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

    1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ - This book is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. To call it by any other name would be grossly incorrect. The word revelation means disclosure. To disclose is to uncover, bring into the open, to make known. The purpose of this book is to disclose, uncover, and bring into the open the glorified and powerful Christ, the one who is in control and has ownership of all things. One bible expositor said it like this, “In the Revelation Jesus Christ is the center around which all else is clustered, the foundation upon which everything lasting is built, the nail on which all hangs, the object to which all points, and the spring from which all blessing proceeds. Jesus Christ is the light, the glory, the life, the truth, the way, the Lord of heaven and earth, from whose face all defilement must flee away, and in whose presence fullness of joy is known. Hence we can hardly begin the study of The Revelation without seeing Him. In this book there are many sign posts along the road to remind us that He, who did by Himself purge our sins, is now highly exalted and that to Him every knee must bow and every tongue must confess that He is LORD of all.” In the gospels we generally see Jesus in humility, being persecuted, rejected, condemned and then crucified. In The Revelation we see Him in power and great glory, having always been in control of all things. This book is the revealing of Jesus Christ. Though He has been and is still being rejected as the events in this book unfold He will be revealed to all for who He truly is. It's much better to know Him and submit to Him now than to wait until later when you will have to bow your knee, but it won't help you.

    which God gave unto him
    – The world, as a whole, has rejected Jesus Christ. This is the way God will reveal Him so no one can deny who He is. Speaking of God's grace Paul said in Eph 1:8-10 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him. The revealing of Jesus Christ will be right on time according to the perfect plan of God. I say the following with the upmost urgency, “look up for your redemption draweth nigh”.

    to show his servants - Show means to expose, give evidence or prove. The things we find in this book are not things God wishes to remain hidden from us. Servants here has the meaning of bondmen or slaves. Jesus said in Matt 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you”. He is looking for people who will willingly become His servants, those who will cast off all other yokes and take upon themselves His. It's to His willing servants He wishes to reveal these things. Many are under the impression we can not understand much of what we find in The Revelation. However, this book is written to the servants of Christ, to show them what must come to pass. God wants us to understand. 1 Cor 2:9-10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. When Jesus taught on the kingdom of heaven using parables He was asked an interesting question by His disciples in Matt 13:10-12 ...Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Jesus said, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given”. To understand the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven a person has to already be in possession of something. A saved person is indwelt and enlightened by the Spirit of God. Without Holy Spirit enlightenment there is no correct understanding of God's Word or any of its mysteries. Many have trouble understanding scripture and especially The Revelation without lesson plans, study guides and commentaries. There are mainly two reasons why. 1. Some are simply not a child of God. 1 Cor 2:14 ...the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 2. Many are not in a position to be taught. Ps 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. James 1:5-8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Without a heart truly toward no enlightenment can be given. Jesus said in Matt 13:15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. A heart that's toward God and enlightenment by the Holy Spirit are essential to understanding scripture or any of the mysteries found in it.

    things which must shortly come to pass - One meaning of shortly is in a brief space. Though there is very much information and very many events recorded in this book, it will all happen in a space of seven years. Another meaning of shortly is in haste meaning this will all happen suddenly. The return of Christ will take place when most are not expecting it.

    he sent and signified - Signified means to give a sign, indicate and to make known. It's a wonderful thing that God wants those who trust in Him to have knowledge of what will happen. It enables us to live with a purpose and in peace without fear. However, our hearts should be concerned for the many who will face events found in this book.

    by his angel – Angel here means messenger. The messenger to John, at least in the beginning, is Jesus Christ Himself. There are many who believe the “Angel of the LORD” referred to in the Old Testament is actually Jesus Christ Himself. Given what we see here that is entirely possible.

    his servant John - The Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to us through John. John described himself as the disciple whom Jesus loved. He was near Jesus during His trial and was the only one of the twelve disciples at the foot of the cross during Christ's crucifixion. Speaking of John, Peter once asked Jesus a question in John 21:21-22 ...Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. John lived longer than any other apostle and was an old man when he saw Jesus on the isle of Patmos and received these things from Him. After the death of Domitian, the Roman emperor under whose authority John was exiled, He was allowed to return to Ephesus and minister to the seven churches unto whom Jesus told him to write. Some estimate John was over 100 years old when he died. Through all John faced he was a faithful servant of Christ.
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