Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Revelation 1:1,2

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place." (New King James Version)

This book is meant to reveal something to the servants of Jesus. His servants are those who have accepted Him as their Savior and Lord. As His servants, we are to seek to obey Him daily.

The things revealed are events which "must shortly take place." So this book claims in its opening statement to be prophetic. It reveals events that had not occurred when it was written.
The word in the original Greek translated shortly is tachei. Elsewhere in the New Testament, it is translated quickly (Acts 12:7) and speedily (Luke 18:8).

Although some believe that the events predicted in Revelation were fulfilled soon after the book was written, I do not. In order to believe that Revelation has been fulfilled, you must assume that the actual events were a lot less severe than what the words of Revelation literally describe.

The events predicted in Revelation are not events that were to occur soon after they were written, but rather events that when they start to occur will follow one upon another quickly. Once the first seal is opened, the events described in Revelation will occur one after another without any significant pause between them.

"And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw." (New King James Version)

Although part of Revelation was given to John by Jesus directly, most of it was given through the agency of an angel. Angels are God's supernatural servants.

The John who wrote this book is the Apostle John. At the time that he wrote this, he was the last living Apostle. In this book, he describes the future through a series of visions given to him.


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