Revelation 1:1-3

Revelation 1:1-3

1 The revelation from 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. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud 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.
Revelation 1:1-3

It is interesting to note the definition of revelation first of all, after all the first verse tells us this book is The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place. So what is revelationother than the title of this book? Merriam-Webster Online provides the following

  • an act of revealing or communicating divine truth
  • an act of revealing to view or making known
  • something that is revealed

The Koine Greek used the word apokalypsis, meaning unveiling or revelation. I personally like assigning the word unveiling as the veils are going to be withdrawn again and again as one goes through the book where we are given a look to the future to the end of time as we know it. It was written in approximately 95A.D. by the Apostle John from a vision he was given while a prisoner on the island of Patmos. The end of the first verse and the second confirm it was John He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Then we have verse 3 which is very interesting when it says Blessed is the one who reads aloud 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. In our men’s Bible study – every other Saturday – we are nearing the end of Revelation and we always read aloud the chapter we are studying. We are told Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy. That may be because of this truth from Romans 10:17 KJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Some things need to be heard to sink into our heads and hearts. A second blessing is available for one who hears it and then actually takes it to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

In reality this is an admonishment to take what you read and hear seriously, very seriously. Why? Because the time is near. You may scoff at this statement as it has been almost 2,000 years since it was written. However, we do not know when the events in Revelation are going to occur. Also, for each of us, none of us know the date of our death. It could be years from old age or very old age or tomorrow when a drunk driver crosses lanes and meets your car head-on. We simply do not know, so it does no good to plan to take care of getting right with God five minutes before midnight (when you expect to die from disease or old age) when your time can come at 11:30 or much earlier. The stakes are high and eternal.

We are going to spend a few more days in Revelation. Take time to read it (aloud!) and take it to heart. There are parts that are not well understood, but that’s okay we just want to be obedient and there will be plenty we will understand. Taking all of it to heart will make us realize the time is near – especially if we remember it is on God’s timetable, not ours. What is revealed in Revelation is worth your time and effort to discover.