Intro to the Book of Revelation Pt. 1

Introduction to the Book of Revelation

Part 1, Chapters 1-3



Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 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 means “to reveal.”  The name of the book contains the meaning within plain sight, REVEL ation.  A revelation of what?  That which will soon take place.  Simply put, Revelation is the book that uncovers the future events.

4 Guidelines for Understanding Revelation 

  1. A blessing is promised for those that read it
  1. It is a prophetic writing

3. It contains many symbols

Mt 13:10-17

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;

    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;

    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.


For this people’s heart has become calloused;

    they hardly hear with their ears,

    and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,

    hear with their ears,

    understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

4. Much of Revelation is complicated

To whom and where was Revelation given?

  1. John
  1. Patmos


Revelation 1:5-8

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b]

    and “every eye will see him,

even those who pierced him”;

    and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[c]

So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

So much of bible prophecy is about preparing us for the coming of Jesus

1st Coming Verses

Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, Micah 5:2, Isaiah 7:14, Zechariah 9:9, Psalms 22:16-18, Isaiah 53:3-7

Rapture Verses

John 14:1-3, Romans 8:19, 1 Corinthians 1:7-8, 15:51-53, 16:22, Philippians 3:20-21, 4:5, Colossians 3:4, I Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 4:13-18, 5:9, 23, 2 Thessalonians 2:1,3, 1 Timothy 6:14, 2 Timothy 4:1,8, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, James 5:7-9, 1 Peter 1:7, 13, 5:4, 1 John 2:28-3:2, Jude 1:21, Revelation 3:10

2nd Coming Verses

Zechariah 12:10, 14:1-15, Matthew 13:41, 24:27-31, 26:64, Mark 13:14-27, Luke 17:20-37, 21:25-28, Acts 1:9-11, 3:19-21, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 2 Peter 3:1-14, Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 1:7, 19:11-20:6, 22:7,12,20

C.THE 7 CHURCHES chapters 2-3

What do they represent?

  1. Literal churches in Asia Minor
  2. Parable churches: represents types of churches over since the Day of Pentecost until now.



Do This


Ephesus 2:1-7

Rejects evil, perseveres, has patience

Love for Christ no longer fervent

Get back to good things you started

The tree of life

Smyrna 2:8-11

Gracefully endures suffering


Be faithful to death

The crown of life

Pergamos 2:12-17

Keeps the faith

Tolerates Immorality, idolatry, and heresy


Hidden manna and stone with a new name

Thyatira 2:18-29

Love, service, faith, patience has grown

Tolerates cult like idolatry and immorality

Keep the faith

Rule over nations and receive the morning star

Sardis 3:1-6

Some have kept the faith

A dead church

Repent and strengthen what remains

Be honored in garments of white

Philadelphia 3:7-13

Perserveres in faith


Keep the faith

A place in Gods presence, a new name

Laodicea 3:14-22



Be zealous and repent

Share Christ throne


Church age comes to a close

In Revelation 1-3 the church is mentioned 19 times then in Revelation 4, the church disappears and is not mentioned again until chapter 19.Where is the church at that time?It is not found in chapters 4-18.Those same chapters 4-18 describe the great tribulation period.The church plays no role on earth at that time.Why?The church is taken away, to be with her groom.This is the blessed hope, the great rapture of the church.The church doesn’t get mentioned until chapter 19 where she is with the Jesus and returning to earth for the millennium.

Next week be watching an excellent 84-min docudrama with role performances interspersed with commentary.

Hear and see how God has revealed the plan for reuniting with His bride, the Church.

Jesus invested about two-thirds of His ministry on Earth among the Galileans.His followers were mostly from Galilee; therefore, His teaching was in conformance with Galilean culture.How a Galilean betrothal and wedding were conducted as portrayed in this docudrama likely mirrors our reunion with Jesus the Bridegroom.

Table Talk:

  1. What kind of blessing comes with reading Revelation?
  2. What is the primary purpose of Prophecy?
  3. Which churches do you relate to?And what do these characteristics say about your relationship with the Lord? For example, have you ever experience being lukewarm and what did you do about it?
Home Work:  Read Revelation chapter 1-5

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