The meaning of Revelation 1:1 aiding the intepretation of the rest of the book

The Meaning of Revelation 1:1

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated {it} by His angel to His bond-servant John,” (Rev. 1:1).

The verse clearly reveals the central figure of Revelation, Jesus Christ. The primary purpose of the book is to reveal the events which are to take place soon. God the Father gave Jesus the information contained in the book for the purpose of revealing it to His people. Jesus revealed the information through an angel.

It was determined necessary by the Father to reveal: the cataclysmic judgments that He is going to bring on the unbelieving world; the redemption of multitudes; the restoration of Israel; the Kingdom; the new heavens and earth; and the new Jerusalem. Therefore, in approaching the book it is important to recognize that it was the Father’s purpose for the people of God to know how He is going to bring all things under the feet of Christ (Eph. 1:9-10). After all things are subjected to Christ, He will then subject Himself to the Father (1 Cor. 15:27-28).

God wants believers to know what will happen in the future. This should motivate believers to take the time to study the message of Revelation. The general outline of the book is also found in the first chapter (1:19). The reader is warned to “heed” the things which are written in this prophecy (1:3). God wanted the message to encourage the believers who would hear it to live godly lives. Peter mentions something similar to this in one of his letters (2 Pet. 3:10-18). Since God clearly communicates in the first verse of Revelation that the contents of the book are directed toward believers it should encourage them to persevere through recognizing the ultimate victory of Christ.

The book does give many details about specific events in the future but the purpose appears to be to motivate believers to live godly lives now.

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