Ray Hoffman – Revelation – Cape Town 1 Convention – 2022, 20 March

I am very grateful to be here in South Africa again, I appreciate the fellowship here, hearing your

testimonies, the same expressions, going through the same trials as we have been in the United States, we
all can share together in the struggle and in our hope and in our thankfulness and our looking forward to our Lord’s return.

Revelations 1: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants’ things
which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.”
We know that that message went to the 7 churches, and now it is coming to us. I think about those 7
churches, if you just think of the chain, they were like the 6th one in line. The message started with God
and it went to Jesus Christ by revelation, it went from Jesus to his Angel, the Angel gave it to John, John
gave it to the Angel of each church and they gave it to the Church, so they were about 6th in line, but I
don’t think there is anything lost in the message, because these were faithful witnesses and they were
speaking by revelation. We are very thankful for our revelation from God, it’s very very precious, for a lot of
reasons, one is because it comes from God to us personally.
Revelation does not come in a group form, it comes to an individual, like when Jesus asked, “who do men
say that I am?” they mentioned different ones that people were saying that Jesus was, and then he said “who do you say that I am?” and then Peter spoke up and said “we believe and are sure thou art the Christ,
the Son of the Living God,” and then he said “blessed art thou Simon son of Barjona ” It was a personal
revelation, and Jesus knew that, it came from his father.
So, I think about all the individuals here, young and old, that the Lord has been able to reveal his truth to.
You are, we are in a very small number in this earth, and that’s not to puff us up, that is to humble us, to
understand that God could look upon sinners like us and give us that precious revelation. We want to guard
it; we want to hold it as precious. Someone said to us one time “how do you guard your revelation; how did
you retain it?” Well, we just told them that “how did he get the revelation,” well just from the words of
Jesus, he thanked his father that he hid these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them unto
babes, that’s what we know about Peter, he was willing to humble himself to be like a little child. A child is
always learning, and a child trusts his parents to tell them the truth. That’s where Peter was, that’s where
we were.
I wasn’t raised in the truth, and I remember the time, it was between the Gospel meetings, I hadn’t
attended very many, but I was very very desperate, I was in those college years, and the generation that I
was from, they questioned what they called the Establishment, they questioned everything, and even
though I was appreciating, and I was getting an understanding that this was God’s way, but it was just kind
of a habit of questioning, and criticizing almost, and saying “well does it have to be like they are saying,”
and one day I was at home, it was in the afternoon, and I was just sitting on my bed, and well I don’t know

