Resources from Revelation

Lessons from the Christ of Patmos

Aug 7 WE have carefully read John’s description of the manner in which his Lord and Master revealed his glory to him. The figure is colossal, and I had almost said inconceivable. It would be quite impossible to draw a picture from the apostle’s words. If any artist were to try to set it forth with his pencil, the figure would be singularly grotesque, and strangely unlike the idea which John intended...

Revelation 1:16

The Lamb our Leader

Mar 7 You, dear friends, who belong to the Tabernacle, are well acquainted with our venerable friend, George Rogers. It was a great joy to me to find him alive when I came home from the Continent; he said that he must keep on living till he had seen me once more, and then he hoped that he should go home. That was a month ago, but yesterday I saw him again,...

Revelation 14:4

A Portrait no Artist can Paint

Apr 26 WHILE reading this description given by John of what he saw in the isle called Patmos, I think you must have noticed that it would be quite impossible for any painter to depict it upon canvas, and equally impossible for any sculptor to embody it in stone or marble. Those who have attempted to copy the lines here given have signally failed; they may paint a picture of the garment...

Revelation 1:16

Sermon for New Year's Day

Jan 1 How pleased we are with that which is new! Our children’s eyes sparkle when we talk of giving them a toy or a book which is called new; for our short-lived human nature loves that which has lately come, and is therefore like our own fleeting selves. In this respect, we are all children, for we eagerly demand the news of the day, and are all too apt to rush...

Revelation 21:5

Heaven Below

Sep 21 LET us think of this felicity, that we may be comforted in the prospect of it. All this is already enjoyed by tens of thousands of the redeemed. Some of those who were very dear to us on earth, whose faith we desire to follow, are now for ever with the Lord, and this is their joyful portion — “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall...

Revelation 7:16-17

John's First Doxology

Sep 2 JOHN had hardly begun to deliver his message to the seven churches, he had hardly given in his name and stated from whom the message came, when he felt that he must lift up his heart in a joyful doxology. The very mention of the name of the Lord Jesus, “the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth,” fired...

Revelation 1:5-6

A Great Mistake and the Way to Rectify It

Sep 3 THESE words were spoken, not to the outside world, but to the church of Laodicea. They relate to persons who were in a church state, who had been baptized on confession of their faith in Christ, and who were thought to be in a fine spiritual condition. They had a singularly high opinion of themselves, and probably considered that of all the seven churches in Asia they were the first...

Revelation 3:17-18

The Ever-living Christ

Jul 24 WE long, sometimes, to behold Christ in his glory. Certainly, it is one of our brightest hopes that we shall see him as he is. Every true believer can say, with Job, “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall...

Revelation 1:18

The Double "Come"

Jul 10 WE have open before us the last page of the word of God. The Spirit of God will not dictate a single fresh line of truth. We have come to the last chapter, and very soon we shall reach the Amen. We are also, according to divine revelation, approaching the last page of human history. So short a time will elapse before the present economy shall conclude that the angel...

Revelation 22:17

The Oft-repeated Invitation

Jul 10 OUR morning’s discourse was upon the first part of this verse: “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come;” and I tried to show that everyone who has truly heard the gospel call is bound to go forth, and in his turn cry to others, “Come to Jesus.” But if every hearer of the gospel is to say, “Come,” certainly every preacher of it...

Revelation 22:17