Key Verse: Revelation 1:10-11
The word “Revelation” in Greek means revealing or unveiling. In the book of revelation God is revealing or unveiling what is hidden, the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
(Revelation 1:1-4) This revelation of Jesus Christ came to us through 7 channels: firstly from God, then to Jesus Christ, angels, John, seven angels of the seven churches (messengers or seven stars), the seven churches of Asia, and now all readers throughout the ages and all present day who read this revelation.
Only the book of Revelation and the Gospel of John describe Jesus as the Lamb of God, as the Witness and the Word of God.
(Rev. 1:1-4) John was in prison on the island of Patmos for witnessing and preaching about Jesus. Revelation 1:10 says John was in the Spirit at that time he was supernaturally transported, while awake, from the material realm into the spiritual realm. The Holy Spirit was with him, empowering him to receive and record all the revelations from God. Jesus appeared to John and commanded him to write to the seven churches.
3 natural divisions in the revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:19):-
- Things which you have seen (the past) – (Rev. 1)
Jesus revealed Himself to John as the resurrected and glorified Jesus in the midst of the Church.
- Things which are (the present) – (Rev. 2-3)
John was writing to seven historical churches and at that time they were facing persecution. Today we are living in the Church Age also known as the Age of Grace. This age can also refer to this division of “things which are”.
- Things which will take place after this (the future) – (Rev. 4-22)
This refers to the period after the ending of the Church Age, after the rapture and then the future which is written in Revelation chapter 4-22. The Bible is not just an historical book about the past, it is for the future.
The Word went in the order that was written in the letter (Rev. 1:11) as these 7 churches were situated on the network of main roads: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.
During the time of the letter to the Seven Churches, all people must worship the Roman Emperor in public and offer incense to him. This was difficult for the Christians as only Jesus is Lord. This is why so many Christians died a martyr’s death.
It was in this atmosphere of persecution that Jesus appeared to John and gave Him the revelation to encourage the 7 churches to be strong in the midst of persecution and to be faithful even until death. Through the revelation of Jesus Christ, the Church can be encouraged because God is showing that God is in control of world history. God is the final victor. Even today as we are living in the Church Age/the Age of Grace until the rapture, what those 7 historical churches faced is still relevant today as some churches in the world are under persecution.
God revealed the future to us so we can warn people it is better to know Jesus now. That is why we have a heart to witness.
For today’s believers whoever reads, hears and keeps the Word will be blessed (Rev. 1:3).
If you would like to accept Jesus into your heart please pray the following prayer.
“Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.”
If you have just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, congratulations! We invite you to contact us as we would love to pray a blessing over your life and help guide you on your journey.
The next step. As a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.
- Get baptised as commanded by Christ.
- Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
- Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
- Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
- Find a local church where you can worship God.
God bless you.