The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Introduction

By L. Campbell Evans

We are developing this series in a BRIEF study note format. We have tried to keep it as simple and as brief as possible hoping to impart to you basic truths which will be expanded and developed as you study and seek understanding from the Holy Spirit. It is not our desire to 'fill you full of knowledge', rather we desire to stir your hearts to seek HIM for wisdom and to 'get understanding'. As you receive from HIM, the knowledge and understanding becomes your own and wisdom is built within you.

As we approach the book of The Revelation it is important to keep in mind several things.

    1. The person, ministry, and work of Jesus Christ.

    2. The finished work of the cross.

    3. The revealing (unveiling) and purpose of the Son in us (individually) and our oneness and being with the Son (corporately).

    4. It is a historical, prophetic, and spiritual book.

In the midst of this generation there is an appearing taking place. One of the least understood purposes of God is the revelation (unveiling) of His Son in a people. It is true that there is a real man in the heavens and His name is Jesus. And one day Jesus will return to this earth just as He said but not for the reasons that so many think today. Right now however, there is a work taking place in the midst of us. God is desiring a place to manifest His presence and express Himself. Although the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ is both prophetic and spiritual, it bespeaks not so much of endtime events, rather it is a testimony of the person of Jesus Christ, His finished work and ministry. As His body, it also depicts what has been done in us and what shall be done in the midst of us. We are not only His body but we are His tabernacle, His dwelling place. The Son has been revealed and now above all things, God wants to reveal Him in you! In Gal. 1:14-15, Paul states that it pleased God to separate him from his mother's womb so that Christ could be revealed in Him. As His son is revealed in us so the entire creation will be brought into the same glorious liberty. As we go through the scriptures, we are going to go by this principle and look for this revealing in the midst of you. To those who look for Him, He will appear. His coming is a past, present and future truth. As we approach this study, let us keep in mind two things. First Revelation is two-fold; it is about Christ and His body. Two - that we are not going to deal with it concerning endtime events, rather our approach shall be to see and understand Him. To continue to interpret scripture concerning endtime events just breeds continuous confusion, fear, and endless debate. If we look to the scriptures, we find that there is still much which is to take place before the return of Jesus. For example consider the following scripture:

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Eph. 4:11-13).

Note the word TILL meaning that in order for these callings to be finished, we must be:

    1. in unity AND the measure of the fullness of Christ

    2. the knowledge of the Son of God

    3. a perfect man

    4. the measure of the stature and fullness of Christ.

    As we look at the writings of holy writ, we see an era come to an end and a new one begins. The children of Israel, the Pharisees, and the Saduccees all looked for a natural kingdom. They looked for a natural man to sit upon a natural throne, much like many do today. But the Master plainly told them what would be:

    Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Matthew 21:43

    And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luke 17:20

    And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:11-12

Hopefully, we will not make the same mistakes of taking the scriptures and bringing them into our own interpretations and wants. You see, to the natural mind, angel is something with wings, but in scripture he is a messenger! A king is a physical man over a country who sits on a throne with a bejeweled crown on his head, when in scripture the throne cannot be seen with the natural eye. A temple is a physical building made with stone and mortar when in scripture it is a people. So as we venture forward, let us keep in mind some of these thoughts.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Heb. 1:1-2

The key words in this verse of scripture is 'IN THESE'. This verse of scripture is written in the present tense in that DAY! Jesus spoke to THEM in the last days. The last days were THEN and at THAT TIME!