Whoever reads, and hears, and keeps the words of this prophecy are blessed.

It is a mistake to view the book as a revelation (apocalypse) “by” or “from Jesus” and not “of Jesus.”  The NIV and NLT poorly translate it as from Jesus Christ. The book is a revelation of Jesus–Grammatically, Jesus is being revealed and is communicated by an Angel to John.

Seven is the number of perfection.

Questions:
Are the Angels of the seven churches the Pastors?
Are these letters to the Seven Churches futuristic?
Are they seven Jewish assemblies in the Tribulation and not historical or present-day churches?

Here are some principles of Interpretation in Revelation:

  •  The only sure interpretation is the one given by the text itself, or in an exact use of the term in other Scriptures.
  • Meanings drawn from implication may or may not be true, and must be treated as conjecture.
  • If a meaning seems to be correct but is not clearly defined, then ask.
    – Is there a need to determine meaning?
    – Is the conjectured meaning correct the first time the word or phrase appears in Scripture?
    – Is the conjectured meaning ever contradicted in Scripture?

Enjoy!

Read Revelation 1:1 – 5:14

 

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