The author is the Apostle John. The purpose: To reveal the full identity of Jesus and give warning & hope to all believers. Revelations is really a book of hope (to say it simply). But Revelation is also a book of warning. Things were not as they should have been in the churches, so Christ called the members to commit themselves to live in righteousness. Although Jesus gave this revelation of himself to John nearly 2,000 years ago, it still speaks to us today! Christ will return to rescue his people and settle accounts with all who defy him. From the revelation from God, to the messages to the seven churches, to the series of visions portraying the rise of evil & the Antichrist, and finally following the triumph of Jesus…journey with us to see God’s awesome plan for us! Be full of hope, knowing that God is in control, Christ’s victory is assured, and all who trust him will be saved!
Vs. 3, “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Rome was now led by emporer by the name of Domitian. He was even worse than Nero and he persecuted both the Christians & the Jews. John was exiled on the Island of Patmos for this very reason. This revelation from God to John was not some thing that happened in the first century…it wasn’t just for spiritual meaning…It was for the future of all the prophecies before us! Simply look at vs. 3 again to see that this is a book with a promise of a blessing! In fact…I would encourage each of you to read each chapter out loud!!! The seven churches were literal (real) churches at the time…yet they were representative of all churches of all times (including us today). The trumpet (vs. 10) plays an important symbol. The trumpet was like the voice of Christ, it calls John to heaven, it signals the wrath of God, and the trumpet will call God’s people home! The double-edged sword is the authority & power of God’s word! And of course, the number “7–seven” plays an important symbol. For seven symbolizes perfection or more accurately “completion”.
Regarding application…World is Getting Worse. Vs. 19, “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” You know what? The world is getting worse…but Jesus already said that it would get worse. While it seems that society is losing its morals before our very eyes…don’t be too suprised. While it may seem we are losing the war (terrorism, violence, school shootings, murderers, child abuse, etc…) know that we are one day going to win the War!!!! Why do I know this? Because of the book of Revelations! Let us not shy away from such an awesome book! I pray with all my heart that you journey with me in studying & devoting our minds & hearts to God’s revelation! Remember, to read aloud God’s word as we read each chapter a day! Revelations is not meant for casul reading…so let us reverently approach the Lord as we seek his revelation for our lives!