by Stan Coffey

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Revelation In One Hour (52 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey

We have been blessed in this study. In Revelation 1 we were introduced to the revelation of Jesus Christ. Many people look at the revelation and say, "This is the revelation of John." The Apostle John is the author; he wrote it in 99 A.D. But Jesus is the subject. The word revelation is the key to the book: "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 John" (Revelation 1:1). The word revelation comes from two Greek words, apa and kalupto, which mean to take away the cover, the veil. This revelation was signified by John. The word signified has to do with signs or symbols. Revelation is a symbolic book. The symbols are the key to understanding its message.

We have a photograph of Jesus in Revelation 1:9-20 - Jesus in His glory, the resurrected Christ. Revelation 2 and 3 moves into the review of the churches, the church ages. The last of the churches (the church of Laodicea, the lukewarm church) will be prevalent during the end times, the time when Christ will come again. Every church will not be lukewarm, but that will be the general condition of the church - not cold or hot, but just simply indifferent to the things of God.

Following the review of the churches, Revelation 4 describes the rapture of the church. There is no further mention of the church being on earth again after the following passage. "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter" (Revelation 4:1). Paul said, "The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and the trump of God" (I Thessalonians 4:16a). The trumpet of Revelation is the same ...

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