"JOHN'S PERSONAL COMMISSION"

REVELATION 1:9-11

  1. JOHN DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS THE COMMISSIONED ONE IN TERMS OF HIS RELATIONSHIP TO US (1:9a)
    1. He Is A Member Of The Family Of God
    2. He Shares Several Things In Common With His Spiritual Brethren
      1. The Pressure Of Persecution
      2. A Future Place In The Kingdom
      3. The Ability To Bear Up Under The Pressure And Carry On In Spite Of It
  2. JOHN PROVIDES AN ACCOUNT OF HIS CIRCUMSTANCES AT THE TIME HE WAS COMMISSIONED (1:9b-10)
    1. He Was Exiled On The Docecanese Islands In The Aegean Sea (1:9b)
      1. Patmos Was Home To A Penal Colony, Not Unlike Alcatraz
      2. Patmos Became John's Home Because Of John's Testimony
    2. He Makes Reference To The First Day Of A Particular Week (1:10)
    3. He Was Enabled To See Into The Invisible Realm While Still Maintaining All His Human Perceptions (1:10)
    4. He Described What He Heard As A Loud, Bugle Like Voice (1:10)
  3. JOHN RELAYED THE CONTENT OF WHAT HE HEARD (1:11)
    1. The Lord's Personal Introduction
    2. The Command To Write Down The Things He Sees In A Book
    3. The Command To See That The Autograph Was Distributed To The Seven Churches Which Formerly Existed In Present Day Turkey