Jesus has the same glory as in His transfiguration, when His face shone like the sun (Matthew 17:2). This is an apocalypse – a revelation, not apocrypha (something hidden). This is an image that reminds us of the golden lampstand that stood in the tabernacle and the temple (Exodus 25:31-37). You can’t or won’t spend money on another pair of pants, so you wash them and keep them. We should honor Him with all glory and dominion forever and ever. of Scripture. This does not mean that the content of Revelation is relevant only to those seven churches. It speaks of things that will happen in the future – at least future from the time of its writing. Jesus says, “I am the ‘A to Z,’ the Beginning and the End.”. What do these verses tell us about human history? I am the First and the Last. i. In fact, washing proves love. (Rev 1:7) An opening description of the return of Jesus. Major Prophets Questions on the Bible from the Book of Revelation Chapter 1, The Seven Churches in the province of Asia, To reveal to everyone what must soon take place, Removing question excerpt is a premium feature, Revelation was written to _______________, God made the revelation by sending ___________. is promised through each one? (Rev 1:10-11) John is commanded to write. But so that we get the picture this truth is put before us repeatedly, again and again, in many different symbols. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Though it is filled with signs, the Book of Revelation is accessible to those who have an understanding of the first 65 books of the Bible, and especially an understanding of the first 39 books of the Bible, the Old Testament. understand what is happening. “Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. This is worth praising Jesus about. God certainly is not poor. What island was he on when he wrote the book? “The great fault of many professors is that Christ is to them a character upon paper; certainly more than a myth, but yet a person of the dim past, an historical personage who lived many years ago, and did most admirable deeds, by the which we are saved, but who is far from being a living, present, bright reality.” (Spurgeon). “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.”. Clearly, they are wrong, for only Jesus holds the keys of Hades and of Death. If so, how many, and what are they? iii. When they see Jesus and His pierced hands and feet, it will be a painful reminder of their previous rejection of Him. What gift for us He knew it came from the Father through Jesus, and not from any mere human. What he is writing, what he saw, is: ‘the word of God’‘the testimony of Jesus Christ’ [verse 2]. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead: John was overwhelmed by this awesome vision, even though he was an apostle who knew Jesus on this earth. Scripture indicates that the only thing that prolongs this last chapter of history is the patience of God (note 2 Peter 3:9). If we catch everything else, but miss Jesus in the book, we miss the Book of Revelation. Both John and Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) saw Jesus most clearly and gloriously in the context of suffering for the cause of Jesus. It looks back to the cross. Luke-Acts The whole world will know. -------------------- Study the bible online using commentary on Revelation 1 and more! The word simply means “a revealing, an unveiling.” The Book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ in the sense that it belongs to Him, He is the one doing the revealing. There is an impressive difference between this vision of Jesus and the many weak, effeminate portrayals of Jesus seen today. What was true of these seven churches represents what is true of any church and every church. Alpha was the first letter of the ancient Greek alphabet, and Omega was the last letter. We can trust that Jesus never lets the devil borrow the keys. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”. a. Yet he knew from the voice’s self-description (Alpha and Omega) that it was Jesus. ii. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. i. John didn’t need a special vision to know every eye will see Him.