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The No-Name God

A Bible Study by Fred Kenison

 

20  Revelation


The future revealed to Jesus

 

 

Summary Highlights of Chapter 20

 

 

This study will include only a few comments from the book of Revelation. For a detailed commentary on every verse in Revelation, see our book, The Apocalypse of Revelation.

 

Revelation 1:1 declares,

"Revelation of Jesus Christ, which the god gave unto him, to show to his bondmen what things must take place shortly."

 

When it comes to knowing what will happen in the last days, even Jesus had to be told by The God. This revelation was given to Jesus for the purpose of passing it on to his bondmen that they, too, might know what to expect in the days preceding the second coming of their lord, Jesus, the Christ.

 

Who was this Jesus to whom these things were revealed? The answer is given in Revelation 3:14:

"These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of the god."

 

It is interesting, is it not, that scripture specifically states that Jesus is the beginning of the creation brought about by The God? The reader will recall our earlier comments about this point.

 

Revelation 4:8 says,

"And [the] four living creatures, each for itself had respectively six wings; full of eyes around and within; and they have not cessation day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, lord the god the almighty, who was, and who is, and who [is] to come."

 

Here, the word "lord" is used to indicate the office of the god, who is always the master, or lord, of all creation. More often, the word lord has been used to describe Jesus, the Christ, who again is shown in a secondary position to The God.

 

If Jesus is lord, or master (adonai in the Old Testament), then his authority for that office is derived from The God. Sometimes, it may appear that Jesus has some authority of his own; however, none of his authority ever originates within himself, but is always derived from his father, the invisible god of heaven.

 

Revelation 4:11 says,

"Thou art worthy, O lord, to receive glory and honor and power: because thou didst create all things, and for thy will they are, and were created."

 

John, the author of Revelation, often uses lord in reference to Jesus, though not always. Here, again, the word lord refers to The God, the invisible god of heaven, as the one worthy or glory, honor, and power because he was the one who created all things. Furthermore, all these things were created for The God’s pleasure, desire, or will.

 

John is again observing that The God is the originator of all things. Although Jesus participated in this creation, he was always a secondary cause. He was the word, the logos, of The God. It was Jesus who gave concretion, or expression, to the will of The God.

 

Neither Jehovah in the Old Testament, nor Jesus in the New Testament, could express or do anything on his own. Jesus even said that he neither did nor said anything, except what his father told him (see John 5:19). That displays total obedience, and is the very reason that it was Jesus who left us the inheritance of eternal life as a gift from his father, The God.

 

Revelation 7:9-12 says,

"After these things I saw, and behold, a great crowd, which no one was able to number it, out of every nation, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and crying with a loud voice, saying Salvation to him who sits on the throne of our god, and to the lamb. And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell before the throne on their face, and worshiped the god."

 

Again, John makes a distinction between The God who sits on the throne, and the lamb, or Jesus. It should also be noted that it was not the lamb, but The God who was worshiped by all the angels and the others present. Jesus is definitely to be honored, glorified, and served, but he is not to be worshiped in place of The God, nor is he to be worshiped as though he were the same as The God. Jesus is not The God!

 

Revelation 7:15-17 declares,

"Because of this they are before the throne of the god, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne shall tabernacle over them. They shall not hunger any more, neither shall they thirst any more, nor at all shall the sun fall upon them, nor any heat; because the lamb which [is] in [the] midst of the throne will shepherd them, and will lead them to living fountains of waters, and the god will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

 

This is a picture of a compassionate god, one who will tabernacle, or shelter, over those who are before his throne. The God will see that these servants never again lack for anything, but more than that, The God will comfort them by wiping away every tear from their eyes. There will be no sorrow, nor any need for crying.

 

Revelation 10:7 says,

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound [the] trumpet, the mystery of the god should also be completed, as he did announce the glad tidings to his bondmen, the prophets."

 

Just as the glad tidings, or the gospel of the kingdom, was announced to the Old Testament prophets, that mystery which had awaited the revelation brought by Jesus, the Christ, was about to end. The kingdom was ready to be openly manifested.

 

Revelation 11:11 says,

"And after the three days and an half, [the] spirit of life from the god did enter into them, and they stood upon their feet."

 

This refers to the two witnesses who were killed. The point to be brought out for this study is that "the spirit of life" comes from The God, the fountain-head of all spiritual life. It may flow through Jesus, the Christ, to the holy spirit, which then is imparted to mankind, but it finds its origin in The God. It is he who gives all life.

 

Revelation 14:4-5 declares,

"These were purchased from among men [as] firstfruits to the god and to the lamb; and in their mouth was not found guile; for they are blameless before the throne of the god."

 

This refers to the 144,000, erroneously claimed by some to be members of a specific denomination. They are chosen as the first-fruits, just as Jesus was a first-fruit to The God when he was resurrected. These 144,000 are a kind of first-fruits to both The God, and to his son, Jesus, spoken of here as the lamb.

