highlghted verses:Revelation 1:1 ¶The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly
come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 ¶Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Also note that the purpose of the revelation is to show things unto "His servants".
If you are not one His servants, forget it, you won't get the pictures.
You'll think that "locusts", when we come to them, are big bugs out to bite you.
If you're not one of His, get with the program.
The reason John writes that these things must "shortly come to pass" is because we will find in verse 10 that John isn't writing from the perspective of 96 A.D.
He was taken to the future and wrote from there.
This is another "rule" that you must understand.
1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation,
and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is
called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
The Lord's day is the day of His return as King of kings and Lord of lords! Whenever that happens and I believe we are getting close to that time. See The Parable of the Fig Tree.
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