The Person of Christ as Revealed in the Book of Revelation

In the book of Revelation, chapter one discloses Christ to us in His majesty and glory, as the Ancient of Days, the First and the Last, the living One, who once died but is now alive forevermore. In chapter five, we see Him as the Lamb in the midst of the throne of God, receiving the book of the divine counsels from the hand of God, and sharing with Him the praise of all creation: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne and unto the Lamb forever and ever.” (5:13) When heaven is opened and the Lord comes forth with the armies of heaven as the mighty Victor, chapter 19, upon His head are many crowns. He is the Faithful and True, the accomplisher of all God’s purposes, who is to lay at His Father’s feet an eternally ransomed creation. Three times in this chapter is His name spoken of: “He had a name written that no man knew but He Himself” (19:12), suggesting that ineffable name of the Eternal Son. His name is also called “the Word of God” (13), the revealer of God. He is also King of kings and Lord of lords (16), the Prince of the kings of the earth. As our eye rests upon the glories of the heavenly city, God’s dwelling place forever, the throne that is there is the throne of God and of the Lamb. The light of heaven, the lamp from which God’s glory is displayed, is the Lamb. Thus God and the Lamb are forever associated together.

This association of God the Father and His Son is confirmation of the strongest character of the equality of the divine persons. When Paul opens his epistles with the salutation, “Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” he puts the Father and the Son side by side. Could we associate an angel or a man with God the Father? Could we say, Grace and peace from God the Father and Isaiah or Jeremiah or the apostles or the noble army of martyrs? No, into that holy fellowship of the divine family, none can intrude.