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by Charles Box
The Book of Revelation
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation One `
In the first words of Revelation we find a general introduction to the entire message. The book begins, "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." ( Rev_1:1 ) The message was signified or given with signs through an angel to John. Through the years, the church has received great comfort through the glorious prophecy of this book.
The announcement of the Revelation of Jesus Christ came with a blessing for those that read, hear and keep those things that were written. Urgency is seen in the phrase "the time is at hand." A study of the books of Ezekiel and Daniel will help prepare the Bible student for studying the book of Revelation.
The Revelation as a whole book and specifically the early chapters were written to the seven churches in Asia. John was personally involved with these brethren in the seven churches. He said, "I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." ( Rev_1:9 ) In his greeting, John wished for them, "Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come." ( Rev_1:4 )
Revelation is a book with some predictions of future events, but more than that it is a book designed to provide encouragement and hope for the people of God. The expectation of our present life and our eternal life is built upon Jesus. It is a glorious hope because of His character and power.
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