Today we will continue from where we stopped yesterday on the blessings of the Book of Revelations.
Revelation 1:7-9 (KJV)
7. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Like we saw yesterday, the Book of Revelation is a blessed book for everyone who reads it; hears the word of prophecy and keeps to the commandments written therein (Revelations 1:3).
The word “revelations” means to uncover and unveil. It means to pull back a covering or a veil that is hiding something.
It means to make known something; to reveal something that a person could not find out himself. It is the revelation of truth that man could never discover himself.
The Book of Revelations was written by the Apostle John (who also authored the gospel of John and the epistles of I, II & III John) while he was in the Island of Patmos (Revelations 1:9) around AD 90-95 during the reign of Emperor Domitian. John was the beloved of Jesus.
He and James were the sons of Zebedee, the sons of thunder. John was one of the younger of the disciples.
He loved Jesus so much that John was known as the disciple of love. He would lay his head on Jesus’ chest.
On the Structure and Major Divisions of the Book, the Book of revelations has 22 chapters made up of 3 major divisions namely:
a) What you have seen? (Chapter 1)
The revelations of and from Jesus Christ to John in a vision on the Isle of Patmos of the second coming of Jesus Christ to conclude human history.
b) What is now? (Chapters 2-3)
Letters to the 7 churches namely Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
c) What will take place later? (Chapter 4-22)
Prelude in heaven (4-5); 7 seal judgment (6-8); 7 trumpet judgment (8-11); interlude (10-11); explanatory prophecies (12-14); 7 bowls of God’s wrath (15-18); 2nd coming of Christ (19); Millennial Kingdom (20); Judgment on Satan (20); Judgment on unbelievers (20); Eternal state (21-22).
From the very first verse of the Book of Revelations, we see that the Book is a must read for every one who has his eyes set on heaven. It is a revelation given by Christ Himself.
Jesus Christ is the author of the Book of revelations and it was given to Jesus by God who is the author of the Bible to show unto His servant things that must come shortly.
From verses 1-2, we see that the revelation was given to John. John the Apostle was the man chosen by Jesus Christ to receive the Revelation.
God always chooses a man to carry messages to men. But before God can chose a man, the man has to be available; the man has to love God; he has to surrender to Christ.
Note however that:
a) It was the Angel of Christ who gave the message to John. The word angel means messenger. This particular angel was the personal angel of Christ.
b) John says he has accurately borne witness to what he saw. John saw the word of God; the testimony of Jesus Christ and all things and events that are reported in the Revelations.
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