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May 10, 2021 6:13 am
I'm Dr. Cheryl Davis and thank you for joining truth matters. As we journey through the book of Revelation beginning in chapter 1. In the past few episodes we did an overview of prophecy. In general, and then an overview of the book of Revelation that will begin in chapter 1. Let's begin by reading chapter 1 verses one through three. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants things which must shortly take place and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ to all things that he saw.
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it for the time is near.
In verse one.
Revelation comes from the Greek word apocalypses or apocalypse apocalypse means and uncovering or an unveiling setting forth or a manifestation of Revelation is the uncovering of Jesus Christ as we have said before, is a messianic book.
Jesus is the Messiah is in uncovering of Jesus Christ. The primary focus of the book of Revelation is to unveil the Lord Jesus Christ in his role as coming King over all the earth.
I'm going to say that one more time as this is an important point. The primary focus of the book of Revelation is to unveil the Lord Jesus Christ and his role as coming King over all the earth. In verse one it says on to show his servants things which must shortly take place shortly comes from the word take costs which we get our word tachometer something that will happen quickly as in a succession of events once they began to unfold.
Moving on to verse two who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ to all things that he saw.
This was sent from God to John via his angel John his beloved bore witness to the word of God. The testimony of Jesus Christ to all things he saw. So in verse one. It tells us this is a prophetic book in verse two. It tells us this is a pictorial book because John is writing of all the things he saw, which reinforces that this is a pictorial book moving on to verse 30. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it for the time is near. Blessed is he who tells us that Revelation is a profitable book, meaning that those that read it or that here it or that keep the things that are written in it or for the time is near that they will be blessed. So let's get into these blessings to number one Blessed is he who reads is the only book and all the Bible that has its own special blessings promised for reading and obeying the book of Revelation. Blessed is he who hears Blessed is he who is hearing a previous pack practice of reading the Scriptures in the early church that you know they may not have been on the Scriptures that were translated in other languages at that time that I stood up and read the Scriptures. In the early church so blessed as those who hear the word of God. Blessed is he who keeps those things which are written in it. So this is a practical admonition is a book not only to be read or to be heard but is also to be obeyed for the time is near. This is a prophetic anticipation of Revelation when John wrote this book. It was later than it ever had been and I want to spend just a minute here it is later than it ever has been the coming of Jesus Christ is closer than it ever has been. At the time that John wrote this book he fully anticipated the return of Christ, and John thought it was late here we are 2000+ years later it is now. Later than it was even in John's time and as each day goes by. It gets later and later it is later. Now than it ever has been the coming of Jesus Christ is closer than ever has truth matters with Dr. Cheryl Davis is a ministry project