 

Revelation 19:1 says,

"And after these things I heard a voice of a great multitude loud in the heaven, saying, Hallelujah, the salvation, and the glory, and the honor, and the power, to the lord our god."

 

This great multitude is proclaiming that it is their lord, their god, to whom all these things belong. Here, again, lord is used to designate the god as the original one to whom service is owed. Also, all the salvation, all the glory, all the honor, and all the power belong to The God. Each of these items is preceded by the definite article, which conveys the sense of all.

 

Revelation 21:2-3 says,

"And I ,John, saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from the god out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of the heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of the god [is] with men, and he shall tabernacle with them, and they shall be his peoples, and the god himself shall be with them, their God."

 

These two verses convey certain matters about The God. First, the new Jerusalem comes down from him. Second, this new Jerusalem is the place where The God dwells, and when this occurs, he shall dwell with men. Third, The God shall be their god. This does not mean that men shall finally see The God, because, as in all past times, he will be revealed only through Jesus, his word.

 

Revelation 21:22-23 says,

"And I saw no temple in it; for the lord the god the almighty is its temple, and the lamb. And the city has no need of the sun, nor of the moon, that they should shine in it; for the glory of the god enlightened it, and the lamp of it [is] the lamb."

 

These two scriptures provide a fuller description of what the new Jerusalem will be. It will not have a temple, hence no sacrifices. Neither will there be any need of the sun or moon as the glory of The God will give it light. This light will shine forth from the lamp, or the lamb, Jesus, who always shows forth the things of The God.

 

Revelation closes with a warning:

"For I jointly testify to everyone hearing the words of the prophesy of this book, If anyone should add to these things, the god shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book. And if anyone should take from the words of this prophesy of [the] book, the god shall take away his part from [the] book of life, and out of the holy city, and of those who are written in this book." (Revelation 22:18-19).

 

These words have been used by some people as an excuse for not making any comments upon the book of Revelation, which is not at all the intent of this verse . It does mean that no one is to add anything to or subtract anything from this book which would violate its original text.

 

We hope this study has helped to clarify how The God gradually revealed himself to mankind.

 

# It began in the Old Testament, with only his works visible.

# It progressed as the people attributed the works of The God to his

     word, Jehovah, whom they worshiped as their god.

# When Jehovah, the word of the Old Testament, became flesh as

     Jesus, it was revealed that there was another god in heaven,

     whom Jesus called his father.

# Access to the Father, the invisible god of heaven, was not

     available to any person until after the crucifixion of Jesus.

# When Jesus died, the veil before the heavenly holy of holies was

     torn down, and the way was opened to The God.

# We now know, or at least we should know, that there is a god

     which no man has seen nor ever shall see, and that we can

     fellowship with that god—The God— through the work that Jesus

     accomplished while on earth.

 

While this study has touched on only one of the mysteries in the Bible, we hope it has broadened and deepened your appreciation for the many secrets still hidden there.

 

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Summary Highlights of Chapter 20

 

# When it comes to knowing what will happen in the last days, even

     Jesus had to be told by The God.

 

# Scripture specifically states that Jesus is the beginning of the creation

     brought about by The God.

 

# Sometimes, it may appear that Jesus has some authority of his own;

     however, none of his authority ever originates within himself, but is

     always derived from his father, the invisible god of heaven.

 

# The invisible god of heaven is the one worthy or glory, honor, and

     power because he is the one who created all things.

 

# Total obedience is the reason that it was Jesus who left us the

     inheritance of eternal life as a gift from his father, The God.

 

# John made a distinction between The God who sits on the throne, and

     the lamb, or Jesus. It should also be noted that it was not the lamb, but

     The God who was worshiped by all the angels and the others present.

     Jesus is definitely to be honored, glorified, and served, but he is not to

     be worshiped in place of The God, nor is he to be worshiped as though

     he were the same as The God. Jesus is not The God!

 

# The God will see that these servants never again lack for anything, but

     more than that, The God will comfort them by wiping away every tear

     from their eyes. There will be no sorrow, nor any need for crying.

 

# "The spirit of life" comes from The God, the fountain-head of all spiritual

     life. It may flow through Jesus, the Christ, to the holy spirit, which then

     is imparted to mankind, but it finds its origin in The God. It is he who

     gives all life.

 

# These two verses (Revelation 21:2-3) convey certain matters about The

     God. First, the new Jerusalem comes down from him. Second, this new

     Jerusalem is the place where The God dwells, and when this occurs, he

     shall dwell with men. Third, The God shall be their god. This does not

     mean that men shall finally see The God, because, as in all past times,

     he will be revealed only through Jesus, his word.

 

# We now know, or at least we should know, that there is a god which no

     man has seen nor ever shall see, and that we can fellowship with that

     god—The God— through the work that Jesus accomplished while on

     earth.

 

 

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October 2009

 

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