Summary of passage: An angel appeared to John to deliver and bear witness the revelation of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, which was given by God.
3a) Jesus Christ
b) An angel gave the revelation to John to reveal what must soon take place in order to bless the listeners.
4) Part Personal Question. My answer: The definition of bless according to Webster’s Dictionary is: “to hallow or consecrate by religious rite or word; to invoke divine care for; to confer prosperity or happiness upon”. Basically, blessed in the religious sense describes the favorable circumstance granted by God to a person. I anticipate furthering my knowledge of God’s word, of His character, of what is to come, and increasing my closeness to God.
5) Part Personal Question. My answer: To take to heart means to take something seriously and to internalize or live according to something. Personally, it means to live like Jesus is coming at any moment. Live in God’s ways.
Conclusions: I liked the message to truly live out what is written. It’s different to know something than do something. That is the crux of good and wrong.
End Notes: Revelation has a two-fold meaning. Jesus is the one revealed, but he also is the one doing the revealing.
Note God gave this to us (believers) to know the future. He gave us what we need to know.
This is predictive prophecy meaning it will come to pass. Why are we studying prophecy? Because it’s in the Bible. If God deemed we should know it, then we should know it and try to figure out why He wants us to know it. It also is proclaiming the word of God; hence, we need to know what God says/commands/ instructs.
Five keys parts here: 1) Revelation 2) Given by God 3) To us 4) Given to John 5) John is witness
In the original Greek, what is translated here as soon is supposed to be shortly. This word doesn’t mean it will happen soon. It means when it does happen, it will be sudden. “Time is near” is also soon to God for His time is not our time.
“He made it known” was originally translated as “signified”. This word is rooted in signs. Revelation is a book of signs. These signs are from heaven and trying to put them into earthly words requires such means. Paul says his message from heaven is “inexpressible” (2 Corinthians 12:4). Can you see the difficulty? Don’t worry. We’ll all get it when we get to heaven.
Last year, in the study of Moses, we were asked repeatedly, “Why study the Old Testament?” I asked myself this as well especially in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Because 70% of the Book of Revelation is rooted in the Old Testament. It contains more than 500 allusions to the OT and out of 404 verses in the Book, 278 refer to the OT. Worth your time, yeah?
Many of the signs and visions are from an angel to John in the Book of Revelation.
Here, we receive the first of seven beatitudes in the book of Revelation. This first blessing (“blessed are those who read, hear, and take to heart what is written”) also gives credence to the fact Revelation is meant to be holy scripture since blessings weren’t given to ordinary works.