In chapter one of the Book of Revelation John seems to be saying the visions in it are about to happen. It is the revelation of what “must soon take place.” Those who read it out loud and those who listen to it are blessed “because the time is near.” John is communicating with urgency about the state of the church. Many contemporary readers pick up the anticipation John intended with these phrases but misunderstand his overall meaning. In this message I talk about some of the things that shaped the anticipation a first century reader brought to the book and the details of the vision of Christ found in it. This vision sets the stage for the next two chapters.
UPDATE: New audio has been uploaded.