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and creed have said their all, a mystery profound is still unfathomed with respect to the
necessity for the shedding of blood. It is for us to accept the truth and ever to set it forth.
The word blood occurs 19 times in the Revelation, but of these only four passages
have reference to redemption (i.5; 5: 9; 7: 14; 12: 11). These references are divided
into two by the lines of truth they contain: 1: 5, "Loosed from sins"; 5: 9, "Made a
redemption"; 7: 14, "They made them white"; 12: 11, "They overcame." These two
aspects of the efficacy of the blood of Christ are important guides to the special aspect of
the Book of the Revelation. First it is deliverance from sins, and a redeemed people.
Then it is the overcomer in the power of that redemption, and, as we have before hinted,
the overcomer is the character of the Book.
The reference to the blood here in Rev. 1: 5 takes us back to Matt. 26: 28, where
the Lord, as Passover, referred to His blood as the blood of the New Covenant shed for
many for the remissions of sins. Revelation, as we have seen, completes and corresponds
with Genesis. It also has many parallels with Exodus. A greater than Pharaoh oppresses
Israel here; an overthrow greater than that of the Red Sea is here; mightier magicians
than those who withstood Moses work their black arts; greater plagues fall than those of
the first Exodus. Again the people are sustained in the wilderness and miraculously fed.
The Passover Lamb is no longer offered--the true Passover, the blood of the New
Covenant, has been shed (see Jer. 31: 31, 32 for connection between New Covenant
and deliverance from Egypt). The first exodus was a failure; two only, Caleb and
Joshua, overcame. The second exodus will be a glorious success. As always, that which
is first is not spiritual, but natural. Israel shall yet possess the inheritance given by
covenant to Abraham. This may be the reason that the word "loosed" is used in this
verse. The cleansing from sins is a part of redemption, but also is deliverance. The
exodus from Egypt was pre-eminently a deliverance, and not so much a cleansing. After
the Red Sea was passed the cleansing aspect came into prominence. The Tabernacle, the
Offerings, the divers Washings, the Priests, these all came afterwards. So in Rev. 1: 5,
the loosing from sins is followed by the making of verse 6, this subject, however, is too
important to deal with now, we must give verse 6 the space that such a passage demands.
We do pray that readers who realize the special interpretation of Revelation will not
forget that many precious lessons may be learned by application and analogy. Let us
serve, walk, witness and live in the power of the words, "Unto Him that LOVETH us,
and LOOSED us from our sins." "Sin shall not have DOMINION over you."