The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Supernatural Cloud formed by Seven Angels after meeting with Bro. William M. Branham
on February 28th 1963 [Picture reproduced from LIFE magazine, June 11th, 1963]
"Christ at 33" by Painter H. Hofmann.
During many of my missionary trips to different parts of the world, many Endtime Message Believers have asked me diverse questions on the Book of Revelation. Similar questions have also been asked through the mails. To meet the need of these Bible Believers, I am led to write an exposition of the Book of Revelation.
Christians are generally interested in Bible prophecies. The Book of Revelation, which was written in 96 A.D., is one of the most read books of the Holy Bible. This book is full of prophetic symbols. The Apostle John, the scribe of the book, has been erroneously designated the title “John the Revelator”.
The Book of Revelation is not a 'Gospel' or 'Doctrinal' book, such as the Four Gospel Books or the Epistles of the Apostles. It is the Revelation of Christ to His Bride. It is Christ's final 'love letter' to His Bride. Being a prophetic book and the last of the 66 canonical books, it shows events that must transpire before God brings a new heaven and a new earth into existence. This book has more effect on the saints in this last Church Age, especially in this endtime, than it did on those in the past six Church Ages because Jesus Christ had already sent His last Church Age Messenger to the church to make known His PAROUSIA (Presence, Coming). Christ, the Word, has come to claim His Bride and they are now in Spiritual Wedlock — the Invisible Union between the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride. He is now revealing the hidden things of Scriptures to His Bride to get her ready for the translation. We can call this book the “Capstone Book”.
To understand this great Book of Revelation one should not approach it in the same way one would approach the other books of the Bible. The events in the Book of Revelation are not recorded in a strict chronological order. The majority of theologians and Bible students believe otherwise. As a result, they have produced many different interpretations.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to John in the form of visions which showed pictorial scenes with many prophetic symbols, such as a lamb with seven horns and seven eyes, a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, a bottomless pit, and a woman clothed with the sun and a moon under her feet. They are God's ideal means of conveying spiritual truths to a spiritual people who is spiritually discerned. When the prophetic symbols are properly understood in the Spirit of the Word, the real meanings and actual events of each series of John's visions would be revealed. The book should be approached in the way one would look at the many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle to figure out their proper places in the whole picture. For example: what part of Revelation should come into the picture between verse 1 and 2 of chapter 8? Are the first three Trumpets (chapter 8, verses 7 to 11) referring to the ministry of the Two Witnesses of chapter 11 verses 1 to 13?
Basically, a closer look at the seventh member of the Seals, the Trumpets and the Vials, which John saw in his visions, will reveal the following peculiarities: i) John hears what is done in heaven (not on earth); ii) then he hears voices, thunders, lightnings and earthquake; and iii) an indication that the end is come or close at hand. This shows that the series of events in John's visions are not continuous but resumptive and interlocking with one another, either in time or occurrence, and each showing the course of God's Providence in a different light.
To the genuine Holy Ghost-filled “Endtime Message” Bible Believers, there is now no more doubt about the true interpretation of the Book of Revelation which those in Organized Christianity are grappling with because of their rejection of the Laodicean Church Age Messenger. God's message of total separation from unbeliefs and all forms of creeds, dogmas and traditions, actually opens the eyes of His elect to the deep mystery of the Book of Revelation in particular and the mysteries of the Holy Scriptures in general. But what is required of the believer is a sincere and honest attitude towards the Word of God.
I pray that this series of messages will be a blessing to those who would hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. But be prayerful. Remember, the Book of Revelation is reserved for a special class of spiritual people and not for the carnal ones. Amen.
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