John to the seven churches that 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, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. As for 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 are the seven churches.
Vince Inman...the author of Revelation: A Pre-Vision Of History... said, “In order to write a book of this nature all those educational studies in my Doctoral program were tapped.” Vince holds a PhD in Cross-Cultural Communications, studying in Jerusalem, Israel. He, also, lived in the Middle-East for a number of years and is an avid student of Sacred Writings & Mid-East History.
In addition to being an easy read, this book is designed for use as a teaching guide so instructors, pastors, and group leaders can take it to the podium and immediately begin to provide insightful, interesting topics to their students or churches.
Let us begin at the beginning. When God was creating the world, Jesus was in God.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
“In the beginning was the Word, the word was with God, and the Word was God. ... All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)
“And the word was made flesh and dwelled among us and we beheld his glory. The glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and mercy.” (John 1:14)
Jesus says ten times in this book of Revelation that He is “the first and the last.” (Revelation 1:4, 1:11, 1:17, 2:8, 4:8, 11:17, 16:5, 21:6, and 22:13) God began this story with Jesus and ends his story with Jesus. When we read Revelation with these scriptures in mind, it makes a lot more sense, and as we place each bit of information about Jesus from Revelation 1:1-22:21 in chronological order we have a complete story of Jesus’ life from Genesis to Revelation.