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Bobby Stafford Greeting the Christians in Revelation
Lesson 2

Introduction to Revelation

Lesson 2

Revelation – Part II  (Revelation 1:1-8) 

Verse 1:  This letter is a revelation, an unveiling, an apocalypse.  Note there is just one revelation and it came from God.  It is about Christ and was passed by Christ through an angel to John. 

The message was “signified,” conveyed by a series of signs and symbols.  Therefore, the book is filled with figurative language.  This verse warns the readers of taking a literal approach in interpreting its message. 

The word translated “shortly” can be translated several ways depending on the context.  It can mean “quickly” or “speedily” referring to how fast it happens.  It can also refer to the events beginning to take place soon. 

Verse 2:  John wants it to be known that he faithfully recorded what was revealed.  The report was accurate and reliable.  He makes it clear that this revelation was indeed the Word of God.  (Revelation 22:18-19) 

Verse 3:  This verse begins with the first of seven “blessed” statements in the book.  A blessing is pronounced upon all those who hear the words and keep them.  Note James 1:22.  Obviously then one is capable of understanding the words of this prophecy to the degree that he can obey them.  “Time is at hand” – We need to heed those words because many events mentioned would soon start to occur. 

Verses 4-5:  This is written to seven churches of Asia.  Since there were other congregations in this area, these are probably representative of churches everywhere. 

The salutation comes from:  (1) the eternal One, the Great I Am, the One not bound by time, God in heaven  (2) Seven Spirits – the Holy Spirit  ‘Seven’ is possibly an allusion to completeness of His work.  (Isaiah 11:2)  (3) Jesus Christ was faithful in every aspect.  Everything He has promised to them can be relied upon.  (Hebrews 6:10);  “first born of the dead” – Jesus was the first one raised from the dead who would not die again.  (I Corinthians 15:20);  “ruler of Kings of the earth” – This would greatly encourage the persecuted Christians to whom this was written.  (Daniel 7:13-14) 

“loosed from our sins” – We are freed from sin’s guilt.  This takes place when one is baptized.  (Acts 22:16) 

Verse 6:  “Made us” (past tense) – “A kingdom of priests”  Each Christian is a priest.  He/she offers worship directly to God the Father.  (I Peter 2:5)  Each Christian is a citizen of Christ’s kingdom.  (Colossians 1:13-14)  We are translated into that kingdom when our sins are washed away in baptism.  (Acts 22:16) 

Verse 7:  Jesus is coming back!  (Acts 1:9-11)  Every one shall see Him.  Some will be glad; most will be sad.  (Matthew 7:13-14)  This shows His coming will be universal.  (John 5:28-29) 

Verse 8:  The Lord Jesus Christ was present at the beginning of time and He will be there at the end.  He is eternal.  There was never a time when He didn’t exist.  (John 1:1-3) 

This description of Christ as eternal and all-powerful would encourage the Christians not to give up or compromise because Jesus was more powerful than any emperor or world ruler.  (Ephesians 1:19-23) 

Bobby Stafford


 More Sermons & Studies

Church of Christ Lessons on the Revelation of Jesus Christ

1.  Understanding Revelation
2.  Symbolic Objects in Revelation
3.  Understanding the Numerical Symbolism in Revelation
4.  Identifying the Opposition Characters in Revelation
John's Introduction to the Churches of Asia

6.  John's Vision of Jesus Christ
7. The Church who Left Her First Love, Ephesus
8.  Smyrna, the Suffering Church
9.  Pergamum, the church in Hell's Headquarter
10.  Thyatira, the church that Condoned Sin
11. Sardis (The Dead Church)
12. Philadelphia (The Church With Opportunity)
13.  Laodicea (The Lukewarm Church)

14.  Letter to Your Church
15.  John's Throne Vision (chapter 4)
16.  God the Redeemer Revealed  (chapter 5)
17.  God the Avenger of His Children (Chapter 6)
18.  Who Will Be Able To Stand  (Chapter 7)
19.  The First Four Trumpets
(Chapter 8)
20.  The Fifth Trumpet (Chapter 9:1-12)
21.  The Sixth Trumpet Announcement (Chapter 9:13-21)
22. The Little Book and the Unutterable Thunders (Rev 10)
23.  The Seventh Trumpet Announcement (Rev 11)
24. The Conflict (Revelation 12)
25.  Revelation 13 (Identification of the First Beast)

26.  Revelation 13 (Identification of the Second Beast)

27.  Chapter 14 (The Victorious Lamb and the Redeemed)
28.  Revelation 14 (The Turning Point)
29.  Revelation 14 (The Sickle and the Winepress)
30.  Chapter 15 (Comfort for the Saints)
31.  Chapter 16 (Bowls of Wrath)
32.  Chapter 16 (The Battle of Armageddon)
33.  Chapter 17 (The Scarlet Woman)
34.  Chapter 18 (Fallen  is Babylon)

35.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Chapter 19)
36.  The Fall of Satan  (Chapter 20)
37.  Heaven, the Home of the Soul  (Chapter 21)
38.  The Spirit and the Bride Say Come  (Chapter 22)
39.  The Dating of the Revelation

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Revelation 21:5-7

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.