"JOHN'S COMMISSION RESTATED AND AMPLIFIED"

REVELATION 1:17-20

  1. JOHN WAS EMOTIONALLY OVERWHELMED BY THIS REVELATORY APPEARANCE OF CHRIST (1:17a)
  2. JOHN WAS GIVEN DESCRIPTIONS OF SELF DESIGNATION BY CHRIST (1:17b-18)
    1. He Made A Claim To Deity Through A Particular Attribute Of Deity
      1. Isaiah's Previous Multiple References Are Instructive With Regard To Christ's Being The First And The Last (1:17b)
      2. Another Threefold Statement Bolsters The Claim (1:18a)
        1. He Is "The Living One"
        2. He "Became Dead" [As A Man]
        3. He Will Remain Alive Forevermore
    2. He Has All Authority Over Life And Death (1:18b)
      1. Theology Of "Hades"
      2. Theology Of "Death"
  3. JOHN WAS COMMISSIONED TO WRITE A BOOK CONTAINING THREE CATEGORIES [THREE POINT OUTLINE] (1:19-20)
    1. The Categories Designating Three Chronological Stages (1:19)
      1. Revelatory Appearance Of Christ (Chapter 1)
      2. Instruction / Challenge To The Churches (Chapters 2 & 3)
      3. Description Of Post Rapture Events (Chapters 4 - 22)
    2. Necessary Identification Of The Key Elements In Stage Two (1:20)