Where Should I Start In Studying Revelation?

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Hi D____,

By all means start at the very beginning. The key to understanding any scripture in found in the first few verses of Revelation one. Verse one tells us that all these words reveal the Christ, and are really God’s Words, which He gave to Jesus to give to John. This verse tells us that these words are ‘signified’ to John. What the word ‘signified’ can and does mean is that this is a book of signs or signals and symbols.

Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [ it] by his angel unto his servant John:

Who scripturally is “Jesus Christ”? Here are Christ’s own words in answer to that very question.

Act 22:8  And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

If Act 22:8 is true, then this book is the revealing of Christ within each of us, and that is exactly what we are told is to be the case.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Then verse three nails this point down by telling us that this book is to be “read, heard and kept” by all to whom it is given to read and hear it in its signified spiritual meaning, as the holy spirit reveals it to us “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. This revelation is not given to just anyone with physical eyes and ears. If it were, then these verses would not be true or necessary.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak [ the things given us to understand], not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

When Rev 1:1 and 1:3 are seen for what they are telling us and we put them together with the fact that Jesus, in Mat 13, tells His disciples that He taught the multitudes in parables “because it was given to the disciples, but not to the multitudes to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God”, then it becomes clear that the entire Bible is written in a way that is designed and “signified” to Christ’s disciples to whom it is given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

“The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” all concern Christ as the king of that kingdom. Both He and His kingdom are said to be within us.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Col 1:26  Even the mystery [ of “the kingdom of God within you”] which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what [ is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

So there can be no doubt that this book about “the revelation of Jesus Christ” will never be understood by the most educated of Christian scholars, simply because “to them it is not given” to see that the kingdom of God and the revelation of Jesus Christ”, are both within each of His elect. There is not one person in one thousand to whom it has been given to understand that this is a book that is to be lived out and “kept” by those to whom it is given to do so.

Rev 1:3  Blessed 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.

Please join us at 11 A. M. Eastern Time every Sunday morning on Ustream, but also go back and get caught up on the entire revelation of Jesus Christ, and discover all the Old Testament scriptures upon which every single symbol of this book is based, and discover the meaning of all the symbols of this book.
May God bless your desire to get to better know Him and His Son. This is life eternal.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

That is what this revelation of Jesus Christ produces within us. We come to know Him as we never have before.

Your brother in Christ.

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