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.
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?