Revelation 1



Revelation 1 sets the stage for the entire book by introducing the vision of the exalted Christ and providing a framework for the subsequent messages to the seven churches. The book as a whole unfolds a series of symbolic visions that depict the ultimate victory of Christ, the judgment of the world, and the establishment of God's kingdom.


  1. Introduction and Greeting (Revelation 1:1-8): The book begins with an introduction, stating that it is a revelation from Jesus Christ, given to John by God. The purpose is to show God's servants what must soon take place. John sends greetings to the seven churches in Asia.
  2. Vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1:9-20): John identifies himself as a fellow participant in the suffering and kingdom of Christ. While on the island of Patmos, he experiences a vision of the exalted Jesus Christ. Jesus appears in a majestic and symbolic form, described as the Son of Man. He holds seven stars in his right hand, and a two-edged sword comes from his mouth. His appearance is bright and glorious.
  3. Letters to the Seven Churches (Revelation 1:19-20): Jesus instructs John to write what he has seen, the things that are, and the things that will take place after these. The seven golden lampstands represent the seven churches, and the seven stars are the angels or messengers of the churches. The following chapters contain specific letters to each of these seven churches, addressing their conditions, commendations, criticisms, and warnings.