The word revelation refers to the act of opening and showing the true nature of something that is hidden. Revelations from God come in two forms: revelation by vision and revelation by physical fulfillment. Prophecies are revelations by vision, but when their appointed time arrives, the fulfillment of those prophecies is also a form of revelation. In addition, each biblical era—the time of the Old Testament and the time of the New Testament—has its own revelation.
The revelation of the Old Testament
It was prophesied that the sealed book of the Old Testament (Is 29:9-13) would be fulfilled at an appointed time (Hb 2:2-3). When that time arrived, God opened the book (i.e., revealed its contents) and gave it to his chosen pastor. The chosen pastor then ate the revealed teachings and proclaimed them on behalf of God to his rebellious people (Ez 1-3). Jesus was that chosen pastor who received the open book and was sent to the rebellious people of Israel (Mt 15:24).
Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies in the Old Testament regarding himself (Jn 19:30). Because Jesus knew he was the only one who had received the open book (Ez 2-3), Jesus was able to say “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” (Mt 11:27). This is also why he could say “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent,” (Jn 17:3). In other words, Jesus was saying there is no salvation and no eternal life without receiving the revelation God was giving through him.
The revelation of the Old Testament (i.e., the revelation by vision) was sealed up in figurative language until the time it was fulfilled. But as the prophecies were being fulfilled, the actual physical entities described by the prophecies began to appear. This is how the revelation by physical fulfillment always appears. Before the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled, people could only preach the teachings of men. There was no salvation at that time. After the prophecies were fulfilled, though, salvation and eternal life could both be attained through faith in the revelation of the fulfillment.
As Jesus was proclaiming the word of revelation, most people refused to accept him or his testimony. This happened in fulfillment of the prophecies because God sealed the eyes of the prophets (the blind) and he covered the heads of the seers. God brought over them a deep sleep (Is 29). They were ignorant of God’s true will because God’s book was sealed to them. In Gal 3:23-24, Apostle Paul said, “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.” When Jesus came and ushered in a new era of revealed faith, the time of the law and the Old Testament prophecies came to an end.
The revelation of the New Testament (Rv 5, Rv 10)
Although Jesus brought the revealed faith regarding the Old Testament prophecies, he also made many new prophecies that are still like words sealed in a scroll. While the Old Testament prophecies were still sealed, the prophets and pastors of that time were ignorant of their true meaning. Because they were ignorant, they were only able to preach the teachings of men and call on the name of a God they did not really know. It is the same situation with the sealed prophecies of the New Testament. Revelation 5 describes how the book of revelation is sealed with seven seals and is being held in God’s right hand. This sealed book is a prophecy that is about to be fulfilled. While it is still sealed, though, no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth can open it or even look inside (Rv 5:3).
While the book is still sealed, who can say, “I have received salvation. I am orthodox. I have received the holy spirit.”? Can those statements be true? The Bible says that the spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God (1 Cor 2:10). Until the sealed book of revelation is opened and true faith is revealed, Christians are “held prisoner” by the prophecies of the New Testament just as the Jews were held prisoner by the prophecies of the Old Testament. Revelation 1 tells us how the revelation will come (Rv 1:1-2). Jesus receives the sealed book of revelation in the New Testament and opens it. He makes it known to the servants of God by sending his angel to the promised pastor who comes in the role of Apostle John. Just like the time of the first coming, people who do not receive the new revelation through the pastor who eats the open book today do not know God, Jesus, or their will. These people will die because of their stubborness (Jude 1:10).
Those who do receive the new revelation through the pastor who eats the open book in Rv 10 will understand the entire book of Revelation. They will see and believe in the fulfillment God has orchestrated according to the prophecies of the New Testament. They will be able to distinguish God and the heavenly soldiers who belong to him from Satan and his armies. They will understand the will of God, which is the creation of his kingdom and priests here on earth. This kingdom is made up of the 144,000 priests and the great multitude in white who all belong to the 12 tribes. Nothing should be added to the revelation, nor should anything be taken away. God will cause those who add to the revelation to suffer from the plagues described in it. He will also take away any share in the tree of life and the holy city from those who take words away from the new revelation (Rv 22:18-19). Believers can recognize and know the true promised pastor and messenger of Jesus by receiving the revelation.
All the world’s religious people, including all denominations of Christians, believe they are saved. The Bible clearly tells us, however, that we can only attain salvation by belonging to the 12 tribes of God’s kingdom promised in Revelation.
Only those who receive the testimony of the pastor who received the revelation of the New Testament are able to know God, Jesus, and God’s will. Those who do not receive the revelation cannot know God, Jesus, or the one God sent. These people are as ignorant as beasts and will not be saved (Ps 49:20; Ps 73:22; Prv 30:2-3). In other words, those who refuse to receive the testimony regarding the fulfillment of the book of Revelation will not be saved. All believers must meet the new Apostle John who received the revelation of Jesus Christ. All believers must receive that same revelation from him if they want to attain salvation.