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The Book of Revelation is all about Jesus Christ unveiled. 


Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto His servants”  

The meaning of the word REVELATION is that of an unveiling, uncovering, and revealing. God unveils his Son, Jesus Christ, to the reader.

God gave this knowledge to John that it might be shown to us and not hidden. 

“Things which must shortly come to pass” do not mean it will happen soon after John wrote it. Instead, once it starts, the rest of the events will follow swiftly. The Greek word here is “tacho”, the root of a tachometer that measures the speed of an engine.

“And He sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” because an angel “sign-ified” it to John as in the angel used signs to communicate the message.  




Revelation 1:2 “Who bare record of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”

John knew Jesus personally; he witnessed Christ as God incarnated, as one of His disciples. Therefore, he could write about Jesus, referring to Him as “the Word of God.” The One who is God, and who was there from the beginning, before the creation. 


John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” 




Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

 God gives us much more than information for prophetic speculation. He outlays His plan and tells us to keep it. And, He promises a blessing to everyone who does so.



Revelation 1:4 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.


The “seven churches which are in Asia” refers to seven physical churches in today’s Turkey, named in verse 11 – Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. 


“Grace be unto you, and peace” is the Lord’s reminder that Jesus is our refuge. 


“Which is, and which was, and which is to come.” There is a basic divine outline of the book of Revelation. 


Outline of the Book of Revelation according to Revelation 1
Outline of the Book of Revelation according to Revelation 1

For a more detailed outline see Revelation, The Scope.

“And from the seven Spirits which are before His throne” refers to the seven spirits that rest upon Jesus.


Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”




Revelation 1:5 “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.”


It refers to Jesus’ resurrection after He shed His blood on the cross – to wash us from sin. He conquered death, and in Him, we can overcome it too.


Revelation 1:6 “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 


The washing from sins is what changed our status. In Him, we are Kings that have authority and Priests that serves. 




Revelation 1:7 “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him.” 

Refers to Jesus Christ’s second coming and the moment when the world will witness His coming again. 


“And they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” 

A direct reference to a prophecy of Ezekiel. Those who crucified Him will realise they have done this to the real Messiah and regret it.


Ezekiel 12:10 “They which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” 



Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

It is speaking of God in His majesty. He is outside of time; He has no beginning and no end. He always was and will always be. Time is a dimension, and God is not bound by it.




Revelation 1:9 “I John, who also am your brother.” 

John received the vision and is writing to us as a brother in Christ. Though an older man now, he was the last of the disciples to be alive and banned to a Roman penal colony, Patmos. A barren island, a rock quarry that cut stones for buildings on the mainland.


John, The Author of Revelation, On The Island of Patmos
John, The Author of Revelation, On The Island of Patmos




Revelation 1:12 “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks. 


John turned and saw Jesus again after 60 years, standing between lamp stands. 


In the temple were menorahs of gold. That is a golden lampstand with seven lamps on it. But these were seven free-standing oil lampstands. It is essential to know the light source was not their own, but they displayed the light of Jesus who stood there. It is a reference to the Church.



The only place in the Bible where we glimpse Jesus’ countenance is in the Book of Revelation. 
The Portrait of Jesus Christ According to Revelation 1
The Portrait of Jesus Christ According to Revelation 1


Revelation 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 


So it is Jesus, dressed like a high priest and standing amid the Church, but there is a difference.


We read in Exodus 39:1-5 about the attire of the high priest of Israel, which foreshadowed what was to come. It had to have golden THREADS in the girdle, but now, John is looking at Jesus, our High Priest, and His girdle is ALL gold!


Revelation 1:14 “His head, and his hairs were white as wool.” 

The white hair speaks of great wisdom and timelessness. And at the same time, it emphasises that Jesus is pure, without sin. 


Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Interestingly, Daniel saw the same picture of God. 


Daniel 7:9 “The Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool.” 


Revelation 1:14 “His eyes were as a flame of fire.” 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look into the eyes of Jesus? Eyes of compassion for a leper and eyes of comfort to the fearful. Eyes so calm it could calm a storm on the sea of Galilea. 


Yet, now, his eyes are like fire. It is searching and penetrating because the day of the Lord, judgement, has come.  


2 Peter 3:7 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”



Revelation 1:15 “His feet like unto fine brass.” 

Bronze or brass refers to God’s judgment and His dealing with sin. Think of the bronze serpent lifted to save sinful Israel in the desert. See Numbers 21.


Seemingly unnecessary details in the Bible always make for great excursions. 




Revelation 1:15 “His voice as the sound of many waters.” 

John uses the metaphor of many waters to describe the majesty and power of Jesus’ voice. And Ezekiel, too, says in the Old Testament: Ezekiel 1:24, “like the noise of great waters.”




Revelation 1:16 “In His right hand seven stars.” 

The right hand is a sign of strength; thus, the stars are secure in Jesus’ hand. And as far as the seven stars are concerned, Jesus explains to John in verse 20 what it means: “The stars are the angels or representatives of the seven churches.” 


Jesus has got the whole Church safely in His hands.



Revelation 1:16 “Out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.” 

The imagery of a two-sided sword conveys precision and power. 

Precision, because Jesus judges correctly. 


Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 


Powerful because no evil will stand before Him.


Isaiah 11:4 “He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.”


Revelation 1:16 “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” 

John was with Jesus at His transfiguration, and now he experienced it again.





Revelation 1:17″And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last.” 

Jesus is comforting John, confirming that He is the great I AM. Fear not!



Revelation 1:18 “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” 


 Firstly, a reference to His resurrection and what saves everyone from hell and death. Then, Jesus says that He judges those who go to hell, which will be correct. No one will go to hell that should have gone to Heaven.


Revelation 1:19 “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” 

It repeats the divine outline of Revelation. See verse 4.


Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”


Verse 20 is an explanation for what these symbols mean.




What does revelation mean in the bible?

Revelation 1:1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." 

The meaning of "REVELATION" is an unveiling and uncovering to reveal. The Book of Revelation is God unveiling his Son, Jesus Christ, to the reader.


Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

Revelation 1:9 "I John, who also am your brother." 

John was a disciple of Jesus. He also wrote the gospel of John. He was the last of the twelve disciples alive and banned to Patmos, where he received the vision and wrote it down for us as brothers in Christ

What does Jesus look like in heaven?

Revelation 1:14-16 is the only place in the Bible where we glimpse Jesus' countenance.
Jesus is in heaven today. John saw Him in his vision and described Jesus' hair as white as wool, His eyes like a flame of fire, His feet like brass, etc. It has deeper meanings.



Revelation, Scope and Sequence

Revelation, Introduction

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

Revelation 13

Revelation 14


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