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Revelation as a whole is often viewed as a very hard book to understand However if taken in small sections and really studied closely the meaning of the text can come through The first step to understand the book is to understand when it was written and the occasion and purpose for which it was written Revelation was written at a point when Christians were under great persecution by Rome Most scholars believe it was written somewhere around AD 95 by the apostle John The book was written to encourage the new Christians at the seven churches to hold fast and not give in the emperor worship that was beginning to be enforced John had already been exiled to the island of Patmos 19 and others were coming under great persecution John writes this letter to encourage the believers that Christs return is imminent and that they should not be dispirited by the persecution they are going through now Instead he echoes Matthew 510 that Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven There are many interesting things about Revelation 1 The first verse itself is somewhat interesting It reads The revelation of Jesus Christ This is intriguing in that were not quite sure what is meant by a revelation of Jesus The Greek word for revelation is apokalupsis which means used of events by which things or states or persons hitherto withdrawn from view are made visible to all Strongs Concordance The strange thing about the use of this word is that in the context of the verse it is not made clear whether John means that it is a revelation of Jesus Christ or about Jesus Christ or both As we move on in the chapter we come to verse 3 where it is written Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy This verse is worthy of note because
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