The Message Shown by an Angel

Wim Malgo (1922-1992)

An interpretation of the last book of the Bible. Part 6. Revelation 1:1-2.

God sent an angel to His servant John to interpret this revelation of Jesus Christ, which is far beyond our comprehension. The original text actually says that He sent His angel and “declared this to him through signs.” This angel’s task was very difficult, because it was a matter of establishing the connection between John’s imagination and the staggering everlasting event—the revelation of Jesus Christ. That seems like an impossible thing to do.

But that is the exact miracle of Jesus Christ’s revelation in the book of Revelation: that John, on Patmos, saw “things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, and which entered not into the heart of man, whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him” (1 Cor 2:9)—shown so that he could grasp them!

Yes, he could not only grasp them, but also write them down. John himself confirms the inconceivable fact that he saw the revelation: “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).

An impossibility from a human perspective. But it was often this way with the Old Covenant prophets. For example, in Micah 1:1: “The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.” Also compare Isaiah 1:1-2 and Obadiah 1:1.

How John and the prophets simultaneously heard and saw the Word so that they could absorb and record it is beyond our understanding. But if the devil could show the Lord Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory in an instant from the top of a high mountain, how much more could this angel sent by God make the incomprehensible clear and the invisible visible to John!

We too are dependent on such service from angels. In Hebrews 1:14, it is written that the angels of God are ministering spirits, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” As the court serves a king, the angels are at the exalted Lord’s disposal. Angels announced the birth of Jesus (Luke 2). An angel came and strengthened Jesus when He agonized in Gethsemane and was already near death (Luke 22:43). Angels were at the empty tomb on Easter morning and proclaimed His resurrection: “He is not here, but is risen” (Luke 24:6a).

Midnight Call - 12/2019

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