Revelation 1:1-8

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Prologe

When God Speaks from Heaven
- only book in the Bible with a direct blessing for those who read it, listen to it, and obey it (1:3).
- as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” it is the last book in the Bible, the book of And yet it is the only book in the Bible with a direct blessing for those who read it, listen to it, and obey it (1:3).
- theme of the book could be described as the majesty and glory of the warrior Lamb, King Jesus, who is coming again to rule and reign forever!
- theme of the book could be described as the majesty and glory of the warrior Lamb, King Jesus, who is coming again to rule and reign forever!

“Revelation” (apokalypsis, GK 637) means to expose in full view what was formerly hidden, veiled, or secret

- Neither John Calvin nor Martin Luther wrote a commentary on it, and Luther was quite harsh in his evaluation of Revelation’s value, saying,
- In 404 verses, with 285 Old Testament citations and as many as 550 Old Testament allusions,
Receive the Blessing for the True Disciple
- Receive the Blessing for the True Disciple
- Revelation is a unique book because it comprises three different literary genres. It is an apocalypse (v. 1), a prophecy (v. 3), and a letter (v. 4).
The Blessing Comes from God’s Prophetic Revelation from Jesus (1:1-2)
- The images and symbols represent real truths and real things, but we err if we interpret them in an overly literal sense. Symbols are meant to be symbolic.
- teaches we are now in “these last days.” tells us, “The judge stands at the door.” affirms, “It is the last hour.”
- Alan Johnson says, In eschatology and apocalyptic literature, the future is always viewed as imminent. . . . The church in every age has always lived with the expectancy of the consummation of all things in its own day. “Imminent” describes an event that is “possible any day, impossible no day.”(Revelation, 22)
- the simplest way to describe the Bible is “the Word of God written in the words of men.”
- The purpose of Revelation is not to titillate our imagination to wild speculative interpretations. It is to inspire and motivate us to faithfulness and obedience:

A comparison of the prologue (1:1–3) with the epilogue (22:7–21) shows that John has followed a deliberate literary pattern throughout Revelation. This should alert us to the possibility that the entire book was designed to be heard as a single unit in the public worship service. Minear, 5, observes, “The student should not be content with his interpretation of any passage unless and until it fits into the message of the book as a whole.” This should not in any way detract from the fact that John claims to have seen real visions (“saw,” v. 2), which we may assume were arranged by John in their particular literary form for purposes of communication.

Welcome the Greeting from the Triune God
Craig Keener -- “From God with Love”
- “From God with Love”
- seven” appears 54 times in Revelation]
- Some have suggested John may also be countering a popular pagan slogan of his day: “Zeus was, Zeus is, Zeus will be”
- Some believe this is a reference to the seven archangels of Jewish tradition (Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Saragâêl, Gabriel, and Remiel)
- the phrase should be understood in light of and ,, where similar phrases speak more clearly to the Spirit of God (Osborne, Revelation, 61).
- The word translated “witness” (martyrus), which eventually came to mean “martyr,”
- All glory and dominion belong to the rightful king (Jesus)—all the more reason for the faithful to remain steadfast.
- He freed us from sin’s penalty—our justification. He is freeing us from sin’s power—our sanctification. He will free us from sin’s presence—our glorification.
Look for the Coming of the Triumphant Lord
- Look for the Coming of the Triumphant Lord
- This is not the coming of God incognito, which was the case, to some degree, when He came the first time. No, His authority, deity, and sovereignty will be put on full display for all to see. The whole earth will see this!
- His Coming Will Bring Sorrow (1:7)
- John now combines with
- “What are your favorite books in the Bible?” To his surprise the answer was Daniel and Revelation. When he asked why, they said, “Because they teach us in the end our God wins!”
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