From ancient times, these passages have been understood as prophecies of the Messiah. The Israelite people will “pierce” their Messiah, but on the Day of the Lord, the Anointed One will appear as Judge, and those who pierced Him will “mourn.”
The beholder of mysteries emphasizes the most important thing in the Person and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ: His sufferings and death (the faithful witness), Resurrection (the first begotten of the dead), and glory (the prince of the kings of the earth). We will briefly discuss each of these designations.
It’s worth noting that, according to the opening phrase of the first verse, we are looking at the revelation of Jesus Christ, not St. John. The apostle simply has to pass on what Christ revealed to him.
For modern man, the term “apocalypse” has a sinister meaning. In antiquity, it meant to remove the covering from something hidden, to reveal that which was concealed. It was like removing the sheet from a new painting or opening the curtain on a stage. Over time, the concept began to be used to indicate the genre of those Jewish writings that appeared two centuries before Christ and continued into the first century after Christ.
Brothers and sisters, this fact proclaims the great and delightful truth that God pours out His grace upon everybody! How often we, Orthodox Christians, forget it and claim the monopoly on God’s help! In truth very many believe that the Creator doesn’t take care of people outside the Orthodox Church.
Solitude shows us who we are and gives us an opportunity to fill the “yawning abyss” of the human soul. Whether this vacuum is to be filled by God, or the “babble and rattle” of TV, or the escape from ourselves into the labyrinths of social media—the choice is in our hands. Our history knows examples that help us make a right decision.