What Is the Book of Revelation?

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 1:1-6

The 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. (v.


I call this book the most mysterious, fascinating, thrilling part of the Bible. Just
what is it?

First, it’s a revelation from God (v. 1). God gave it to his Son to show to his servant
John by the ministry of an angel. Revelation is a word from the living God.

It is also an apocalypse, a kind of literature that is highly symbolic, giving heaven’s
perspective on the things of earth, encouraging the faithful in times of trial.

Finally, it’s also a letter to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia. It
includes a salutation and a benediction, and as a whole becomes an epistle to the entire
church of Jesus Christ. Revelation is not a chart for the ages but a message to God’s
suffering people, assuring them that God’s kingdom of justice, peace, and salvation will
surely come.

In verse 6 we celebrate one of its great central themes: praise to our living Lord,
Jesus Christ. “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us
a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.

Blessing is promised to all who read it aloud, and especially to all who hear and keep
its words. May we receive it in that way!


Father, help us to hear and heed this God-given, Christ-centered message!