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Why Study The Revelation? (1 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Let's take just a moment and go to the Lord in prayer, and then we want to begin our study of the book of Revelation. Our Father, we thank you today for the privilege of studying together, and we thank you for this book which we study. We pray that in these weeks ahead that you will enlighten us and, Father, that you will encourage us, and Lord, that we will receive the special blessing that you promise for those who study the book of Revelation. Father, we pray that you'd make us aware of how current events fit into this prophecy, Lord, that we might be ready, that we might be alert to the coming of your dear Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. Now Father, we open our hearts today to the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "When he has come, he will guide you into all truth." It is in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen. Amen. Well, I want you to turn to Revelation 1:1. Someone asked how long will this study go. The study will go for about a year. And the reason it's that lengthy is because this is a detailed study of the book of Revelation; it's not just a survey. We could survey the book of Revelation in a matter of thirteen weeks or three months or six months. But if we want to understand the words, the verses, and we want to do expository study...that is breaking down the verses and understanding these verses in light of current events...then this is a lengthy book with twenty-two chapters, and so it does requires some time. Now today Revelation 1:1-3. Reading today from the Kings James Version. Sometimes I read from modern versions, and you may have a more modern version, like the New International or the New American Standard or the Revised Standard, and that's fine. "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant ...
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