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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)✞

Woman's Black Veil

Angel Boss Durham CathedralThis last book in the Bible is sometimes called the "Revelation of Jesus Christ" or the "Apocalypse." It is the word of Jesus and not John's words as in an ordinary book authored by an ordinary person. Here Jesus is dictating, sometimes through his angel servants what to write. Sometimes John is told not to write down something he sees but to keep it hidden. Revelation is 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 is "The revelation from Jesus Christ." These words are the first words of the first page of the Revelation scroll giving the Book of Revelation its name. In the same way, the book of "Genesis" in Genesis 1.1. is 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 "from Jesus Christ." Jesus' own words came to John at that time but apply to us also now.


Woman's Black VeilJesus himself gives his words to John of Patmos and John passes it on to us. The eminent Bible scholar Dr William Barclay (1907-1978) in his "Daily Study Bible" told us that the Greek word for "Revelation" was "Apokalupsis." This Greek word is made up of two other words, "apo" meaning "away from" and "kalupsis" meaning "a veiling." "Revelation" means therefore "away from a veiling" or an "unveiling or a revealing." Revelation is "an unveiling" of truth about God 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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