Unveiling of the Messiah, by Ty Tamasaka
“The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:1-3 NIV
The year was 95 A.D. and Domitian had just ascended to the throne of Rome. As the new emperor, Domitian claimed to be a god and demanded the worship of his people. Refusing to worship him as god would result in execution. As a result, intense persecution arose against the early Christians… including the disciple named John. Following a failed attempt to boil John alive, Domitian banished John to the island of Patmos. It would be on Patmos that God would give John the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Greek word for Revelation is our word apocalypse. In our culture, apocalypse refers to a cataclysmic destruction of the world. In the Greek culture, apocalypse meant an unveiling or uncovering. Imagine being in an art gallery looking at a piece of art is hidden behind a veil. The crowd gathers in anticipation at the unveiling of the piece of art. At the appropriate moment, the canvas is ripped away and the masterpiece is revealed to the excited crowd of onlookers. This is the picture of Revelation. The main point of Revelation is not to highlight the releasing of God’s judgment on the earth, but to emphasize the revelation – or unveiling, of Jesus Christ on the throne.
Isn’t that the way life really works? God is revealed when we are on Patmos… no not on that particular island, but in our moments of persecution and trials. The greatest lessons and revelations of Jesus don’t necessarily come from Bible school, commentaries, or church sermons. The greatest revelation come from Patmos.
Many Christians are hesitant to teach or read the Book of Revelation because it is hard to understand.
1 – Of the 66 books in the Bible, Revelation offers one unique promise.
“3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3 NIV
Revelation promises two blessings.
- • First, you will be blessed if you simply read aloud the words of this prophecy. Reading Scripture aloud was a common practice for the early church as only 15% of the population was literate.
- • Second, you will be blessed if you take to heart what is written in it. John encourages readers and hearers, not to only be hearers and readers. He wants them to take to heart the prophecy in this pages.
2 – Revelation 1:19 offers an outline of the book.
“19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” Revelation 1:19 NIV
In other words, the Book of Revelation can be broken down into three parts.
Part I (chapter 1) presents Him whom John has seen. This chapter presents a revelation of Jesus glorified.
Part II (chapters 2-3) addresses the things that are. This section reveals the scope of the church’s history.
Part III (chapters 4-22) details the things yet to come. In chapters 4-5, the church is taken to Heaven. Chapters 6-19, reveals the great tribulation. Chapter 20 is about the Millennium. Chapters 21-22 reveals the new Heaven and new earth.
As we read through Revelation, we need to remember this book was not written for believers who were trying to decipher the intricate details of eschatology and end times prophesy. It was written by an elderly follower of Jesus Christ who had spent years watching his brothers and sisters being murdered from intense persecution for following Jesus.
The aged Apostle John writes these passages in the midst of their cries, “Where’s the Lord? We’ve surrendered our lives to Him. We believe in Him. Why is this happening?” He writes to people who needed a Revelation of Jesus Christ. The suffering of the present day was real. The question that needed to be answered was whether or not Jesus Christ was still on the throne. John wrote this book to those who needed the reminder that Jesus Christ is on the throne and that He is still in control. This book provides a revelation that although God’s people face intense suffering in the present, God is in absolute control of history and salvation belongs to God’s people.
In this study we will find the Book of Revelation emphasizes:
1 – Jesus came the first time as a suffering servant to pardon sin. The second time, He comes as a conquering King to punish sin.
2 – God’s judgment will come upon those responsible for the church’s suffering (Revelation 21-22).
3 – God will bring salvation for His people and restore what was lost at the beginning (Genesis 1-3).
4 – God’s people are called to be faithful and endure to the end.
Join me in this exciting study of Revelation. It will truly be an UNVEILING of Jesus Christ.
Thank You Lord Jesus for the promise of blessings as we read the words of Revelation. Reveal Yourself as we dig into Revelation. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.