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Revelation 1:9

(Retirement is Out of this World)

Revelation 1:9, Bishop, Caiaphas, Cardinal, Herod, Lord, Master, Patmos, Patmos Planet, Paul, Pope, Rabbi, Retirement, Reverend,“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”  Revelation 1:9

“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”  Revelation 1:9

Did you notice we believers are on a first name basis with each other?  For instance, in the scripture, John is never referred to as Reverend Zebedeeson (the son of Zebedee) or Apostle John, or even Pope John. This is in stark contrast to false religion.  As you know, whatever position one has in God’s church, from water boy to apostle, is a free gift of God, and cannot be attained by a college or seminary degree or approval. One is an apostle, prophet, evangelist, or a pastor-teacher, etc. because God made him so; and as John stated about himself, he is simply our brother.

Think about it. Do you have a brother who has earned a doctorate?  Do you address him as Dr. So-n-so now?  Probably not, and if he were my brother, I’d probably just call him Bub or Bozo. As a matter of fact, you can’t find anyone in the scripture called by a religious title, or even a governmental title with a capital letter as in King, because such titles are not their names, but rather their occupations. You can read, though, of Paul an apostle, Herod the king, and Caiaphas the high priest, in lower case letters, except for the Lord Jesus Christ. (The Authorized Version makes this important difference.)  You see, Jesus Christ alone is worthy to receive all glory, honor and praise through special titles, which also are his personal names. However, the people with titles today, from Pastor to Pope, are counting on you believing they are special, but they’re probably not even your Christian brothers.  And if they are, they’re immature and ignorant.

The basic brotherly principal is taught by the Lord: “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.”(Matthew 23:8-10)

Now, if you want to argue that the Lord didn’t say you can’t be called or call someone Pastor, or Reverend, or Bishop, or Cardinal, or Pope, or even Brother with a capital B, you are being contributory to the false religion.  Been there, done that. Even while I attended a denominational church and learned this truth, it was too much of a challenge not to call the pastor (small p) Pastor (with a capital P). How glad I was when I came out of Babylon like the Lord calls us to do and got free from such things.  (Revelation 18:4-5)  That reminds me of the time one of the church’s more independent-minded teenagers slowly rolled by the “Pastor” in the parking lot one day, driving his beat-up jalopy, and waved and greeted him, “Hey, Larry!”  It also reminds me of the time I was having lunch with several of the church people, and the pastor’s wife kept talking about Larry did this and Larry did that.  Well, I couldn’t figure out who in the world she was talking about, and interrupted and asked who Larry was.  “You know,” she replied, “Larry, Pastor Brook." I guess I never heard anyone call him Larry before, even his wife up until that time.  I wonder what she called him in the bedroom.

Continuing: When John says he is our companion in tribulation in this verse, he means we all are in tribulation right now. Some will say they aren’t in tribulation, but that is just the apparent situation. For example, if your mouth is not apparently in tribulation when you hit your finger with a hammer, your whole body, including your mouth, will shortly respond as if it were. In other words, you are in tribulation right now and reality is on the way.

John also states for himself, and us in verse 9, we are in the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ right now, and reality is on the way as well.  Hallelujah!

Now, in the second half of verse 9, John says he, and we in effect, are on the spiritual isle of Patmos “for the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ.”  He also says why he was on the isle.  Not because he was found a dangerous criminal by the Roman Empire (which may have been the reason from Rome’s view), but rather he was there for the sake of the word of God, and to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And that’s the way we all ought to think: we’re here in this world - Patmos Planet I call it, because things are on a global scale now - only for the sake of the word of God, and to testify of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The pay may not be great, but retirement is out of this world.

God loves you.  Read your Bible.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen