The Revelation: Part 1 - An Overview
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
Written in 80 A.D., the Book of Revelation contains letters to the seven churches in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philidelphia, and Laodicea. It was written by John, the Apostle. It is about his vision, and what God wants to be revealed to the Christians.
Author & Audience
John called himself God's bond-servant and said that the Book of Revelation is written to God's bond-servants.
Who are his bond-servants? Is it the disciples? The seven churches? Well, it is us! The revelation is shown to us. We are god's servants. We are to serve him!
What does the word "Revelation" mean?
The Book of Revelation was originally written in Koine Greek. The Greek word for 'revelation' is apokalupsis, which means "an unveiling".
So what is God trying to unveil? What is going to be shown? A promise? Compliments? It is the events which would soon take place in the 7 churches.
The Apostle John was awestruck by a vision from God. So what did he see?
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. (Revelation 1:12-16)
Who is this glorious being in John's vision? Is it an angel? The answer lies in the phrase "son of man" in verse 13, which is often used as a reference to Jesus.
Can you imagine Jesus looking like this?
What happened next?
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18)
What I've learned from these verses:
Jesus is the "First and the Last", the Saviour that God had promised to send since the Old Testament was written.
Jesus is the "Living One". He died and was resurrected and now lives forever and ever.
Jesus "hold(s) the keys of death and Hades". He is all-powerful.
Though Jesus is all-powerful, he is compassionate. When he saw the petrified John, he assures John by saying, "Do not be afraid".
Jesus places his right hand on John which in those days, symbolised that he has placed John in a position as his right-hand man and also permits him to act on his behalf.
It seems like Jesus had something important for John to do. What is it?
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches." (Revelation 1:19-20)
Jesus commands John to bring his message to the 7 churches.
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