The King Is Coming, Part 2
In our last study, we began filling in on the canvas of Revelation chapter 1 the portrait of our Lord when He returns in His glory. John tells us what He will be like when He comes to rule and reign.
1. Turn to the book of Revelation. The title itself should prompt a question:
If this is a “revelation,” then logically we ask, “A revelation of what?”
John lets us know immediately (see verse 1).
“The revelation of ____________ _____________.”
The word “revelation” is just another world for “unveiling.” Just as in an art gallery one might unveil a statue or portrait, this is the “unveiling” of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. “Camp of the Exiles” on a rock called Patmos might well have been a boring place, but John did not get a notion one day out of boredom to conjure up this book. Instead, what was he doing at the moment? (v. 10) ________________________
3. How did John receive this assignment? And from Whom? (v. 11) ______________
A Portrait of Our Coming King
All of us have wished at one time or another that we knew just what our Lord Jesus looks like. We have no sketches or portraits, and it’s just as well, for our tendency might be to focus on the portrait rather than the living Christ—His person and presence in our lives. But through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, John pulls back the curtain to reveal certain facets of the appearance of our risen, returning and ruling Lord.
Remember that John had spent 3 to 3 ? years, day and night, with the Lord Jesus Christ. They walked on foot for miles together. They ate together, slept together, talked together.
Have you ever been on a camping trip, “roughing it” with a friend? How well do you know your friend by the end of that trip? John had three years of side-by-side, eye-to-eye fellowship with Jesus. In addition, John was one of the “inner circle” of three disciples to whom Jesus was especially close. John was also known as “that disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 13:23, 19:26; 20:2; 21:7; 21:20)
4. Do you think John knew Him well and would easily recognize Jesus? _____________
With that in mind, follow closely what happens to John on that Lord’s Day:
a. John is worshipping (v. 10).
b. He hears a _________ __________ behind him (v. 10).
c. The voice tells him to _____________ a book of what he is about to see (v. 11).
d. John ___________ around to see Who is speaking (v. 12).
e. John describes the Person he sees (vv.13-16).
f. Upon seeing Him, John says, “I ________________________________________
______________________________________________________________.” (v. 17)
5. Was His appearance a shock to John’s system? __________
6. Can we surmise that His appearance was different from those times they walked and talked together? ___________________
Within Revelation 1:12-18, John fills in 10 aspects of the portrait of the triumphant Christ who appeared in his vision. In our last study, we looked at
#1 THE RESURRECTED CHRIST WITH UNDIMINISHED HUMANITY.
Let’s continue with the other nine aspects of the coming Savior:
#2 HE IS THE REIGNING CHRIST WITH UNRIVALED MAJESTY.
13“…clothed with a garment down to the feet andgirded aboutthe chest
with a golden band.”
His clothing is the robe of a king and a judge, reflecting the majesty of our Lord. When you are in the presence of majesty, you bow.
“As I live, sayeth the Lord, ___________ knee shall bow to me and __________ tongue shall confess to God.” Romans 14:11
“…and that ___________ tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:11
7. How many knees and how many tongues? ______________
Does this include those who are in power today? ______
Does this include those who were in power in the past? ______
Does this include those who may come to power in the future? ______
8. In addition to their King, Jesus Christ will be the one the world will have to face as their judge. Turn to John 5:22
22 “For the ________________ judges no one, but has committed all judgment to ______ _______.”
Jesus Christ would rather be your Savior than your judge! Every human being has a date with deity, if not as Savior, then as judge, royally robed in majesty and glory.
#3 HE IS THE RIGHTEOUS CHRIST WITH UNBLEMISHED PURITY.
14 His head and hair were white like wool, as ___________ as _________, and His eyes like a flame of fire;” Rev. 1:14
Throughout Revelation, whiteness represents purity and sinlessness.
18 “Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as ______________, they shall be as ____________ as ____________.”
9. What phrase appears in both verses? _______________________________________.
Jesus is unsullied, sinless, absolutely pure and holy.
#4 HE IS THE REVEALING CHRIST WITH UNHINDERED SCRUTINY.
14 “. . .His eyes as a flame of fire.”
Jesus can see through you to everything you hope is hidden. One time a newspaper was criticized for printing bad news. The editor responded, “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.”
Turn to Hebrews 4:13.
