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I . Introduction

II. The Context

The Setting of Revelation

Given by God to the Apostle John - Probably in the 90’s AD
On the Island of Patmos
Revelation 1:9 NASB95
9 I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
John the apostle calls himself “your brother and fellow partaker”
In the tribulation
Persecuted
boiled in oil
the only apostle left who had not been martyred
Kingdom
and Perseverance that are in Jesus
endurance, perseverance - key concepts in Scripture.
Over trials, temptations, and doubts
Acts 14:22 NASB95
22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
2 Timothy 2:12 NASB95
12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
Revelation 20:6 NASB95
6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Patmos - a barren prison island.
Because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

The Source Of Revelation

Revelation 1:1 NASB95
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John,

Revelation 1:4–5 NASB95
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—
Revelation 1:4 NASB95
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

God the Father

The Seven Spirits - The Holy Spirit

Revelation 3:1 NASB95
1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
Zechariah 4:1–10 NASB95
1 Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; 3 also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side.” 4 Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, “What are these, my lord?” 5 So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. 7 ‘What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ” 8 Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. 10 “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”
The Seven Spirits symbolize the Holy Spirits ability to see all things. They are the eyes of the LORD wich range to and fro throughout the earth.

Jesus

The First part of verse 5 is drawn from in which God has promised David, whom he has treated like a firstborn son, that he would establish his throne forever above all other kings.
Faithful Witness
Revelation 1:5 ESV
5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Faithful Witness
Psalm 89:36–37 NASB95
36 “His descendants shall endure forever And his throne as the sun before Me. 37 “It shall be established forever like the moon, And the witness in the sky is faithful.” Selah.
ps 89:
Jesus is proof of God’s faithfulness to his promise to establish the throne of David
Firstborn of the dead
This phrase shows up in -
Colossians 1:18 NASB95
18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Acts 4:2 NASB95
2 being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
acts 4:
- Jesus was the first one to be raised permanently from the dead. But there will be many to follow.
Ruler of the kings on earth
Ruler of the kings on earth
Psalm 89:27 NASB95
27 “I also shall make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.
Revelation 19:16 NASB95
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Rev

His Angel

John the Apostle

- John to the Seven churches that are in Asia:
The Author - John the Apostle
John spent the last years of his life in this province of Asia, western turkey.
Apparently left Jerusalem in the 60s while the Jewish People were in rebellion. He went to Asia and became the recognized leader of the Asian Churches

The Author - John the Apostle
John spent the last years of his life in this province of Asia, western turkey.
Apparently left Jerusalem in the 60s while the Jewish People were in rebellion. He went to Asia and became the recognized leader of the Asian Churches

IV. The Situation addressed by Revelation

- Asia Minor

3 Realities Concerning our Accountability to Christ

1. Jesus is Awesome

His Awesome Appearance and Power ()

Revelation 1:9–15 ESV
9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
Voice like a trumpet, like the roar of many waters.
Like a son of man
Daniel 7:13 NASB95
13 “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him.
Daniel 10:6 NASB95
6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
long robe
golden sash
white hair
flaming eyes
glowing feet like burnished bronze
Two-edged sword coming from his mouth
Face shining like the sun at full strength

His Awesome Titles

Revelation 1:5 ESV
5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
The Faithful Witness (v5)
Firstborn of the Dead (v5)
Ruler of the Kings on earth (v5)
Revelation 1:8 ESV
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Who is this?
Lord God is speaking - This title is most often used of the Father. However, it also appears that the one speaking is the Son.
Alpha and Omega
Revelation 22:12–16 ESV
12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Revelation 22:13 ESV
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
who is, who was, who is to come
Look at vs 18 - he is the living one. He alway lives.
Revelation 1:8 ESV
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 4:8 ESV
8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Revelation 11:17 ESV
17 saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
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Revelation 16:5 ESV
5 And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments.
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; 16:5
the almighty
Revelation 1:17–18 ESV
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
First and the last
The Living One
Authority over Death and Hades

His Relationship to Us

Loves us
freed us from our sins by his blood
made us a kingdom,
priests to his God and Father
Collectively, we are a kingdom, but individually we are priests in service to God.

His worthiness

eternal glory
eternal dominion

John’s Response- Awe

fell like a dead man

2. Jesus is Coming

The
He is coming quickly
We will give an account to him
He is bringing his reward

3. Jesus is Here

Our Accountability to Him
His knowledge of us
He knows:
your works
your endurance
your sound doctrine
Discipline
Reward
Judgment
Therefore
Hold Fast
Repent
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