Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the
things which must soon take place;
and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John..."
Revelation 1:1 (New American Standard Version - NAS)
Soon Take Place:
In several places in the Revelation, John reminds the reader that this book
is about things that will take place soon:
"Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of
the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for
the time is
near." Revelation 1:3 (NAS)
"And he said to me, "These words are faithful and
true;" and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to
show to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place." Revelation
The events of the Revelation would begin
soon...or in a short period of time from the time it
was given. The word "near" in
Revelation 1:3 is from the Greek word "eggus"
meaning "near" or "at hand." When Jesus
began His ministry, He often told of how the kingdom
of God was "at hand" (from a similar Greek
word "eggizo" meaning "to make near.")
We know that the church began shortly after Jesus
ascended to heaven (see Acts 2 and Lesson 2).
Although the kingdom or church would last forever,
its beginning was near at the time Jesus spoke of
it prior to His death.
God and Jesus wanted to show His bond-servants what they would face in the
When people gave their lives to Jesus...to follow Him, they considered
themselves as servants or bond-servants of Jesus. The
New Testament shows how to become a Christian (also called disciple, follower,
bond-servant), and also what Jesus expected
of those that would be His servants. For example, consider the words of
the Apostle Paul written to the church in Galatia:
"For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to
please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a
bond-servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10 (NAS)
Let's look at how Jesus would prepare His bond-servants for what was ahead. Click on the next question to continue...