The Lion and the Lamb

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 5 Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain. . . . An elder says, “Don’t weep. Behold-the Lion of Judah!” (The promised Messiah.) John looks. Instead of a Lion he sees a Lamb, mortally wounded but alive. Jesus is both! When he died he triumphed over all evil powers, human and non-human! He arose from the grave, was crowned, seated on God’s throne, given all authority! (Phil. 2:9-11). That was the decisive battle in this history-long war! …

The Throne Room of Heaven!

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 4:1-5:4 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. . . . John saw the churches suffer under the Emperor Domitian-the throne of Rome. Now John sees the throne of heaven. Thunder rumbles! Lights flash! He refers to God with great restraint. His holiness and power are awesome. This is the center of the cosmos -of all the galaxies. Rome is nothing! Seven torches represent the Spirit. Four six-winged cherubim surround the throne and the crystal sea. …

The King Reviews His Troops

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 3 I am he who searches mind and heart . . . I will give. . . . Nine times our Warrior-King says, “I know.” He praised Ephesus for diligence, endurance, right doctrine-but the second generation’s love for God had cooled. He found no fault in Philadelphia. No fault in Smyrna. Jesus knows all about every church-that Pergamum was Rome’s Asian capital and so it was Satan’s throne. He also knows about every individual-that Antipas was martyred. …

The King and the Seven Lampstands

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 2 Hear what the Spirit says to the churches! All seven letters were for all seven major churches in the Roman province of Asia, subsequently for all churches everywhere. They’re the King’s troops! Jesus interprets the symbols. Why lampstands for churches? They shine the gospel into a dark world (Mt. 5:14-16; Isaiah 49:6). Why are they golden? They are precious to the King. He walks among them, praising, exhorting, motivating. What are the stars in his right …

The Glorious Warrior-King

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 1:9-20 Fear not . . . I hold the keys! (All of them!) (1:18; 3:7) It is Sunday. Frail, old John worships on a cliff 90 miles across the Aegean from his churches. Suddenly above the thunder of breaking waves a trumpet voice says: “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches!” He turns “to see the voice.” In dazzling light he sees a glorious figure! He faints! The glorious Person …

The Mysterious "Revelation of Jesus Christ"

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 1:1-11 Blessed is he who reads the words of this prophecy. . . . Revelation starts where the Gospels end. It gives us new glimpses of Jesus, a summary of the Bible, a summary of history! This exciting story is told seven times-in visions. Expect zillions of extraterrestrials, a few monsters and a dazzling parallel universe! These visions may seem bizarre, but the reality behind them never is. Books on the end of history are hot. Most …