Revelation 19:9 “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”
God is speaking to John, telling him to write.
God says they are blessed if they’re called to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
God is speaking to John that these are true sayings, they will not die out.
Revelation 19:10 “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
John falls down to the ground, prostrate on his feet and then tries to worship the angel.
The angel says, “Don’t do it, don’t worship me.”
The angel says “I’m a fellow servant like you and am of your family.”
Think about it, throughout the Bible, angels are known as sons of God. In John 1:12, you’re considered to be sons of God. In the book of Mathew where Jesus talks about when we are going up to heaven, we are not given to marriage but we are as the angels of God up in heaven. When we are transformed up in heaven, it is literally the same thing, sons of God.
Not only are we going to look like angels, but notice that the Lord Jesus Christ is known as the son (singular) of God whereas the angels and we are known as the sonS of God. See this closeness, it’s so close, we may not be the exact thing like Jesus but it is so close that there’s going to be such a strong similarity and representation that we might even look like Jesus.
John knows that Jesus should be the one that he should honor and worship. However, when he falls down to the ground, the angel says “don’t” because he’s identifying himself as his fellow servant. If the angel had to tell John clearly where he’s distinguishing himself then John must have mistaken him to be Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ appeared throughout the Old Testament as the angel of the Lord, so similar to an angel but it’s not like an ordinary angel. That’s why it’s not far-fetched, it actually makes more sense when we look through the exact wording: sons of God and son of God, different verses where we’ll be like the angels of heaven etc that we will be like Jesus Chirst when we get resurrected.
1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”
The appearance is not shown yet what we are going to be like but this is what we know, when Jesus appears, we are going to be like Him. But it’s not just ‘Oh we are going to be like Jesus’ or ‘like an angel’, the verse goes stronger than that.
We’re like Him based on what reason? We shall see him as he is. See, he says we shall be like him. Why are we going to look like Jesus? Based on we shall see him as he really is.
A lot of people don’t understand the joy of looking like Jesus Christ. They look at celebrities and they say that they want to look like them.
Why not the Lord Jesus Christ? King of kings and Lord of lords, the one who created you and me.
Not only that, He gave His life for a scumbag for you and me. He gave us a privilege where we’re going to have the honor of looking like Him when we are all sinners who deserve hell. Do you realize how much the Lord Jesus Christ loved you and even died for you?
The angel is saying “I am like you who have the testimony of Jesus.” See, we’re representing Jesus. When the Bible talks a lot about representing Jesus and being like Jesus, it’s really much closer than you think.
The honor of being like Him makes us realize that we have to worship Him, He deserves more worship than anyone else.
When the Holy Spirit comes down and gives you prophecy, it’s based on the testimony of Jesus: the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
A lot of people think that to be a prophet you have to have direct vision from the Holy Spirit. No, the Bible shows here that to be a prophet is to have the testimony of Jesus.
Don’t we all have the testimony of Jesus Christ in us? That is prophecy. You are prophesying to them, for example being a Christian testimony, the testimony of Jesus Christ, we know that we are going to heaven after we die and we cannot lose our salvation, once saved, always saved, Jesus Christ paid it all.
Because we have the testimony of Jesus, we can prophesy that in the future after I die, I’m going to heaven, not burning in hell.
Eternal security is the spirit of prophecy, to deny eternal security you don’t have the spirit of prophecy.
Another example of the spirit of prophecy is when we say to a lost person, ‘If you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, you will burn in hell guaranteed 100%’. You’re prophesying to them every time you’re street preaching. Every time you’re witnessing to a person about where they will go after they die, you’re prophesying to them through the word of God.
When you have the word of God, you’re automatically a prophet.
2 Peter 1:18-19-20 “And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.”
In verse 18, this is a voice that came directly from heaven. But look at who’s more powerful than that in verses 19-20.
A Bible-believing Christian who is into the word of God has more spirit of prophecy than a person who says ‘I saw a direct vision of Jesus and he touched my cheek and wipe the tear out of my eyelids’.
The spirit of prophecy is given powerfully and manifested inside the church as a whole if they are based on the Word of God.