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Revelation chapter 1

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What does Revelation chapter 1 mean?

Written by the apostle John near the end of the first century, Revelation shows how events will play out in the end times: "the end of the world." The title of the book, Revelation, is a translation of the Greek word apokalypsis, which means "an unveiling or a disclosure." The book offers a blessing to everyone who reads it and a blessing to those who obey.

Revelation is John's fifth and last New Testament book. In the Gospel of John, he wrote about Jesus as God's Son and the Savior of all who believe on Him. In the letter 1 John, he offered several evidences of the believer's salvation. In 2 John, he emphasized the importance of Christian love and sound doctrine. In 3 John he wrote about loyalty to the truth and the need to walk in the truth.

Revelation reveals how prophetic passages in the Old Testament that foretell yet future events will be fulfilled. It also shows how the events predicted in Matthew 24, Matthew 25, and 2 Thessalonians will come to pass.

The book of Revelation begins with John's declaration that God had given him the revelation of Jesus Christ, and he extends a greeting like the apostle Paul's greeting in his letters. John greets his readers with grace and peace from Jesus Christ, whom he identifies as trustworthy, eternal, and sovereign. He ascribes glory and power forever to Jesus because of His love and redemption. John views believers as appointed by the Lord to be a kingdom of priests to serve God and the Father (Revelation 1:1–8).

In the first chapter of Revelation we read that Jesus appears to the apostle John, who was banished by Rome to the Island of Patmos because of his faith. Jesus tells John to write about what he saw, about the present, and about what will take place in the future. John describes his personal circumstance when Jesus appeared to him and commissioned him to write seven letters to seven churches. He also describes Jesus in His glorified form—these descriptions suggest power, wisdom, and majesty (Revelation 1:9–16).

The churches are represented in this passage as individual lampstands, among which Jesus is standing (Revelation 1:17–20).

The following passages will describe Jesus' message to each of these congregations.
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