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Revelation: an unsealed book

Revelation, An Unsealed Book by Timothy McKeown Introduction, Part 1
1. The Setting of Revelation: PHYSICALLY: The Island of Patmos, around 95 A.D. PROPHETICALLY: Heaven, and the future earth. Written around 95 A.D. on the Island of Patmos, the book of the Revelation is not a book of mystery but an unsealed book of prophecy (Rev. 22:10), intended to explain to those reading the things which John had seen, the things which were happening at the time, and also things which would occur in the future. While a very few have theorized that Revelation was written during Nero’s persecution, the very temperament of the seven churches do not fit that time period.
2. The Scribe of Revelation: John According to Rev. 1:1, 4, 9; 21:2, 8, Revelation is written by John. How do we know this is the Apostle John? Virtually all ancient church fathers writing after the conclusion of the New Testament testify that it was penned by the Apostle John, the beloved disciple. The first record we have that John, t…

Revelation: Unhidden

Introduction, part 2
3. The Subject of Revelation: Jesus Christ As we study Revelation, we are only going to get to verse one. In fact, we are only going to really study the first three words of the Revelation. And the emphasis will really be on the first word. So you may go away from this and tell others that it is going to be a long study in Revelation, because Bro. Tim taught for 45 minutes on the first word. It will be a long study. a. The Subject of the Revelation is Jesus and it is not hidden By its very title, the book of Revelation is not a book which is to be hidden, obscure or mysterious. In fact, it is meant to be read openly and in so doing it is to be a blessing to both the reader and hearer. The opening words of the book-- “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”—clearly state that this book is to be unveiling and revealing and uncovering, but even these very words are often obscured and subject to interpretation to their true meaning. Does it mean Jesus Christ is going to reveal so…

Revelation: Unveiled

Introduction, part 3
3. The Subject of Revelation: Jesus Christ (continued) b. The Subject reveals Jesus, both as the Lamb of God, and the lion of judah Since much of the book is presented by those other than Jesus Christ Himself; that is, through visions and by angels, I believe that the opening words “the revelation of Jesus Christ” means that this final book of the Bible is the revealing of Jesus Christ Himself and not the revealing by Jesus Christ. Had we all of the books of Scripture, save this blessed and prophetic book, the unveiling of the Son of God would have been incomplete. If we only had 65 books in the Bible and 26 New Testament books, what would we know of his quickly approaching return? More than anything else, John received and wrote the contents of the book of Revelation to unveil the faithful and true and fulfilling appearance of Jesus Christ, showing forth the hope for Christians that Jesus Christ did not only come as a lamb slain (Rev. 5:6), but that He will indeed c…

Revelation: Unafraid

Introduction, part 4
e. The Subject is Joyous. I really wanted to put a lot of words besides "Joyous" to explain what the feeling of Christians should be when they read the book of Revelation, and you can write down words that may come to your mind. In 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Paul wrote in response to Christians who thought the rapture had already taken place. You see some were shaken in their minds; they were troubled because someone had told them that the day of Christ had already come. Notice what Paul says to encourage them about the Revelation of Jesus Christ, when Christ will be revealed. Paul said in verse 3 “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment…

Revelation: Undefeated

Introduction, part 5
f. The Subject of Revelation is Jesus revealed completely. Can you imagine Christianity without the Revelation? Ponder for a moment what would the hope have been throughout the last two millennia of Christians and their relation to the plan of God through Jesus Christ. God’s Messiah was not for the Jews only, but He was revealed to be the “Light of the Gentiles.” He was born in abject poverty, lived most, if not all, of his life in obscurity by the world’s standards. Jesus the Son of Man was misunderstood by his peers, from his closest disciples to His most ardent critics. What if this Anointed One had only been described in the pages of the inerrant, inspired, infallible Scriptures of the New Testament by only the gospels and the epistles of six, perhaps seven, early disciples, but not by the Book of Revelation. There is an insatiable desire to know even more than what we now know through the Bible. But because of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, penned b…

Numbers and Meanings

The Significance And Symbolism Of Numbers In The Book Of The Revelation

What the significance of numbers in Revelation is a matter of interpretation, but that the numbers have significance is not in dispute. Revelation 19:10 says “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” According to The Complete Biblical Library, one of the purposes of prophecy “is to bear witness to Jesus, to exalt Him and to reveal His redemptive work.” (Revelation, pg. 295). Studying the amazing detail in numbers and symbolism in the book of Revelation is a testimony to how marvelous Jesus is and how powerful prophetic books like the Revelation is. It is incorrect to call the study of numbers in the Bible “numerology.” Such a name conjures up practices in the occult which are inconsistent with the Bible. However, to ignore or fail to study the repeated use of numbers, especially three, six, seven, and twelve, and multiples of those, would be a disservice to the Scriptures and an incomplete study of the …

Numbers and Angels

A Numerical Study of Angels (mentioned 72 times in Greek)
Seven Individual Angels 1. JESUS’ ANGEL Revelation 1:1 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants--things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John. 22:16 - "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."
2. A STRONG (MIGHTY) ANGEL Revelation 5:2 - Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"
3. AN ANGEL ASCENDING FROM THE EAST Revelation 7:2 - Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea,
4. AN ANGEL WITH THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS Revelation 8:3 - Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. …

Numbers and Voices

A Numerical Study Of Voices From The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Revelation 16:1 - Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls* of the wrath of God on the earth." Revelation 16:17 - And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.  Revelation 19:5 - And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 
1.Revelation 10:4 - And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. Revelation 10:8 - Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea an…