In the fall of 2019, I began feeling the nudge of the Holy Spirit to write one song per chapter for the book of Revelation. It was quickly followed by a confirmation, a challenge, rather, issued from my dear brother Kyle Martin to indeed write one song for every chapter: to release a worshipful expression on one of the most controversial texts in all of scripture.
For me, the most difficult thing about this was doing my best not to champion my own eschatological slants, or to “write myself” into the narrative. Instead, I’ve attempted to simply sing the scriptures and/or worship through them. This project is simply that, my attempt. I’ve tried singing from the perspectives of the apostle John, the Lord Jesus, the first century believers, the martyrs, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, etc. On some of these songs the text is so flabbergasting and intense, that my heart and voice simply had to turn to worship and adoration.
This book has the capability of invoking fear and anxiety for many. If I’m honest, at certain times during this process, it did even in me. But this prophetic text wasn’t written to freak the first century Church (or us) out, but to point to HIM. So, instead of dwelling too heavily on the circumstances spelled out in the text, we continually fix our gaze on the Author and Perfecter of our faith.
I love that Revelation is historically titled, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Because at the end of the day, no matter what theological background you come from, the Revelation is Jesus Himself. He is the Son of God & Son of Man with flames of love flickering in His eyes, the I AM, the worthy Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, the Lion of Judah who has triumphed, the KING of kings and LORD of lords. Articulating this reality was the agenda of John the Beloved, and it is my intention to echo this passionate message.
HE is my Beginning & my End. My Revelation.