This chapter makes clear that Jesus Christ is the originator of The Revelation. John was to write to the seven churches of Asia which are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicia. He explains the things he saw in heaven, and tells of the things that were yet to come.

Some theologians believe these seven churches of Asia in the first century also represent seven Church Ages through which the whole Christian era has gone, and will continue to go, up to the return of the Lord Jesus. This seems reasonable. For example, the Laodician Church does indeed seem to accurately describe the general apostate condition of the Church as a whole in the world today. In fact, this was predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which says, "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,..." In context, "that Day", refers to the day of the return of Christ. I also call your attention to the words "falling away". The translators have used these two English words to describe the Greek word, 'apostasia', from which we get 'apostasy'.

So, here in the very first chapter of Revelation we see the distinct probability of the LODR in effect. That is, the early Laodician Church in John's day typified and foreshadowed the same spirit of shallowness and lukewarmness so prevalent in the Church as a whole in our day. Therefore, it can indeed be appropriately said that we are currently living in the Laodician Church age. (It's significant also to note this is the seventh age, God's number for Biblical completeness, thus implying the last Church Age.)

Introduction and Benediction

1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants, things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, and to all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

5 and from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."

Vision of the Son of Man

9 I, John, both your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,

11 saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyratira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicia."

12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,

13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden belt.

14 His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow; His eyes were like a flame of fire.

15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters.

16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18 "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

19 "Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

20 "The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches."

This beautiful passage and the upcoming four chapters deserve more attention than this but our main focus is further on so let's move quickly ahead.