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GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Revelation 1:19; 2:1-7
October 13, 2002
GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING is the 66th and final book in the Bible! And of course I am referring to the book of Revelation. Now every book in the Bible will bless you. But God promises a special blessing to those who read and hear and keep the words of the prophecy found in the Apocalypse, the Revelation!
And keep in mind as we go through this book that Jesus is found on every page! In chapter 1, He is the Living Lord. In chapters 2-3, He is the Lord of the Churches. In chapters 4-20, He is the Lion over the Nations. And in chapters 21-22, He is the Lord adorned and worshipped in Heaven.
So if you don't learn anything else, learn this: that Jesus is the revealer as well as the revealed throughout the book of Revelation!
Now, before going any further in our study, I want to show you the key verse for understanding the book of Revelation. If you understand this particular verse, you will understand the book itself!
In fact, in this key verse, God gives us His outline of the book for us to follow. And God's outline is found in chapter 1, verse 19: "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this."
Now let's break this down. First, Jesus tells John to "write the things which you have seen." And what John saw He wrote down in chapter 1. And what did John see? He saw the glory of Jesus! He saw the glorified Jesus and then fell as dead!
Verse 19, "write the things which you have seen." That was chapter 1: the glory of Jesus.
Verse 19, "and write the things which are." That is what chapters 2-3 are all about! Now, to "write the things which you have seen" speaks of past tense. To "write the things which are" speaks of present tense. And to John, that meant the letters to those seven churches.
Do you see it? "The things you have s ...
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