The Lamb opens the Scroll

Mike, might be best if you originally posted this 13 years ago, to begin with the beginning. In my study of Revelation, I’ve been taught that the understanding of Chapter 1 is critical in framing our understanding of the whole book. Many today want to start with the “goody passages” perhaps Chapter 6, and certainly Chapters 11-13 and on to the ending.

As you mention above in the title and opening this is an important book because:

Rev 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 John:
Rev 1:2  Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3  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.

Each verse is worthy of it’s own sermon, and before that a few background sermons. Dr. Steven Dilday, who I have mentioned before, does an excellent series on Revelation and clearly presents the classical historical interpretation, which is often neglected today. His work can be found at: https://www.fromreformationtoreformation.com/revelation-description
And more completely at:

His 131st sermon, yes 131st, starts to cover Revelation 6.
As for other resources, he has a reading list:

Anyone truly interested in pursing the Book of Revelation will find these quite useful…at least through the first half of the book.

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

Those with discernment from God know that the “Church” is very sick because it has been deceived through decades of bad theology and spiritually weakened by leaders who are bent on ministering via pragmatism. As I write this, there are so-called Christian leaders who are proclaiming a new Golden Age for the church with millions of people each year coming to Christ in their ministries. These proclamations, however, fail to note the tragic turnover rate in their pews whereby those “millions” of converts each year exit their churches to be replaced by new “seekers” who continue to fuel the revolving door that brings in new faces while those who did not find what they were really looking for exit never to be seen again. Those making the claims of gigantic growth turn a blind eye to this problem. Why? Are they blind to what is really going…

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