Revelation 1

Happy Shemini Atzeret


The Revelation of Yeshua Messiah
Revelation 1 from The Chronological Gospels

Introduction

Yochanan’s authority

1:1 This is the revelation of Yeshua Messiah which YHVH gave to Yeshua to show to his servants the things which must rapidly come to pass in the Day of YHVH.{1} He authenticated and sent this revelation by way of his messenger,{2} his bondservant Yochanan, 2who bears firsthand witness of the word of , and the testimony of Yeshua Messiah, and of all things that he saw.

{1:1.1} The most prophesied time period spoken of by the Hebrew prophets – The Day of YHVHRevelation 1:10 Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:5; Acts 2:20

{1:1.2} KJV: angel <aggeloj – aggelos> – an envoy, one who is sent. Either a Divine messenger (Matthew 1:20) or a human messenger (Matthew 11:10). The messenger spoken of here is Yochanan, and the messengers to the seven assemblies are also human. However, the messenger who takes him to the throne room and the messengers who blow the trumpets are heavenly messengers. Context is the only way to determine whether the messenger is of Divine or human agency.”

Yochanan’s Promise

1:3 Blessed is he who accurately knows, and those who hear and obey the words of this prophecy, and those who guard the things that are written herein – at the time that their fulfillment is close at hand.


Greeting

1:4 Greetings

From: Yochanan

To: The seven kehilot{1} in Asia Minor:

Grace to you, and peace, from the One who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne,

5and from Yeshua Messiah, who is the faithful witness, and the firstborn from among the dead,{1} and the ruler over all the kings of the earth.{2} All honor to him who loved us, and washed us from our sins with his own blood,{3} 6and has Made US Priests and Kings to YeHoVaH his Father.{1} To Yeshua be glory and dominion forever and ever – the Truth.{2}

{1:4.1} Derived from the Hebrew root <lhq>, kehilah (singular) or kehilot (plural) was translated as <ekklesia – ekklesia> in the Septuagint. Ekklesia was used for the first time in Deuteronomy 18:16 (assembly KJV) when Israel was assembled at the mountain to hear the terms of the Covenant pronounced by the Almighty. The word church, from the Old English kirke, was derived from the Greek <kikloj> kiklos, literally meaning circle, which was adapted as circus, which was performed in a circle. The word assembly could appropriately be used in this text, but church should be strenuously avoided. William Tyndale translated the Greek ekklesia as church two times in his Bible – both times in reference to pagan temples, otherwise it was translated congregation. This was the primary reason he was burned at the stake by the “church.” We believe that kehilah is the most authentic word to use because it disconnects us mentally and emotionally from the modern nicolaitan or Laodicean church, which has truly become a circus.

{1:5.1} Psalm 16:9-10

{1:5.2} Psalm 2:1-12

{1:5.3} Exodus 24:8; Matthew 26:28; Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14

1:6.1} Exodus 19:6; Revelation 5:10

{1:6.2} In Hebrew the word emet, meaning truth, is used interchangeably with the word amen in the synagogues of the Karaite Jews to this day – and used even more frequently. Here Yeshua is referred to as Truth (John 14:6; Revelation 3:14).


The Revealing of Yeshua Messiah

1:7 Behold, he is coming in the clouds!{1} Every eye shall see him, even those who pierced him, and all the families of the earth shall wail because of him.{2} Truth.

{1:7.1} Daniel 7:13

{1:7.2} Zechariah 12:10


The Authority

1:8 “I am Aleph and Tav, the beginning and the ending,” says YHVH,{1} who is, and who was, and who is to come – El Shaddai – the Almighty.{2}

{1:8.1} Zechariah 14:16: Revelation 1:10-11

{1:8.2} Matthew 28:18


Background

1:9 I, Yochanan, your brother and your companion in tribulation, and also in enduring faithfulness in the kingdom of Yeshua Messiah, was imprisoned on the isle of Patmos because of the word of hwhy and for bearing testimony of Yeshua Messiah.


The Appearance of Messiah

(The things you have just seen)

1:10 I was taken in the Spirit to the Day of YHVH, and I heard a loud voice behind me like the blast of a trumpet, 11which said, “I am Aleph and Tav, the first and the last.

What you see, write in a scroll and send it to the seven kehilot in Asia Minor – to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

12I turned to see the voice that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. 13In the midst of the seven lampstands I saw one who appeared to be the Son of man, clothed with a haluq{1} down to his feet, and girded{2} about with a golden sash. 14His hair and beard were like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like a flaming fire.

15His feet looked like polished brass that had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the sound of roaring oceans. 16In his right hand he had seven stars, and the words out of his mouth cut like a sharp, two-“edged sword.{1} His face burned brighter than the strength of the sun, 17and when I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand upon me and said, “Fear not! I am the first and the last! 18I am he who was dead and now lives! Behold, I am alive forevermore, and I now have the keys to death and the grave.”{1}

{1:13.1} A bell-shaped, white linen garment worn by itself or under the tallit.

{1:13.2} The KJV says “girt about the paps (breasts) with a golden girdle.” However, the sash is not worn at chest level – the Greek mastos could have been a poor choice for the original Hebrew, which is no longer in extant. The number of Hebrew words remaining within the Greek text of the Revelation indicate that it was probably originally written in Hebrew, as was the Gospel of Matthew.

{1:16.1} Revelation 2:12, 16; 19:15, 21

{1:18.1} Hell (KJV) <‘adhj> hades is the grave. Hell is not the lake of fire. In the end, hasatan, death, hell, and “whosoever was not found written in the book of life” will“ be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10, 14-15).


The Instructions from Yeshua to Yochanan

1:19 “Write the things which you have just seen,{1} and the things which are now,{2} and the things which shall be in the future.”{3}

{1:19.1} Revelation 1: 10-18

{1:19.2} Revelation 1:20-3:22;

{1:19.3} Revelation 4:1-22:6


The Letters to the Seven Kehilot

(The things which are now)

1:20 “As for the significance of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands; the seven stars are the messengers to the seven kehilot, and the seven lampstands are the seven kehilot.”


Excerpt From: Michael J. Rood. “The Chronological Gospels.” iBooks.

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