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REVELATION
A study by Jeff Haakenson

Chapter 1:1-11

  1. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
  2. who testifies to everything he saw- that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
  3. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
  4. John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,
  5. and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
  6. and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father- to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
  7. Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
  8. and quot;I am the Alpha and the Omega,and quot; says the Lord God, and quot;who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.and quot;
  9. I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
  10. On the Lordand #146;s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
  11. which said: and quot;Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.and quot;

vrs 9    companion in the sufferingand #133; and patient endurance

and quot;We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of Godand quot; (Acts 14:22)

True persecution, imprisonment, martyrdom. These are far removed from us as Christians today, but we do suffer. Who can witness the breakup of families, the death of innocent children, and the dilemma of the poor, without crying out and quot;Come, Lord Jesusand quot;?

Following Jesus brings many benefits. It also causes new pressures and struggles. In what ways have you found being a Christian difficult?

vrs. 5 Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness1, the firstborn from the dead2, and the ruler of the kings of the earthand #133; loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

vrs. 6  and has made us to be a kingdom and priests3 to serve his God

1 see Isaiah 55:4, 2 see Acts 26:23, 3 see 1 Peter 2:5, also see Phil 1:6

How can these verses comfort and encourage us when we are struggling to be faithful?

    vrs. 10 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,

    vrs. 11 which said: and quot;Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churchesand quot;

    Imagine you are a member of one of the seven churches.

How would you feel when you discovered that Christ himself had asked John to send YOU this letter?

    To what extent do you have the same feeling today, knowing the letter is also addressed to you?

    vrs. 3   Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written

In what ways do you think he expects us to take this message to heart?

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