Revelation Q & A Blog

I am setting up this blog for us to or ask questions about the ongoing revelation series. If you have any questions about the material that we have already covered feel free to ask them each week and if I can I will answer them here. The only thing I ask is that when we ask questions we ask you about the material that we have already covered if it is about it later chapter please wait until we reach that chapter and you have had a chance to view the video on that material for asking. If you have any comments about the study you can also here each week.  With each video I will add a new section to this blog covering the main points of the video for that chapter.
Main take away from the book:
    We are called to live lives of radical discipleship as faithful citizens of new Jerusalem in a fall in Babylon world. 
My study materials:
 The material I am using comes largely from the teaching of Dr. Robert Mulholland from Asbury theological seminary and from his course called NT 666. 
I am mainly reading from three translations they are the new international version (NIV). The king James version (KJV). The New living translation (NLT)  I also use the Greek New Testament (GNT)
For the definitions of the Greek words are use a Greek English lexicon of the New Testament known BDAG.
Decameters are use are the word Biblical commentary, the new Cambridge Bible commentary on revelation Bob been Witherington  the III and The new international Greek Testament commentary. 
Chapter 1:
·       The book is a Revelation of Jesus Christ and what must soon take place in the new kingdom in which he came and established.            
·       Jesus came into the world as the Messiah that was promised in the old testament and established his kingdom and made us into a royal priesthood. 
·       John saw a vision of Christ Jesus Depicting the following characteristics: 
                           Ø  Jesus was The Messiah and in fact he was God
                           Ø  Jesus walks with the churches and and their pastors and his present with                                           them.
                           Ø  Jesus serves as both King and high Priest
                           Ø  Jesus is the one who was dead and is now alive and the Alpha and the Omega
                           Ø  His words are powerful and overwhelming represented by a double edge                                          sword. (Possibly grace and truth)

These are general truths that are pulled from the chapter if you would like to see more about them you must watch the video.  There are certainly many more relevant points I could have pulled and put in this.


Julie Bradford - April 22nd, 2020 at 10:40pm

Will you explain why He calls himself The Son of Man? I had someone try to say this means He (Jesus) was only a man. Thanks.

Matthew - April 23rd, 2020 at 8:58am

Thank you for that question Julie. The term son of man in the Jewish culture was one used to refer to the coming Messiah who is supposed to come down from heaven and set up the new kingdom. The term “man” in the phrase is misleading. This verse in Daniel shows one of the main predictions about the son of man.

Daniel 7:13–14 (NIV): In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Daniel chapter 10 also has a description of the son of man that Daniel saw in a vision.

These verses are also a Great example of what I was getting at when I said Daniel looks forward to the coming of the kingdom and the Messiah and Revelation is looking back at the coming of the kingdom and the Messiah.

Daniel also mentions “coming with the clouds of heaven” this was another image that has always been associated with the coming of the Messiah.

In the gospels only Jesus refers to himself as the son of man because it was such a loaded term for the Jewish culture. Stephen also referred to him as the son of man when he was being stoned to death and saw him.

The person who said this means Jesus was only a man gives us good example of how we can take a phrase out of its original context (Jewish culture) and make it mean something entirely different or in this case the opposite of what it was intended to portray.

I must confess I ask many preachers that same question before discovering what this term was referring to

Gladys Kirklon - April 23rd, 2020 at 12:32am

I was seeking such a study as this and thank the Lord for leading you to invite me to participate after many years of us studying together. As I prayerfully listened to your presentation on chapter 1, I received the seven stars in His right hand as the Spirit of Himself that was leading, or guiding the way for the seven churches that He himself is the true head of. As we completely follow the lead of the fullness of His holy spirit (the bright and morning Star) we the true Church (the royal priesthood) couldn't go wrong. Bless you as you continue to prayerfully lead us in this study.

Gladys Kirklon - May 17th, 2020 at 12:41pm

I was blessed by your teachings of chapter 4 and have been enjoying each lesson this far. I have shared the last two lessons to my FB page and want to make sure that is ok with you before I share more. Forgive me for not asking first. Looking forward to the rest of this awesome study.

Matthew pharis - May 17th, 2020 at 7:38pm

Thank you Gladys that is fine. I’m glad you’re enjoying it please continue to share with others.