Lorne Sandy, when president of the Navigators, had the following to say, "If you are suffering without succeeding, then someone will succeed after you. . . . If you are succeeding without suffering, then someone suffered before you."
John suffered the banishment to the island of Patmos. Tradition tells
us he was boiled in a caldron of hot water, but since he did not die they
just left him to die on this island. But before this happened he wrote
the book of Revelation. He suffered that we might not have to suffer. Many
people today are suffering for their faith and the testimony they give
about the work of the Lord Jesus in their life. It happens mainly in mission
fields but it is getting more prevalent in the USA.
1. The . . Performance Causing Banishment. v 9
A. The . . Partnership of Banishment. v 9 a
"I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation "
B. The . . Perseverance Before the Banishment.
v 9 b
" and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ,
C. The . . Place of Banishment. v 9 c
" was on the island that is called Patmos ."
Is 10 mile by 6 mile rock in the Mediterranean Sea.
2. This island was used by Rome as a hard labor prison.
3. The . . Provoking Cause of the Banishment. v 9 d
"for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Illustration After All, He's a Jew Too
Kilmer Meyers was the pastor of a church in Manhattan, USA. One of the more disturbing aspects of his pastorate was a woman named Emma who used to stand outside the church every day at 4pm and scream insults at Jesus. Emma's pain was understandable - she was a survivor of the Holocaust. One day Bishop Meyers went outside and said to Emma, "Why don't you go inside and tell him?" She disappeared into the church.
An hour went by and Emma had not returned. The bishop was worried and decided to look in on her. He found Emma, lying before the cross, absolutely still. Reaching down, he touched her shoulder. She looked up with tears in her eyes and said quietly, "After all, he was a Jew too." Source: Adapted from Leadership Magazine (Summer 1984), citing Maggie Ross, The Fire of Your Life.
"for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
(Side issue the word "for" as John was not on the
Isle for his testimony but because of it.
Illustrates how Acts 2:38 can be mis-used. Not same word but illustrates.
2. The . . Privileges Coming From Banishment. Vs 10-16
A. Banishment Privileges In The . . Spirit. v 10
1. The Privilege of the
. . Having of the Spirit Experience.
"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, . . ." v 10 a
I was in the Spirit egenomeen (NT:1096) en (NT:1722) pneumati (NT:4151). Rather, "I came to be (as in Rev 1:9) in the Spirit," came into an ecstatic condition as in Acts 10:10 f; 22:17, not the normal spiritual condition einai (NT:1511) en (NT:1722) pneumati (NT:4151), Rom 8:9). (from Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament) ATR
2. The Privilege of the . . Hearing
of the Spirit Experience. v 10 b
". . . and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
a. Voice fooneen (NT:5456). Of Christ, as is plain in Rev 1:12 (from Robertson's Word Pict.)ATR
b. Of a trumpet salpingos (NT:4536). Properly, "a war" trumpet. (from Vincent's Word Studies)
"What God whispers to us in our pleasure, He shouts to us in our pain. --- Ravi Zacharias Pastor's Conference Moody Bible Institute May 30, 1991
B. Banishment Privileges In The . . Security. v
"saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,"
1. Security of everything from "A to Z."
2. Security from the "First to the Last."
Isa 44:6 "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. NKJV
C. Banishment Privileges In The . . Seeing. v 11
". . . and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to
Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden
hold forth the light. That's what a church does.
2. John told 16 times to write. (In the NKJV)
3. Be an eye witness writer.
4. What You See ---Sees the Voice.
D. Banishment Privileges In The . . Significance.
13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Ray Stedman Related:
This vision is given to help us see that our High Priest is still ministering among his churches.
His ministry is characterized by what is revealed here. He had on, first of all, a long robe reaching down to his feet with a golden sash about his chest. Gold speaks of deity in Scripture. So it indicates Jesus is a priest who is himself God.
His head and his hair were white. These symbols are used in the book of Daniel to speak of wisdom and of purity. Here is one who is characterized by these virtues. His eyes were like blazing fire, from which nothing could be hid. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace and his voice like the sound of rushing waters. His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
Fire speaks of judgment and his face was lighted with unbearable brilliance, symbolizing the intensity of truth.
One of my favorite preachers, Ron Dunn tells of a friend whose daughter married a man they warned her about. A few years after the marriage, and two babies this man left the young girl.
Ron said he wanted to play God and just remove the experience from ever
happening. So in his
imagination God gave him the right to do that. He told the young girl he erases all that experience and the parents never would have this heart ache. Then the question was asked well what about those precious grandchildren. Ron said "oh they never happened."
They chose to leave things as they were.
John was banished because of his testimony, and we have the book of
revelation. God works through the storms and sadness.
"I've tried in vain a thousand ways,
My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;
But all I need, the Bible says, is Jesus.
My soul is night, my heart is steel,
I cannot see, I cannot feel,
For life, for light, I must appeal to Jesus.
He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads,
There's love in all His words and deeds,
All-All the guilty sinner needs is Jesus.
Though some will mock, though some will blame,
In spite of fear, in spite of shame,
I'll go to Him, because His name is Jesus."