Revelation Chapter 1
Revelation 1

*Revelation means the uncovering, or the unveiling, or the disclosing.

The book reveals some things about God's ultimate purpose - the  consummation, or finalization, of
redemption in the second coming of Christ.  The birth, death, and resurrection of Christ were all
important and necessary for the one great future event to take place - the full re-demption of the
church.  Revelation is the climax of human history.  God is moving all things against all opposing forces,
to bring the mar-velous consummation of His eternal redemptive purpose.

The Church Age is that period of time that the Church is on earth.  (The church meaning the followers of
Jesus Christ.)
The church age started on the day of Pentecost.

*Revelation was written by John, the disciple, as was revealed to him on the Isle of Patmos where he was
banished for preaching the gospel.

·        1.  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his ser-vants things
which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

God gave the message to Jesus.  Jesus gave it to an angel.  The an-gel gave it to John.  John gave it to
the Church.  God’s purpose for giv-ing this message was to let the church know what was to come in the

*“...what must take place...”  It is going to happen.

·        2.  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that
he saw.

John wrote what he saw – what was revealed to him.

·        3.  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those
things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation is a book of prophecy.  Blessed is the one who reads and heeds what is written.  The things
that are revealed here are warnings.  Careful and thoughtful listening is advised.  Obedience to the
revela-tion is required.
·        *4.  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which
is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

He is writing specifically to the seven churches in Asia - not to one church in each city, but to all the
church (believers) in each of these cit-ies.  But the book is meant for all believers.  He wrote specifically
to the church he had started.

The message is from one who was, and is, and is to come - meaning that Jesus always has existed and
always will.  He is eternal.

The Holy Spirit is referred to here.  He occupies a place before the throne of God the Father.  He has a
sevenfold nature revealed in Isaiah 11:2.

Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and under-standing, the
spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
1.        The spirit of the Lord - the nature of Jesus
2.        The spirit of wisdom - the ability to make right decisions
3.        The spirit of understanding - the ability to understand everything
4.        The spirit of counsel - the ability to give sound advice
5.        The spirit of might - the power to do what God wants done
6.        The spirit of knowledge - the ability to know beyond human comprehension
7.        The spirit of the fear of the Lord - the ability to respect God's will

Or this may refer to the angels guarding the churches.

·        5.  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the
prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

God intends to establish His Kingdom here on earth.  It is the Kingdom of His Son and His Kingdom will
never end.  *As surely as He sent Je-sus the first time to die for our sins, *He will send him a second time
to judge our sins and set up His Kingdom.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, [there] ye may be also. (AV)

Ac 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus,
which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into
heaven. (AV)

The Old Testament prophets did not distinguish between the first and second coming of the Lord.  
That's why there was some confusion.  They expected Him to overthrow the Roman oppressors.  The
first coming was to set up a spiritual kingdom.  The second coming will set up the physical kingdom -
New Jerusalem.

He is the faithful witness.
He is the firstborn from the dead - the first resurrected permanently.
He is the ruler of the Kings of the earth - Jesus is in charge, even though the rulers of the world don't
realize it yet.  They will.

·        6.  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever. Amen.

He has made us a royal priesthood.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

·        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.

He went away in the clouds and He will come back in the clouds.
Ac 1:9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud
received him out of their sight.

Ac 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus,
which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into

Mt 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the
earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great

Some suggest that the clouds he returns in will be clouds of witnesses, as mentioned in Hebrews 12 -
"Wherefore seeing we also are com-passed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…"  But  the clouds
he went up in were real clouds.

Every eye, even those who rejected and crucified Him will see Him.  (This could easily be done today
with satellite TV, internet, etc. or could simply be miraculous.)  Everyone will know who He is.  The
unbeliev-ers will mourn because they rejected Him.
·        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.

He is Alpha and Omega.  These are the A and the Z of the Greek al-phabet.  It means He is the first and
the last, the beginning and the end.

Jesus is the creator of all things, and He will be the final judge of all things.  

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.  
Joh 1:3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of
his dear Son:  
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by
him, and for him:  
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Again, He was, and is, and is to come.

Also, he is the Almighty.  One of God's names is Almighty.  In fact, two names of God are used in this
verse: Adonai and Elohim.  Adonai means absolute authority; Elohim means Mighty one, Creator,
besides whom there is no God.

(It is interesting that He is referred to as the first and last letters of the alphabet, since you make words
from the alphabet, and He is called the Word of God.)

·        9.  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the king-dom 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.

The suffering he refers to is the persecution for the gospel.  

2 Ti 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

*John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos by the Emperor Domitian.  His crime was:
·        He would not deny the truth of the Bible.
·        He would not deny the witness of Jesus Christ.

Note that becoming a servant of God will not keep you out of trouble.  Sometimes it will get you into
trouble.  While we are winning crowns we have some crosses to bear.
·        10.  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

He  was  transported in spirit into the future to behold the events to take place.

On the Lord's Day - The early Christians adopted the practice of wor-shipping on Sunday.  (The Jews
worshipped on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.)  The reason was:
·        Jesus rose on Sunday
·        Pentecost falls on Sunday

He heard a voice that sounded like a trumpet.

·        11. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book,
and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto
Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

The scroll is Revelation.

*Looking back on history, we realize why Jesus picked those seven particular churches, and why he
listed them in that order.  Their good and bad qualities and the problems they faced are ideal for
instructing all of God's people, and those same qualities and problems have turned out to be prophecies
revealing the future history of the church.