Revelation – The Open Book (Part 1)
This study starts with a summary of the importance of knowing the author of Revelation.
The goal of the writings is to help us understand the prophetic mysteries written there for us, while establishing a close, and personal relationship with the author.
While many Christians may have deep reverence and respect for the scriptures, the majority hasn’t fully grasped the deep, prophetic messages found in this magnificent book.
If you've experienced issues understanding it, or have given up on your studies, I invite you to make time to watch these videos. This project was created for anyone that has ever felt deciphering the prophetic mysteries are beyond their comprehension. Please make a commitment to approach this challenge face-to-face.
Begin by making a promise to yourself, and making a determined effort, to study the materials, watch the videos, and understand the Bible better.
Doing so will help you establish a close relationship with Jesus along the way.
Did you know, the book of Revelation is a summary of the entire Bible?
Also, Revelation is open to our understanding. You'll find the most important messages for our times—the last days of earth's history—in this book.
Five Critical Steps for Understanding the Book of Revelation
We will start with a reading of Revelation 1:1-5,11,19.
“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: 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)
Uriah Smith tells us that “Jesus Christ is the Revelator, not John. John is but the penman employed by Christ to write out this Revelation for the benefit of his church…It is not only the Revelation of Jesus Christ, but it is the Revelation which God gave unto him.
It comes, then, first, from the great fountain of all wisdom and truth, God the Father; by him it was communicated to Jesus Christ, the Son; and Christ sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John.” –Uriah Smith, Daniel & the Revelation, p.323
Verse 3 continues by telling us that there is a blessing for those who hear these words and keep them.
“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)
I want to reiterate that these mysteries left for us in the book of Revelation are not sealed. Many are under the impression that the Bible has been sealed to our understanding. Of this Ellen G. White, in her book, The Great Controversy, writes:
“The Bible was designed to be a guide to all who wish to become acquainted with the will of their Maker. God gave to men the sure word of prophecy; angels and even Christ Himself came to make known to Daniel and John the things that must shortly come to pass.
[You see here, the prophet is telling us that both Daniel and John were given the prophecy and presents the process we should follow if we are to become acquainted with this Word, saying…]
Those important matters that concern our salvation were not left involved in mystery...The word of God is plain to all who study it with a prayerful heart...[Now this next statement is important for us to consider, pay attention.] And no church can advance in holiness unless its members are earnestly seeking for truth as for hid treasure."
–Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy p. 521, 522
“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…” (Revelation 1:4-5)
“Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:11)
First, let’s establish who was speaking to John. We can see that it was Jesus Christ who spoke to the apostle and asked him to make a record of the vision that was to be revealed to him. In the book Acts of the Apostles, Ellen White said that the names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era.
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