John's Patmos Experience (1 of 26) by Daniel Rodgers

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John's Patmos Experience (1 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
Dan Rodgers
Revelation 1:1-20
September 28, 2008

INTRODUCTION: This evening, we will begin what I believe to be one of the most exciting and illuminating studies in the Bible, the book of Revelation. Certainly is it exciting, as we read about the end-times, with dragons, beasts and creatures coming up out of the earth. It is illuminating because of the light it sheds on what the Lord refers to as "the last days."

For the unsaved or unregenerate man, the book of Revelation is the finality of all things--there is no more hope, no more offer of salvation, no more mercy, and no more opportunity to make things right with God. This is the end!

For the Christian, the book of Revelation brings comfort and assurance. We are comforted in knowing that heaven is our home and this world as we know it; with all it sin and heartache will be no more. God will make all things new. In Rev. 21:5, we read, "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."

As we begin chapter one, I would like to break it down into three parts:

I. John's Introduction to the Book
II. John's Greeting to the Seven Churches
III. John's Description of the Glorified Christ

I. JOHN'S INTRODUCTION TO THE
BOOK (VV. 1-3)

A. The Author (vv. 1, 2)

1. The Apostle John is the author of the book. Revelation is said to be written at about A. D. 96, while John was a prisoner on the Island of Patmos, in the Aegean Sea. You will notice he begins in vs. 1, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." The book of Revelation is about the revealing of Jesus Christ. The word Revelation in the Greek is the word, apokalupsis, meaning revealing or disclosure. Again, in vs. 1, we are told that God gave the book to his Son, Jesus Christ, in order to "show unto His servants the things which must shortly come to p ...


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