Introduction: Exciting days ahead! We are studying the Book of
Revelation. Frankly, I prefer studies of a book, rather than a topic.
Of the books in the Bible, Revelation is one of the most interesting,
exciting, and complicated. Our challenge lies ahead! Let’s plunge
into our study and see what we can learn from the Book of Revelation!

  1. The Word

    1. Read Revelation 1:1. Who is the source of the message of
      this book? (It says that “God” gave a revelation to “Jesus
      Christ,” who gave it to an angel, who gave it to John.)

      1. Who is the audience for this message from God? (God’s
        servants. That means this book was written especially
        for you and me!)

      2. What is the reason for this message? (To show us
        “what must soon take place.”)

        1. How can God say that it refers to matters that
          will soon take place, since it has been almost
          2,000 years since it was written and Jesus has
          still not returned? (Revelation is not only
          about Jesus’ Second Coming. It talks about
          things that were current and events that would
          continue to take place. In fact, we will learn
          that Revelation contains a history of the
          Christian church!)

        2. Why would we want to know the future? (It gives
          us confidence.)

          1. Confidence in what? (That our future is in
            the hands of God. Among those who believe
            in God are some who think that God merely
            watches what takes place. He is not
            actively involved. This tells us that God
            knows the future, and He wants to share it
            with us. This gives us trust and
            confidence in God.)

    2. Read Revelation 1:2. How much is John telling us? (He says
      he is not holding back anything that he saw.)

      1. It seems there are two types of messages in
        Revelation: “the word of God and the testimony of
        Jesus.” What do you think this means? (A testimony
        relates an experience intended to encourage us. Thus,
        in some way Revelation is not merely a statement by
        God the Father, but it is attested to by Jesus, the

    3. Read Revelation 1:3. How many blessings are available to
      us in this series of lessons? (I see at least two. We are
      blessed by merely reading what will happen. We are doubly
      blessed by paying close attention and acting on what we

      1. How many blessings do you want? (I want all the
        blessings I can get! So, let’s both read Revelation
        in this series of lessons, and let’s see if, by the
        power of the Holy Spirit, we can understand it.
        Then, by the Holy Spirit’s power, let’s put what we
        learn into action in our lives.)

  2. Seven Churches

    1. Read Revelation 1:4-5. Who is writing now? (The Apostle

      1. To whom is he writing? (The seven churches in Asia.
        This confirms, among other things, that John is
        writing for those of his time. That shows that
        Revelation contains a message, at least in part,
        concerning things soon taking place. We will later
        study the complete meaning of these churches.)

      2. Who is the “is, and who was, and who is to come?”
        (This must refer to God the Father because Jesus is
        mentioned just a little later. God lives for all

      3. What does God want us to have? (“Grace and peace.”
        Would you like more peace in your life?)

      4. Who else is greeting us? (“The seven spirits” before
        [God’s] throne.”)

        1. Who are these spirits? (These “seven spirits”
          could also be translated “sevenfold Spirit.” In
          Revelation 5:6 we read about Jesus (the “slain”
          “Lamb”) who has “eyes” “which are the seven
          spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”
          This can also be translated “sevenfold Spirit.”
          This sounds like the Holy Spirit to me. So far,
          we have not received a greeting from the Holy
          Spirit, so I’m inclined to think that this is
          the Holy Spirit also giving us greetings.)

      5. Finally, we have a greeting from Jesus, who is called
        “the faithful witness.” Why is Jesus called a
        “witness?” (Recall that we previously noted that this
        book is a “testimony” from Jesus, which sounds like a
        witness. John lived with Jesus. Jesus’ life on earth
        testified to the nature of our Father God.)

        1. What other attributes of Jesus are mentioned?
          (That He conquered death, He rules the earth,
          He loves us, and He has freed us from our sins
          by His sacrifice.)

    2. Read Revelation 1:6. What is our new status before God?
      (We are both a “kingdom” and we are “priests.”)

      1. What do you think the Bible means when it calls us a
        “kingdom?” (Jesus is our conquering King. He is the
        “ruler of the kings of the earth.” We are now united
        with Him in His kingdom.)

      2. In what way are we priests? (This is a very important
        change. Instead of the priesthood of the Levites,
        each of us is now a priest.)

        1. What is the practical application of that in
          our lives? (The priests approached God in the
          temple. Now we can all approach God because of
          what Jesus has done for us at the cross.)

      3. What is the purpose of making all of us priests? (We
        are to serve God.)

        1. How did priests serve God in the temple system?

        2. If we are all priests, does this role change in
          any way? (The priests were the intermediaries
          between God and the people. They taught about
          God, they ran the temple system, and they were
          part of helping the people be cleansed from
          their sins. All of this work, in modified form,
          is available to each of us today.)

        3. What do you think is the most important aspect
          of us being priests today? (Our direct access
          to Jesus. Another important part is the
          leveling of the system. We all now qualify as
          priests. Consider the impact of that!)

    3. Read Revelation 1:7. Why is this in the introduction, the
      first chapter of Revelation? (The book points to this
      event! Our Lord is coming back!)

      1. What kind of event will it be? (Not a private one.
        “Every eye” will see Him. Unless you see Jesus
        return, it is not Him. Do not accept any third-party
        statements about Jesus’ arrival.)

      2. What is the point of saying that those who crucified
        Jesus will see Him? (Talk about realizing that you
        made a terrible mistake! Those central to His
        suffering and death will see Him come in glory!)

      3. Why will we mourn? Can you imagine a more glorious
        event? (This follows the line of thought of those who
        crucified Jesus. Those who reject Jesus will find
        this the saddest day of their existence.)

    4. Read Revelation 1:8. Jesus has just said that He is
      returning in glory. Why would John next write that God is
      the beginning and end (“Alpha and Omega”) and that He
      always has and always will exist?

      1. Notice that the same phrase “who is, and who was, and
        who is to come” was stated earlier in Revelation 1:4.
        Why is this repeated? What point is God making to
        John and to us? (The book of Revelation is about
        God’s final triumph over sin. We have these
        assertions of victory (the Second Coming) and of
        great power to give us confidence that God has the
        ability to do what He predicts He will do. He wants
        us to trust what we are about to read in this book.)

      2. Notice the parallel between the two phrases “Alpha
        and Omega,” and “who is, and who was, and who is to
        come.” How does this fit into the idea that God has
        the ability to do what He predicts? (God is both the
        first and last one standing. If anyone has the power
        to shape the future, He does.)

    5. Friend, you are a priest of God! Jesus tells us the
      future, He tells us that He has won the battle with evil.
      He tells us that He has all power. God wants us to be
      encouraged! He wants us to have confidence in Him and in
      the future. Are you encouraged?

  3. Next week: Among the Lampstands.