another way to express it, the Lord just had a little conversation with me, and he said “how old are you?”
and I said well I’m 21, and he said “are you happy, in all your reference in life, are you happy?” and I said
no, I’m really not. And then he said, “what do you think about these people that are coming to these
meetings, do they look happy to you?” yes, they do. Then he said “would you like to be happy like they
are?” and I said yes, I would. And then he said “then why don’t you do what the workers are asking you to
do and humble yourself like a little child and obey?” and I remember that struggle, remember my face
blushing and getting red, and I remember just saying “alright, I will do that.” And I don’t know when God
gives the Holy Spirit, that’s his business, but I can tell you that I knew that that pleased the Lord. I knew that
the Lord was pleased with me, and that put joy in my own heart, that I had said the right thing.
I remember this man, he was quite educated, and that can be a trap and a mistake amongst us, that we get
this revelation because we are like babes and then somehow, we think that by education that improves the
revelation. You might have a greater knowledge of the Word, you might be able to put verses together, but
education has never improved a revelation. This man Dennis, got to thinking that because he was educated,
he was going to enlighten others with his new understanding. Then after the Wednesday night bible study,
he had his own bible study by phone with all these friends, he was raving about that and eventually he just
faded away. It wasn’t too long after that, we were in the home of another man, he was a doctor, he was in
a very high position in the hospital, he hired and fired, his name was probably renowned throughout the
world, for his work with babies and so forth. This subject of this other man came up, and this doctor said
about this other man Dennis, “now there is an example of a man that fought himself right out of the truth,
he ceased to be like a little child.” We really should be giving thanks to God for every time he humbles us
back to that little place of a little child, so everything can be clear and simple, pure and true. As he said to
the prince, “who has beguiled you from the simplicity that is in the truth.”
We want to hold on to our revelation. I like this little expression, in the latter part of the fifth verse, “unto
him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” what a wonderful setting, because as you
know, in those seven churches, five of the seven really got a lot of correction, some worse than others, the
Laodiceans to me was about the worse, just to think of the Lord saying “I will spew you out of my mouth,
you are disgusting to me.” And yet we read about this that he loved us and he washed us from our sins in
his own blood, and he can do it again and again, and he must. We hope that in these couple of days that we
are together, that that will happen, and that we can understand that God loves us.
I repeated this last time I was here, and maybe it won’t hurt to say it again. We were in a very unusual
circumstance about 10 years ago. One of our friends has a sister that was in a mental jail, I don’t know how
else to describe it, she apparently killed her father, thinking he was someone else, she was mentally
deranged. Anyhow she died and her professing sister wanted us to come with her to the funeral. It was
held right there in the prison, in the cafeteria, I remember the strange setting, we had to be searched and
fill out forms and everything had to be checked. I believe there were as many or more guards as there were
inmates, I believe they were all murders, all deranged. There were guards all around the room. They had
their own Chaplain, he wouldn’t let us do very much, he let me read a verse, that was about it, but he
couldn’t stop the sister, and I wondered what the sister would say to these criminals, deranged in their
minds all murderers. I will never forget that message, she just kept saying over and over and over again,
“God loves you, God loves you, no matter what you have done, God loves you.” she didn’t say they are
saved or anything along that line, but she could safely say, “God loves you.” And God loves us here. I
remember this man after the first meeting of a convention, everyone was leaving after the meeting and he

was bowed down, and crying, this huge man, just weeping and saying “he does love me, he does love me.”
And he does love you.
It mentions when he comes back, in the 7th verse, he comes with clouds. I think the clouds are witnesses,
he is coming with those people. They are all witnessing, just as John was witnessing here, he is just, he is
true, all he has done is right, even in the way of punishment, and they are witnessing that this indeed is the
Christ. Then he says “every eye will see him, and they also which pierced him.” From what I read, there was
only one man that pierced him with the spear, and he was already dead. But he says “even they that
pierced him,” that would just speak to me that these were they that pierced his heart, with their mockery,
rejection and hardness, and he says, “they are all going to weep.”
We are going over to John now, that is what the world is going to do when he comes back with his people,
they are going to mourn, because now it is going to dawn on them what they have done. Then John in the
10th verse, it says “I was in the Spirit, on the Lord’s Day,” that is a very important part of this book. This rest
of this book would not be written, if it wasn’t for that verse. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day,” The Lord
had a lot to say to John. We just get the impression that John was going through a little something that you
went through the last couple of years, and you don’t read about him really being with anyone there. He
was alone, but he wasn’t alone, was he? just like you people, the Lord was with you, and like these last two
years, did you ever think of it this way? I think you have, did you ever think of it this way, that this was like
God’s quality time with his children, taking each one individually and having a special time with you, that
you get to know him better as an individual. You were deprived of your meetings for a while, and oh we
enjoy one another, but your dearest friend wanted to have a little special visit with you again and again, to
prove himself to you.
To be in the Spirit, I think we can say this much that John no doubt prayed for that Spirit. I had a companion
that would say to me again and again, “you pray for God’s Spirit every day.” We can’t walk in God’s way
without his Spirit. It’s not like God will take his Spirit away from us if we forget and don’t ask him, but we
want that fresh anointing of his Spirit. When John was there and he was quiet and waiting, he was in a
place of obedience, submission, and under the control of the Spirit. If you are in the Spirit, you are under
the control of the Spirit, and then look what opened up to him. I just wonder how much God would have
liked to have said to me in some meetings, and it just went right over my head, because I was not in the
Spirit. It is worth the effort to be in the Spirit.
So, John hears this voice behind him and he was willing to turn, and is he ever glad that he turned to the
sound of that voice? and he remained turned, and then he gets this vision that we are going to talk about.
In the 12th verse, “I saw seven golden candlesticks,” you all know that that is the seven churches. Then it
says “In the midst of the seven candlesticks, one like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment, down to
the foot.” That was this word, he was right there in the midst of the seven candlesticks, he had pretty
severe correction for five of those churches, but he was right there in their midst, he wanted to be close to
them regardless. Someone said the caretaker of the vineyard is never so close to the vine as when he is
pruning it. I’ve never been at a convention yet, when he wasn’t pruning me. Just remember the purpose is
to make us more fruitful. He’s in the midst of it.
John saw Jesus, I think in more forms than almost anyone else I can think of. He didn’t get to see him like
we enjoyed hearing in the beginning of the meeting when he came as a babe. But he did see him as a

