Revelation 1:4 - 8
ESV - 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne. 5 And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
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In my opinion, the main theme of the book of Revelation is an admonition to believers to maintain their faith despite whatever temporal adversities they may have to endure because of that faith. God is in control. He will ultimately triumph regardless of how powerful Christians' foes may be. And He will reward those who remain faithful with eternal blessings to which any persecution or misfortune that Christians may experience in this life cannot even begin to compare.
My thought is, Matthew 9:2: "Son be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." 1st Corinthians 15:54: "So when this corruptible has put on in-corruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 'Death is swallowed up in victory.'" Mark 13:23: "But take heed; see I have told you all these things beforehand." With God's words, in our hearts, we can live with peace, knowing that it Is finished.
Dr. John Walvoord, former president of the school I went to when he was there, Dallas Seminary, said this about the theme of or outline for the book of Revelation: [It's based on Revelation 1:19 -- 19 "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. " (1) The things past are the things which John had seen from Rev. 1:9-19 including verse 20 which is an explanation of part of this vision, the vision of the glorified Christ (Rev. 1:9-20). (2) The things present are “the things which are.” This deals with the messages to the seven churches and the state of the church or the church age (Rev. 2:1-3:22). (3) The things future refer to “the things which shall take place after these things.” This takes us the reader into the future or things to come, and deals with the things that will occur after the church: the tribulation, the millennium, and the eternal state (Rev. 4:1-22:21). I am so thankful that he taught me that Revelation 1:19, as its outline, is the key to understanding Revelation. Then another DTS prof of mine, Dr. Charles Ryrie, came and taught this truth to my home church, Scottsdale Bible Church, in Scottsdale, Arizona. I wasn’t there—I was still at seminary—but my Dad and Step-Mom, Joan, had it taped for me and sent it to me. Another possibility is: The theme of this message (Rev. 1:5-8) --actually Rev. 1:5b-8): Jesus Christ is its grand and glorious theme. After all, He’s God’s faithful witness (Re 1:5b), the firstborn from the dead (Re 1:5c), the ruler of the kings of this earth (Re 1:5d), the Alpha and Omega (Re 1:8a), and the Eternal One (Re 1:8b). What has He done? He shed His blood to redeem us (Re 1:5e) and made us a kingdom of priests ((Re 1:6). I love Re 1:5 because this is possibly the only Bible verse, technically, that tells us "Jesus loves us," right now. (That is, if you want to get technical.) What will He do (Re 1:7): He’ll come again in the clouds. In so doing He’ll reveal Himself to the Jews first (Re 1:7a) and then to the Gentiles. (Re 1:7b) HW
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