- This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John,
- who testified to God’s word and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw.
- Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.
- John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia:
Revelation of Jesus Christ
There’s something I’d like to show you. I suspect Revelation 1:1, the very first verse of the book, contains something hidden – something invisible. It’s the most elusive thing I’ve come upon in the bible.
I’d like to show you what I’ve seen. Please bear with me, as it will take a few steps.
We’ll begin with a traditional bible view of Revelation 1. Later, we’ll look at this passage in parallel with others.
Given + Sent
Two key things seem to happen in verse 1:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ is given to Jesus, by God, to show to us.
It’s sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John.
I strongly suspect something lies between these two points: between the gifting and the sending. The only way to know this is by using the bible to reveal the bible.
There’s a nearly identical phrase in Revelation 22:6, which says, the Lord God, “sent his angel to show his bondservants” what must soon take place. Once again, Revelation 1:1 says, “which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John.”
In both cases, God sends something by an angel to the servants of Christ. Let’s look at the sending in Revelation 22. Click the right arrow, or the “Sent His Angel” link below.