April 1, 2020
Revelation 1: 17-18 (NASB) “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One, and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.”
In the Indonesian Simplified Translation(TSI), the same verse is written as follows: When I saw Him, I immediately fell down before Him and I felt that all my strength was gone – like sudden death. Then He put His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I AM ALWAYS THERE – Both BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF CREATION And AFTER ALL CREATIONS are gone. I AM THE SOURCE OF LIFE. EVEN though I was dead, BUT LOOK Now I am alive, AND LIVE FOREVER more! I HAVe THE KEY Of THE KINGDOM OF DEATH, SO I have the authority TO DETERMINE WHEN Each one will DIE, AND I HAVE THE Authority TO Give dead men life.
Up to now, most Christians have known Jesus only as written in the Gospels – or worse, only as one of the historical figures of humanity. The dimension of our knowledge of Him determines the spiritual stature we live in our daily lives.
For those who know Jesus only from the written Gospels, they will discover how their spiritual journey continues ‘up and down’ in their daily lives! They cannot be blamed because that is the only dimension of revelation they have! Even the apostle John, who had been with Jesus physically, could not recognize Him after the resurrection and have been glorified at the right hand of the Father, and that time He revealed Himself on the Patmos island!
Revelation 1: 12-16 (NET) “I turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, and when I did so, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt around his chest. His head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His face shone like the sun shining at full strength.”
That is a revelatory picture of the existence of Jesus after the resurrection and is glorified at the right hand of the Father!
Dimensions of revelation about the existence of Jesus who said: I am the First, the Last and the Living, this is what we need these days! This is the dimension of revelation that gives us a stronger spiritual position than Death! Jesus had defeated Satan, Sin, and Death! Being brought to ‘see Him’ and transformed into ‘just like Him’ – 1 John 3: 2 – we now inherit power or authority over the spirit of Death! So, rise up in His Spirit and become ‘shelter to provide shade’ for nations that are experiencing that great turmoil!
Isaiah 4: 4-6 (NKJV) “When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.”
Ps. Steven Agustinus