Revelation 1 is the gateway to a book containing challenges for the present and the future. This week’s Scripture song comes from verse 18. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Today God gives us the who, what, when, where, and why for the Book of Revelation. There is also a blessing to those who will read, hear, and keep the prophetic word.
Revelation of Jesus Christ to John (1-3)
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: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.
To the Seven Churches in Asia (4-6)
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
As we continue on, watch for different references to Christ. Today Jesus was called the “faithful witness”, the “first begotten of the dead”, and the “prince of the kings of the earth”. It is said that He “loved us” and “washed us from our sins in his own blood”.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001