A guy exiled to an island called Patmos. Placed there by the authorities, who knew that his voice; if acted upon by the people, would end business as usual.
What could be so threatening that he was banished to a secluded island? It was because he exposed the record of the word of God. Doing what he was suppose to do which was to give testimony in behalf of Jesus Christ. Bringing to the attention of the people the wrongs in their community. Along with God’s expectations for correcting those wrongs. (cp Revelation 1:2).
No doubt, John wasn’t looking forward to his exile. Perhaps he expected to experience loneliness and boredom. And maybe wondering, what he could have done differently to have avoided his banishment.
When he had a most unusual encounter which would end any loneliness or boredom. Saying, I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Announcing that I am the first and the last. What you see; write in a book, and then to send it unto the churches. (cp Revelation 1:10-11).
And the voice spoke again, John turned, hoping to see who was speaking. And, what did he see? Seven lampstands with one being like the Son of Man, v.v.12-13. With that one lampstandÂ being Jesus Christ. And in his right hand were seven stars.
John was so overwhelmed because the voice he had heard was so very commanding. Described as being like a razor sharp two edged sword. Giving John this awareness, the speaker had the authority of the sun at high noon, vs.16.
Seeing him, John fell at his feet, as dead. But Christ laid his right hand on him saying, “fear not; I am He that lives and was dead. I am alive for evermore, AMEN; and have the keys of hell and of death,” Revelation 1:17-18.
After regaining his composure, upon experiencing such an astonishing supernatural visit. John was instructed to write about three events. First what he had seen, then the things which are and the things which shall be hereafter, verse 19.
Are interest focuses around the mystery of the seven stars that John saw in the right hand of Christ. Along with the seven golden candlesticks. Jesus said, “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches,” v.20.
Situation for contemplation: John was exiled because he was determined to expose his world to the word of God, as a testimony for Jesus Christ. Consider our 21 century world, and place yourself in John’s shoes. From your perspective, as a Christian, what community behaviors could you bear witness against based upon the word of God? And then testify against them in a public way, as a testimony for Jesus Christ?
Thinking: To what extent are you willing to go to force the authorities to govern according to the word of God? Would governmental hacks banish you to their 21 century Patmos?
Deliberation: Some give so much for Christ while most give so little. But the Spirit of God might ask you to give even more, or pluck you out from among those who do so little. Sometimes it happens from reading the word of God. Like chapter one of Revelation, when unexpectedly you find yourself energized by the mysterious workings of our triune Godhead. You become focused upon God’s determination to extend their Word through Jesus Christ. Done through his church, then, and still reaching us today.
Action: From Jesus Christ, who is the church. (cp Revelation 1:12-13). And said, that He would go before us in righteousness with his footsteps being our pathways. (cp Psalms 85:13). Put together an individual plan, or a collective plan with others. Designed to advance the word of God as that trumpeting two edged sword destroying what God condemns. And building monuments in there place that restore honor to God’s America, as a testimony, unto Jesus Christ.
“They that have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. To them that overcome will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God,” Revelation 2:7.