Revelation 1:1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ


Having laid a large foundation for how we want to read Revelation we can finally tackle the text so we begin by looking at the title that comes from verse 1, ‘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.’ The very first word in the Greek is the word ‘apokalupsis’ which literally means ‘Revelation’. The word means ‘unveiling’ and must be stressed because it implies that what God is doing is revealing something that He wants to be understood. Revelation is not the obscuring, the hiding or the confusing of something but unveiling and informing.