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Few books in history bring so much mystery and interest as the book of Revelation. Written in language that can often be shrouded in mystery, this book speaks of things that are difficult for us to understand and hard for us to process. Many find themselves asking, “Do the words captured in the book of Revelation really have anything to do with us?” With everything happening in the world today, questions have arisen…What’s Next?
In this new series by Pastor Ruba, we will open the Book of Revelation to reveal the truth it contains and discover the unveiling of Jesus Christ. Because when it comes to experiencing the life God has for us, we can no longer run from Revelation. We need to lean in to the future that awaits believers and even non-believers. 

An Overview of the Book of Revelation

1.         Common Reactions to the Book of Revelation

A. Fascination
B. Neglect
C. Suspicion
D. Humble Faith-Seeker

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

2.         Background Information

A. The Title of the Book – The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The revelation (Apo-calupsis - Unveiling, to make known) from Jesus Christ, which God gave him (Jesus) to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, Revelation 1:1

Apo-calupsis – To take away (Apo) the covering of something (Calupto)
Definition: To take away the covering of something in this case - The Unveiling of Jesus Christ
To see the real Jesus don’t go to the Gospels, go to the book of Revelation.

B. The Author: John

C. The Setting of the Book of Revelation

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 1:9

D. The Recipients of the Book of Revelation

Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11

E. The Outline of the Book of Revelation

The Things you have seen…- Chapter 1
The Things which are…Chapters 2-3
The Things which are to come…Chapters 4-22

F. The Focus of the Book of Revelation

1. Jesus – Sovereign King and Judge

And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. Revelation 1:13

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, Philippian 2:9

22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, John 5:22

2. Jesus – The Holy One

14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.  Revelation 1:14

Hair on his head is white as snow – speaks of His purity and holiness
Blazing fire – speaks of His ability to see who we really are – laser eyes

3. Jesus – The One with Authority

15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. Revelation 1:15-16

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Romans 3:19

Please read Revelation 1 in preparation for next week’s teaching.