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EDITION 41 : VOLUME 84 - Every Eye Shall See Him

Foreword: How often have you heard this saying? It is often used in reference to the Second coming of Christ where every eye is suppose to see Jesus when He returns. Is that what the verse in Revelation 1:7 really means? Come with an open mind and let THE REDEEMER MAGAZINE stimulate your sense of thinking and reasoning. Let's explore the meaning of Revelation 1:7.

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Digital Edition - Every Eye Shall See Him

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 All articles in this magazine are written in whole or part by Dr. Otis T. Williams Sr. Th.D.....© 2014 These articles are the literary properties of Otis Media Publications Syndication Inc. ©


Every Eye Shall See Him

Dr. Otis T. Williams Sr. Th. D.


7: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7

        Most of the Christian world rely on this one verse as the evidence that Jesus’ promised return haven’t occurred as of yet. However honest and sincere we are; it is not rational to base an event such as “The Coming of Christ” on one scripture. Before the truth dawn on me I was one that used this same scripture. But after serious Bible study I know better and I see more and more people has come to the realization that Jesus kept His word and returned to the Generation that He promised He would return to; His generation. You have got to let the text speak for itself.

        This is a very generational issue that is borne out in the scripture in Matt. 16:27-28 that makes perfectly common sense when we let the Bible interpret itself MATT. 27: For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

28: Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Even though this is about as plain as it can get this is ignored by our churches and for most part the majority of the commentaries. Time and time again this issue is ignored because the truth is very unpopular. The churches would rather hold Christians in bondage by the preaching of doom and gloom that Jesus promised return would happen to a generation that is some two thousands years hence removed.


       I think Revelation 1:7 is one of the most misinterpreted verses in the Bible. This verse is taken by many to be proof positive that Jesus was going to return in humanly bodily form. It is taken also as proof that every human being that ever lived will physically see him. This is not true. Why is this not true? First we must understand that John who penned the book of Revelation also thought to have written the Gospel of John and the epistles of John. In John 19:37, here we have John himself using this same scripture when he says “and another scripture said they shall look on him whom they have pierced.” He is quoting Zachariah 12:10: And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Here he is saying that Zach.12:10 was fulfilled when Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross. So we bring that forward because John himself witnessed the crucifixion, he was there with his mother; the disciple that the Lord loved. So when John is writing the book of Revelation he is pointing out to them that why some of them were still alive that saw Jesus on the cross; Jesus was coming as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in judgement upon them.(that generation). John in Revelation 1:7 is simply saying that those who saw Jesus hanging on the cross(those who looked on Him) were going to be the ones of the focus of judgment in the book of Revelation.

       Another thing we must realize is whom does this passage say the judgment will be against? The judgment is against; No.1 those who looked upon him. No.2 those who pierced him. It also says all the tribes(kindreds) of the earth. The word tribes is from the Greek word Phule(foo-lay’) which means the commonwealth of Israel: or the twelve tribes. It is used 31 times in the New Testament there are only a very, very, few times which it does not refer to the twelve tribes of Israel. So what we have there in Revelation 1:verse 7&8 is we have Heavens response to the prayers of the leaders of Judea(leaders of Israel) when they cried out in Matt. 27:25: Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. In verse 24 of this same chapter Pilate ...Matt 27:24 ...... washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. When Pilate said he washed his hands of this innocent blood the people of Israel said let his blood be on US AND OUR CHILDREN. Now, Revelation 1:7 ....says every eye shall see him also/even the ones who pierced him. The definition “every eye shall see him” is those who pierced him (it is the twelve tribes of Israel). Revelation 1:7 sets out for us the theme of the book. It is the response of the prayers of the leaders of Israel. “Let his blood be on us” Matt 27:25. God said you want his blood to be on you then so shall it be.


       Let’s look back again at Zach. 12:10. Revelation 1:7 is a quote from Zach. 12:10 it says they will look upon him whom they have pierced as an only begotten child and in that day (Chapter 13:1 and beyond). In that day when they would mourn, God would cause 2/3 of the people to perish from the land. Zach. 13:8: And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9: And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. Now when would this happen? It would happen when Israel would be destroyed. Look at Zach 14:2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Now when Israel was destroyed it was not 586 B.C. And it was not anytime in the moving forth between Zachariah and AD 70. It only refers to AD 70.(The year Israel was destroyed.). Thus we have Zachariah predicting the time in which those who would pierce Jesus, and looked upon him when they pierced him would be judged to such an extent that a great majority of the nation would be destroyed when Jerusalem was destroyed at the coming of the Lord. In Revelation we have John quoting that verse and telling us that the book of Revelation is about the destruction of the city called “Babylon” which happens to be the city where the Lord was slain (Rev. 11:8: And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.).

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       The harmony and the beauty of the scripture is so wonderful if we will allow the bible to speak. To take Revelation 1:7 and apply it to some type of end time scenario removes it from its prophetic context. It removes it from the context of John 19:37, it removes it from the prayer of Jews saying “let his blood be on us”, it removes it from the context of the destruction of the city where the Lord was slain. In removing it from it’s prophetic context violates the inspiration of scripture. Here is one more thing to remember. When Jesus was on his way to the cross and the women were crying Jesus says “woman don’t weep for me but weep for yourselves and for your children. This once again nails Revelation 1:7 to a generational issue. In the Old Testament Nineveh had forty days to repent. While the Lord gave Jerusalem a grace period of 40 years to repent and she didn’t.

      To sum this up once again I say the beauty and the harmony of the scripture is such it cannot be ignored and Jesus’s own inspired application means without any doubt whatsoever that “The Day Of The Lord” had to occur in his generation. Here is why 1). The blood of Israel would be vindicated and judged at The Day Of The Lord.(Isaiah 2-4). 2) Jesus said that the blood of the Martyrs would be vindicated in His generation at the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. THIS IS INESCAPABLE. We must learn not to stretch Revelation out of its context. We must leave it in context of the generation to whom it was written. This is one reason why people are so confused today in thinking that we are living in the Last days when in fact it is plainly stated in the scripture without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus himself lived in the Last days which was some two thousand years ago.

      The message that I am trying to get a cross is that this message deals with the integrity of God, the deity of Jesus, and the inspiration of scripture. if Jesus did not keep His word to do what He said, when He said it, then God failed and is not God; Jesus lied and failed or He is not the son of God and the inspired scripture which predicted those things failed and therefore the scriptures are not inspired. The issues that I am dealing here with are some of the most fundamentals that a person can even begin to discuss. There are a lot of issues that the church has struggled with down through the centuries that are in actuality issues that could have been settled long ago if we had got our idea of the study of “the last things” and “last days right”. Yes my friends the book of Revelation is a generational prophecy prophesied to the generation of Jesus Christ. Remember when we study we will find that the book of Revelation consummates with the Judgement coming of Jesus Christ at the end of the Millennium and Jesus said “behold I come quickly” thus the argument would be the coming of Judgment of Christ would be at the end of the Millennium. Jesus said his coming was near so the end of the Millennium was near when John wrote the book. AMEN.

Every Eye Shall See Him

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