There is only one “revelation” in the book of Revelation.
Just this week I heard yet again – on the radio – a speaker, who is actually teaching through the book of Revelation, say” Please turn to the 21st chapter of Revelations.” This might seem a small point — Revelation vs Revelations — but it really is rather huge.
The book is entitled The Revelation of Jesus Christ and the first verse says it all:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John. (Rev 1:1)
There is only one revelation in the book of Revelation! JESUS CHRIST!
When we continue to misname the book and call it “Revelations” we further enhance the prevailing attitude in the church that the book is just one series of “oooohhh” revelations that are so difficult and mysterious that we will never understand the book! Even though the Word of God teaches us that:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16)
According to Rev 1:1 the whole book is one revelation of Jesus Christ. The word rendered “Revelation” in the Greek is “Apokalupsis” and has been translated into English as “Apocalypse” which means “nakedness” or to “uncover”. So one could, with good confidence, proclaim that the book of Revelation is an “Unveiling of Jesus Christ”!
Sadly, the devil has so twisted the terms around that “Apocalypse” now means something sinister or evil!!(Thanks Hollywood!)
We do not make this same mistake with “s” with other books of the Bible. For example, we never say turn to the book of Daniels, or Marks, etc.
Here is how I see the one revelation of Jesus in the book of Revelation:
Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, will manifest Himself at the end of this age to give back to His Father the earth! He will come riding with the clouds on a white horse and will deal out retribution to the enemies of God, once and for all! He will come as a Man of War.
In this final Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God the Father gave to His Son, Jesus will be known as “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth”. (Rev 1:5) As the slain Lamb, He will take the scroll – the title deed of earth – from His Father and break open the seals to bring about His Ownership of earth forever and then, at the end of 1000 years, hand it back to His Father, who will once again walk on earth as He did in the Garden of Eden with humanity’s first couple. (Rev 6-20, I Cor 15)
In this prophecy Jesus is called the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. He will be known as Bridegroom, Judge and King!
Again and again the apostle John affirms that he is writing a book of prophecy:
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” 1:3
“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book“…. And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.” 22:7,10
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book.” 22:18
We need to get back to the basics of Christian belief and believe and heed and restore prophetic scriptures, like the book of Revelation, to the Body of Christ!
“Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev 19:10
Yours for the coming King,