Summary: Revelation is the only book of prophecy in the N.T.- there are seventeen in the O.T.
2~ Revelation Study:
Before we get into the verses of the Revelation of Jesus Christ , I want to point out a few more great truths to do with this book of prophecy, its the only book of prophecy in the N.T. there are several prophetic references in the N.T. but Revelation is the only book. There are 17 in the O.T.
?Listen, Paul had sent different letters to seven different churches.
Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica he sent two epistles to the Thessalonians, and at least three to the Corinthians, we have copies of two that Paul sent to the Corinthians. 1st. 2nd.
We know that he sent a 3rd one because we read in 1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
Lets realize that we’re reading this in 1ST.COR. Paul says here that he had written to them before.
But John addressed the same message to seven different churches.
Ephesus Smyrna Pergamus Thyatira Sardus Philadelphia Laodicea.
Paul had sent different letters to seven individual churches. John sent one message to seven churches.
In chapters 2 & 3 John had a special message from Christ to each church.
They were real local assemblies in the western section of the Roman province of Asia Minor Turkey . Although only seven churches are mentioned, probably more existed in the area. Most likely they were established through Paul's missionary outreach from Ephesus, the principal city in Asia Minor, but not necessarily by Paul himself.
John does not say why only these seven churches are mentioned, it may be because these seven named churches were representative of the various types of churches in John's day. Many believe, my self as well, that these 7 particular churches also give a picture, or state of the church, during the time its here on earth, from Pentecost unto the rapture We’ll have much to say about these 7 churches as we get into chapters 2 & 3.
Revelation is the only book with a promise of blessing to the reader and to the people that hear it read. In the early days of the Church before the invention of the printing press, there was a limited number of handwritten copies of Gods Word, this meant that a public reader would to go from church to church, so the reader would receive a blessing and those that heard it read would be blessed as well.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,
The Book of the Revelation commences with a blessing (1:3) and concludes with a blessing (22:7).
Six other blessings are mentioned in this book 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14 7 blessed s altogether.
It contains 22 chapters, 404 verses and 12,000 words, It has no quote from the O.T. But is alluded to many times.~ Revelation mentions ANGEL or ANGELS 76 times.
The prophecy of Daniel was penned over 500 years before the N.T. yet the books of Revelation and Daniel tell much the same prophecies.
God told Daniel in
Daniel 12:4 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.