This series of Blogs will cover the book of Revelation. The Blogs will follow neither of the four (4) traditional interpretations. These series of Blogs will not employ the traditional interpretation of the prophecy. The goal of this series of Blogs is to present Jesus Christ. Who Jesus is, and why the Christ? This series of Blogs will build on the understanding, needs, and events as it was in the first two centuries of Christianity. Projections to the modern-day will follow the logical path as much as possible. This series of Blogs will not engage in fruitless analyses and dissection of various words. These Blogs will not present any conspiracy theories. All projections and applications to the future will accord with the Bible and a source to which the author of these Blogs had privileged access.
“Revelation,” What does it mean? Is it a revelation of something or someone, or is it a revelation from someone? Propper understanding of the Revelation depends on how we apply the noun Revelation. The noun Revelation 1:1, in the Greek, begins, “Apokalupsis Iesou Christou,” which means literally, Revelation about Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation reveals something that has been hidden, or unknown. It tells us about the mystery of God, that will be covered later in this series. John wrote the letter to the Churches in Asia, from the Ephesus after his release from the prison on the island of Patmos, because he uses the past tense when he says “was” on the island of Patmos. The letter was then copied and sent to the seven churches in Asia. Also, the first three verses could have been written by those who copied it and sent it out to the churches in Asia. In verse four, John begins by introducing the subject of the letter to the churches. The title of the message to the Churches can be translated as “Revelation from Jesus,” however, because Jesus Christ is the central subject of the book of Revelation, the “Revelation about Jesus Christ” is the most probable and appropriate translation. The book of Revelation gives us an expanded picture of Jesus. It reveals to us who Jesus is and why He is the Christ. Accordingly, this series of blogs will always refer to the book of Revelation as “Revelation about (of) Jesus.” It is about Him and Him only.
The assertion that Jesus Christ is the central subject of the book of Revelation raises a question. Why was it necessary for Jesus to again explain the truth about Him, to the first-century Christians? The same need does exist today in various displays. Jesus, after His resurrection, unrecognizably joined the two of His apostles on the road to Emmaus. He explained to them everything the Scripture says about the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Luke 24:25-27. Also, before Jesus ascended to heaven, He expounded the Scriptures to the apostles; and He opened their mind to understand it. Luke 24:44-48. He promised to come back to them. Accordingly, apostles preached that Jesus would return to earth in their time, the first century AD. Appropriately so, the converts to Christianity expected Jesus to return in during the first century of the Christian era, and while the Roman Empire still ruled. Their hope was high.
The first century, however, was almost at its end. The eye-witnesses to Jesus, except John, were already dead or have been martyred; however, Jesus has not returned yet. The Christian church was experiencing severe persecution under the Roman Emperor Domitian. Accordingly, many questions and doubts arose in the minds of believers. Is Jesus really whom He said he was? Is he at the right hand of God? Does He see their difficulties? Will the Kingdom of God triumph over evil? These were the expected questions and doubts. Therefore, they needed to know the events that must transpire between Jesus’ coming as the Messiah, and His return as the King of kings. Also, they needed reassurance that Jesus will keep His promise no matter what. Accordingly, Jesus again reveals the truth about Him. He assures the churches that He is with them, and seas their troubles. He tells them that He will, in the fullness of time, return to earth as promised. No one should doubt that Jesus will, in just the right time, come back to earth and bring with Him the unimaginable rewards to those who are loyal to Him.
How should we read Revelation? Read the next blog.