In this teaching, as Dr. Don G. Pickney begins to explore the character and nature of the "seven churches of Asia Minor," he gives a very graphic description of Jesus at the right hand of the Father God. He reminds us that Jesus was dependent upon the Father to reveal to Him details of His plan for the end of the age.
While it may seem strange to some that after Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father, there were still things Father God knew that Jesus did not yet have revelation of, but that is in fact the truth. Pastor Don allows a picturesque scene in Revelations 1:1-2 to unfold:
Revelations 1:1-2 AMP "[THIS IS] the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries]. God gave it to Him to disclose and make known to His bond servants certain things which must shortly and speedily come to pass in their entirety. And He sent and communicated it through His angel (messenger) to His bond servant John, (2) Who has testified to and vouched for all that he saw [in his visions], the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ."
Pastor Don asks the listeners to get an image of this as Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, the Father. The Father reveals to Jesus things that are to happen. Jesus does not personally go to John and reveal them, rather He sends His angel to make these things known.
Believing there is much to learn, and growth possible from a deeper study of these verse, Pastor Don labors to make it clear to everyone. He comments on the fact that the worlds found in the King James Version are printed in red to signify that they are the words of Jesus, might be confusing to some reads of the scripture.
He points out, in this case, the words in red are not being spoken directly by Jesus but are the words of the Angel who has appeared to John as Revelation 1:1-2 describes. The angels begins speaking in Jesus' behalf by stating in Revelation 1:8 KJV "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, SAITH THE LORD, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Notice the angel speaks as if his words are the words of Jesus, adding the important words, "SAITH THE LORD." God had previously revealed to Moses, concerning the prophets of Israel, "If there be a prophet among the people let him declare, "SAITH THE LORD." In so doing the prophet would speak exactly as if it were God Himself speaking, but that would be clarified that it was actually one of God's messenger speaking IN HIS NAME.
Therefore, Pastor Don asks the readers not to become confused thinking it was actually Jesus who was appearing to John. Each of the Heavenly appearances, guiding John through the revelation was in fact, Jesus' angel! A graphic description of Jesus' angel is found in Revelation 1:12-15 NLT "When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. (13) And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across His chest. (14) His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And His eyes were like flames of fire. (15) His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice thundered like mighty ocean waves."
Pastor Don, in showing this to be Jesus' angel who was speaking to John (not Jesus Himself), quickly refers everyone to Daniel 10:4-6, 12-14 NLT "On April 23, as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River, (5) I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. (6) His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.(12)Then he said, "Don't be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. (13) But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. (14) Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come."
Remarkably, both the angel appearing to John and the angel who appeared to Daniel bear a remarkable likeness. This comparison is made in order to bring evidence that, although the words of the message may have been that of the Lord Jesus, they were being ministered, not by Him personally, but send and signified by His angel.
As Pastor Don continues the teaching, he chooses to use the message to the church at "Pergomos" (one of the seven churches of Asia Minor) as a comparative to later contrast with the church at Philadelphia.
Get ready for much revelation as you view this video by Dr. Don G. Pickney