The Presentation of the Book

 

Rev. 1:1

The Greek word for “Revelation” is Apokalupsis. It means “an appearing, unveiling, coming; to show or expose to view.” While Daniel is told in Daniel 12:4 “to shut up the words, and seal the book,” Rev. 22:10 says “seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” It should be noted that this is the Revelation of Jesus Christ—not John.

This book is written to Jesus’ servants. The New Testament says they are His “bondservants,” which includes today’s servants. The phrase “he that hath an ear, let him hear” is seen eight times. Therefore, as believers, we must submit ourselves to the will of God. Then we will have little difficulty in understanding this book.

The events spoken of here “will shortly come to pass.” The word “shortly” comes from the Greek word en tachi, which forms our English word “tachometer.” This word means “an instrument used to measure speed or velocity.” The word “shortly” indicates swiftness. The events described in this book will come to pass swiftly as they begin to unfold. God does not measure time like we do. 2 Peter 3:8

There is a lot of space given to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Note the following:

-260 chapters

-318 references concerning Jesus’ second coming, which means 1 in every 30 verses

-23 of the 27 books of the New Testament refer to this event

THE PROMISE OF THE BOOK

Rev. 1:3

It opens and closes with a promised blessing. The word “blessed” is used seven times. It is the same word used in Matthew 5. Note the following “blessings” that come to the reader of this book.

Blessed

Reference

Challenge

1:3

Comfort

14:3

Cautiousness

16:15

Calling

19:9

Conquest

20:6

Cherishing

22:7

Conformity

22:14

 

There are three perquisites necessary to receiving the promised blessings. They are:

1.      Blessed is he that readeth.

2.      Hears the word of this prophecy.

3.      Keeps those things written therein.

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Introduction to Revelation

Introduction

 

Author: The Apostle John

He gave us three kinds of inspired literature.

·        The Gospel of John

a.      Believe

b.      Life received

c.      Salvation

d.     The Prophet

·        Epistles

a.      Be sure

b.      Life revealed

c.      Sanctification

d.     The priest

·        Prophecy—Revelation

a.      Be ready

b.      Life rewarded

c.      Sovereignty

d.     The King

Date: About 95 A.D.

This was about the time that the Roman ruler Domitian was ruling in the Roman Empire. This ruler demanded that he be worshiped as “Lord and God.” Christian refusal caused the beginning of the great persecution at that time. Tradition says Domitian sent John to the isle of Patmos. This island was a Roman penal colony located off the coast of Asia Minor. Christian history states that John was the last apostle to die

Its Importance

This is the last inspired book of the Bible. The New Testament opens with four gospels. These books relate to the first coming of Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation closes with the general theme of the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is also the climax of many lines of revelation running through both testaments.

It is more graphic than any other book in the Bible. This book amplifies the great end-time events in great detail. Thus we will find out about the events that will take place immediately before, during and after the second coming of Christ. The obvious purpose is to complete the prophetic theme presented in earlier prophetic books. There are portions which are supported by such Old Testament writers like Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. Also note what is said in Matthew 24-25. These passages support and encourage the believer and seeker to faith and holy living. 

Opening Statement

When I was asked to teach the Book of Revelation, I was very nervous about approaching and teaching this particular book. I knew it had a lot of symbols and images that needed to be discussed in the proper light of the Old Testament prophecies. Most of the prophecies and connecting verses would be found in Daniel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. I wanted to present a clear, understandable teaching of this prophetic book.

Through a deep, prayerful study of God’s Word and the help of some online information, I believe the Lord spoke through this study. Many people were encouraged and comforted in knowing that we would have the victory over the enemy of our souls. We read of how the Lord would finally destroy this enemy. In the end, we walked away from this study with hearts and minds uplifted.

This book can seem to be overwhelming. That is why I will be taking a lot of time to explain and connect the scriptures to Old Testament prophecies. I encourage you to pray and seek the Mind of God concerning the studies here. I know the Lord will greatly bless and encourage you. I know it will change your life! I encourage you to take your time and read through the lessons carefully.

May the Lord of Glory grant unto you great blessings and enlightenment in this great prophetic book!

Your in Christ…Pamela Kohl

Introduction

This blog will discuss the Book of Revelation. I recently completed a study in this book. I taught it in my church’s Sunday School class. It was a very long study, but I believe everybody was blessed and encouraged by it.

I hope you will be blessed and encouraged by it as well. You should know that I am open for your questions to the sections covered in this study. If I do not have an immediate answer, I will be very glad to research it for you.

You and I are on a spiritual journey, and the Bible is our map. With careful prayer and an open heart, we can discover the richness and encouragement that this book brings to light.