The Revelation of the Returning Lord

Wim Malgo (1922-1992)

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

The last book of the Bible is often erroneously called “The Revelation of St. John.” But that is not the title its author gave it. In fact, according to verse 1, the book is called “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” We must keep this clearly in mind. “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.”

So, this book isn’t full of revelations, in the sense of communications given to John by the living Lord through the agency of an angel. Only someone reading the first verse superficially would reach such a conclusion. The book of the prophet Zechariah is one such revelation in the sense of communication. Zechariah was a young man to whom the angel explained things such as (but not limited to), who rides a red horse and who follows him (Zech 1:9ff.). Revelation, however, is about the gradual emergence and manifestation of the Lord Jesus Christ in His judging and saving might and glory!

That is actually true of the whole Bible, because it was written for the purpose of revealing Jesus Christ to us. This is what the Lord Jesus said during His walk on earth: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). If a child of God has never read the whole Bible, then he has also never seen the whole Christ!

In contrast to the other books of the Old and New Testaments (where we see the Redeemer, the Son of God, the King, and the Lord revealed), Revelation uncovers the Lord’s return, and is therefore the crown of Holy Scripture, so to speak. It shows us the returning Lord in His perfection, the final counsel of God. That is why the Book of Revelation is the book of comfort for the end-time church, namely the faithful of today.

If we shed no light on the prophetic Word, then we see only tremendous chaos and the machinations and cunning of the evil that surrounds us. And what treachery is emerging from hell! But in the midst of this unbearable darkness of recent times, we have been given a book called Revelation—“unveiling.”

The terrible judgments befalling this world, which are illustrated in Revelation, serve to clear the way, to prepare the world for the visible revelation of Jesus Christ. So, it’s not just that man gets what he deserves (i.e., judgment), and God’s righteousness makes itself felt, but that the way is paved.

This is also true in your personal life: if the Lord guides you through such things as sickness, mental hardships, disappointments, etc., then it has only one purpose: to clear away the debris in your heart, so that Jesus Christ may become clearer and more glorious in you, and be revealed through you!

Midnight Call - 08/2019

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