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REVELATION - Part 2

August 20, 2003 - Danny L. Williams

Revelation 1:1-7

THE BOOK OF REVELATION is the culmination of Bible prophecy -the point at which all the prophecies of the ages converge and find their ultimate fulfillment.

Revelation shows the future of the Jew, Gentile, and the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Within its pages are three specific details

1. the events concerning the Savior’s return,

2. the establishment of His Millennial kingdom,

3. and finally, the eternal state of both the saved and the lost.

The word revelation comes from the Greek apokalupsis,

meaning "an uncovering or unveiling.

" For this reason, the Book of Revelation is also known as the Apocalypse.

In either case, the definition reflects the fact that God has made known to mankind those eternal, supernatural truths and realities which man, on his own, could never realize or discover.

The Book of Revelation is the final work of the New Testament and the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which details world history from the time of John (the Early Church Age) to eternity.

It constitutes God’s last special revelation to mankind this side of heaven.

Simply stated, Bible prophecy and Revelation are history written in advance.

They form God’s description of future facts and events. ’

Yet, comparatively little prophetic teaching and preaching are currently taking place.

This is probably due to the fact that this field of endeavor involves a great amount of research and study (see 2 Timothy 2:15).

As we walk through the Book of Revelation together, remember that this special message has been given to reveal God’s truth, not conceal it, and to clarify God’s eternal purpose, not mystify it.

I have not attempted to present an elaborate outline or engage in

the use of heavy theological terminology.

My goal is simplicity through a verse-by-verse analysis.

I trust that, as a result, each will gain a clear understanding of the blessed truths the

Book of Revelation contains.

This work was prepared to alert millions to the fact that Jesus is coming soon-perhaps today!

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CHAPTER 1

Verse I: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: .

We begin our study by immediately recognizing that the noun is revelation, singular, not revelations,

plural.

This term comes from the Greek word apokalupsis and means "an unveiling or uncovering."

It is often used in the epistles as a "manifestation" (Romans 8:19),

a "coming" (I Corinthians 1:7),

a "revealing" (2 Thessalonians 1:7),

and an "appearing’_ (I Peter 1:7).

The Book of Revelation, then, concerns the unveiling or appearing of our precious Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is not the unfolding of the story of St. John the Divine, or even of prophetical truth, but rather the message of the "appearing of Christ."

This appearing takes place at the Rapture (chapter 4, verse I), as well as at the hour of His return to earth when every eye shall see Him (chapter I, verse 7).


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