homeless stranger.It could have very well been John that was with was it, Andrew? and they saw how it
didn’t matter where he was, but it was a condition he was dwelling in, all lowliness and meekness and John
saw him that way, he saw him as the miracle worker, saw him walking on the sea. He saw him in the mount
of transfiguration, and got a glimpse of how he was seeing him in more detail now. He saw him in the
garden of Gethsemane, and the struggle and the pain. John is the only disciple mentioned of the 12 that
was standing by the cross with Jesus’ mother and the other Mary’s. There was John, he was seeing his Lord
and now he is seeing Jesus there clothed. All he was seeing now is the glory. Before he did see the glory,
but he was seeing also the human that suffered. He was not seeing that now, he was just seeing the glory
of Heaven. This clothing, in this spiritual sense, that in his lifetime, he knew Jesus had a human nature,
Jesus was tired, he was hungry, he was weary, he had needs. But he never saw Jesus sin, and no one yet
has been able to tell me what Jesus personality was like. His likes and dislikes, we don’t know if they had
coffee back then, and if he liked that, what kind? It doesn’t matter to Jesus. We don’t know if he was
aggressive or passive, introvert or extrovert, none of that, because he was just so clothed with this divine
garment.
In John’s first letter Chapter 3, he mentions about the love of God bestowed on us, that we should be called
the sons of God. Verse 2: “it doesn’t yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall appear,
we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is, and every man that has this hope in him, purifieth
himself, even as he is pure.” John when he saw Jesus there as he had seen him in his lifetime, he was seeing
him as his example. And he said one day I am going to be like him, in a body like that, I want to purify
myself to be as much like him as I can. So, he was clothed in this pure white garment, I just wonder if John
would have remembered an appearance of Jesus, maybe 60 years before this, he was hanging on the cross,
and he was naked. I think it was seared into his memory. Jesus wasn’t clothed; he was naked and why?
Because he was accepting the shame of the nakedness of our sin. It was all exposed in Jesus. Naked,
humiliated, shameful. He did that so that we wouldn’t have to appear naked before God.
Of all the things you want to put on in the morning, put on the garments of salvation, the robes of
righteousness, the garments of humility, the garments of praise. Everything that is divine we want to clothe
ourselves, so that the nakedness of our sin does not appear. Because he did that for us on Calvary, and
John would never have forgotten that. Then it says, he was gird about the paps (the chest area) with a
golden girdle, another translation says it was like a golden sash. That was the area that was covering his
heart, and what a wonderful heart he had, and to me that gold, you’ve got a lot of it here in South Africa,
oftentimes it just speaks to us of something that is divine. When I think of it covering his heart, I think of
that love that he had that never died. That was a divine love that enables him to love the unlovable, to love
the sinner before the sinner ever loved him. A love that would not let them go, when Jesus washed their
feet at that last supper that we heard about. It says that he loved them, and he loved them unto the end.
Because of that he washed their feet, it wasn’t because he was disgusted with them, it was because he
loved them, he was leaving them, he didn’t want to leave a bunch of kings, he wanted to leave a group of
servants. He wanted his love to be in them. It was there, if you said to James, “do you love Peter?” if you
said to them at that last supper, “James do you love Peter?” he would have said “yes I love Peter, we were
fishermen together, we shared in many things together,” but it wasn’t enough to wash his feet. John spoke
at least twice in his letter about this love of God being perfected in them.
That is the process we are in; I would hope that you could say honestly in front of everyone here that you
love one another, I believe you do, but we want that love to grow. Paul was thankful when he wrote that

