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A Layman's Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ by Jesse C. Jones

A Layman's Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ by Jesse C. Jones

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Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

Cover Art: Special thanks to Rex Morache for special layout and permission to use King of Kings painting

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God. It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation. Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches. This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation. I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook. No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation. This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy. Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming. This was something totally new to me. I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different. Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth. What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding. Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men. My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world. In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

Note: Previously this book was only available in Chapters segments. As of January 8, 2014, the entire book is now available here where only the cover art was in the past. The chapters will still be available individually as well.
Cover Page - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary
Written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission):

Cover Art: Special thanks to Rex Morache for special layout and permission to use King of Kings painting

In the mid-1990’s when my wife was in the last stages of Alzheimer’s disease, I got into the habit spending the late hours of the day praying and talking to God. It was during this time that I began to sense God urging me to do something that I would never have considered doing, and certainly did not feel qualified to do under any circumstance: He continually persisted in my writing an exposition on the seven churches of the book of Revelation. Every night it was the same: He would bring it up, and I would argue that I was not qualified to undertake writing on the Bible, nor did I have the slightest insight regarding the seven churches. This went on for some time, and eventually I came across a book that had been written on the seven churches of Revelation. I thought that this was my “Aha” moment, and I immediately brought it to God’s attention, thinking that I was off the hook. No such luck, for God (as I have learned) always has a Plan B that is better, and usually bigger, in mind, and that’s when He hit me with probably what He had in mind all along: writing a commentary on the entire book of Revelation. This hit me like a ton of bricks: I had felt unqualified to write on the seven churches, now I was confronted with something so overwhelming there was no question about my inadequacy. Undoubtedly, that is where He wanted me to be all the time: totally dependent on Him for every idea, concept and interpretation that I put to paper (or computer screen in this case).

So I began to study, search and write, and the words seemed to keep coming. This was something totally new to me. I had co-authored a couple of technical books in my last job as a teacher, but this was different. Here I was dealing with subjects for which I could not reach down within to draw up understanding: I had to depend totally on Him.

I do not want to leave readers with the impression that everything in this book is right out of God’s mouth. What I hope is contained therein is what God gave, processed through an ordinary layman’s mind and body, and therefore susceptible to some misunderstanding. Several years ago a friend asked me why I thought God would give me knowledge that He had not given other men. My answer was that God is no respecter of persons (Ac. 10:34), He gives knowledge to those who have the greatest need and desire, with no consideration of status or position in the world. In fact, He seems to favor the least capable or honorable (1 Co. 12:22-24).

This work can be downloaded, in part or whole.

My hope is that God will use this to change lives.

Jesse Jones

Note: Previously this book was only available in Chapters segments. As of January 8, 2014, the entire book is now available here where only the cover art was in the past. The chapters will still be available individually as well.

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Jesus speaks to the church at Pergamos as one on the o$ense. This is the

same manifestation of Jesus that John witnessed in Revelation 1:16, when the

two!edged sword was “going forth”. This is thought by some expositors to infer

judgment, but it also implies that Jesus is on the o$ensive. The similarity be!

tween this two!edged sword and the “sword of the Spirit”, which is identified as

the “word of God” in Ephesians 6:17, is interesting. The “sword of the Spirit” is

the only o$ensive weapon mentioned for the believer to use in standing against

the wiles of the devil. Those that have the Holy Spirit have this sword avail!

able for use on o$ense, as well as the breastplate, helmet, girdle, shoes, and

shield, for use on defense. There is no mention of this sword having two!edges

like the sword in Revelation 2:12. The Greek word used for the “sword of the

Spirit” is interpreted as “a large knife, poniard; the sword of the executioner”

"Analytical Greek Lexicon Revised#. Thus, the sword mentioned in Ephesians

6:17 is not a two!edged sword, as is the sword in Revelation 1:16, 2:12, and 19:15.

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These scriptures refer to two di$erent types of swords: one "with one edge#

wielded by the believer which is the spoken Word of God, to be used o$en!

sively when Satan attacks, and one "with two edges# wielded by Christ, the liv!

ing Word of God who speaks the Word of God as He takes the o$ensive in

battle . Vincent's Word Studies in the NT says that two#edged in this scripture

means literally, "two#mouthed". Jesus used the sword with one edge "the Word

of God#, with great e$ectiveness when Satan confronted Him in the wilderness

following His baptism. Here He appears as the second person of the trinity,

ready to make war by speaking the Word of God, as well as being the Word of

God, the second person of trinity. Those that hold to the teachings of Balaam,

and the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, face the same awesome power that Christ

will manifest in the final battle of Armageddon, when He comes with His two!

edged sword, prepared for battle.

