Summary: God is revealing Himself in the book of revelation. As He and His plans are uncovered for Sentencing Sinners and Rewarding the righteous the book uncovers who we are. The introduction shows us that It is a book that reveals, reports and rewards
Intro: The book of the revelation is a book that uncovers God in all His divine grace and mercy. Even more powerfully it displays His Justice and Judgment of a world corrupt and broken by sin. It is a divine call for any who have not yet received Jesus as Lord and Savior to take hold of His nail scarred hand.
John 1.12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
The word received in the Greek carries the meaning of taking hold to make use of. As you take hold of a hammer to drive nails, a screwdriver to tighten screws, a level to make things plumb and square. That is what this book of the revelation reveals to us. Jesus stands at the door and waits for us to accept His help in our every day life.
It is written especially for Christians in time of persecution and suffering.
In America today most Christians know nothing of the suffering of the people to whom John wrote. But if the attacks on Christianity are any indication it will not be long.
The Da Vinci Code, Homosexual Marriage, The attack on religious freedom. These are just the tips of the iceberg.
Hollywood has nothing on God. The stunning images and events in the book of revelation are almost more than a person can handle. Many find the book difficult and therefore discard it in their reading and study.
It is such a relevant book for us today, we must read and understand it because it is a book that reveals, a book that reports, and a book that rewards.
Revelation 1.1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” (It uncovers what God is doing)
I. It is a book that reveals (make plain what is about to happen – the message)
It shows us through signs, pictures and symbols taken from the Bible itself, mostly the OT the coming King of Kings Jesus Christ as He conquers and sets up His eternal kingdom.
A) Who Jesus is
1) The Central person of prophecy – Revelation 19.10 (turn there)
He points us to eternal realities, not temporary glory. While earthly wisdom tells us to get what we can while we can get it, God’s wisdom shows us the reality of eternity that lies beyond the visible nature of this corrupt world. It shows us the Resurrection beyond the Cross.
2) The Clear purpose of prophecy
a) To show God’s information (truth)
Galatians 1.12 “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Paul’s gospel came from revelation of Christ
1 Corinthians 14.6 “But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking in tongues, what will I profit you unless speak to you either by way of revelation or of knowledge or of prophecy or of teaching?”
Preachers message revelation of God’s word.
b) To show God’s direction
Jesus, Paul and others travel plans were based on God’s revealed plan. Galatians 2.22 went to Jerusalem because of revelation.