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New American Standard Version of the BibleThe 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 22:6 (NAS)

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 near future. 

When people gave their lives 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...

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