Revelation 1:1-7

Revelation 1:1-7 – John tells about this book

Hand drawn picture of Jesus with text Revelation 1:1-7
John tells us about the Revelation of Jesus Christ

Revelation 1:1-7

  • 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:
  • 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
  • 3Blessed 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.
  • 4John 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;
  • 5And 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,
  • 6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
  • 7Behold, 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.
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Original audience consisted of: 7 Churches of Asia and then out to all believers everywhere.

Date written: Approximately A.D. 85-95 from Patmos.

Roman authorities had exiled John to the island of Patmos, off the coast of Asia.

Chapter one of the Book of Revelation was a spiritual journey into the future.

  • John received a revelation of Christ in all His Glory.
  • He saw into the throne room of Heaven, and he received a supernatural unveiling of God’s end time plan.

1.This is the revelation of Jesus Christ. God gave this revelation to Jesus.

  • Jesus revealed to John what would take place in the future – judgement and the ultimate triumph of God over evil.
  • Jesus sent his angel to show the revelation to John.
  • The Revelation is communicated to John through prophetic visions.
  • We are looking here through John’s eyes as he describes what he sees.

2. John is writing about the testimony of Jesus Christ.

  • He is told to write all that he sees.
  • This is the truth that Jesus Christ told John; it is a message from God.
  • The events are in order according to literary rather than strictly chronologically.

3. This is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing.

  • To those who reads or listen to the Book of Revelation and does what it says, is blessed.

4. Revelation 1:1-7 says the book was written for the benefit of the 7 Church’s

John wrote the book for the benefit of the 7 Churches of Asia and for all Christian’s through-out history.

Grace be unto you and peace.

  • John, Peter, and Paul used this greeting.
  • It was their way of a Christian “hello”.
  • Everything that John was seeing would be unnerving.
  • Perhaps by Jesus offering the greeting of grace and peace here, from God and the 7 Spirits, it most likely relaxed and calmed John.

What John is about to see will be worse than he has already seen.

  • We must remember that God is always in control, even in the most devastating of times.
  • God uses the events to bring about His will & purposes.

What are the 7 spirits of God?

Revelation 1:4, 3:1, 4:5 and 5:6 all speaks of the 7 spirits of God.

Although not specifically identified they could possibly be:

  • Symbolic of the Holy Spirit (most likely interpretation).
  • Or the #7 represents completion and perfection
  • Or could be 7 angelic beings.

In the Book of Revelation, the 7 Spirits of God are mentioned in:

  • Rev. 1:4 before the throne room.
  • Rev. 3:1 Jesus Christ holds the 7 Spirits of God.
  • Rev. 4:5 seven spirits of God with 7 burning lamps.
  • Rev. 5:6 seven eyes of the Lamb that represent the seven-fold Spirit of God.

We are not specifically told what the 7 Spirits of God are, but it may be symbolic of the Holy Spirit.

  • In the Bible the number 7 shows completeness and perfectness.
  • Completeness and perfectness usually signify the Holy Spirit.
  • If we desire to walk with God, we must have His Holy Spirit living inside of us.
  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the Baptism of fire (burning in us).

Isiah 11:2

2And the spirit of theLordshall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of theLord;

Isaiah says the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. He tells us the 7 Spirits are:

Spirit of:

  1. The Lord.
  2. Wisdom.
  3. Understanding.
  4. Counsel.
  5. Power.
  6. Knowledge.
  7. Fear of the Lord.

As God has 3 distinct personhoods (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) perhaps the Holy Spirit is one with 7 distinct expressions.

  • The familiar greeting Jesus was giving to John was from the Father and the Holy Spirit and then in verse 5 from Jesus as well.

5. And from Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus tells John exactly who is giving him this revelation.
  • It comes from the faithful witness.

Who is the faithful witness?

  • Jesus is the faithful witness.
  • When Jesus comes back at 2nd coming his banner calls him “faithful and true”.
  • He is the first begotten of the dead.
  • Jesus is called the first fruit.
  • He is the first person to be resurrected – a pattern all Christians will follow.

The prince of the kings of the earth.

  • When Jesus was on earth, he was the prince of all kings on the earth, although not many realized who he really was.
  • Soon, a day will come, when Jesus will return to earth as The King of all Kings.
  • All kings will bow to Jesus, acknowledging he is King. As a result, everyone will bow to Jesus!

Unto him that loved us.

  • God loved us so much He gave his only begotten Son.
  • Jesus loved us so much He gave his life so we could also have life eternal.

And washed us from our sins in his own blood.

  • God had established a covenant with a blood sacrifice.
  • Jesus willingly gave his own life as a blood sacrifice for Christians.
  • His blood has washed us clean from sin.

6. Made us Kings and Priests to God His Father.

  • All those who belong and have their trust in Jesus become heirs to the throne.
  • We can go boldly before the throne of God to obtain mercy and find grace in times of need.

7. When Jesus comes back to earth, he will come in a cloud.

  • As Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after his resurrection, a cloud hid him from their view.
  • A cloud symbolizes majesty (even pagans saw their deities in clouds).

At his second coming, everyone (regardless Christian or not) will see him.

  • Unlike at the rapture when only those called will meet Jesus.
  • At this point (2nd coming) every eye will see him in His full glory.
  • Everyone will realize that he is coming as a judge.

Pierced Him.

  • Most likely this verse is speaking of the Jews who had him crucified and perhaps those sinners who have rejected him.

Kindred.

  • This may be talking of the 12 tribes of Israel but could also be speaking of everyone on earth.

Wail – Intense grief.

  • The sinners are seeing Jesus is who he has said he is, and now they realize what is in their future.

Even so Amen.

  • Jesus is saying it has come to this, but everyone knew it would come.
  • It is a good plan set in place by the Father and so Jesus will carry it out.
  • Even so – the end comes.
  • Amen – so be it and so it is.
Revelation 1:1-7 Notes

7. When Jesus comes back to earth, he will come in a cloud.

  • As Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after his resurrection, a cloud hid him from their view.
  • A cloud symbolizes majesty (even pagans saw their deities in clouds).

At his second coming, everyone (regardless Christian or not) will see him.

  • Unlike at the rapture when only those called will meet Jesus.
  • At this point (2nd coming) every eye will see him in His full glory.
  • Everyone will realize that he is coming as a judge.

He ascended into heaven 40 days after his resurrection, a cloud hid him from their view.

  • A cloud symbolizes majesty (even pagans saw their deities in clouds).
  • At his second coming, everyone (regardless Christian or not) will see him.
  • Unlike at the rapture when only those called will meet Jesus.
  • At this point (2nd coming) every eye will see him in His full glory.
  • Everyone will realize that he is coming as a judge.

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