Revelation Lesson 2 Day 3

John, to the seven assemblies in Asia

John, to the seven assemblies in Asia

4. a.

Matthew 4:21-22 James and John were brothers, the sons of Zebedee. Zebedee’s wife, Salome, is believed to be the sister of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Note on Matthew 4:21 AMP

They were fishing with their father when Jesus called out, “follow me.”

Matthew 17:1-3 John, James, and Peter were with Jesus at the transfiguration. “His appearance changed from the inside out… Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.” MSG

John 19:25-27 From the cross, Jesus asked John to take care of and provide for His own mother, Mary, as if she was his own mother. Given the close relationship between Jesus and John, John and Mary probably already shared a bond. And if Mary and John’s mother, Salome, were sisters, Mary was his family.

John 20:1-10 John and Peter were together when Mary Magdalene ran to them to say, “They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” They all ran to the tomb. John arrived first. Both disciples were eye witnesses of the vacated tomb and the linen wrappings left behind.

Jesus must have passed through the linen wrappings and spices, unlike Lazarus who had to be unwrapped by others. Jesus was now in a glorified body, whereas Lazarus’ earthly body was resurrected. (Just my thought)

John 21:20-25 John corrects a false rumor about himself. Because Jesus said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”, word spread through the community of believers that John would not die before Jesus returned.

Acts 4:13 The members of the Sanhedrin (Jewish High Court) were amazed at the boldness of Peter and John.

1 John 1:1-3 John, the writer, says “we” proclaim Christ is the Word of Life and existed from the beginning.

  • We proclaim what we have heard.
  • We proclaim what we have seen.
  • We proclaim what we touched with our own hands.

Revelation 1:1-2 The source of the prophetic revelation was Jesus, the Messiah.

God’s purpose: “to make plain to His servants what is about to happen.” MSG

Messenger: Delivered by Angel

So, the message is “God’s Word — the witness of Jesus Christ!” MSG

Additional references to John:

Mark 3:17 Jesus nicknamed James and John “Sons of Thunder” (Boanerges)

The Greek word Boanerges implies vehemence, zeal, intensity, which gave to those who had it the might of sons of thunder. Smith Bible Dictionary

Mark 5:37  Peter, James, and John were the only disciples Jesus allowed to go with Him into the room where Jairus’ twelve-year-old daughter lay “asleep.” They were amazed when Jesus took her hand and told her to get up. And she did.

I would love to wreck a funeral!

John 18:15-16  John and Peter followed Jesus when He was taken before the high priest. John knew the high priest, and he asked the doorkeeper, and Peter got in.

Acts 8:1  The persecution which was pushed on by Saul of Tarsus did not drive John from his post.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary: Comprising Antiquities, Biography, Geography, Natural History, Archaeology and Literature.

Acts 15:6 Fifteen years after St. Paul’s first visit John was still at Jerusalem, and helped to take part in the settlement of the great controversy between the Jewish and the Gentile Christians. Smith’s Bible Dictionary

His subsequent history we know only by tradition. There can be no doubt that he removed from Jerusalem and settled at Ephesus, though at what time is uncertain. Tradition goes on to relate that in the persecution under Domitian he is taken to Rome, and there, by his boldness, though not by death, gains the crown of martyrdom. The boiling oil into which he is thrown has no power to hurt him. He is then sent to labor in the mines, and Patmos is the place of his exile. The accession of Nerva frees him from danger, and he returns to Ephesus. Heresies continue to show themselves, but he meets them with the strongest possible protest. The very time of his death lies within the region of conjecture rather than of history, and the dates that have been assigned for it range from a.d. 89 to a.d. 120.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary: Comprising Antiquities, Biography, Geography, Natural History, Archaeology and Literature.

B. John’s credibility:

John was an insider Jesus follower. He was close enough to feel His heartbeat at times. He probably grew up with Jesus and His family.

No one else on earth knew Jesus the way John knew Jesus.

Jesus loved John. I think it was because John had a revelation of the love of God through Jesus. Comprehending God’s love brings an intimacy impossible without it.

He was an eyewitness to Jesus’ life from nearly beginning to end. He saw the miracles. He saw the manifested glory. He saw the empty tomb.

He knew the vision on Patmos came from Jesus.

5. a. Revelation 1:9; 2:2-3, 9-10

Recipients of John’s revelation–

  • Brothers and partners with John
  • Patiently endured
  • Suffered on behalf of John without quitting
  • Diligent and unwavering persistence
  • Could not tolerate those who were evil
  • Tested and discerned those who weren’t what they claimed to be.
  • Recognized liars and impostors
  • Have not grown weary in doing well
  • Faithful to the truth
  • Impoverished
  • Blasphemed and slandered by the religious
  • The less committed had already abandoned Jesus. See John 6:66-67

B. Comparison:

Christians in countries hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ resemble the lives and qualities of the believers John addressed in the prophecy.

Many who call themselves Christians in the US and other less hostile environments are lukewarm at best.

C. Personal question:

I deeply admire John’s dedication and intimacy with Jesus before and after His ascension. John had a revelation of the love of God, and it inspired amazing devotion.

As a result, John was in the spirit on the Lord’s day. Probably not the only time this happened, in my opinion.

John was focused on and being controlled by the Spirit. This is speaking of being more sensitive to the Spirit than his physical surroundings. It could be describing a trance, or vision, as Peter had in Acts 10:10.
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

I want that. To know the love of God. To be more sensitive to Spirit than my physical surroundings.

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