with the Apostle Paul count all tribulations as loss and dross for the excellency of theknowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord.” (R3568:3; 3569:1)
1:1, 2 —
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto hisservants [Gr.
—bond servants; Siniatic MS., Saints] things which must shortly cometo pass; and he sent and signified [sign-ified] it by his angel unto his servant John: Whobare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things thathe saw.”The Revelation here referred to as “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” is not the revelationof Jesus himself, but the revelation by God of His eternal purposes as given to Jesus after hehad proved himself worthy of it; i.e., not until he had fulfilled his consecration in death it-self. This revelation is thus represented in “the book” (scroll) of Rev. 5:1, 2, 7-9.
“Jesus had not proven himself worthy of this great honor when he made his consecration,but when he had finished his course in death he was then worthy to receive glory, honor,and power. After his resurrection and ascension the scroll was given into his hands to beopened.
This means that the divine plan as a whole was here made known to him
—for he already had knowledge of much of this—but all things were given him to unloose.There had been some things that our Lord did not know. He had said, `Of that day and hour (of his second coming) knoweth no man; no, not the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but my Father only.’ (Mark 13:32) A part of the plan was written on the outside of thescroll, and a part was written on the inside. The things that were sealed were not proper to be understood by our Redeemer until he had received the all-power, after hisresurrection. The execution of God’s plan was then given into his hands.” (R5943:5)“And our Lord’s revelation, which God gave him after he had passed into glory, he sent and signified (sign-ified—told in signs, symbols, etc.) to his Church,
through his servantJohn
. (Rev. 1:1) We are also told that the prophecies given aforetime by holy men of old were given, not for themselves, nor for others of their day and age,
but exclusively for theinstruction of the Christian Church
. (1 Pet. 1:12)” (B203)
John the RevelatorJohn 21:22 — “Jesus said unto him [Peter], If I will that he tarry till I come.”
“As we have seen, John, the revelator represented those favored members of the Churchwho, living in this end of the Gospel age, are granted the privilege of seeing and appreciating more and more the things which he saw in symbol.” (R3572:4)
The Angel of Rev. 1:1
While we do not think it too important—else the Lord would have indicated who the an-gel was by whom he signified the vision to John—we suggest that it may have been the an-gel Gabriel, who was sent of the Lord to give similar skill and understanding to Daniel of old (Dan. 8:16; 9:21), as he is here to John on the Isle of Patmos.Our reason for suggesting this is, that what the Book of Daniel is to the Old Testament,the Book of Revelation is to the New Testament; both are apocalyptic!
The “Angel of the Lord”
The “angel of the Lord” appeared to Joseph. (Matt. 1:20, 21)To Zachariah (the priest at the Temple at Jerusalem) the “angel of the Lord,” was Gabriel(Luke 1:19), and likewise the “angel of the Lord” that appeared to Mary, at Nazareth, wasthe same Gabriel! (Luke 1:28)In the prophecies of Daniel, Gabriel is identified as “the man,” (Dan. 8:16; 9:21) for an-gels thus frequently appeared as men. (Gen. 18:1, 2)