I can remember the first time I tried to read the book of Revelation. I was so confused! I didn’t understand anything I was reading. It was all Greek to me! I still have a lot to decipher, but if you really want to see the vision that was revealed to John, the apostle, I encourage you to begin the study. I’ve been through this study several times and am going through it again by using the YouVersion Bible app. There is a great study there, I’ll include a link at the bottom of this post. Keep in mind, that there are a lot of differences of interpretation by Bible scholars who are way more studied in this, so always refer to Jesus’ word for final judgment on what the book is about. But, I think it’s time well spent.
This book is the revealing of Jesus Christ. It is meant to give understanding, to remove the veil covering our eyes and make Jesus known to us. This is revealed to John, the apostle, to show what must soon take place. Jesus is revealed as the King of kings, the Ruler of all kings. The world will be judged and the gospel will be known by all. It’s our wake up call. This is explained in chapter 1:1-7.
In verses 8-20, God introduces himself as the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and end, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Later in this section, Jesus describes himself as the First and the Last, reaffirming to us that He, indeed, is God.
John had been exiled to the Island of Patmos, a small island off the coast of Turkey. He was exiled because he wouldn’t stop preaching the gospel of Jesus. In this book he writes of what Jesus revealed to him about the coming end of the ages.
According to John, a scroll was revealed to him. He was shown a vision of 7 lampstands. In the midst of those lampstands stood Jesus, holding in his right hand 7 seven stars. The lampstands represented the seven churches and the stars, the angels of the churches.
If you are interested, go to this link to check out the reading plan and more.
I will be following up this post with more about the book of Revelation. Check back to learn more. I invite you to share in the discussion.