).

Directive

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

John was told to make a permanent record of the
Truth Comforter that he now understood, including the facts of existence, prophecy, and the fulfillment of man.

Key

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.

When presented with universal light, there are no mysteries. Stars are symbols for enlightenment, stellar messages from God to man, radiating out upon the universe. Combined, they present the universal solution for mankind's long night of ignorance. Candlesticks, or lamp stands, are the cumulative body from which the light shines when Christ's messages are understood.