A brief introductory to The Book of Revelation – Chapter 1

Introducing The Book of Revelation – Chapter 1

Chapter one of the Book of Revelation

is an introductory view of our Lord Jesus Christ in his current role with respect to the Church.  He approaches the Apostle John who is exiled on the Island of Patmos to present to him his final message to the seven churches.  The Apostle John is immediately transferred into the spirit and falls prostrate before Jesus.  Jesus strengthens him and begins a narration which describes himself.  John is told to write the things that he has seen and send it to the seven churches which are located to the north of Israel, the Roman province of asia minor which is now the modern-day country of Turkey.

v 1:3  –  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.    What John wrote was intended to be read publicly in the churches, but a special “blessing” was attached – one of seven “blessings” in the book of the Revelation


Revelation chapters 1-3 is important because it reveals unto us the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Sound doctrine is the goal of Scripture study by which we come to know the Lord.  By knowledge and correct understanding of this particular portion of His Word we are able to alert ourselves to issues of unsound doctrine which do not accurately reflect the true nature of Jesus Christ.  That is why sound doctrine is so important.  It is DOCTRINE which divides the visible church into seven separate and discrete church entities and are defined by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The book of Revelation begins by John explaining how he received this revelation from God.  He is given instruction to write to the seven churches of Asia.  John both commends the churches for their strengths and brings light to their weaknesses.  Each letter was designed to speak to a specific church back in that time, but also addresses the church in today’s world.  Not only in church, but in our personal life, we must continuously battle against evil.  We must strive to resist the temptation to become loveless, immoral, lackadaisical, compromising, or casual about our faith.  This is very clear in the letters that John wrote to the churches

 

The Historicist view of the Churches of Revelation attempts to map the churches into seven consecutive time segments with associated history dates.  Therefore, this timeline is to provide a panorama of the history of the Church from the days of John to the end of the church age. These seven churches define the history of the church from their founding to the end of the church age.  This view is entirely incorrect even when tempered with the assumption that all seven churches are and were in existence at all times and the seven time segments represent the PREDOMINATE characteristic of that particular church age.  This view too is also incorrect.

In like manner the ONE FAITH that was given to the church became corrupted and fractured into Seven faiths or seven doctrines if you please.  One of the doctrines maintained the One Faith and so six additional doctrines came into existence.  This fracture or departure from the “one doctrine” occurred during the ministry of the Apostles and Prophets after the Church was formed after the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles confronted and combatted each of these six false or “Unsound Doctrines” throughout the letters (epistles) to the churches.

The formal introduction to the book starts in verse 4. It is similar in character to other New Testament books. In this case, it is addressed to seven specific churches in Asia Minor. John declares that the Revelation he is recording comes from God the Father, from the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God (see  Rev. 3:1, 4:5, 5:6 ), and from Jesus Christ Himself. John goes on to immediately declare the humanity and lordship of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice and atonement that Jesus bought with it, and His resurrection from the dead. He declares Christ’s love for us and His blood’s cleansing power.

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