Read (and watch) Part 1 first: Why Study the 7 Churches?
The words of Jesus to the 7 churches of Asia are recorded in the final book of the Bible: the book of REVELATION. The first verse reads: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” (Rev. 1:1). What does REVELATION mean? What is this book about? Watch now!
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The word revelation, as in “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” is from a Greek word apokalypsis (S:602), which speaks of taking off the cover. In this book, Jesus is revealed, as it uncovers Him and His plan. This book (and all 66 books) are all about HIM!
In verse 8, Jesus lets us know, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8). Because Jesus always has been and always will be, He is able to effectively address the past, present, and future. Based off His endless knowledge as the eternal God, He tells John to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Rev. 1:19). And what He shared with John to write for us about what was, what is, and what is to come, we can learn from and observe to help us today.
What do we do today with the words that Jesus gave? What do we do with the Revelation John wrote? Revelation 1:3 makes it plain: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Read it. Hear it. Keep it. The time is certainly at hand.
What have you learned from the book of Revelation? Share your comments below!