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Revelation 1:1

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:




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One of our goals is to read through the Bible by the end of this year.  This week’s reading is…

The Book of Zephaniah

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Over the next few months, we will be studying REVELATION REVISITED, a Layman’s Look at the
book of Revelation taught by Zander Dell Raines.  The study text for this week is below.



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Revelation 1:1

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:

Now if you look at this page in your Bible my might see several different things when looking at the title of this book of the Bible. My Bible says "The Revelation of Jesus Christ". Some older Bibles say "The Revelation of Saint John, the Divine". This title is all right, I suppose except for the fact that it’s not the revelation of Saint John, and Saint John was not divine. He was a man like you and I. However, as if He anticipated this confusion, God clears all this up in the very first verse. It is, without a doubt, the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Also notice the progression of this revelation. The revelation begins with God, the Father, who gives it to Jesus the Son. You can see this taking place is Revelation 5:1-7. Then Jesus gives it to an angel, who gives it to John. You see this taking place in Revelation, chapter 10:1-10.

Revelation 1:2

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Here in verse 2 we see what this revelation is. It is the written word of God. We also call this the Bible, or Holy Scriptures. The Holy Scriptures Are inspired and inerrant. In the English language, I am speaking of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. Other versions can be pretty good, but they have all been tainted, in one way or the other, by a false line of biblical texts that Satan inspired many years ago, as a substitute for the true word of God. Many of the things you will learn in this class will only work with the Authorized King James Bible, because the other, more modern versions, have changed God’s word!

The book of Revelation is not a deep, dark, mysterious book. It is the last chapter in the Book. For instance, let’s say that you pick up a novel in the bookstore. Then you open it up to the last chapter and it says that John and Mary lived happily ever after. That might be good, but what if Mary was not John’s wife, but the other woman? What if they conspired together to kill John’s wife? I said all that to say this. If you read through any book, where should you start?

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

In any book, regardless of what subject it might be on, it is generally accepted that you should start in the beginning. Thus it is with the Bible. Many young Christians will immediately go to the back of the book because so many people speak about Revelation. Once they get there, they see dragons, angels, and all manner of strange beasts and are totally lost as to what all this means. The reason this is confusing for them is because all of these images are explained in great detail in the earlier parts of the Bible, the part they failed to read.

Revelation 1:19

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

There are three divisions to the book of Revelation, which are all clearly given in the verb tenses used in this verse. These verses, as all verses in the Bible, have at least two meanings. The first meaning is literal. The second, and any subsequent meanings, are always spiritual in nature. Every verse in the Bible speaks not only to those involved but also to us who are reading the stories.

The first division of Revelation is "the things thou hast seen". This is the past tense. This refers, for John, to everything he had seen up to that point. This also refers to whoever is reading the book and means everything that he has read up to that point in the Bible. In other words, it refers to all the verses of the Bible that come before that one.

The second division of Revelation is described in "the things which are". This is the present tense. The second and third chapters of Revelation are all set in the present tense. This part of the book describes the seven letters to the seven churches. It refers to seven literal churches that existed in John’s day. It also refers to the seven types of churches which have existed down through the ages. Thirdly, it refers to the different periods of church history, beginning in Jerusalem with Christ and the Apostles, and coming all the way to the end of the church age, when the Day of the Lord will begin.

The third division of Revelation is described in "the things that shall be hereafter". This covers the rest of Revelation. This describes in detail the period of time that Jesus Christ called the Great Tribulation, in chapters 4-19. It also covers the period of time the Old Testament prophets called the Day of the Lord in chapters 20-22. In fact, as if to help us who are slow of hearing, this section even begins with the same catch word "hereafter", as we see in…

Revelation 4:1

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Numbers are important in the Bible. One of the most important numbers is 7. In fact, the book of Revelation is the book of 7 sevens. The first of these sevens we see in….

Revelation 1:3

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.

We see 9 statements similar to this in Matthew 4, at the beginning of the sermon on the mount. We call these the Beatitudes. Most folks don’t realize that there are also 7 beatitudes in Revelation. The are given in Revelation 1:3 (he that readeth), 14:13 (the dead in the Lord), 16:15 (he that watcheth) , 19:9 (they which are called), 20:6 (he that hath part), 22:7 (he that keepeth), and 22:14 (they that do).

The second set of sevens is 7 visions of Christ. They are found in chapters 1 (Son of Man), 5 (The Lamb), 12 (The Man-Child), 14 (The Reaper), 19 (The Word), 21 (The Light), and 22 (The Lord).

Our third set of sevens is the 7 letters to the 7 churches. They are given in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 and are addressed to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea..

The fourth set of sevens is the 7 seals of the book. These seals are given in Revelation 5 through 8. They consist of the White Horse (6:1-2), Red Horse (6:3-4), Black Horse (6:5-6), Pale Horse (6:7-8), Altar in Heaven (6:9-11), Wrath of the Lamb (6:12-17), and Silence in Heaven (8:1-6).

