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Revelation 1:1-8

1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

[The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the title of the book. The revelation is both from Christ and about Christ. Since Christ is the revelation of God Himself (John 1:18), God gave the revelation to Christ to be shown to John by means of an angel (messenger). The word "revelation" (GR. apokalypsis) refers to an unveiling or exposure of God's program for the world through Christ. The prophecies of the book will occur shortly in the sense that the day of the Lord (the end of the age) may begin at any time (following the Rapture). The statement must be understood in accordance with God's perspective on time cf. 2 Pet. 3:4, 8). The word signified (GR. esēmanen) refers to the conveyance of truth by means of signs and symbols, and refers to the visions described throughout the book. Symbols must be interpreted either from something in the context or from other Scriptures.]

2: Who bare record of the word of God, and of 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 prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

[ Bare record: John was a witness of what he wrote. He saw the revelation and wrote what he saw. The blessing of verse 3 has a threefold condition: (1) read the book. (2) Hear (understand) it, and (3) keep (obey) it. The essential nature of prophecy was the communication of new truth (divine revelation). God has given it to be obeyed, not simply to be discussed and debated. The time is at hand in the sense that nothing else now has to occur before the Rapture and the beginning of the Tribulation Period.]

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The Seven Churches John on Patmos Christ amid the lampstands The Open Door in Heaven
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The Emerald Throne scene in Heaven Casting Crowns before the Throne The Opening of the Sealed Scroll The first four seals: The Four Horsemen
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The fifth seal: Souls of the Martyrs The sixth seal: Destruction in nature Receiving the Seal of God 144,000 sealed and the multitude in white robes.
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The seventh seal; seven angels, seven trumpets. The first 6 Trumpet judgements The Angel and the little scroll The two witnesses and the seventh Trumpet judgement
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The woman and the dragon War in Heaven; Michael defeats the dragon Woman with the wings of an eagle The three beasts and 666
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The Seven Bowl judgements The Plagues of the Seven Bowls Babylon the Great riding the beast King of Kings and Lord of Lords
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The beast and false prophet cast into the lake of fire The angel with the great chain The dragon chained The dragon released to gather the nations for battle
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The dragon thrown into the lake of fire The Great White Throne judgement The books are opened and also the book of life The lake of fire
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The city four-square, New Jerusalem The foundations of the city Through the gate of the Eternal City
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