The controversy over the end times prophecies are endless but the fact remains the truth of it all is in our bibles. Jesus Christ (Yeshua) was sent by God, signified by an angel and shown unto John (his servant) who recorded the events and words of Jesus. An Angel revealed the End Times to John the Apostle (The disciple referred to as "the one He loved") The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:Rev. 1:1 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Rev. 1:2 A blessing for those who read and hear this prophecy A special blessing is reserved for those who hear John’s prophecy and do the things which he wrote about.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand. Rev. 1:3
Greetings to the seven churches
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne. Rev. 1:4
Jesus Christ Loves Us & Washed Us From Our Sins With His Own Blood
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Rev. 1:5
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Rev. 1:6
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced hi: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Rev. 1:7
The Lord is the Beginning & The End I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Rev. 1:8 A vision of the son of man After John greeted the seven churches he identified himself as a companion in tribulation, as one of Jesus Christ’s own, awaiting the return of Christ, and the opportunity to go to the kingdom of heaven. John was teaching at testifying by giving his testimony of Jesus Christ . at the isle of Patmos and was full of the Holy Spirit at the time when he received a great vision that is one of the keys to the end time prophecy that Jesus told of.
I John who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev. 1:9
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Rev. 1:10
John instructed to write a book and send it to the seven churches John heard a voice telling him, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first, and the last” which means that Jesus told John that the Lord is the beginning and the end of the world. Jesus also told John to write down everything that he was about to see in a book and send it to the seven churches.
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephemos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. Rev. 1:11
John describes the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) When John turned around to see where the voice that spoke to him was coming from he first saw seven candlesticks which represent the seven churches. In the midst of the candlesticks he saw Jesus. The bible tells us No man has seen God and some people get confused thinking that John is saying that he had seen God. However, John did not see God, John was having a vision while in the spirit which indicates that much of what he did see was symbolic which is demonstrated by the comparison of the seven golden candlesticks being the seven churches.
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; Rev. 1:12
The clothing John seen Christ appear in was also symbolic. Jesus was wearing a garment that covered him all the way down to his feet and had a golden sash around His chest, much like a king would wear. In the time period when John was on the earth men wore robes, rich men and men of high honor like kings wore long robes, whereas, workers wore shorter robes, primarily because fabric was very expensive and only the very rich could afford to wear the longer robes. Men also wore sashes which indicated their social status. The higher the sash and the type of material it was made of indicated one’s wealth and status, as well. The more expensive material meant that this person was of very high status.
And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Rev. 1:13
John describes Jesus Christ John describes Jesus Christ's hair as being like wool and white as snow is also mentioned in Isaiah and Daniel. John describes Jesus Christ’s hair as white like wool but also as snow. This type of bright white traditionally symbolizes purity so it stands to reason that his hair was this type of white because He had never committed a sin so therefore He was pure. Refers to: "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool"" Isa. 1:18. Daniels description is very close to John’s "I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire" Daniel 7:9 Eyes like flame of fire John also describes Christ’s eyes as flames of fire which bears a striking resemblance to Daniels description of God’s eyes. “"I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude" Daniel 10:5-6 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Rev. 1:14 Feet like fine brass burned in a furnace and a voice that sounds like many waters Christ’s feet were like brass because they are capable of stomping the opposing forces out. The last part of John’s description was the voice of Jesus. John described it as the sound of many waters. Two other mentions of the sound of God’s voice, also describing it as the sound of many waters, are referred to in the old testament. "When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings" Ezek. 1:24
"And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory" Ezek. 43:2
And his feet like unto fine brass; as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. Rev. 1:15
Seven stars in Christ’s right hand The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches represented by the seven candlesticks described earlier in the chapter and is revealed in Rev. 1:20.
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. Rev. 1:16
It is interesting to note that both Daniel and John both fainted after seeing their visions of God.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: Rev. 1:17
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Rev. 1:18
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Rev. 1:19
Seven Angels and Seven Churches The seven stars are representing seven angels and the seven golden candlesticks are representing seven churches.
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Rev. 1: 20