The Book of Revelation 4

We come now to the actual letters addressed to the seven identified Churches of Asia. As mentioned these were real churches. We know quite a lot about Ephesus from various references in Acts and from the letter written to them by Paul. For the others we can construct some of their history from other early church writings. But not much. From early Church writings we gather that John was the apostolic leader of the Churches in the area and that following his release from exile by the Roman Emperor he returned to his ministry there. For me the point is that JOHN LOVED THEM ALL. Even more important JESUS LOVED THEM ALL. Probably even more important JESUS LOVES US ALL!

Question: Why am I stressing this point?

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The Book of Revelation 2

 
In this short study I want to share some thoughts about the origin of the Book of Revelation. 
The Book begins with the words: “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.” 
 
This passage is clear. The message of Revelation was transmitted to the Apostle John from the Risen Lord Jesus Christ Himself and it was written down by John so that the Church would know what was coming on the earth.
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The Book of Revelation

I have been challenged with the idea of writing a series of short thoughts about the Book of Revelation and, if sufficient interest is shown in this first posting, I will go ahead and do a series dealing with the main concepts and revelations of the Book. Here goes!

I love the Book of Revelation!

I love its rhythms and patterns. I love its complexity and yet the basic simplicity of its main theme. I love the fact that anybody who approaches the Book with an open and honest heart will find something in it that will be transformative in his life.

I love the way that the Book of Revelation “rounds off” and completes the message of the whole Bible. For example what begins in Genesis is completed in Revelation. Man fell and was expelled from Eden – what was the final result? Satan entered the world and Babylon was built. How does this end? God made a covenant with Abraham and another with Israel through Moses, but Israel failed. What happens about that? Jesus came as the Messiah of Israel and Saviour of the world. What is the final outcome? Only the Book of Revelation gives the answers!

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