Today we're launching our sermon series on The Revelation to John. While today is the start date, I have not set a targeted end date. It will end when it ends. As we begin this series, all I ask is that you set aside everything you think you know about this last book of the Bible. Try to forget all the fantastical ways in which The Revelation to John has been leveraged in order to sell books, promote movies, and in general stir up misplaced passion for the "end times."
In its beauty and richness, the prologue to The Revelation to John touches on some foundational truths that will guide us in our study.
So, of course, counterintuitively, we'll begin with verses four through six:
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
The first thing we're going to do is put these three verses in our context.