Day 239/260: Read Revelation 1
How would you describe Jesus Christ? Here are some of the words and phrases used in the first chapter of Revelation:
- “The faithful witness”
- “The firstborn from the dead”
- “The ruler over the kings of the earth”
- “The Alpha and the Omega”
- “The Beginning and the End”
- “Who is and who was and who is to come”
- “The Almighty”
The integrity, authority, and eternal nature of Jesus is revealed in these descriptions. That’s not all this chapter tells us, though.
At the end of verse 5, we are told Jesus “loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.” Christ said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13), and that’s exactly what He did on the cross. He allowed His blood to be shed so that our sins could be covered (1 John 1:7).
To return to the question, how would you describe Jesus Christ? He is Truth, He is the King, He is eternal, and He is the Savior!
Memory (Fill in the blanks)
1 John 5:4. For whatever is born of God ____________ the world. And this is the ____________ that has ____________ the world—our faith.
Pray that all may accept the grace of God and the authority of His Son, beginning with you.
Revelation chapter 1 (Introduction)
Through this study, we will attempt to gain a greater understanding of the nature of God and the triumph of His goodness
“Hard to understand” but not impossible (2 Peter 3:16)
Context – try to read and understand as original recipients would have
We are approaching this study from the “early date” point of view – written before 70 AD, much of the symbolic language has to do with the destruction of Jerusalem
1:1-3 – Refutes that the signs/symbols apply to modern-day events
“Signified” (1:1) – “transmitted in code by signs and symbols”
Immediacy – “things which must shortly take place” (1:1); “the time is near” (1:3)
1:4-8 – God brings grace and peace
The Father’s eternal nature – “who is and who was and who is to come” (1:4)
The Holy Spirit – “seven Spirits who are before the throne” (1:4) – seven often represents completeness (cf. Isaiah 11:2)
Jesus Christ – “the faithful witness” (1:5) – whatever He has said is true – “Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, who is and who was and who is to come” (1:8) – His eternal nature
Jesus “loved us” (John 15:13) and “washed us from our sins in His own blood” (1 John 1:7)
“Made us kings” (1:6, NKJV) rendered “made us to be a kingdom” in ASV 1901 (cf. Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 2:9)
“Coming with the clouds” (1:7) – does not refer to second coming (cf. Matthew 24:2; 24:30) – refers to judgment on Jerusalem in 70 AD
1:9-20 – Description of Christ
Seven golden lampstands (1:12) = seven churches (1:20)
John’s relationship with Jesus
- Spent three years with Him in the flesh; inner-circle disciple
- Witnessed the transfiguration (Matthew 17)
- Witnessed Christ’s ascension (Acts 1)
Description of Christ – “One like the Son of Man” (1:13-16)
- Royal garment indicative of monarchial dignity
- Girdle symbolizes the High Priesthood of Christ
- White color of His head and hair speaks to His purity
- Eyes like a flame of fire – His omniscience
- Feet like refined brass – nature of the truth of His message
- Refining process – the trials that shaped Him (Romans 10:15; 1 Peter 1:7; Isaiah 1:25)
- Voice like many waters – rhythm and harmony of utterance
Seven stars (1:16) = seven angels/messengers (1:20)
“Sharp two-edged sword” (1:16) – Hebrews 4:12
1. What is meant by “things which must shortly take place” and “the time is near”?
2. What does the word “signified” indicate?
3. To what event did “He is coming with clouds” point? Where else do we see this same phraseology used?
4. In what three ways was John the “brother and companion” to the seven churches?
5. What phrases in this chapter emphasize God’s eternal nature?