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REVELATION STUDY, CHAPTER 1

John on Patmos

The Introduction

Revelation 1:1-3

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:

All scripture is inspired so the title is God’s title for the book. It would be for our instruction, edification, and general knowledge of the end times as God explains the process. The word Revelation comes from the Greek word 'apokalupsis' which means to unveil, reveal, or uncover. The word apocalypse comes from the same Greek word.

2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

The content of the book of Revelation was in God’s mind from eternity way before He began creating the world as we know it. When Jesus Christ took upon Himself the form of a man, He had to lay aside all His divine powers and attributes that He had in His position in Heaven as one third of the God head called the trinity God. Born as a man, Jesus was no less God and no less man but each in its own capacity. Jesus was no longer omniscient but limited as His humanity limited Him. That is why Luke said He grew in favor with God and Man. The content of the book of Revelation was withheld from Him until after He was exalted as head of the Church. All of the miracles Jesus performed during His lifetime came from God the Father through the Holy Spirit as Jesus often proclaimed.

3 Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.

There are seven beatitudes in the book of Revelation. This one emphasizes the importance of reading, hearing, and doing or keeping the things this prophecy describes.

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