Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
God tells us plainly that the Words of this prophecy will be realized soon; however, we need to remember that this is God’s time line, not ours. Remember within a short time after Jesus’ Resurrection the people already wandering, “where is He?”
2Peter 3:1-9 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The other crucial piece of the puzzle with Revelation is the fact that God the Father gave this Revelation of Prophecy to God the Son (Jesus) which was communicated to the apostle John, to document for His servants.
Revelation 1:1-2 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
THIS IS HUGE! God did not give Revelation for every Tom, Dick and Harry….He gave it “to show His SERVANTS” what is going to happen! You don’t have to discuss the Bible with people very long to hear someone express their confusion about The Book of Revelation. That shouldn’t surprise us. Revelation is tough enough to understand for Christians, the non-believer (who doesn’t have the Holy Spirit as a teacher) will not have the discernment to fully understand It at all.
John is blessed with the responsibility of documenting what he is shown while he was on a prison island for preaching the Gospel:
Revelation 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
If you have ever doubted that Jesus is God, He puts that to rest immediately in Revelation:
Revelation 1:5-8 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
We see in Genesis six times God refers to Himself as the Almighty, just as Jesus refers to Himself in Revelation 1:8.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
That is tons of information very quickly! We see who Jesus is (God), we see what He did (washed us from our sin through His Blood), and we see what He is going to do (He is coming back).
He also wants to make sure we don’t confuse His return with a false christ (which we know will come). He makes it clear, He is coming on the clouds (just as He left) and EVERY eye will see Him coming. Whether you belong to Him or not, you will see Him coming….your relationship or lack thereof will determine whether that Day will be a Day of joy or mourning.
Matthew 24:21-31 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. 23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand. 26 "Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. 29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.