The Revelation of the Lamb of God: Part 1

Wim Malgo (1922-1992)

The book of Revelation, with its numerous symbols, remains a book irreversibly sealed with seven seals for many people. The focus is unquestionably Christ as the victorious Lamb of God, but the meaning of the figurative language surrounding Him is interpreted differently by the church’s brightest minds. The founder of Midnight Call had also ventured to interpret it, and used his extensive knowledge of the Bible to explain in detail what it might mean. Part 1 of a series.

Revelation is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev 1:1). It therefore exposes the Person of Jesus Christ, and He alone is the substance of the future! In Greek, the language the New Testament was written in, “Revelation” stands for the expression “Apocalypse” (apokalypsis). We also read about the revelation of Jesus Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:7b: “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The same Greek word is used here, as well as in 2 Thessalonians 1:7b: “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven…” First Peter 1:7b says the same: “at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” In the same chapter, Peter says in verse 13b, “the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The Lord Jesus likewise uses this expression in Luke 17:30: “…when the Son of man is revealed.” These are all identical terms for the revelation (exposing) of Jesus Christ.

The last book of the Bible is the sole, fully prophetic book in the New Testament. It closely follows the Old Testament prophets, expanding upon and deepening their message; especially since the revelation of the supreme fulfillment of all biblical prophecy is central to Revelation. So, what is the supreme fulfillment of biblical prophecy? Not, say, a people or peoples; not even events, but a person: Jesus Christ! So, the Lamb of God is the focal point of Revelation. As a result, it’s also very significant to note the use of the expression “Lamb.” The Lamb shows us the Son of God in His work on the cross at Calvary. It’s simultaneously strange and wonderful that we find a sevenfold unfolding of the Lamb’s nature and works. That isn’t to say the Lamb is only mentioned seven times. No, the Lamb is mentioned 28 times—four times seven! The sevenfold unfolding of the Lamb’s nature and deeds is depicted by:

First, the blood of the Lamb. “And when he [the Lamb] had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb [...] And they sung a new song, saying, Thou [...] hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” (Rev 5:8-9). In 7:14, we likewise find this concept: “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” And, once again in 12:11: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.”

Second, the Lamb’s Book of Life. This is mentioned twice in Revelation: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (13:8). “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (21:27).

Third, the Lamb’s apostles. We read about them in Revelation 21:14: “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

Fourth, the Bride of the Lamb. She is mentioned in Revelation 21:9: “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

Fifth, the marriage of the Lamb: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Rev 19:7).

Sixth, the throne of the Lamb. Revelation 22:3 reads, “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.”

Seventh, the wrath of the Lamb: “And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb” (Rev 6:16). This wrath of the Lamb will be terrible for the entire world.

So we see: the central message of the Book of Revelation is the revealing of the Lamb of God. That is the whole point of the entire Bible. It was written and given to us so that we can recognize Jesus Christ, the way to eternal life. In this context, it’s also clear that the ones being addressed in Revelation are those who belong to the Lamb: purchased with His priceless blood. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev 1:1). And then the seven churches: “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: [...] What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia” (Rev 1:4, 11).  It’s important to remember that chapters 2 and 3 are directed toward seven local churches. And, at the end of the book, the Lord Jesus Himself says, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches” (Rev 22:16).

We can’t neglect Revelation, because it gives a powerful prophetic overview of all of New Testament salvation history: from the arrival of Jesus Christ on earth, up to His greatest triumph—the new heaven and the new earth.

The author of Revelation is John, and therefore the apostle “whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). After Revelation 1:9, he was exiled to the island of Patmos (a small island in the Aegean Sea), namely for the sake of God’s Word.

During the course of this interpretation series, we want to hear what the Lord is telling us with a prayerful and simple heart, and see what He shows us!

Midnight Call - 07/2019

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