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Revelation 1:1-3

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Greetings all! For some time I have thought of doing a study on Revelation here on CC, but have never followed through with it, until recently when a sister in Christ made mention that I should do a study on it including related scriptures relevant to end-time events.

I'd like to say up front that this is a study and not a debate. Questions and discussions about the material are welcome and encouraged.

It also seemed that the best way to do the study is by creating a new blog for each section of information within Revelation. This way those who are participating can just go to the blog site and read and respond to each consecutive blog.

One misconception is the idea that the book of Revelation is meant to be interpret as purely symbolic, which is incorrect. The correct way to read the book of Revelation is that, if the literal sense makes good sense, then don't seek any other sense. That said, let's begin.

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This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw. This is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ

The word "Revelation" is derived from the Greek word "Apokalupsis" which is defined as, "an unveiling, uncovering, revealing, His will previously unknown to the extent (because "veiled, covered").

Though we have prophesies by the OT prophets regarding some of the events found in Revelation, which we will be going over, for the most part the information is specific to the book of Revelation. Consequently, I consider the book of Daniel to be a sister book to Revelation providing similar information regarding the beast and end-time events.

This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamashiach) which God the Father gave to him to show his servants (all believers) "what must soon take place."


The "what must soon take place" is what is being revealed, which is specifically the events of God's wrath via the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments, which makes up the majority of the book Revelation.

The events of the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments is a detailed account of the old and new testament prophesies regarding "the day of the Lord," also referred to by the Lord as "the hour of trial" which is neither a day nor an hour in length, but refers to the entire time period of God's wrath. Also, the day of the Lord is a specific end-time event that will take place in conjunction with the Lord's return to end the age. Just to give an example, here are a few OT prophesies describing the day of the Lord:

"Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming.It is close at hand—a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. - Joel 2:1

"See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger. - Isaiah 13:9-1

The seals, trumpets, bowl judgments, as well as all of the plagues that the two witnesses, whom we will go over later in this study, will bring upon the earth, is how God will carry out his wrath, the day of the Lord.

Now regarding the reference to the events which must "soon come to pass." This would give the reader the impression that these events are something that should have taken place relatively close to the time it was said. However, the OT prophets used the same words to describe the day of the Lord as being near and soon to come and yet we have yet to see these events take place. The meaning is that, just as Christ's appearing to gather the church is imminent, so it is with the meaning of the words "is near" and "is close at hand." This declaration is not something that you can set your watch to or mark on a calendar, for it refers to the imminency and certainty of the time of God's coming wrath. Consequently, the gathering of the church is what initiates the day of the Lord. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and then read 1 Thes.5:1-2 and take notice of what Paul refers to as "the day of the Lord."

John, which most scholars identify as John the apostle, brother of James, was exiled to the island of Patmos for his testimony about Jesus and the word of God. As we will see later in this chapter, he was told to write what he had seen, what is now and what will take place later, which is also the key to understanding the chronological order of Revelation, which we will also be covering in this chapter.


"Blessed is the one who reads aloud 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."

There are many who do not even attempt to read the book of Revelation for one reason or another, yet as can be seen in the verse above, there is a special blessing for those who read aloud (or type in this case) and for those who hear (or read in this case) and who take to heart the contents of this book.

The Greek word "tereo" (tay-reh-o) properly means to guard, maintain (preserve) i.e to spiritually guard (watch) to keep intact.

We can understand why the need to guard the meaning of the words in this book by the violent and persistent attacks against it and against those who guard its meaning. A good example of this would be those who hold to a preterist or amillennialist interpretation, stating that all end-time events have already been fulfilled at the destruction of the temple in 70 AD, that Jesus has already returned, that the resurrection has already taken place. Some even teach that the book of Revelation is all hyperbolic in nature and that none of the events written are to be taken literally. Then you have those who find fulfillment in past historical events and those who allegorize the entire book.

As previously stated, the book of Revelation should be read in the literal sense until a symbolic or metaphoric interpretation is obvious.

This concludes information Revelation 1 verses 1 thru 3

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Updated 3 Weeks Ago at 03:24 PM by Ahwatukee

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  1. Desertsrose's Avatar
    Thanks so much for this study in Revelation.

    I look forward to learning more about the end times, etc. I also have been taught to take everything literally unless it's obvious it's a metaphor.

    You make a great comparison pointing out that even the Lord was to return soon and we're still awaiting His return with the future fulfillment of Revelation. I'm looking forward to the next entry. God bless you!

    Thank you DR for suggesting this and also for inviting others. I hope that it will be beneficial to all, as there is a lot of information to cover. And we have not even scratched the surface.
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    Updated 4 Weeks Ago at 09:52 PM by Ahwatukee
  2. kaylagrl's Avatar
    Will try to follow along brother. The blog section is new to me. Have always enjoyed what you have to share. Thanks sister DR for letting me know about this.

    Hello and welcome kaylagrl! Happy you could join and God bless you for it. Questions and discussions on any of the information is greatly encouraged.
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    Updated 4 Weeks Ago at 09:56 PM by Ahwatukee
  3. heartofdavid's Avatar
    Revelation...so awesome!!!!
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  4. Rosemaryx's Avatar
    Hi...I am here thanks to DR for inviting me...Not sure i will understand much, but i am willing to learn with what the Holy Spirit teaches me through you...I must say though that the writing to you your blog is very small, and i am already finding it hard to read, i do wear glasses but still have trouble, am not complaining brother, just a thought in case their our others who join and have worse eyes then me...God Bless you as you teach those like myself who do not know or understand Revelations...xox...
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  5. Ahwatukee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rosemaryx
    Hi...I am here thanks to DR for inviting me...Not sure i will understand much, but i am willing to learn with what the Holy Spirit teaches me through you...I must say though that the writing to you your blog is very small, and i am already finding it hard to read, i do wear glasses but still have trouble, am not complaining brother, just a thought in case their our others who join and have worse eyes then me...God Bless you as you teach those like myself who do not know or understand Revelations...xox...
    Hello Rosemaryx and Welcome to our study of Revelation and end-time events. I apologize for the font size. I have corrected that in the next blog which is from Rev.1:4 thru 7. It seems to have come out more readable. I have also edited the first blog and enlarged the font. I believe that it is much more readable now.

    Hope this is easier for you to read. Again welcome!
    Updated 4 Weeks Ago at 09:50 PM by Ahwatukee