“Revelation” is from the Greek word apokalupsis which means, “A disclosure, an unveiling.” The book of Revelation is an unveiling of the Character and program of God.
Four times the author identifies himself as John (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8)
Date and origin
The traditional view for the date of revelation is during the reign of Emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-90). The early church fathers affirmed this and most scholars since have agreed. The date has been traditionally set between A.D. 94-96 (during the final and most severe years of Domitian’s reign). It is likely that John wrote Revelation during his exile on the island of Patmos.
The stated purpose of revelation is to reveal Jesus Christ (1:1): His person, His power and His plan for the future.
Central to the book is the existence, power, sovereignty, justice, wisdom, and goodness of God the father and Jesus Christ.
Two key words are repeated throughout the whole letter. They are “lamb” (29 times) and “throne” (47 times). The ideas of sacrificial atonement and god’s sovereignty and judgement dominate the letter. Four numbers are also play a significant role throughout Revelation. Seven (55 times) and the number seven stands for completeness),
A story is given of two women back in Kenya who were married to one husband. One of the ladies who was first to be married was very devoted in church ministry, her name was Josephine. She was blessed with the 4 children, i.e three boys and one girl. The four children were genius in school. It came a time when the husband Joel wanted to have another wife but Josephine kept reminding the husband what the Bible says about marriage, but he couldn’t get to listen, so Joel married a ...
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...ou have thought me worthy of this day and hour, to be numbered among the martyrs and share in the cup of Christ, for resurrection to eternal life, for soul and body in the incorruptibility of the Holy Spirit. Among them may I be accepted before you today, as a rich and acceptable sacrifice, just as you, I bless you, I glorify you, through the eternal heavenly high priest Jesus Christ, your beloved child, through whom be glory to you, with him and the Holy Spirit, now and for the ages to come.”
That’s why I absolutely concur with Corazon Aquino who said: “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”
What are the lessons can we learn from the Smyrna church.
1) Persecution and tribulations will come; remain faithful.
2) As long as we have the spiritual blessings we are rich, let us rejoice.
3) Strive to overcome to gain the reward.
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