2nd letter to the Thessalonians, that that love that he spoke of in the first letter was growing, and there
deep appreciation for one another and they would do anything for one another, and one of the hardest
things to do for one another is to forgive one another, and to keep on forgiving and not to keep count. I just
wondered if John could have thought back to 60 years ago, I formed that number out, because it seems
that John was an old man when he wrote the book of Revelations, and when he saw the heart of Jesus
breaking, because he was so rejected and hated. Man did not know that they were crucifying the Prince of
Glory and their Redeemer, and then his own Father had to turn his face from him, don’t you think his heart
was breaking with pain and agony? I think it was. John was so close to Jesus; he could have felt that heart
breaking in front of him. What Jesus was doing, was dying for all the filthiness that comes out of our human
hearts. In Mark 6 it says “it is the things that come out of the heart that defile a man.” It mentions a list of
fornications, adulteries, murders, blaspheming and an evil eye, it goes on and on. That is what is coming
out of our human heart. His heart was breaking, because that’s who he was suffering for. The purpose of it
is so that he could put his love in our heart and heal it. Nothing is more healing than the love of God. His
love can heal a broken heart. If we let it in. Then he can put that love in us towards others, by his Holy
Spirit, when he comes into our heart, he comes with the Love of God, spreads it all abroad. As that hymn
says “love pervading all your soul,” wants to get into every part, and in every occasion that we would be
showing love. That is the one thing that Jesus said that all men would know we are his disciples, by the love
we have one for another.
That was the detail that Jesus mentioned, it seemed to me, that was like the chief thing he kept stressing at
that last supper, the last time that he would meet with them before he died. He wanted them to get that
lesson now, that they need to love one another like he was loving them. The 14th verse: “his head and his
hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.” Well that just speaks to me of his thoughts, they were pure,
they were always pure. Satan was able to tempt him, so that had to come through a thought, “make this
stone bread,” the thought was there, but he never fed on it. It never had a place in his mind where it could
rest, because he was so full of the mind of God. I think of the thoughts that he would have had on Calvary,
the hopeless thoughts, the thoughts a person would have in a lost eternity. John when he thought back 60
years, he could have thought about what he saw, the hairs of Jesus matted with blood and dripping down
his face from the crown of thorns. That was so that we could be purified in our mind, and that we could
have the mind of Christ, the mind of the Spirit.
We had an older brother, he has gone on into eternity, he oftentimes would say to us when a problem
arose, he would tell us, get the mind of the Spirit, it’s not like that comes by flipping a switch.It just meant
he wanted us to get quieted to seek the help of God’s Holy Spirit and get his mind on it. When a person gets
the mind of the Spirit on a matter, that means that we have to separate our own human feelings, our
thoughts on it and just wait till God gives us his thought on it, because his thought is going to be right. He
died so that we could have a pure mind. We are working on it, aren’t we? that is a big struggle for all of us,
is our thoughts. But keep up the struggle, I want to keep it up. The devil, if he could put those thoughts in
Jesus mind about turning the stones to bread, how much garbage could he put in our minds and
advertisements and the thoughts of men being expressed, hard thoughts, immoral thoughts, deceiving
thoughts and proud thoughts.
We are combating that all the time, there is grace to help us to have the mind of Christ. Then it goes on to
say about his eyes, there is a flame of fire, and to me that’s like a burning of love, “see the Saviour in
compassion,” John was seeing Jesus, he saw how he looked at the multitudes with eyes of love and

