As you read Revelation chapter 1, verses 1-9, keep in mind that John is writing an introduction to the seven churches in Asia concerning the events that will unfold in the book of Revelation.

After reading this report the reader should understand the following;


That John wrote detail descriptions of what he saw and heard concerning events in his time period, and the things/prophecies that would occur thereafter (the signs of the coming of Christ, Christ’s return, the kingdom of Christ, and the kingdom of Heaven);


That John bore record of the word of God, the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw by writing and sending the book of Revelation to the Seven Churches in Asia.

Message to reader: John's Introduction

Introduction and Blessing to the Seven Churches

Revelation 1:1: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him,” [Christ] “to shew unto his servants" [The 144,000, see Revelation 14:12] "things which must shortly come to pass; and he” [Christ] “sent and signified it by his angel” [One of the seven angels which had the seven vials, see Revelation 17:1 and Revelation 21:9] “unto his servant John:” The servants of the Lord are the 144,000/Saints of the Most High.

Revelation 1:2: “Who” [John] “bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” John bore record by following the commandments he received, see verses 10-11, 19 and Revelation 22:10.

Revelation 1:3: “Blessed is he that readeth,” [The book of Revelation] “and they" [The Servants of God/144,000] "that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Now! The time began when John sent the book of Revelation to the seven churches in Asia, this will be explained in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.

Revelation 1:4: “John to the seven churches which are in Asia:” [See verse 11; these churches consisted of Jews and Gentiles who followed the New Covenant/Testament of God, which is the teachings of Christ, will be explained below in the Message to reader: The Gentiles in Christ] “Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come;” [The Most High, see Revelation 4:8] “and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;” See Revelation 4:5.

Revelation 1:5: “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead," [See Colossians 1:18] "and the prince of the kings of the earth." [See Revelation 19:16] "Unto him" [Christ] "that loved us," [The Servants of God/144,000] "and washed us" [The Servants of God/144,000] "from our sins in his own blood,”

Revelation 1:6:
And hath made us" [The Servants of God/144,000] "kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him" [God] "be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 

Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he" [Christ] "cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him," [Christ] "and they also which pierced him:" [See John 19:33-34] “and all kindreds of the earth shall wail" [See Jeremiah 25:30-33] "because of him." [Christ] "Even so, Amen.”

Revelation 1:8: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:9: “I John, who also am your brother," [Fellow servant of God] "and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” During the time of the Romans, John was imprisoned and persecuted on the island of Patmos for teaching the word of Christ.

Message to reader: The Angel Sent from Christ

The angel sent from Christ begins to show/reveal the book of Revelation to John. 

The Angel of Christ sent to John

Revelation 1:10: “I" [John] "was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,”

Revelation 1:11: “Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

Revelation 1:12: “And I" [John] "turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I" [John] "saw seven golden candlesticks;”

Revelation 1:13: “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks [See verse 20] “one like unto the Son of man," [Christ] "clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”

“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;”

“And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.”

Revelation 1:16: “And he had in his right hand seven stars:” [See verse 20] “and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword:” [See Revelation 19:15] “and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Revelation 1:17: “And when I" [John] "saw him," [Christ, see verses 12-16] "I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:”

“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen;” [See Romans 6:9] “and have the keys of hell and of death.” Christ has the keys/power to save and deliver from hell and death.

Message to reader: Hell and Death

Hell and Death came into the world when Adam sinned. I Corinthians 15:21: “For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead.” Verse 22: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”

The punishment of “death” was given to Adam in Genesis 3:17: “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.” Verse 18: “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” Verse 19: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground," [Die/death] "for out of it" [The ground] "wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." Adam broke the Lord’s commandment, by eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As a result, his punishment was a physical death; Adam's life also changed, it was replaced with hard work and sorrows (death). Additionally, the earth was cursed, and Adam had to work for his food.

The punishment of death as explained above also includes hell. 2 Peters 2:4: “For if God spared not the angels” [Or messengers (people), see 2 Peter 2:1-9] “that sinned, but cast them down to hell,” [Hell is a place, in the nether parts of the earth, a place where the dead are, see Ezekiel 32:17-24] “and delivered them” [The angels or messengers that sinned] “into chains of darkness,” [Death and hell] “to be reserved unto judgment;” See Revelation 20:11-15.  The punishment of death that fell upon all flesh as a result of Adam’s sin, will be taken out of the earth, see Revelation 21:1, 4.

Revelation 1:19: “Write the things which thou hast seen," [See verses 12-18] "and the things which are," [The seven churches in Asia, Revelation 2:1 through Revelation 5:14 and Revelation 22:6-21] "and the things which shall be hereafter;” Revelation 6:1 through Revelation 22:5.

Revelation 1:20:
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand," [See verses 13, 16] "and the seven golden candlesticks." [See verses 12-13] "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”