Part 1: Introduction – Revelation 1:1-3
I. THE NATURE OF THE BOOK
Luke 2:28-32 (NASB) 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 A Light of Revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
1 Peter 1:7 (NASB) 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Corinthians 1:7 (NASB) 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:19 (NASB) 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
II. THE CENTRAL PERSON OF THE BOOK
John 5:39 (NASB) 39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;
“The first time our Lord came into this world He came in the veil of our flesh. His deity was covered over with His manhood. His godhood was hidden by His humanity. Just once in a while did His deity shine through, as on the Mount of Transfiguration, or as in His miraculous works. But most of the time, the glory, the majesty, the deity, the wonder and the marvel of the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, were veiled. These attributes were covered over in flesh. He was born in a stable. He grew up in poverty. He knew what it was to hunger and to thirst. He was buffeted and beaten and bruised. He was crucified and raised up as a felon before the scoffing gaze of the whole earth. The last time this world saw Jesus was when it saw Him hanging in shame, misery, and anguish upon the cross. He later appeared to a few of His believing disciples. But the last time that this unbelieving world ever saw Jesus was when it saw Him die as a malefactor, as a criminal, crucified on a Roman cross. That was a part of the plan of God, a part of the immeasurable, illimitable grace and love of our Lord. By His stripes we are healed. But then, is that all the world is ever to see of our Savior, dying in shame on a cross? No. It is also a part of the plan of God that someday this unbelieving, this blasphemous, this godless world shall see the Son of God in His full character, in glory, in majesty, in the full-orbed wonder and marvel of His godhead. Then all men shall look upon Him as He really is. They shall see Him holding in His hands the title deed to the universe, holding in His hands the authority of all creation in the universe above us, in the universe around us, and in the universe beneath us, holding this world and its destiny in His pierced and loving hands.”
III. THE TRANSMISSION OF THE BOOK
a. The recipients of the message
Exodus 21:3-7 (NASB) 3 “If he comes alone, he shall go out alone; if he is the husband of a wife, then his wife shall go out with him. 4 “If his master gives him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall belong to her master, and he shall go out alone. 5 “But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children; I will not go out as a free man,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to God, then he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him permanently.
b. The prophetic nature of the message
“To declare a thing shall come to pass, long before it is in being and then bring it to pass this or nothing is the work of God.”- Justin Martyr
c. The communication style of the message
d. The communicator of the message
Acts 7:53 (NASB) 53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”
Revelation 22:16 (NASB) 16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
IV. THE CLEAR PURPOSE OF THE BOOK
1 John 1:1 (NASB) 1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—
Revelation 1:9 (NASB) 9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 12:17 (NASB) 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Revelation 19:10 (NASB) 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said* to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
V. THE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS OF THE BOOK
Chapter 1, “Blessed is the one who reads.”
Chapter 14, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…”
Chapter 16, “Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes”
Chapter 19: “Blessed are those … invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.”
Chapter 20, “Blessed and holy” are those who have “part in the first resurrection.”
Chapter 22, “Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Chapter 22: “Blessed are those who wash their robes.”
Genesis 2:3 (NASB) 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Revelation 22:18-19 (NASB) 18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.