The Apostle John is an old man (92 years of age) living as a prisoner on a penal colony when his life is interrupted by a voice and a revelation. He testifies, "I was in the Spirit on the LORD's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last" . . . . Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me" (1:10, 12).
The reader must pause and ponder what it was like for John to hear Jesus" voice and to see His glorified being after the passing of so many years. No longer surrounded by his peers, having outlived them, John must have felt alone on the island of Patmos, forgotten, and too old to do anyone any good. Perhaps he even felt contented with his legacy; his gospel account offers riveting teaching regarding Jesus' deity, and his epistle written to assure first century believers of eternal life (1 Jn. 5:13) was widely read throughout all the churches. Little did he know that this LORD's Day would give John his final legacy.
This scene offers a number of truths about aging saints:
Never despise those saints who live in harsh circumstances (John had been boiled in oil and abandoned in a penal colony on an island), for they may experience God in ways unknown to you.
What Old Testament examples does Jude use to describe false teachers? What examples from nature does he use? What characterizes false teachers?
How does John describe Jesus in the opening verses addressed to the seven churches?
John saw Jesus last as He ascended into heaven. How does this vision of Christ in the Revelation differ from his last sight of Christ?
What different descriptions of Himself does Jesus offer to the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, and Thyatira?
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