Revelation 1

Chapter 1

The book of Revelation was written to 7 churches in the first century that were being persecuted by the Roman Empire. The first verse in the book says, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place”.

It was written to comfort them regarding the crises they were facing. Verse 3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near”.

The author is Jesus and He reveals it to John (the human writer). “The Revelation of Jesus Christ which He (Jesus) sent and signified to His servant John” (1:1).  John had been banished to the Island of Patmos. See the map for the location of Patmos and the seven churches.

The first 9 verses are introductory, and the real vision begins in verse 9.  The centerpiece of Chapter 1 is a vision of Jesus in 12-16.

QUESTIONS:

In any crises, isn’t it natural to want to know what the outcome is going to be? For example, in our current crisis – wouldn’t it be nice to know how the next 6 months will unfold?

What does it sound like to you is the purpose of this book?

Focus on Jesus. What is His appearance like? Where is He? What does He say?

What truth about God do you see emphasized in 4, 8, and 18? How would this be a comfort to Christians in times of crises?

4 thoughts on “Revelation 1

  1. Yes, it is natural to want to know the outcome in a crisis. But, sometimes in certain crisis situations, they can be so awful & so much horrible abusive things are happening to you, that you just know inside that you are going to die, & there’s nothing you can do. Then, you’re not even able to think about what the future might hold. All you know is that it’s all over, & in the next second you’ll be gone. Then, later, if you find out that for some unknown reason that for some strange reason, that you’re still alive, you don’t know or understand why, & just have to accept that.

    I’very read Revelations, & you, Jimmy, preached to us about it one Sunday, not too long ago. But, I can’t remember any of that by now, other than it was a great, wonderful, mind opening sermon, & I learned a lot of things that day from you. So, re-reading chapter 1, again today, it says that it is a prophecy, what ever that means.

    Jesus seems to appear bright, radiant, & pure. It says that his eyes were like a flame of fire. I’m not sure if the firey eyes are a figurative thing or not. Because, I think I remember, in the Old Testament, maybe around the time of Moses, that sometimes God might have appeared as burning flames, & maybe with burning eyes too; but, I’m not sure. Jesus’ feet were described as polished brass, which is probably figurative, but maybe meaning strong, steady, & firm. There was also something in our study of Daniel, that had some brass parts, & all the different parts, made with their different materials, meant something, as did what each part was made of. Jesus’ voice, the sound of many waters, is probably another figurative thing, maybe representing strong, mighty, deep, and possibly endless.

    Jesus might be appearing from Heaven. John says that he was in the spirit, on the Lord’s day, when he heard a voice behind him (Jesus’ voice), a loud voice, as of a trumpet. I believe that there’s a few places in the Bible, where it mentions the sound of trumpets, coming from Heaven, maybe at that time, or maybe in times to come, and their sound means, and will mean things.

    What does it mean that John was in the Spirit?

    Jesus says, that he’should the 1st & the last, was alive, dead, & now lives forevermore. He also says that he has the keys of Hades & Death. What does that mean?

    If God, Jesus, & the Holy Ghost are all thinking alike, but are 3 separate beings, then who is going to judge us, on the Day of Judgment?? I’m not sure about this at all. Does it mean, that since Jesus has the keys of Hades & Death, then, will he be our judge, & decide who goes to Heaven or Hades/Death?

    Isn’t there somewhere, in the Bible, where it mentions this? What does it say, & mean?

    The truth about God, that verse 4 reads is that God is giving us peace & grace (through offering his only begotten son, Jesus, for remission of our sins). And, that He, God, has 7 spirits, who are before his throne. What does that mean about the 7 spirits before his throne?

    The truth about God, in verse 8, says that “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. ” So, God is EVERYTHING before, now, & forevermore.

    Now, that you specifically asked about God, in verse 18, which says: I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Wasn’t that verse 18, talking about Jesus?? I was asking something about this, above. Now, I’m even more confused. Is this verse 18, talking about Jesus or God.?? Who does have the keys of Hades & Death? Who is our judge, now, & on the Day of Judgment??

    Why do we always pray to God in Jesus’ name?? I remember back when I was really young, that my father, Charles McKee, told us that was the right way to pray, & to always pray that way. I miss him so much, & wasted so many years, not going to church, & I could have been listening to him preach from the mid 70’s, when I left, all the way up until March of 1999, three months before him being diagnosed with cancer, then dieing. I really regret that!!!!!

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  2. I forgot 1 ?. What does it mean that out of his mouth went a two-edged sword? I think that’s figurative. Was it saying that it was coming out of Jesus’ mouth, or God’said? What does it mean & represent?

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    1. Yes I would say this is a good example of a figurative statement. Elsewhere the word is compared to a sword so it is an easy interpretation to make. He doesn’t (and we don’t) use literal swords…we try to persuade using the word by teaching.

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  3. Does anybody have any ideas about what I posted up top, in the 1st post in this chapter, starting at the 4th paragraph and all the way down from there.? There were some things I kind of figured out, and other things that I had questions about.

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