Next are the 7 general visions which stretch from chapters 4 through 22. They include the Throne Room (4 & 5), 144,000 (7 & 14), the Mighty Angel (10 & 11), the Woman and the Beasts (12 & 13), Mystery Babylon (17 & 18), the Marriage Supper (19 & 20), and the New Heaven and the New Earth (21 & 22).

The sixth set of sevens is the 7 trumpets. They are described in chapters 8 through 11. They consist of the Burning Hail (8:7), the Great Mountain (8:8), Wormwood (8:9-11), the Sun Darkened (8:12-13), the Bottomless Pit (9:1-12), the Angels Loosed (9:13-21), and the Temple Opened (11:15-19).

Our last set is the 7 vials. These are all contained in Revelation chapter 16. They include the Noisome Sores (16:2), the Sea Turned to Blood (16:3), the Rivers Turned to Blood (16:4-7), the Sun Scorches the Earth (16:8-9), the Sun Turns Dark (16:10-11), the Euphrates River Dries up (16:12-16), and the Voice from the Temple (16:17-21).


Please note that the first of the seven Blessings is just for reading this Book. Revelation is not some deep, dark, mysterious book. It is the last book of the Bible. Therefore people who are confused about this book have not studied the 65 books that come before this one.

For instance, in Revelation 1:1, the Apostle John says that these things must shortly come to pass. This is similar to the message that John the Baptist and Jesus gave when they preached "Repent, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.". These messages were given out nearly 2,000 years ago, yet they have not yet come to pass. Did God make a mistake when He said these things? The answer to this is found in neither the gospels or Revelation but in…

II Peter 3:8

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Here we see that, to God, 1,000 years is the same as a day. Therefore, to God, these words were only written a couple of days ago. This also brings us to another interesting biblical phenomena. This is the fact that the cross divides all of time.

What year is this? Right now it is the year 1997. However, which 1997 is it? You do realize that it was 1997 once before in history. In fact, when it was 1997 before, the Old Testament Abraham was probably a newborn baby? The 1997 that was long ago was 1997 BC. The 1997 that is today is AD 1997.

Let me make the following statement without any sort of apology. I truly believe that the earth is only around 6,000 years old. The physical universe that we are living in today was created around 4000 BC. Jesus was born about 4,000 years later in AD 1.

You can go the London Museum of Natural History and see a beautiful collage that covers a wall. It was painted with the consent of the English scientific community around AD 1900 and shows in great detail how that the entire world began with Adam and Eve around 4,000 BC. In fact most of the world believed that fact until about a century ago, when a man named Charles Darwin started a false teaching called Darwinian evolution. The rest, as they say, is history. More specifically it is as the Apostle Paul told Timothy.

I Timothy 6:20-21

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

The New Testament period has lasted nearly 2,000 years. The Old Testament period covered exactly 4,000 Years. What does BC mean? BC means before Christ. What Does AD Mean? AD stands Anno Domini, a Latin term that means "the year of the Lord". This phrase first appears in …

Isaiah 61:1-2

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

After Jesus is baptized, he is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for forty days. After he has been tempted by Satan during this time, he returns to his hometown of Nazareth to preach his first sermon. The text he uses for this first sermon is the one we just read in Isaiah, as Luke, the beloved physician, explains in…

Luke 4:17-21

And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Please note that Jesus does not finish the verse as it appears in Isaiah. He made it clear that He had come the first time to proclaim the year of the Lord only. The Day of the Lord is a 1,000-year long day that is explained in great detail in Revelation and it occurs when He comes the second time. God has much to do before we get to the Day of the Lord.

Revelation 1-3 covers the entire Church Age of the New Testament Period of time!. As we have already mentioned, this is a period of approximately 2,000 years that we are currently living in. Revelation 4-19 deals with the next period of time in God’s timetable. To do this, we need to follow the biblical injunction concerning testimony of any matter of importance.

Matthew 18:16

But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

To learn more about the matter at hand, we need to go back and visit with a certain Old Testament character. Thus our first witness in this matter will be the prophet Daniel.

Daniel 9:27

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

If you study the entire book of Daniel closely, you will learn that Daniel is speaking here of a week, not of 7 days, but a period of 7 years, and the event that God calls an abomination that makes it desolate happens in the middle of this week. Some biblical scholars believe that this event actually took place in history around 100 BC, when the Greek conqueror, Antiochus Epiphanes, sacrificed a pig on the altar in Jerusalem.

However our second witness, Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 which was written around AD 33, says that this event was still future over a century after Antiochus’ death, in….

