1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants[a] the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant[b] John,2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail[c] on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me,saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
POINTS TO PONDER * That the book was written to specific churches of things that would soon take place * The implications of what is said about Jesus, in the greeting by John and in the words of Jesus Himself OUTLINE I. INTRODUCTION (1-8) A. INTRODUCTION AND BENEDICTION (1-3) 1. Introducing the Revelation of Jesus Christ (1-2) a. Which God gave Him to show His servants b. Regarding things which much shortly take place c. Sent and signified by His angel d. To His servant John, who bore witness... 1) To the word of God 2) To the testimony of Jesus Christ 3) To all things that he saw 2. The benediction (3) a. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear this prophecy b. Blessed are those who keep those things written in it, for the time is near B. GREETINGS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES (4-6) 1. From John, to the seven churches in Asia (4a) 2. With grace and peace (4b-6) a. From Him who is and who was and who is to come b. From the seven Spirits who are before His throne c. From Jesus Christ 1) The faithful witness 2) The firstborn from the dead 3) The ruler over the kings of the earth 4) Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood 5) Who made us kings and priests to His God and Father -- To Whom be glory and dominion forever and ever! C. ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHRIST'S COMING (7) 1. He is coming with clouds 2. Every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him 3. All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him -- Even so, Amen (so be it) D. THE SELF-DESIGNATION (8) 1. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" 2. "Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" II. THE VISION OF THE SON OF MAN (9-20) A. JOHN'S CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING UP TO THE VISION (9-10a) 1. Their brother and companion (9a) a. In tribulation b. In the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ 2. On the island called Patmos (9b) a. For the word of God b. For the testimony of Jesus Christ 3. In the Spirit on the Lord's Day (10a) B. WHAT HE HEARD BEHIND HIM (10b-11) 1. A loud voice, as of a trumpet (10b) 2. Saying to him... (11) a. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last" b. "What you see, write in a book" c. "Send it to the seven churches which are in Asia..." C. WHAT HE SAW, AND HIS REACTION (12-17a) 1. Turning to see the voice, he saw... (12-16) a. Seven golden lampstands b. In the midst of the seven lampstands, One like the Son of Man 1) Clothed with a garment down to the feet, girded about the chest with a golden band 2) His head and hair white as wool, white as snow 3) His eyes like a flame of fire 4) His feet like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace 5) His voice as the sound of many waters 6) In His right hand, seven stars 7) Out of His mouth, a sharp two-edged sword 8) His countenance like the sun shining in its strength 2. Seeing Him, John fell at His feet as dead (17) D. THE LORD'S WORDS TO JOHN (17b-20) 1. "Do not be afraid" (17b-18) a. "I am the First and the Last" b. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen." c. "I have the keys of Hades and of Death." 2. "Write..." (19) a. "The things which you have seen" b. "The things which are" c. "The things which will take place after this" 3. "The mystery of the seven stars...and the seven golden lampstands" (20) a. "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches" b. "The seven lampstands...are the seven churches" REVIEW QUESTIONS 1) What are the main points of this chapter? - Introduction (1-8) - The vision of the Son of Man (9-20) 2) What was Jesus intending to show His servants? (1) - Things which must shortly take place (cf. Re 1:3; 22:6,10) 3) How is John described in verse 2? - As one who bore witness to the word of God, to the testimony of Jesus Christ, and to all things that he saw 4) Who is this book designed to bless? Why? (3) - Those who read and hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things written in it - For the time is near 5) To whom was the book addressed? (4,11) - Churches in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea 6) How is God described in the greeting from John? The Holy Spirit? (4) - Who is and who was and who is to come - The seven Spirits who are before His throne (cf. Re 4:5; Zech 4:1-6) 7) How is Jesus Christ described by John in this greeting? (5-6) - The faithful witness - The firstborn from the dead - The ruler over the kings of the earth - Who loved us - Who washed us from our sins in His blood - Who made us kings and priest to His God 8) What is said about the coming of Christ? (7) - He is coming with clouds - Every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him - All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him 9) How does the Lord designate Himself? (8) - "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End" - "Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty" 10) How does John identify himself to His readers? (9a) - Their brother and companion in tribulation - In the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ 11) Where and when did John receive the Revelation? (9b-10) - On the island of Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus - While in the Spirit on the Lord's Day 12) What did he hear a loud voice say? (11) - "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last" - "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches in Asia..." 13) When he turned to see the voice, what did he see? (12-13) - Seven golden lampstands, and in their midst One like the Son of Man 14) How does John describe the Son of Man? (13-16) - Clothed with a garment down to the feet - Girded about the chest with a golden band - Head and hair white as wool, white as snow - Eyes like a flame of fire - Feet like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace - Voice as the sound of many waters - In His right hand, seven stars - Out of His mouth, a sharp sword - Countenance like the shining sun 15) What was John's reaction when he saw Him? What was he first told? (17) - Fell at His feet as dead - "Do not be afraid" 16) How does the Son of Man identify Himself? (17-18) - "I am the First and the Last" - "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore" - "I have the keys of Hades and of Death" 17) What was John told to write? (19) - "The things which you have seen" - "The things which are" - "The things which will take place after this" 18) What is the explanation of the seven stars and seven golden lampstands? (20) - The seven stars are the seven angels (messengers?) of the seven churches - The seven lampstands are the seven churches (in Asia)
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