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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