Matthew 24:15

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Jesus said that this event was still future in His day. Therefore there are some other Bible scholars who believe that this event might have taken place when the Roman General Titus destroyed Jerusalem around AD 70. At that time, it is believed that one million Jews were slain in and around Jerusalem. While this was a terrible slaughter, Jesus is very specific about what happens during the time of this abomination.

Matthew 24:21

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

If God is speaking of the AD 70 conquest, then He made a mistake. You see, while one million Jews being killed is a terrible tragedy, in the past century, we saw over six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II. Put plainly, whatever Jesus is talking about is not only worse than what Titus did in AD 70, but it will also be worse than what Hitler did during World War II. Put simply, we ain’t see nothing yet!

Our third witness is the Apostle John, in the book of Revelation, written around AD 100, 30 years after Titus’ conquest of Jerusalem. His testimony concerning this period of time comes directly from the book of Revelation. Revelation 11 twice mentions a period of 3 1/2 Years. Revelation 12 twice mentions a second period of 3 1/2 Years. If we put these two statements in a mathematical formula, it would be 3 ˝ + 3 ˝ = 7 years. As we mentioned earlier, Revelation chapters 4-19 are entirely given to covering this seven year period, that was first described by Daniel, which Jesus called the Great Tribulation.

The closing chapters of Revelation concern the period called the Day Of The Lord. From Isaiah 2 to Malachi 4, the Bible refers to "the day of the Lord" over 600 times. As we have previously observed, II Peter 3:8 explains that this day is actually 1,000 years long. Revelation 20 states that this day is 1,000 years long no less than 6 times. Revelation chapters 20 through 22 are entirely given to covering this 1,000-year long day.

The purposes of this Revelation study are to learn the books of the Bible (See Bible Song above.) and read the Bible through (See Bible reading schedule above). Where should we begin reading the Bible? Jewish Believers usually begin In Genesis 1:1 which starts with "In the beginning".

When I first began to read through the Bible, I really enjoyed the book of Genesis, with its stories of the creation, fall of man, the flood, and the beginning of the nation of Israel. The first part of Exodus was also very interesting, as we saw God free Israel from their Egyptian slavery. However, when I hit Exodus 21, with the building of the tabernacle, I began to get lost. When I got to Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers, with all those sacrifices and laws, I became totally confused. While I finally made it through to the New Testament, I must admit that my first reading of the Bible was a struggle.

Then I heard a preacher speak of how the Old Testament is a Jewish book, which the New Testament is a Gentile book, and we are Gentiles. Interestingly enough, the New Testament also has a book that starts with the same phrase that Genesis begins with.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Gentile Believers, like you and me, can also begin In John 1:1 which also starts with "In the beginning". In this way, we will begin with the story of Jesus, following by the events of Acts and the letters to the churches, finishing the New Testament with Revelation. In this way, many of the New Testament pictures are still fresh in our mind when we begin the Old Testament, as much of the New Testament explains the reason for the Old Testament laws. The best part of reading this way to me is that we end with the first three gospels; Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In this way, when we read the Bible, we begin with Jesus in John and we end with Jesus in the first three gospels!

Finally we need to analyze our reason for doing this study of Revelation. First of all, it is to determine just exactly who we are. What exactly does it mean to be a Christian? What exactly does it mean to be a member of the body Of Christ? What exactly does it mean to be a member of our local church?

Most importantly of all, however, is to study Revelation to determine just exactly who the Bible says Jesus is. He is the Lord of the creation. He is the seed of the woman. He is the master of the flood, and the only-begotten son. He is the I AM of the exodus, and the righteous judge of the earth. He is the glory of the temple, and the king of kings. He will finally bring about the destruction of the wicked and end the captivity of the righteous. He brings the proclamation of salvation to the Gentiles. He is the Messiah. His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and that's what the Bible is all about! Above all else, I want you to learn that Jesus is the hero of this Book!!!


Overview Next Class-Revelation 1

Genesis 1:1

Revelation 19:10 1-Read John through Romans.

II Peter 3:8

Isaiah 61:1-2

Luke 4:17-20 2-Study Revelation 1.

Daniel 9:27

Matthew 24:15

Matthew 24:21 3-What Do The Candles And Stars Represent?

John 1:1



….the things which thou hast…….

….seen, the things which are, and.…   H

C                                                                 |

| Year Of The Lord                                E

R                                            4,000 Years |

| 2,000 Years                                           R

E                                        -------------------|

|-------------------                                       E

A                               BC = Before Christ |

| AD = Anno Domini                              A

T                                                                 |

|                                                                F

I                                       Daniel Malachi |

| Jesus John                                            T

O                      4000 BC 500 BC 400 BC |

| AD 33    AD 100                     Today    E

N                                    Genesis-Malachi |

| Matthew                        Revelation 3  R


Great Tribulation

Day Of The Lord

7 Years

1,000 Years

3 ˝ years                     |              3 ˝ years


Revelation 4-19

Revelation 20-22


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