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Revelation 1-3: The Lord and the Churches

They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings -- and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. (Revelation 17:14)

The reason many have difficulty in understanding this book lies not only in interpreting the symbols, but also in failing to take note of the suggestions that are given in the first eight verses.

  1:  The Revelation of a Mystery Revelation 1:1-3
  2:  From Him Who Is, Who Was, and Who Is To Come Revelation 1:4-6
  3:  To Him Who Loves Us Revelation 1:4-6
  4:  The Focal Point of History Revelation 1:7-8
  5:  On the Lord’s Day Revelation 1:9-16
  6:  Do Not Be Afraid Revelation 1:17-18
  7:  Lampstands Revelation 1:19-20
  8:  First Love Revelation 2:1-7
  9:  Remember, Repent, Return Revelation 2:1-7
10: Ears To Hear? Revelation 2:1-7
11: A Church in Trouble Revelation 2:8-11
12: Suffering and Testing Revelation 2:8-11
13: Living Where Satan Has His Throne Revelation 2:12-17
14: Secret Things Revelation 2:12-17
15: I Know Your Deeds Revelation 2:18-27
16: Tolerating Jezebel Revelation 2:18-27
17: A Bed of Suffering Revelation 2:18-27
18: Hold On To What You Have Revelation 2:18-27
19: Alive, But Dead Revelation 3:1-6
20: Wake Up! Revelation 3:1-6
21: A Promise to the Faithful Revelation 3:1-6
22: Open Doors Revelation 3:7-13
23: A Little Power Revelation 3:7-13
24: The Synagogue of Satan Revelation 3:7-13
25: A Promise to the Victorious Revelation 3:7-13
26: Faithful and True Revelation 3:14-21
27: The Compromising Church Revelation 3:14-21
28: The Age of Laodicea Revelation 3:14-21
29: Buy This From Me Revelation 3:14-21
30: A Gracious Offer Revelation 3:14-21
31: Two Thrones Revelation 3:14-21

A devotion introduction for July

We come this month to the first three chapters of the book of Revelation, the great consummation of Scripture, the book in which all the threads of doctrine which have been running through the Bible come together. The story of sin finds its solution in Revelation. The agony of the human heart finds its explanation and its ultimate consummation in Revelation. This is a book that frightens many people. No book of the Bible is quite so fearsome to many as Revelation. Some people are literally afraid to read this book. To them it is like a chamber of horrors. They read of all those strange animals, remarkable visions, and amazing beings which appear — the unusual, almost weird, personalities that occupy the pages of this book — and it becomes to them a sort of eschatological Disneyland where they are afraid to venture.

Because of this, there are many who simply do not read this book. But if you read the first seven verses you will notice that this is the only book of the Bible which contains a promise of special blessing to those who read it: Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near (Revelation 1:3).

Revelation is not a difficult book to understand, once you grasp the key to it. The Lord Jesus appears to John as he is in exile on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, at the close of the 1st Century, and says to him, I am the Alpha and the Omega who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8). Then he says to him, Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later (Revelation 1:19). There is the key to the book: What John sees occupies the first chapter. What is occupies Chapters 2 and 3 — the letters to the seven churches. What is to take place hereafter occupies Chapter 4 through the rest of the book. This month we will focus on the what John sees (chapter 1) and what is (chapters 2-3).