compassion. It says in the Song of Solomon that he had the eyes of a dove. The eyes of a dove to me are
like tender eyes and soft eyes, sometimes mourning eyes. God help our vision, how we look on others, how
you look on the feeble ones in your meeting, and do you see them with compassion, or do you see them in
a different way. The Pharisees had eyes, and I think we could say that their eyes were more like an eagle’s
eyes, the reason why I say that, is because they were very good at seeing a fault. They would test Jesus,
they were all looking at Jesus, seeing if they could find something, like lawyers, some little thing that they
could go after him with.
Some years ago, we were at a convention in New York, where the cabins were where the visitors stayed, on
a little bluff, there was a tree, and in that tree was a family of eagles. One day for lunch they had lamb and
after lunch one of the visiting brothers took a big plate of lamb and he put it out there in the field near the
tree. Five of six of us were standing there watching, waiting for the eagles to devour that lamb. But they did
not do anything. One of the fellows seemed to know what he was talking about, he said it might be days
before those eagles go after that lamb, because they are a very very suspicious bird. They want to make
sure it is truly dead and they are just suspicious, they will wait. That’s how the eyes were on Jesus, those
pharisees. We don’t want those kinds of eyes on our brethren, because if we have that kind of an eye, then
God could look on us that way too. I would rather have him look on me with doves’ eyes in my struggle to
please him, and I think he will if I can look upon my brother with those kinds of tender compassionate eyes.
The way I look upon my co-worker and people in the field. The weak ones as well as the strong. But I think
John would have thought back, maybe 60 years, and he would have saw those eyes of Jesus, and they were
crying, they were hurting and crying and crying and crying, because of the pain that he was facing, you
could say because all the things that people have done, and how we have looked on things that were not
Godlike. So that we could get a new set of eyes if you want to use that expression, and get a Heavenly
vision, to see things how God sees them from above. That’s how I want to see you, and that’s how we want
you to see us, how God sees us, because he sees with eyes of a dove towards his people, even when they
fail.
Then it mentions his feet like unto fine brass, as if it was burned in a furnace. Brass in the bible, especially
when the greatest example is that brazen serpent that Moses had to raise up, it was speaking of
judgement. Those that looked upon that brazen serpent, they did so with repentant eyes, they were being
judged and I think about the feet of Jesus, and I think about the judgements that Jesus gave, he said “all the
judgements of heaven is given to me,” because his purpose was to do the Lords will. And that’s how we will
have right judgement, man is full of terrible judgements, and it is usually what benefits me. My bias is
towards what’s going to suit me, and it can influence my judgement on matters. Jesus had the exact
judgement of heaven, because he was always seeking the will of God. Those feet on Calvary’s cross, they
were bleeding, with the nails put in them and suffering for all the wrong judgements that man has made.
Then it mentions his voice like the sound of many waters, it was powerful in eternity. Powerful, how
powerful was the words of Jesus, it seems that God made everything by his word and his word is
synonymous with Jesus. Like an old co-worker would say, that Jesus was like God’s spokesperson. He spoke
the world into existence. God is the greatest delegator that ever will be. Like even this message was
delegated through others. Jesus was that way, or the ministry wouldn’t be needed. Do you remember the
time when he raised Lazarus from the dead, do you remember what he said to the people nearby? He said
“unloose his grave clothes, and the napkin over him.” If Jesus gave the man life, couldn’t he have done that
simple little thing? of course he could, but he wanted them to have a little part in this, and they would be

close eye witnesses of that miracle. God was very kind to let them have a little part, he is very kind to let
you and his servants have a little part in another person’s salvation.
God does the drawing, he does the speaking to the heart, he does the revealing, he gives the Holy Spirit, he
gives forgiveness of sins, he gives enlightenment of the revelation, he gives peace, he gives the joy, and
then the workers can say they have a convert. All we did was just deliver a little message, and God did all
the rest, and he gave us the message to give. Isn’t it wonderful that he would let us have a little part in this?
He is going to let us have a little part with him in eternity. When he saw all this, it says in the 17th verse,
John said he fell at his feet as dead. Like an old brother said that John was just feeling that there was
nothing in him compared to Jesus. It does not sound really much different, does it? from those that will see
him that are not right with him, when he comes with the clouds. It says they were mourning, and it looks to
me like Johnwas kind of in that position then, but there was a voice that came to John that said “fear not.”
And that voice won’t be coming to those that are not ready. And so yes, we feel undone when we see
Jesus, but God wants to also give us the message, fear not,because I gave my son for you, and he has
washed you and loves you and washed you in his blood.
Hymn 385