Revelation means an unveiling. Over the next few months we will be looking to see what has been unveiled. This prophetic pastoral letter is written to the churches to exhort them to remain faithful to Jesus in the midst of the pressures of life. What is unveiled is relevant to the churches throughout time. The book communicates the same message today as it did in John’s day. In short, Revelation deals with the coming of King Jesus and the implementation of the Kingdom of God in this world. As the message of Jesus goes forth, opposition occurs. The churches are the front line of the advance of the will of God on earth. Throughout history the opponents change from generation to generation but the verbal pictures point to the reality behind the scenes. The verbal images are used to stir up our Christian imagination so that we can grasp what is really going on. The church’s battle is waged on two fronts, internal deception and outward persecution.
In a sense Revelation pictorially describes the transformation of chaos, (described as three series of judgments) death and the defeat of the serpent into life. God is making all things new. He began with Jesus, the living one, the one who was dead but now lives. Jesus shows us what it looks like and acts like, that is, what it is to be human. This process is the reversal of the tragedy that befell human kind when we chose to attempt to live independently of God as recorded in Genesis. We became less than human. Revelation is the story of how God through Jesus restores all things. He transforms the chaotic sea of humanity into the bride of Jesus Christ. He replaces the cities of man with the New Jerusalem in which the Father and the Lamb dwell. Revelation is a celebration of life epitomised in the story of Jesus Christ. He is the LIVING ONE, THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS, worship God.