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    1215 Julian R Allsbrook Hwy, Weldon, NC 27890, USA
    Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM, Sunday 11:30 AM
YAFI Part 8: The Revelation of Jesus Christ
By Jamie Taylor-Fillinger
Valley Community Church
a. Historical Background
i. Written towards the end of John’s life on the Island of Patmos.
ii. John was living in Ephesus faithfully preaching the gospel when he was banished the Patmos by the Roman authorities.
b. Greek (apokalupsis) the uncovering or unveiling
i. Indicating that which was once hidden is now reveled.
ii. This book reveals Jesus Christ in his Glory.
iii. Truths about him and his final victory.
iv. This revelation was given to him by God and communicated to John by an angel.
c. Revelation is broken into Three sections (Rev 1:19)
i. The things which you have seen
ii. Things which you are.
iii. Things which will take place after.
a. The Triple Blessing
i. Blessed are those that reads.
ii. Blessed are those who hears.
iii. Blessed are those who keep.
a. Grace to you and peace from him who was and is and is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
i. Be encouraged
1. In Revelation 1:4–5 John, the apostle of Jesus, is writing to the seven churches of Asia Minor.
2. It is a time of crisis for all of them. You can see that by reading the seven letters in chapters 2–3.
3. John begins with a very reassuring, strengthening, encouraging, hopeful word.
4. There is nothing that has happened between then and now to make these words of hope any less relevant or less applicable to Christians today.
5. Hear them from the apostle for yourself.
ii. Seven Spirits (holy spirit) see Isaiah 11:2, Zachariah 4:1-10.
1. Wisdom and Understanding.
2. Counsel and strength.
3. Knowledge and fear of the Lord.
a. Jesus is the ruler of all
i. He Controls Who Becomes King and Who Doesn't
1. Matthew 28:18
ii. He Regulates What the Kings of the Earth Do
2. Genesis 20:6
iii. He Has Authority to Claim Citizens Everywhere
1. The reign of Christ today over the rulers of the earth means that he has authority to claim citizens for his own kingdom from all the nations and states of the earth.
2. You are ambassadors of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
2 Corinthians 5:20
iv. He Will Triumph
1. The reign of Christ over the kings on earth today means that he will triumph and bring all his saving purposes to victory.
2. 1 Corinthians 15:25 says, "He [Christ] must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet." In Matthew 16:18 Jesus says, "The gates of Hades shall not prevail against" his church. And in Revelation 17:14 the kings of the earth are arrayed in battle against Christ; but it says, "They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings." In other words, because he is the ruler of kings on earth, he cannot be defeated. His cause will triumph.
3. This is the wind in our sails. Christ is triumphant in his reign over the kings of the earth. All the developments today are steps to a decisive triumph. It cannot be otherwise because he is risen from the dead. The ultimate weapon of earthly kings is death. If that weapon has lost its power, then the kings will be defeated. It is only a matter of time. And that has been set by the sovereign wisdom of God (Acts 1:7).

v. Christ Is Ordering the World for the Good of the Church
1. Finally, the reign of Christ over the rulers on earth today means that Christ is ordering the world for the good of the church; and that means for your holiness and happiness.
2. You can see this here in the text and in other texts as well. For example, in Ephesians 1:22 it says, "God has put all things under his [Christ's] feet and has made him the head over all things for the church." He reigns for the sake of the church.
3. This is an awesome thought. It should utterly revolutionize the way you watch the news and read the newspaper and live out your life. If you watch the news with the eye of faith, what you are seeing played out before you are the divine strategies for the purifying and expansion of the body of Christ.
4. You can see this good news right here in Revelation 1:4–5. It says, "Grace to you and peace from . . . Jesus Christ . .
Sources:
The ESV Archaeological Study Bible, ESV Bible, Copyright 2017 by Crossway
The MacArthur Study Bible, Copyright 2006, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Desiring God, John Piper, 1989.
https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/jesus-is-the-ruler-of-kings-on-earth