Summary: The first thing every reader should take note of is, this is a revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants.
The Mystery Of The Word.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
The first thing every reader should take note of is, this is a revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants.
Remember, Jesus had been crucified, but now, once again, proof of His resurrection. John on this island called Patmos. The other 11 disciples were all murdered because of their faith. John, John is the only disciple left.
Notice—this revelation wasn’t just for John, but it’s for all of God’s servants—Past, present and future.
Vs1c…things which must shortly take place.
Say, “shortly take place.” Think about this, “God’s shortly could be a lot different than our shortly.” Humans tend to:
Exaggerate time, either shorter or longer.
Humans tend to forget, but God hasn’t forgotten.
So, the resurrected Christ appears to the Apostle John and tells him to write down what you see, and send it to the seven churches.
2 Peter 3:8-9NIV But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Notice the source of this message—Revelation 1:1, From the Father to the Son, From the Son to an angel, From the angel to John the apostle. From John to the churches.
“I can’t express to you enough, that the source of every good message is Jesus!” Think about it. P.H
Revelation 1:2NKJV who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
Everything that comes out from your relationship with Jesus, becomes you—bearing witness to the word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
John bore witness, how about you? Do you bare witness to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ? Why not?
John obtained spiritual eyes. Listen to the Apostle Paul’s words in Ephesians 1:18NKJV the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Time and time again, God declares—We are so rich is Jesus Christ!
Revelation 1:3NKJV Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
A Thought—If a person just took the word of God and lived by its teachings that person would live an outstanding life. However, As a person follows Jesus and His finished works that person is called—Blessed.
Notice, the words in verse 3—the time is near.
1 Thessalonians 5:2NIV for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
Revelation 1:4-6NKJV John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Notice that right before John gives each church revelation and insight of their trust and fruitful, or unfruitful works for God.
Verse 4, John pronounces grace, and peace from Jesus to you. To me this is more than an introduction.
Revelation 1:4…the seven spirits who are before His throne.
The seven Spirits who are before His throne speaks to the perfection and completion of the Holy Spirit. John used an Old Testament description of the Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 11:2NKJV The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
Notice Revelation 1:5-6, This message comes from Jesus the first born raised from the dead.
From the last book of the Bible, God’s word proclaims that—Jesus Christ ruler of all Kings of the earth. He has washed us, from our sins with His own blood and has made us Kings and priest.
What a proclamation!
Revelation 1:7NKJV Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.