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Friday, January 25, 2013

ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis

Dear readers,

We will receive the Word of God in the Book of Revelation from today.
Prepare your heart in prayer so we will be blessed when we read, hear and take to heart what is written in it.

Lord Jesus, let Your Holy Spirit guide us in Truth so we won’t go astray from it as we look into the Book of Revelation.

Amen
 

Revelation 1:1-3 NIV

Prologue


1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John,

2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.

3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near

 

What is the Revelation of Jesus Christ?

It is the revealed Word of God Himself, which He gave His Son to show His servants what must soon take place in the last days.  He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John.

Greek word

ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis (“revelation, unveiling”) is principally used of the revelation of Jesus Christ (the Word), especially a particular (spiritual) manifestation of Christ (His will) previously unknown to the extent (because “veiled, covered”).

 

Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

Revelation 1:9-11

“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”


The author of the work identifies himself in the text as “John” and says that he was on Patmos, an island in the Aegean Sea, when he “heard a great voice” instructing him to write the book.

This John is traditionally supposed to be John the Apostle. Most modern scholars believe it was written around 95 AD.

What is the purpose of the Book?

God’s purpose is to encourage people to take heed of what is told within the revelation and practice it.

Revelation 1:3

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”


Revelation 1:19 expands that purpose by stating specifically that John to write about what he had seen, what was happening at that time, and what would occur in the future. While that may have been the expressed purpose in writing the book, there were many different purposes.

One purpose was to present the reader with a better understanding of what their faith in Christ would do for them. The book was an encouragement to the Christian who could look forward to the time he would be reunited with Christ, and as such was a book that offered very practical comfort.  It was a spur to action for those who needed an extra nudge to help them maintain the course past difficult times as well, be they living in John’s time or any other time.

Another purpose of the book was to show exactly what Paul had taught concerning Israel being brought back into the fold would come to pass.  In doing so, God gave encouragement to future Jews who would hear the Gospel, but He also laid the groundwork to bring glory to Himself when the various prophecies in the book of Revelation appear to come to pass.

The final purpose for the book was to provide a constant reminder to the Christians who would follow the Apostolic age that Christ can return at any time, and to encourage us to remain faithful, just as Christ is faithful.

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