Revelation 1:1–3 (ESV)
revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of
Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
Notice that the word “revelation”, or apocalypse, is singular. This whole book is based on one revelation, not many revelations. People often refer to this book as Revelations,
but it is singular. The one unified revelation is of Jesus Christ, which God gaveJohn. Simply said, this book is about Jesus Christ. The revelation is delivered by an angel to John. This revelation is not to John, but “to all
who hear and keep what is written, for the time is near.” We must remember that we are dealing with God’s time and not our time. While two thousand years later seems like a long time, God’s time is not our time. He lives
and works outside of time. The one revelation is broken up into different facets or scenes. I think of it as a diamond with many facets… yet still is only one diamond.
There are seven beatitudes in the book of Revelation with the first being in verse 3: “3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and
blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”
I pray: O Lord, please help me to hear and keep your Word. Your Word is a
lamp unto my feet. Forgive me when I choose my ways over yours. Amen.