The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:1–8)

This entry is part 2 of 54 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

God gave Jesus Christ a revelation about that future that was to be shown to the servants of God through the book of Revelation. It was given to an angel who showed it to John (1:1). It is called a witness to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ (1:2). It brings blessing to those who read it, hear it, and keep it, knowing the things to come are near (1:3).

John wishes grace and peace to the seven churches from the Father, Spirit, and Son (1:4–5a). John praises Christ for His redemption, glory, and dominion (1:5b–6). He reminds us that Christ will come in judgment, provoking repentance (1:7). The passage closes with a statement by maybe the Father (cf. 21:6) but more likely the Son (cf. 21:13), calling attention to His eternality and power (1:8).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
1:1 Dan 2:28–30, 45–47 God gives revelation concerning the future.
1:4 Isa 41:4

Exod 3:14

God is, and He is the first and last.
1:4 Zech 4:2, 10 The Spirit sees all on earth in perfection (cf. Ps 139:7; Rev 3:1; 4:5; 5:6).
1:5 Ps 89:27, 37 God’s faithful witness is through Christ who sits on the Davidic throne, firstborn above all as shown through His resurrection.
1:6 Exod 19:6 Israel was a kingdom whose priests provided access to God. The church is a kingdom of priests who all have access to God.
1:7 Dan 7:13 Christ will come on the clouds in judgment.
1:7 Zech 12:10 Christ was pierced on the cross (cf. John 19:37).

A Parting Thought

If God sees all, knows all, and is sovereign and powerful to bring all things to their rightful judgment through Christ, are you ready for the coming of Christ? Be ready―He is coming soon!

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