Chapter One is an introduction to the rest of the book. It is written to emphasize that what is to be read is nothing less than the express word of God. It is not only the word of God, but it is given just when it is needed for “…​the time is at hand.” Its three co-authors are claimed to be no less than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This again underlines the divine origin of the letter. The attributes of these three are characteristics for which the saints will have reason to be thankful in the days ahead. John claims the letter was the direct commission from heaven. He is told explicitly by Jesus to “…​write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches.”

Our lesson text is Revelation 1:1-20; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Daniel 7:13-14.

Our lesson aim is to discover something about the book, its writer, and its Author, the Risen Christ in the midst of the lamp stands.

In our Lesson preview We will . . .

  1. Learn the destination, content, source, effect, and judgment of the message about to be received.

  2. Learn who the writer is, examine his right to speak, and see his relationship to the readers.

  3. Get a picture of the risen Christ by learning 12 titles describing Him.

  4. Understand that a blessing is pronounced on all who read, hear, and keep the things written in the book of Revelation.

Kevin J.