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(Revelation 1.1a)
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"The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place." (Revelation 1.1a)✞

Veil

Angel Boss Durham CathedralThis last book in the Bible was sometimes called the "Revelation of Jesus Christ" or the "Apocalypse." It was the word of Jesus and not John's words as in an ordinary book authored by an ordinary person. Here Jesus was dictating, sometimes through his angel servants what to write. Sometimes John was told not to write down something he sees but to keep it hidden. Revelation was an "unveiling" of God's word, but some of it for some reason unknown to us must remain behind the veil.✞

Given by Jesus

Unveiling the Scriptures to reveal GodThe opening phrase was "The revelation from Jesus Christ." These words were the first phrases of the first page of the Revelation scroll thus giving the "Book of Revelation" its name. In the same way, the "Book of Genesis" in Genesis 1.1. was named for the opening words of its scroll "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." The Book of Revelation is not "the revelation about Jesus Christ" but "the revelation given by Jesus Christ" or alternately "from Jesus Christ." Jesus' own words came to John at that time but apply to us also today.

Unveiling

VeilJesus himself gave his words to John of Patmos and John passed it on to us. The eminent Bible scholar Dr William Barclay (1907-1978) in his "Daily Study Bible" explained that the Greek word for "Revelation" was "Apokalupsis." This Greek word was made up of two other words, "apo" meaning "away from" and "kalupsis" meaning "a veiling." "Revelation" means "away from a veiling" or an "unveiling or a revealing." Revelation is "an unveiling" of truth about God therefore given by Jesus Christ to John of Patmos. We may note that the word "Revelation" itself was not originally a particularly religious word for in the Second Century AD, it meant simply "the disclosure" of any fact, "the uncovering of secrets," or even "the interpretation of dreams."

"Jesus Revelation Word"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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