A STAR CALLED WORMWOOD
... of an expositional study of Revelation. I thought if someone would
land in the middle of our service tonight or this morning, they'd say,
"I'm totally lost," because there has to be some sequence as we're
dealing with the book of Revelation. It's hard just to land somewhere
and say, "Boy, I'm gonna understand this by just what's around it." You
have to get almost the whole smear of it, so I'm gonna try to review as
we seek to look at these verses in an expositional fashion.
Now, we don't just study Revelation to get Biblical knowledge. We don't
just study God's word to say, "I understand that. I know that. I see
how that's employed. I see a cross reference involved there." That's
not what we do.
We study the book of Revelation especially because it is a prophetic
word about last things. It's about the perusia. It is about
escatology. It is about the end of times. And therefore, we are to be
warned, says Peter and says Paul, because we know how this world is
going to end. We know what is going to happen. We see what is going to
And John there on the island of Patmos had the heavens opened. And in
Revelation chapter 1, verse 19, we have the outline of the entire book.
And the first chapter is made reference to there in the first phrase of
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that 19th verse of that first chapter, and he says, "This is what the
things that I have seen." It's what John saw.
What did he see? He saw a vision of Jesus Christ enthroned. And he
described what he saw in chapter 1. In chapter 2 and 3, he says, "I see
the things that are." And that's the vision of the 7 churches in
Revelation that were existing in that day. Also, these churches ...
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