For more than 1,900 years Theologians and lay people alike have sought to unravel and understand one of the most mysterious books the world has ever seen: The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This book is the road map to the future of the whole human race. God has made known to us therein, His plan to address and judge the wickedness of this world, and to reward those who seek truth and righteousness under His leadership.
The Book which we call the Revelation of Jesus Christ, actually consist of a book within a book. There are differences of opinions as to who the John of the Book of Revelation was. Suffice it to say, that he was a person of great credibility. Given the fact that the Apostle John was the only surviving Apostle at the time the Book of Revelation was sent to the churches; and that a long standing tradition exist stating that he had been exiled to the Island of Patmos, where the book was written: it would seem most probable that he is the John who was caught up to heaven and received these things. It was written during the reign of the Roman Emperor, Domitian near the close of the first century A.D., when persecution of the Church was on the rise. After the death of Domitian, John returned from exile to Ephesus where he spent the remainder of his days. Exactly when the book was delivered to the seven churches of Asia is not known; but wording in chapter one, seems to suggest that it was delivered shortly after his return from exile. Given the urgency of the messages to be delivered to the seven churches (chapters 2-3); it indicates that the actual vision of the Revelation, which he was shown in heaven, occurred just prior to his return to Ephesus.
We shall see in the following study that John, to whom it was committed to present the Revelation of Jesus Christ to the churches, was commanded to write all that he saw in a book and "...send it..." to the seven churches of Asia. During the writing of this book, a second book, in the hands of Him who sat on the throne, was opened in heaven (Chapter 6:1). Scripture tells us that in heaven and earth, only the Lamb (Jesus) was found worthy to receive and open the actual Book of the Revelation, which was in the hand to Him (God the Father) who sat on the throne. The things which John was shown, after the Lamb of God opened that book, were included in the book which John was commanded to write.
The Book of Revelation is basically divided into two major visions: The vision of Jesus and the seven churches of Asia; and the vision of the judgments of God against the wickedness of this world (commonly called "the Tribulation" or the "Great Tribulation"). Within the second vision, are additional visions, such as the vision of the judgment of the great city, Babylon: which ends with the visible and physical manifestation or revelation of Jesus Christ to establish His kingship over the earth. There is also the vision of a new Jerusalem, coming down from God, after the creation of a new heaven and new earth.
You are invited to explore the many wonderous things of the Book of Revelation, through this study. You may agree with some, all, or none of the points made in it; but every attempt has been made to present a consistent and coherent line or reasoning as to why the arrived at conclusions are stated. It's a work that's the results of more than 35 years of study in Bible Prophecy, and was compiled over a period of about 16 months of intensive study. For those whose minds are made up about the contents of the Book of Revelation, little may be gained from reading this study. However, if you are searching for answers and will read it with an open mind, you may find many new insights which will broaden your knowledge concerning this great book.
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