Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,
We are reaching the end of a marvellous journey through the book of Revelation in our series of seminars. We have already covered chapters one to twenty since April 2016, having listened to and enjoyed a total of sixty-one messages. We have seen many wonderful and mysterious things, but as we reach the conclusion, we realise how useful it was to have seen right at the beginning the real heart and centre of the book of Revelation.
The Central Subject
of the Book of Revelation: Jesus Christ
In his book, The Testimony of Jesus, Witness Lee presents a high and thorough view of the book of Revelation. Here Brother Lee uses the illustration of an artist’s painting to help readers understand the central point of this wonderful yet mysterious book of the Bible.
“Revelation 1:1 begins, ‘The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to show to His slaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by signs, sending it by His angel to His slave John.’ The revelation of Jesus Christ is not merely an objective record revealed by Him; it is a subjective revelation. Objectively speaking, this book is the word of Christ, but subjectively, the entire book is a picture of Jesus Christ. The twenty-two chapters of this book are a single portrait. Verse 5 of chapter 5 says that Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. A painting of a lion may portray its life, history, and many other supporting characters. However, to speak of all the small characters is to miss the mark of the painting, since the painting as a whole is simply a portrait of the lion. Revelation with its twenty-two chapters is a ‘painting’ of Jesus, portraying and depicting Him. However, if a painting portrays only the main subject without a background or environment, we would think that the artist is not very skillful. A good painter creates a picture full of meaning. Parts of the painting can cause us to weep, and other parts can cause us to rejoice. If a painting causes us to respond in this way, it is the work of the best artist. Revelation is this kind of ‘painting.’” (ch. 1, pp. 8-9)
The Revelation of the Church
In addition to the central revelation of Jesus Christ in the book of Revelation, in our seminars we have seen that this book unveils the matter of the church in a wondrous way. Brother Lee points out this revelation clearly and concisely in his book, The Seven Spirits for the Local Churches:
“The last book in the Bible is a book of gold. At the beginning there are the seven golden lampstands, and at the end the golden city, the New Jerusalem. What is mentioned at the beginning and at the end of any book is always the main content of that book. There are the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and the seven bowls mentioned in this book, but these are not in the beginning or at the end. At the beginning are the seven golden lampstands, and at the end is the golden city. We also are told clearly that the seven golden lampstands are the seven local churches. We are also told that the golden city is the bride of Christ. Therefore, at both ends of this book, we see the church. First, there are the local churches, and then eventually, there is the ultimate consummation of the churches, which is the New Jerusalem.” (ch. 2, p. 17)
The Ultimate Consummation
of God’s Building: the New Jerusalem
As we conclude our series of seminars on the book of Revelation, we will delve into its profound conclusion during the month of July. In Life-study of Revelation, Brother Lee presents a detailed view of the New Jerusalem as the conclusion of the entire Bible and the ultimate consummation of God’s building work:
“We also need to know what the New Jerusalem is. The New Jerusalem is the ultimate consummation of God’s building work throughout the centuries. Beginning with Adam and continuing for nearly sixty centuries, God has been doing a great deal of building. The issue of this work will be the New Jerusalem, God’s eternal habitation.” (ch. 59, p. 684)
You Are Warmly Invited to Join Us
We are excited to continue the seminars on the book of Revelation, and after this series concludes, we will announce the topic of the next seminar series along with the dates and locations in London and other cities throughout the United Kingdom. You are warmly invited to join us at these encouraging and enjoyable seminars. Please click here
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