Blessed Prophecy

“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.” —Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he that readeth. God has not only proclaimed His word but He has also preserved His word. The prophets spoke by the Spirit of Jehovah, but they also wrote what the Lord commanded. That God would put His word to writing indicates that, since Adam’s fall, mankind is radically corrupt; totally depraved. Were it merely left to a verbal transmission from generation to generation, it wouldn’t take too long before we had completely lost what God has said. Have you ever played the game that some people call, “telephone”? You read something from a slip of paper and then whisper it into another’s ear; then they whisper it to someone else; and so forth and so on. When you get to the very last person and ask him or her to repeat aloud what they just heard, it invariably has nothing to do with what was written on the piece of paper. Yes, what God proclaimed, He preserved through pen and ink and parchment.

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Witness of Christ

“…and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” —Revelation 1:1, 2

Taking into consideration what we examined from our last article in this series, particularly in our understanding of the word “signified,” if I might be as bold as to amplify our passage with a paraphrase, we might read our potion like this: “…and He sent and expressed the significance of Christ’s crucifixion by His messenger unto His bond slave John; and that he bare witness of the Word of God, and specifically all the great and wonderful things he saw of the witness of Jesus Christ.” So what is it that we are being told here?

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

“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:” —Revelation 1:1

The most important truth to consider about this book is that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ. That written in the book of Revelation is the apocalypse, the unveiling of Jesus Christ. As the Alpha and Omega, Jesus Christ is the first and the last in all things, and the first and foremost of and among all things. My Bible, a large print Presentation Reference Edition of the King James Version published by Cambridge University Press, renders the title of this book: “THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE.” Many Bibles give this book that title. Yet, it is untrue. Every jot and title of the writings of the book of Revelation contains the essence of the Person of Christ and the work of Christ; in other words, the gospel.

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