Ernest L. Easley
As we continue our series of messages through the book of Revelation under the heading ''The End,'' and as God continues to pour out His blessing on us as we ''read, hear and keep the words of this prophecy,'' turn with me to chapter 1.19 where we find God giving John and to us the key verse for understanding the Apocalypse.
Revelation 1.19, ''Write the things which you have seen (part one), and the things which are (part two), and the things which will take place after this (part three).''
First, John is going to write ''the things which he has seen.'' Then he is going to write ''the things which are.'' And then finally he is going to write ''the things that will take place after this.''
First, ''write the things which you have seen.'' What had he seen? He had seen the seven golden lampstands and One like the Son of Man whose hair was white like wool and His eyes like a flame of fire. That's found in chapter 1.
Second, ''write the things which are ..'' The reason Jesus told John to ''write the things which are …'' was because He lived in the same age that you and I live in today. Did you know that? You say, ''Ernest, what age is that?'' The church age! And that age began in Acts 2 and continues until this day!
We are currently living in the same age that John lived in: the church age! And what a wonderful time to be living: in this age of grace, in this age of gospel preaching, in this day of mercy; THE CHURCH AGE!
So when Jesus told John to ''write the things which you have seen'' that's found in chapter 1. When Jesus told John to ''write the things which are,'' that's found in chapters 2-3.
And finally John's told to ''write the things which will take place after this,'' that's found in chapters 4-22.
''… after this'' (meta tauta) or ''beyond these things,'' or ''after these things.'' So, chapter 4 is the beginning of the last division of the book.
Chapter 4 begins ''after these things,' ...
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