(words of Christ in RED)
1)The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John
2)who bare record of the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3)Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophesy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
4)John to the seven churches which are in Asia: grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before his throne
5)And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness and the first begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
6)And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7)Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, amen.
8)I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the almighty.
9)I, John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10)I was in the spirit on the Lords day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.
11)Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, unto Smyrna, unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.
13)And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14)His head and his hairs were white like wood, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15)And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
16)And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17)And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18)I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19)Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter,
20)The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
1:1 Revelation(Gk:Apocalupsis) to take the cover off, to reveal (1 pe 1:7) :"appearing" (1 cor 1:7) "arrival" (Rom 8:19) "Manefestation" (Gal 1:2) "Apocalupsis Jesu Christo" (Mk13:32) "that God gave him" Ph 2
Bond servants- (Gk: Doulos"slaves" not the huperctes or diakonia slaves, doulos was a loved based servant.) not intended for unbelievers to understand, book written to God's servants, purpose to reveal not to hide (1 cor 2:14)
come to pass- Future events, haven't happened yet. book includes massive ressurections, destroyed universe, etc.. so obviously is to come in future, not a recording of the past. Since God is outside time and space as we know it, he feels no passage of time. To us it has been 1915 years since this message was given. To God, it is the blink of an eye. Don't let 21st century human translations take away from the true meaning of God's plan. Remember, "a day is as 1000 years, and 1000 years is as a day to the Lord" Sent by angel, supernatural delivery, only book of bible to have this done.
1:2 Faithful witness- walked with Christ, the word of God given to one who was with the living word(Christ)
1:3 Blessing- A blessing to the reader who knows these things as opposed to who does not know, leading into the end times.-
The time is at hand. The word "time" in the original text refers to "epochs" (Gk:"kairos") not (Chronos) which means "clock time" combined with (Gk:Engus) meaning, "next", letting us know that this is the next great event in God's redemptive plan. Being delayed so long lets others question the validity of his coming. (2 Peter 3:9)
1:4- 7 literal churches in Asia minor, modern day Turkey. 7 copies would assure no tampering
7 spirits, Is 11:1 trinitarian blessing- was, is, and yet to come
1:5 Us, We, saved Christians, Believers.
1:6- We are all part of the kingdom through his blood, Amen- end of trinitarian blessing
1:7 Sandwiched between 2 "Amens" key verse from Acts 1:9-11, Matthew 24:29-30=Rev 6:12, "After the tribulation" Elect always refers to saved believers, mk 13:24, Lk 21:25, 1 th 4, rapture is 1 event not 2 seperate events.
Those who peirced, Israel, Zechariah's prophecy.
Tribes of earth-Unbelievers, "Gk-kopto"- to cut
1:8 A-Z- all knowledge, God's in charge "no event outside of God will change facts. "will happen" not "may happen"
1:9 Companion in Tribulation. Tribulation already started, not some futuristic event. Tribulation used dozens of times in new testament, always refers to present time not future event. (Gr:"hupomone" remain under, perserverance)
In Jesus- for believers.
1:10 In the spirit. Not dreaming, it refers to the supernatural transportation to an experience beyond normal senses.
Like a trumpet-loud voice, not instrument.
Lord's day-(Gk:"kuriakos hemera", Sunday. not future tense"day of the lord" Lord's day- present tense, happening live. Taken to a condition where John could supernaturally communicate. 1:11- 7 postal districts, this is the order they would have been delivered
1:12 7- candlesticks. John was writing to 7 literal churches in 7 literal cities. However, these lamp stands also represent the 7 spiritual churches that they will blossom into throughout time until the end. John will write to a living pastor of a real church, Jesus will be speaking to them as well as all of their descendants throughout history.
1:13 Gr:"potores" king or high priest.
1:14 white- blazing shekinah glory, searching- penetrating eyes to see depths of church, no secrets kept from God. Brass feet- Hot with sin, brass in temple represents sin.
1:15- commanding voice.
1:16- 7 messengers of church are controlled by Christ (Gr:"angelos" messenger) Sword-Heb 4:12.
1:17- absolute shock and awe 1) Godhead no longer covered up, and 2) the burdon of his sin.
1:18- claim to deity, JS 3:10, PS 42:2, 84:2, HS 1:10, MT 26:63, AC 14:15, RO 9:26, 2 Cor 3:3, 6:16, 1 th 1:9, 1 TI 3:15, 4:10, HEB 3:12, 9:14, 10:31 died for you, conqured death, I will decide who dies and when.
1:19- things have seen (1:1-1:18) things that are (Chapters 2 and 3) hereafter begins 4:1
1:20 7 literal churches however warnings are to descendants of the churches as well, in perpetuity, throughout the ages.