The battle of all battles and the history of the greatest controversy of all times, Christ verses Satan. A controversy in which every human that has ever lived has been and will be involved in. Yet many have no clue about it, because they have been told that the information is sealed or to difficult to understand. Subsequently, they do not attempt to read it, which keeps God's truth hidden from them. Friend, you are about to embark upon the most important study of your life and if you allow God to lead you, your life will never be the same. But before we begin, we must ask the Lord to lead us because He is truth and this is His information.
Our Father in heaven, with humble reverence we wait on Your guidance and the presence of the Holy Spirit who leads into all truth. We know that if we don’t surrender our preconceived ideologies and wills to you, you cannot direct us. So Lord we surrender completely and trust that You will fill us with Your Spirit and direct us into paths of righteousness and life. We request Your presence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
"The ____________ of ______ ________..." (Rev. 1:1).
NOTE: John, the writer, titles the book “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” This alone should comfort the heart of the searcher, because of Jesus: the One who died to save mankind. The book of Revelation was originally written in Greek. In Greek, Revelation or apokalupis literally means, “an unveiling,” “laying bear,” “making naked,” “disclosure of truth.” The title categorically denies the charge that Revelation is sealed.
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which _____ gave unto him..." (Rev. 1:1)
NOTE: It is the same God that gave His only begotten Son so that you and I could be saved.
"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to ______ unto his servants _______ which ______ shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Rev. 1:1)
NOTE: Since the book of revelation was written to inform us of the things that must come to pass, can you see why the devil doesn't want anyone to read it?
"__________ is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand" (Rev. 1:3).
"And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and _________ us from our sins in his own blood" (Rev. 1:5).
NOTE: Jesus is the ONLY agent by which we are washed and made clean. This fact is what the devil wants to hide from us. So powerful is His blood, that if a person's "sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; and though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool," (Isaiah 1:18). All the sinner has to do is come to Jesus and surrender their will to Him.
"And hath made us ________ and ________ unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Rev. 1:6).
"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every _____ shall _____ him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." (Rev. 1:7).
NOTE: Because churches teach that revelation is sealed, they have reached erroneous conclusions about the Second Coming. Who hasn’t heard about the “Secret Rapture” or the movie “Left Behind?” But the Bible teaches that “every eye will see Him” and that He will return the same way He left. "He was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9-11)
"I John… in the isle that is called ________, for the word of God, and for the ________________ of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 1:9).
NOTE: John was on island prison of Patmos because of his witness for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Scriptures says "all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Tim. 3:12). But Jesus comforts the sufferer by saying "Whosoever shall confess Him before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God" (Luke 12:8).
"I was in the Spirit on the _______ day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet," (Rev. 1:10).
NOTE: Some say that the term "Lord's Day" means Sunday. However, the Bible NEVER applies that meaning to Sunday. The Lord’s Day is ALWAYS Saturday, the seventh day of the week. In fact, it wasn't until the late 2nd century that the church leaders, in an attempt to change the Sabbath to Sunday, began to refer to Sunday as the "Lord's Day." Here is some of what the Bible says about which day is the Lord’s Day. "But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God," (Exo. 20:10), “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day,” (Isaiah 58:13), "For the Son of man is Lord even of the Sabbath day" (Matt. 12:8). (See our study Change of the Sabbath)
"… What thou seest, ________ in a book, and _______ it unto the seven churches…" (Rev. 1:11).
NOTE: Solid proof that the book of Revelation was not to be sealed; the information was sent to the churches.
"I am ________ and ________, the first and the last...", (Rev. 1:8, 11).
Alpha and omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet. They are used to symbolize the beginning of all things and the end of all things. Everything that exist owes its existence to Christ because “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Col. 1:16, 17). It was Jesus speaking.
"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven ____________ one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle." (Rev. 1:12, 13)
NOTE: The articles mentioned help to reveal where Jesus was. "Seven golden candlesticks" can be found in the holy place (Ex. 37:17-18). The "garment down to the foot," is a sign of royalty and/or priestly attire (Ex 28:1-39). The "girdle" around the paps or breast is part of the priestly garment (Lev 8:7; 16:4). Finally, v. 20 informs us the candlesticks represented the "seven churches." What is depicted is the heavenly high priestly ministry of Jesus. Scripture says, "Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man," (Hebrews 8:1, 2).
"And when I saw him, I ______ at his feet as ______" (Rev. 1:17).
What a different reaction from what we see today. Rather than bow in reverence, everyone raises their hands and stares up into heaven. But John, like other biblical characters, fell on his face in reverence.
Ezekiel - “The Glory of the LORD stood … I fell on my face,” (Eze. 3:23). Daniel – “When he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face,” (Dan. 8:17). Paul – “And suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: and he fell to the earth,” (Acts 9:3, 4).
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of _____ and of _________,” (Rev. 1:18).
NOTE: Not only does Jesus have the keys to hell and death, but He has continuous or eternal life. Think about this for a moment: crucifixion, death and burial could not stop Him from living. Scripture says, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men,” (John 1:4). Isn’t this proof of His statement, “I am He that liveth” or loosely translated, “I am He with continuous or eternal life.” Ellen G. White, the most powerful writer that I have encountered, beside the Bible of course, said, “In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived,” (Desire of Ages, p. 530).
Friend, the one who has the “keys” is the one with the power and authority. Christ’s resurrection is proof that He has the power and authority over death. "I am the resurrection and the life," (John 11:25) He says.
“_________ the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter,” (Rev. 1:19).
NOTE: It is obvious that God wants the information known and disseminated. He tells John to write it down.
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the _______ of the seven __________: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven __________." (Rev. 1:20).
NOTE: The Bible does not use the term “mystery” to mean something that cannot be understood. Rather, it means something that can be understood once revealed and accepted. Paul said, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,” (Ephesians 6:19). We are not left in the dark. The Bible is its own decoder. Verse 20 lets us know that “stars” represent angels and “candlesticks” churches.