The Book of Revelation is also known as "the Revelation of John".
That's not what the book says.
v.1 The revelation of Jesus Christ (...) to his servant John
Is this important? Maybe not...but we begin to think of it as "the Revelation of Christ, to John", we have a greater understanding of who the message is from.
It is for us...from Christ...through John.
I just got a study guide from Back to the Bible.
If Christ is the One who gave this revelation about Himself - how many ways does He describe Himself...in verses 4-8?
- Him who is, who was, and who is to come
- faithful witness
- firstborn from the dead
- ruler of the kings of the earth
- Him who loves us
- Him who freed us from our sins by His blood
- Him who made us to be a kingdom and priests
- the Alpha and Omega
- the Almighty
And yet...if someone were to ask me today who Christ is to me...
- lifter of my heart
- the Son that the Father sacrificed so that He could adopt me
I think that the important lessons from the book of Revelation:
not...what can we learn about the future?
it IS...what can we learn about Christ?