Summary: Chapter study of key words and verses to help understand the book of Revelation.

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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.

Vs. 14:13

Vs. 16:15

Vs. 19:9

Vs. 20:6

Vs. 22:7

Vs. 22:14

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.”

Pierced =

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.

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Edwin Wilkinson

commented on Jan 5, 2008

A concise directional approach...makes the passage something to be understood by all by clarifying the definition of words.

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