by Dick Onarecker

The Prophecy of Jesus
Dick Onarecker
Revelation 1:1-6

Turn with me to one of the most climactic, and possibly one of the most important books of the Bible: the 66th book, the Book of Revelation.

Revelation is not a closed book. It is a wide-open book. God intends for us to understand it. We will understand it if two factors remain constant: first, it will require the Lord's help, because it is to be understood by the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Secondly, it will require you to be consistent, and so I encourage you to make a commitment to be present each Sunday morning as we study together.

This is a book that must be approached with an open mind. There are sincere and good Bible scholars who disagree on some of the finer points of Revelation. You must begin your study with a mindset that says, "this is for me. God wants me to understand know it, and I'm going to have it!"

Stand together as we read Revelation chapter 1, verses 1 through 6.

The word eschatology is not in the Bible. It is like the word trinity. The concept is there, but the actual word is not. Eschatos is the Greek word meaning "last" or, "latter." The suffix "ology" means a presentation of truth by words. So, eschatology is a study of the presentation of the truth about the events that will happen at the end of the age. As soon as Genesis 1:1 was spoken and accomplished by God, we started toward last things. When God began creation, He also had a plan for the conclusion of these things.

Turn to I Corinthians chapter 15. Everything that is started must have a conclusion. Most of our world feels that the world is out of control. It is not! God is in control. Revelation is the book of instruction for the Christian in this age. It tells us how to live in our day, as we understand what is happening all around us. I Corinthians 15:24 says, "Then cometh the end when He shall deliver up the Kingdom of God, even unto the Father, when He shall have pu ...

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