Today we begin the book of Revelation. Written in approximately 95 A.D., the book of Revelation was written by the apostle John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos for preaching about Jesus. While on Patmos, John receives multiple visions which he understands to be from Jesus Christ and is told to write them down. The result is the book of Revelation, a highly significant book that describes what will happen before, during and after the return (second coming) of Jesus Christ. This book also shows how many Old Testament prophecies will be fulfilled.
Today’s passage is Revelation 1:1-8. Let’s go!
Revelation 1:1-2 (NIV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
2 who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
On verses 1-2: Here John makes clear that what he is writing about is not something he himself manufactured. Rather what John is writing down is “the revelation of Jesus Christ”. What John is about to share is what was revealed to him as “the word of God” and “the testimony of Jesus Christ”.