1:1-8 The Introduction To Revelation
Memory Verse: Revelation 1:3
1:1-3 The Author, Audience And Blessing
- 1:1a “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” means this book is from Jesus and about Jesus. He is going to show or unveil “things which must shortly come to pass” or future events. These “things” have already started, will “shortly come to pass,” but have not come to final completion.
- 1:1b The audience of this book is “his servants” or believers. Jesus wanted us to know our future.
- 1:1c-2 God gave this revelation to Jesus. Jesus gave it to an angel. An angel gave it to John, John wrote it down for believers to read. Therefore, the human author of the book is the Apostle John who also wrote the Gospel of John and the epistles: First, Second and Third John. John is a servant of Jesus. His job is to simply “bare record” or be a witness of three things: (1) The Word of God—this is truth from God and not his opinion. (2) The Testimony of Jesus Christ—everything that was sent from Jesus and revealed about Him. (3) All things that he saw—everything he experienced in his vision.
- 1:3 There is a special blessing for everyone who reads, hears and obeys this prophecy. This book isn’t just to tell us about our future but it calls us to action. The events in this book could happen at anytime, so we shouldn’t delay but live for God today. Blessed is the man who does this.
1:4-6 Greetings In The Name Of Our Triune God
- 1:4a John greets the seven churches in Asia to whom he is writing, wishing them grace and peace from our triune God.
- 1:4b From God the Father: He emphasizes the eternality of God and His sovereignty over all periods of time: present, past, future.
- 1:4c From God the Spirit: This is a little confusing but the “seven Spirits which are before His throne” seems to be referring to the Holy Spirit where “seven” is referring to the completeness of the Holy Spirit.
Compare: Isaiah 11:2; Zechariah 4:2, 6, 10; Revelation 3:1; 4:5; 5:6
- 1:5-6 From God the Son: He emphases the person and work of Jesus Christ:
- 1:5a Jesus is the faithful witness. Jesus bore witness of the truth and was faithful in proclaiming it even during persecution and death.
John 5:31–47; 8:14
- 1:5b Jesus is the first begotten of the dead This has two meanings behind it: (1) Firstborn doesn’t mean that He was the “first one born,” but that He is the one in control of the inheritance or the sovereign ruler. (2) Jesus was the first one to be resurrected back to life with an incorruptible body.
Psalm 89:27; Colossians 1:15-18; 1 Corinthians 15:20
- 1:5c Jesus is the prince of the kings of the earth. He is the King of kings. He rules over all other earth kings (governments, authority, etc.) None is greater than Him.
Revelation 17:2, 19:16
- 1:5d John concludes wishing unto Jesus (the One who did the following) glory and dominion for ever and ever.
- 1:5e Jesus works of grace: Jesus loved us. He loves you. Not because you are good but because He chose to love you and die for you. Jesus washed us from our sins in His own blood. He took away ours sins through His death on the cross. He gave His own life to save us. His own blood washed away our sins.
Galatians 2:20; John 1:29
- 1:6 Jesus made us kings and priests unto God. We are made a royal priesthood. We offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ and show forth the praises of the God who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Jesus is King and we are part of His royal family. We will one day rule with Him in the Kingdom of God.
1 Peter 2:9; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 10:19–20
1:7-8 The Second Coming Of Jesus
- 1:7a Jesus is coming back. The Bible teaches a lot about the second coming of Jesus and it is something that we as believers look forward to. He will come back in the same manner that He left, in the clouds.
Luke 12:40; Acts 1:11
- 1:7b Jesus’ return will be a public and undeniable event. Every eye shall see Jesus and all His glory. The unbelieving Jews (they also which pierced him) and the unbelieving gentiles (all kindreds of the earth) will wail at his appearing because He is coming back to judge the world. The elect will be saved and all others will be cast into the lake of fire.
Matthew 24:30–31; 26:64; Zechariah 12:10
- 1:7c Even though the unbelievers will be judged and there will be a time of wailing, as believers, we look forward to His return to put an end to this evil world.
- 1:8 Jesus is and will return as the: (1) Sovereign Ruler—“Alpha” is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and “Omega” is the last, therefore, Jesus is stating that from the beginning to the end He is in control. (2) Eternal Lord—Jesus lives today, lived in eternity past, and He is coming again. (3) Almighty—He is the all-powerful God.
- Who is the author of Revelation?
- Who is the audience of Revelation?
- What is the blessing of Revelation?
- What emphases does John place on the person and work of Jesus Christ?
- Jesus will return with what title?