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The Radiance of the King!

Today we’ll see that the truly beautiful one has come, and as we behold His radiance, His power, and His presence among us, we can persevere in whatever we are facing because the Radiant One is with us! 


Read Revelation 1:9-20                The Radiance of the King             Let’s Pray!

Outline of The Book of Revelation (1:19)

The things which you have seen: John’s PAST vision of the risen Christ (Ch. 1)

The things which are: The PRESENT church age we are in (Ch. 2-3)

The things which will take place after this: FUTURE events to come (Ch. 4-22)

There are 16 different names for God in verses 1-20! That’s the most of any opening chapter in any of the 27 New Testament books!

Welcome to the P.I.T. Club!                                                                               V. 9-11

P.I.T. = Partners in Trouble! 

John hastens to add that we are also partners in advancing Christ’s kingdom despite trouble, partners in patiently persevering together!

Four times the phrase “in the Spirit” occurs in Revelation, and there are some who use that phrase to outline the book.  Those times are- 1:10; 4:2; 17:3; 21:10


Because John took the time to draw near to God, God drew near to Him!

“In the Spirit” is to be contrasted with “in the flesh.”

The Radiance and Power of the King!                                                 V. 12-16

“As I kept watching, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was white like snow, and the hair of His head like whitest wool. His throne was a flaming fire…A river of fire was flowing, coming out from His presence. Thousands upon thousands served Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.”             -Daniel 7:9-10

Jesus is seen here to be the All-knowing, All-powerful, Everywhere-present Prophet, Priest, and King!  

The Presence of the King!                                                                                   V. 17-20

There are 365 occurrences of “don’t be afraid” in the Bible, one for each day of the year!

“Keys stand for authority, possession, and privilege. The one who has the keys is the one who is in control. What do keys do? They open things. They lock and unlock things. They liberate and imprison. What are these keys to? Death and Hades – the two great enemies of man…When a person dies, death gets the body but Hades gets the spirit and the soul.”                      -Adrian Rogers

The Radiant Lord reveals two secrets about His presence                       V. 20


Secret # 1: Jesus walks among the church’s people!

What should we do in response to this truth?


We should cultivate a sense of His presence when we gather together!

Our faith and witness will take leaps forward if we begin acknowledging Christ’s presence in all we do!


Secret #2:     Jesus holds in His hand the church’s pastors!                                 

“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.”    -Isaiah 49:16


“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”              -John 10:27-28