Summary: In Revelation 1:1-6, believers can experience grace and peace through understanding the 1) Prologue (Revelation 1:1-2), 2) People (Revelation 1:3-4) and 3) Praise (Revelation 1:5-6) to the One who is coming “Soon and Very Soon”.
Following the many year-end recaps, are the new year projections. Everyone from economists, politicians, meteorologists, farmers to everyday families attempt to look at past data related to present circumstances. Naturally, they seek to glean useful information from that data in order to make intelligent choices for the future. Regardless of how much date is available, all such attempts to discern the future, however, are in vain. There is only One who knows and declares the future: God (Isa. 44:7; 45:21; 46:9–10). Only in Scripture can truth about the future be found. The Old Testament prophets, particularly Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah, provide glimpses of the future. So did Peter and Paul in their inspired writings as well as our Lord in His Olivet Discourse, that we looked at last weak from Mark 13. But the book of Revelation provides the most detailed look into the future in all of Scripture. The fitting capstone of God’s revelation to humanity in the Bible, the book of Revelation unveils the future history of the world, all the way to history’s climax in the return of Christ and the consumating up of His glorious earthly and eternal kingdom. In salvation history the events indicated in the book have already begun to “come to pass” and await the final consummation (Osborne, G. R. (2002). Revelation (p. 55). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.).
In Revelation 1:1-6, believers can experience grace and peace through understanding the 1) Prologue (Revelation 1:1-2), 2) People (Revelation 1:3-4) and 3) Praise (Revelation 1:5-6) to the One who is coming “Soon and Very Soon”.
In seeing the One who is coming “Soon and Very Soon”, believers can experience grace and peace through understanding the:
1) Prologue (Revelation 1:1-2)
Revelation 1:1-2 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. (ESV)
The term “revelation” (Apokalupsis) appears eighteen times in the New Testament, always, when used of a person, with the meaning “to become visible.” Peter (1 Pet. 1:7) used this term to refer to the revelation of Christ at His second coming. The book of Revelation contains truths that had been concealed, but have now been revealed. Though it nowhere directly quotes the Old Testament, 278 of its 404 verses refer or allude to Old Testament prophetic truth, and it amplifies what was only initially suggested in the Old Testament. The visions of this book are presented as an “uncovering of hidden truths,” namely the hidden reality of God’s sovereign control of the future, of how he is going to bring an end to the seeming success of the forces of evil in the present age. (Osborne, G. R. (2002). Revelation (p. 53). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.)
• This is how God intended Revelation to be such a hopeful book. Instead of considering it a bunch of mysterious riddles, think of the descriptions as God triumphing over evil. As we seem to face insurmountable foes and betrayals, the hope of Revelation is that evil will not succeed. God will bring about the completion of His plan for our good and His glory