Pergamos was located in an area well known for idol worship, and it is to

this that Jesus refers when He says that He knows where they dwell, where the

throne of Satan is. This may refer to the magnificent altar to Zeus, which was

located in Pergamos. Dr. David Jeremiah in his study guide entitled: “Escape

the Coming Night”, indicates that Asclepius, the god of healing, was known as

the Pergamene God. Although heathens surrounded this church, yet the be!

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lievers at Pergamos held fast to Jesus’ name and did not deny the faith, even

when one of their leaders was martyred. Churches in America and Western

Europe have not experienced this kind of persecution, but there are many

churches throughout the Moslem and Communist controlled parts of the

world that have been severely persecuted, and leaders, as well as members,

have been killed. 2 Timothy 3:12 indicates that all true believers will su$er per!

secution. America’s churches need a wake!up call, for we face a time in the fu!

ture that will try men’s souls, when the antichrist will proclaim himself as God

and demand that all men worship him on penalty of death.

Jesus had a few things against the church at Pergamos: some members held

to the teachings of Balaam, who led the men of Israel into fornication with

Moabite and Midianite women. 2 Peter 2:15 states that Balaam “loved the wages

of unrighteousness”. For personal gain he was willing to prophesy against the Is!

raelites, who were in conflict with Balak, king of the Moabites, but God would

not allow it. Prophecy in today’s churches is more enlightened teaching than it

is foretelling future events. Old Testament prophecy usually foretold the com!

ing of God’s judgment as a result of unrighteousness among the Israelites. Old

Testament prophets were also consulted about upcoming major decisions af!

fecting the nation; they were expected to determine God’s will. In US

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churches of today, prophecies about the future actions of God are seldom

heard: prophecies given are often relatively innocuous, and have nothing to do

with God judging the church, city, state or nation. The prophecy heard in to!

day’s churches does not resemble prophecy found in the OT, and it is di'cult

to believe that our churches, cities, states, and nation are so godly that we do

not need correction. We are charged to judge prophecy "1 Co. 14:29#. It is a

shame that there is so little of it to judge.

The church at Pergamos also included some that held to the doctrine of the

Nicolaitanes. We noted earlier, in the letter to the church at Ephesus, that Je!

sus said He hated the deeds of this sect; now we see Him specifically focusing

on their doctrine, which involves the leadership of the church asserting power

over the members of the body. Jesus tells them to repent or He will come to

fight against them with the sword of His mouth. Churches of today that hold

to this doctrine and do not repent will find themselves fighting against the

Word of God, with His two!edged sword "Rev. 19:13#.

Jesus told this church that He would give hidden manna to those that over!

come. The Greek word interpreted hidden here means “to lay up in store”. We

know that God fed the Jews in the wilderness with manna for forty years, and

therewith sustained their lives. If we apply this scripture to churches during

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the last days, we conclude that this must refer to the last half of Daniel’s 70th

week, when antichrist requires all people to receive His identifying mark to be

able to buy food "Re. 13:16!17#. God will seemingly lay up hidden manna for

those that overcome "refuse to take the antichrist’s mark# in order to sustain

their lives.

Jesus also promises to give the overcomer a white pebble, with a name writ!

ten thereon, that no man knows except the one who receives it. During this

time pebbles like this were employed in voting or balloting, but in this case the

pebble seems to be more of a token, given by the Lord to signify the over!

comer’s victory over the world. Names were very significant during Bible

times. Old Testament Jews would not even utter God’s name for fear of being

irreverent. When the angel Gabriel told Zacharias that he would have a son,

he was told to name him John. Later, when John was born, Zacharias’ kin mar!

veled that he and Elizabeth did not name him after his father. In this time, a

person’s name said a lot about who the person was, not only to his family, but

also about his relationship with God. God renamed several individuals in the

Bible after He chose them, e.g. Abram "Abraham#, Jacob "Israel#, and Saul

"Paul#. The name that is on the pebble received by these overcomers will un!

doubtedly reflect their life in Christ.

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