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Summary: John’s introduction and magnificent vision of the Lord

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Revelation Chapter One

The Prologue

I. The Revelation’s Introduction (v.1-3)

A. The Revelation Designated (v.1)

1. Source: Given by God unto Jesus Christ (v.1a)

2. Purpose: To show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass (v.1b)

3. Method of Delivery: Sent and signified by His angel (v.1c)

4. Revelator: Unto His servant John (v.1d)

B. The Revelator’s Duty (v.2)

1. To Bare Record of the Word of God (v.2a)

2. To Bare Record of the Testimony of Jesus Christ (v.2b)

3. To Bare Record of All Things that He Saw (v.2c)

C. The Revelation’s Blessing (v.3)

1. Blessed is he that reads (v.3a)

2. Blessed are they that hear the Words of this prophecy (v.3b)

3. Blessed are they that keep those things which are written therein (v.3c)

II. The Revelator’s Design (v.4-6)

A. Send To: The Seven Churches which are in Asia (v.4a)

1. Greeting: Grace be unto you and peace (v.4b)

2. Sender: From Him Which is and Which was and Which is to come (v.4c)

From the Seven Spirits which are before His Throne (v.4d)

From Jesus Christ…to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever (v.5,6)

3. Focal Point of Christ’s Ministry: Loved Us, Washed Us/Blood, Made Us Kingdom/Priests

B. The Revelation’s Primary Message (v.7,8)

1. The 2ndComing&Judgm’t of Christ(v.7,Dan 7:13;Mt 24:30;Mk 13:26;Lk 21:27;Acts 1:9;I Th 4:17)

2. The Alpha & Omega, The Beginning and The Ending/The Lord/The Almighty! (v.8)

III. The Revelation (Unveiling) of the Glorified Lord Jesus Christ (1st Vision) (v.9-20)

A. Recorded By: John…your (exiled) brother and companion in tribulation…(v.9a)

B. Place: Isle of Patmos (v.9b)

C. Purpose of Exile: For the Word of God and for the Testimony of Jesus Christ (v.9c)

D. John’s Experience: In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

1. He Heard: A Great Voice as of a Trumpet (v.10)

2. He Heard: The Lord’s Command: What thou seest write in a book…send … (v.11)

3. He Saw: The Seven Golden Candlesticks (v.12)

4. He Saw: The Vision of The Glorified Lord Jesus Christ (v.13-16) [Daniel 10:5-9]

a. One like unto the Son of man

b. Clothed w/a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps…

c. His head and His hairs were white like wool…

d. His eyes were as a flame of fire

e. His feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace

f. His voice as the sound of many waters

g. He had in His right hand Seven Stars

h. And out of His mouth went a sharp Two-edged Sword

i. His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength

5. His Reaction: And when I saw Him I fell at His feet as dead (v.17a) [Daniel 10:9]

6. The Lord’s Response/Reply: He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not (v.17b, 18)

7. The Lord’s Command: Write: The things which thou hast seen (v.19a) (Revelation Chapter 1)

The things which are (v.19b) (Revelation Chapter 2,3)

The things which shall be hereafter (v.19c) (Revelation 4-22)

E. The Lord’s Explanation (v.20)

1. The Mystery of the Seven Stars: The Angels (Messengers/Ministers) of the Seven Churches

2. The Mystery of the Seven Golden Candlesticks : The Seven Chur


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