12 Tribes of Israel

12 Tribes of Israel

The Breakdown of Revelation



Message to reader: John's Introduction

As you read Revelation 1:1-9, 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. The book of Revelation (chapters 1 to 22) is the record that John bore concerning the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:2).

Revelation Chapter 1


Revelation 1:1: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants" [See Revelation 7:3-4] "things which must shortly come to pass; and he” [Jesus Christ] “sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:” See Revelation 21:9 and Revelation 22:6.

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.”

Revelation 1:3: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Explained in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, see Ephesians 1:13-14.

Revelation 1:4: “John to the seven churches which are in Asia:” [See verse 11] “Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come;” [The Lord God] “and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;” See Revelation 4:5, 8.

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 that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,” See Colossians 1:12-14.

Revelation 1:6:And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his" [Christ's] "Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”  See Ephesians 1:5-6, 1 Peter 2:5, 9 and Revelation 5:10.

Revelation 1:7: “Behold, he" [Christ] "cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” See Matthew 24:30, 34 and John 19:33-34.

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, 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.”


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 turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I 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, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”

Revelation 1:14: “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;”

Revelation 1:15: “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," [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:”

Revelation 1:18: “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.” See John 5:20-29.

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;” The prophecies concerning The Seven Seals, Revelation 6:1 through Revelation 22:5.

Revelation 1:20: “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels" [Messenger/leader] "of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”