Summary: Chapter study of key words and verses to help understand the book of Revelation.
Rev. Bruce A. Shields
First Baptist Church of Tawas City Michigan
Revelation Chapter 1
Key Verse; Revelation 1:19
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”
Revelation is broke into 3 major parts according to Revelation 1:19.
A) What John has seen.
B) What is presently seen.
C) What is coming.
In other words, write down the past, present and future events.
Chapter 1 – “The things which thou hast seen (The Past).” - The Lord Jesus as the Glorified One.
• Revelation, not revelations.
• Of Jesus, not of John.
• Blessing for readers and hearers in Verse 3.
• Glowing vision of the Lord Jesus.
Verse 1:1 – 8 “Introduction”
Prologue (1:1 – 3)
Revelation = Apocalypse (unveiling, disclosure) of Jesus Christ.
Servants = All believers.
Soon to take place = vs. 1:3 “…the time is near.”
Vs. 22:6 – 7 “…must soon take place.”
Vs. 22:10 “…the time is near.”
Vs. 22:20 “…I (Jesus) am coming soon.”
Angel = Messenger of God (anyone, human or heavenly, who proclaims God’s message)
John = identifies himself as John Vs. 1:1 “…to his servant John.”
Vs. 1:4 “John,”
Vs. 1:9 “I, John,”
Vs. 22:8 “I, John,”
Blessed = the first of the seven beatitudes in the book.
Blessed = favorable circumstance God puts on a person.
Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.”
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Prophecy = means foretelling the future as well as proclaiming any word from God.
Greetings & Doxology (Hymn or verse or praise to God) (1:4 – 8)
Seven Spirits = The Holy Spirit in each church?
Seven Churches = located 50 miles apart forming a circle in Asia Minor moving clockwise. The ENTIRE BOOK OF REVELATION as well as the seven letters was sent to each church.
A kingdom of priests = this Old Testament designation of Israel is applied to the New Testament Church.
1 Peter 2:5 “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Psalm 22:16 “…they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
Isaiah 53:5 “…he was pierced for our transgressions”
John 19:34 “one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”
So shall it be! Amen. = A double affirmation
Alpha and Omega = first and last letters of Greek alphabet. God is saying He is the beginning and the end. He is, and was and will be!
Verse 1:9 – 20 “Jesus among the Seven Churches”
Suffering, kingdom & patience = three pivotal themes in Revelation.
Patmos = a small island off the coast of modern Turkey. John was imprisoned here until his release sometime in 96 – 98 AD by the Roman Emperor Nerva.