13 “And there is ______ creature ______________ from His sight, but all things are naked and ___________ to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
If you don’t want Jesus Christ to know about it, don’t let it happen. Your entire life is laid bare before the Lord Jesus Christ. One day you will stand before Him whose eyes are like a flame of fire. He cannot be deceived, disputed, or discredited. No one will be able to fool this judge when they stand before Him.
#5 HE IS THE RELENTLESS CHRIST WITH UNTARNISHED INTEGRITY.
15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace,
The book of Revelation is full of symbols like this one. Brass is a symbol of judgment.
In the tabernacle, all the vessels in the outer court were brass. On the brazen altar, sin was judged. Here our Lord with burning feet, relentless, is going forth to judge. Nothing can stop Him.
So far, our portrait of The Coming King looks like this:
- He wears the robe of a judge and king.
- He is absolutely pure.
- His hair is white like wool.
- He sees right through you.
- His feet are as though they burned in a furnace.
- He is coming to judge.
Paul describes this judgment to the Athenians when he stood in their marketplace and announced in Acts 17:
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
10. God has appointed a day. Who has He appointed as Judge? ___________________, the One He raised from the dead, with feet like brass.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
This is not the gentle Jesus walking the shores of Galilee! John doesn’t lay his head on Jesus’ shoulder as he did before (John 13:23). No, he falls at His feet like a dead man.
#6 HE IS THE REGAL CHRIST WITH UNCHALLENGED AUTHORITY.
15… and His voice as the sound of many waters;
An unsaved person might want to stand before Him and talk back. But you may as well argue with a hurricane or talk back to ten thousand cascading Niagaras, as to speak against this One who comes with unchallenged authority.
11. Turn to Psalm 29 and read 3-5.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of glory _________________;
The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is ________________;
The voice of the LORD is full of __________________.
5 The voice of the LORD _______________ the cedars,
Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
We won’t be arguing with a voice that shatters cedars.
This voice will raise the dead:
“Marvel not at this for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice.” John 5:28 —the regal Christ with unchallenged authority.
#7 HE IS THE RULING CHRIST WITH UNEQUALED MAJESTY.
16 He had in His right hand seven stars…
We sing, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” Seven is the number of completeness. He’s got more than the world; he’s got the universe.
#8 HE’S THE REVENGING CHRIST WITH UNSPOILED VICTORY.
16 …out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,
12. (more symbolism) The Lord Jesus is not going to have a literal sword in His mouth. The “two-edged sword” in Hebrews 4:12 is symbolism for the _________ of _______.
What’s He going to do with that sword?
“…a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations; and He will shepherd and control them with a staff (scepter, rod) of iron.” Revelation 19:15, Amplified Bible
With His word He spoke the world into existence. There was light. The universe sprang into being. Galaxies came from His fingertips, and He dotted the mountains with flowers—all by the power of His word. His word is going to bring it full circle with victory.
#9 HE IS THE RESPLENDENT CHRIST WITH UNDIMMED GLORY.
16… and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Can you imagine looking into the face of the sun? The only way to look into the sun and not be blinded would be to have the same nature as the sun. When we see Him, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2). And we’ll be able to look upon Him.
Jesus is going to be all the light needed in heaven. Turn to Revelation 21:23
23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The __________ is its light.
13. We won’t need the sun, moon, or stars. Heaven’s two sources of light are: (1) the ____________ of God and (2) the __________.
Turn to 2 Corinthians 4:6
6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the ________ of _________ __________.
14. How will our hearts be enlightened with the knowledge of the glory of God? Where will it come from? _________________________________
#10 HE IS THE REASSURING CHRIST WITH UNDILUTED DEITY.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Does this portrait make you fearful?
Jesus Himself says, “Do not be afraid” (v. 17).
If you are a Christian, the One who holds the keys to Hades and Death is—
- Your “Elder Brother” and Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1-2)
- Your dearest Friend (Matthew 11:19, Proverbs 18:24),
- Your Kinsman Redeemer (Ruth 2:1 and 4:14).
- And He is your Beloved (Song of Solomon 2:10, 16, and 5:16).
To complete His portrait, go to each of these verses and view these aspects of Our King.
He stretches out His nail-pierced hands and says to you, “Come unto Me all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
This is the portrait of the One we long for, whose return we await, Our Coming King.