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REVELATION – LESSON 1


I. CHRIST’S GLORY AND MAJESTY (Chapter One)

A. John introduces the book with the purpose of the book stated (1:1-3)

1. Revelation of Jesus Christ given to him by God (v. 1)

2. Purpose: to show the “servants” “…the things which must shortly come to pass (v. 1).

3. “signified” by an angel to John (v. 1)

4. “John” is the servant who bears witness of the things he saw (v. 2)

5. Blessing in reading and hearing the words of this prophecy (v. 3)

B. Salutation with intended readers identified (1:4-8)

1. Grace and peace to the seven churches that are in Asia

2. Grace and peace extended from the Godhead:

a. God – from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come

b. Seven Spirits – “complete” knowledge attributed to the Holy Spirit (cf. 5:6)

c. Jesus Christ

(1). Faithful witness

(2). Firstborn of the dead

(3). Ruler of the kings of the earth

d. Jesus deserving of glory and dominion

(1). Through love, He loosed us from our sins by His blood

(2). Made us to be a kingdom and priests

3. Prediction of Jesus’ coming with the clouds before all

4. Eternal God Almighty is behind this prophecy.

C. John’s charge with God to write the Book (1:9-11, 16-20)

            1. In times of tribulation, John receives charge while in prison in Patmos.

            2. Charged to write in a book the things which he sees – things that are, and the things that are to come (cf. v. 19)

a. When John sees vision, he is as one dead – hears comforting word of not to fear.

b. Words of not to fear comes from Jesus

(1). The first and the last

(2). Living One – Who was dead but now alive for evermore

(3). One who has keys – power over Death and Hades

3. Book to be sent to seven churches:

            a. Ephesus

            b Smyrna

            c. Pergamum

            d. Thyatira

            e. Sardis

            f. Philadelphia

            g. Laodicea

D. John sees vision of the majesty and glory of Christ (1:12-16)

1. Candlesticks – supports light – signifies church – seven candlesticks – each church responsible for supporting                   the light of truth (cf. v. 20).

2. Jesus in the midst of church – ever present with His people

a. Son of man – one prophesied to have power and dominion (cf.Dan. 7:13-14)

b. Clothes with long garment – girt about at the breasts with golden girdle – denoting high rank – dignity                  (cf. angels: 15:6).

3. Personal characteristics:

            a. Head – hairs – white: denotes purity, dignity, holiness

            b. Eyes – fire – intensity, ability to penetrate

            c. Feet – burnished brass – tried and strong

           d. Voice as sound as many waters – strength and power, majestic

           e. Right hand – seven stars – angels of the churches (cf. v. 20) – maybe referring to the one who read he                message from God to each church (cf. 1:3) – he (singular) that reads – they (plural) who hear.

f. Mouth – sword – large sword for war (cf. Psm. 2:7-9; Psm. 110:1-2. 5; Isa. 11:4)

g. Countenance – as strong sun  


QUESTIONS:


1. Trace how the revelation of John comes to John. Is this different from the other inspired books of the Bible?   



2. What fact is the first verse of the Book are many interpreters of Revelation missing or ignoring when interpreting Revelation considering modern events?     



3. What should “signify” mean to us as we look at the way the Book of Revelation was given to John?   



4. Who is blessed in connections with Book of Revelation?        

                                              

 

5. How is the Godhead described in the salutation of this book?



6. To whom was this book written?



7. Why is Jesus Christ deserving of glory?



8. What “coming” should be understood in 1:7?



9. Being “the Alpha and the Omega” should signify what to us?



10. What do you know about the “John” who wrote the Book of Revelation?



11. What is “the Lord’s day” in 1:10?



12. In what form would the seven churches receive John’s Revelation?



13. Is there a pattern that might explain why the churches are given in their order?



14. From the description of the vision John saw, what all does it “signify” about Jesus Christ?


                                   

15. How did John react to the vision?  How did Jesus react to John?  



16. Who could the “angels of the seven churches” be?