John was the last of the disciples kept by God for a purpose. When we read the story of the Bible, all the disciples had died for the cause of Christ, Jesus himself told them that they would be persecuted for their cause, for the truth.
God’s purpose with John was to give revelations of what would happen in the end times, and that is why:
1- He was taken to the island called Patmos
John was banished to the island of Patmos, where they could only enter by means of a military ship, not everyone could enter there, since they were only the military sent by the king or commanders who were in that place.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
2- An angel sent by the Lord showed John the things that would happen
Cuando comenzamos a leer el libro de Apocalipsis vemos que Dios dio una revelación a Juan a través de Jesucristo sobre las cosas que han de suceder pronto.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
3- John’s greeting from God to the seven churches of Asia
John’s salutation to these churches in Asia. Before giving the words from the Lord, he addresses them with a greeting talking about Almighty God:
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Through this writing John makes it clear that God is sovereign and powerful and that to Him we owe honor and glory forever. He who made us kings and priests for our God, this will come with power and glory and every eye will see him and many will have great regret because the great day has come, where they will be played by Him.
4- Juan’s vision
For this man, it was a very strong moment when he suddenly heard the voice of the Lord, but before he begins he says first that he was in the spirit, this wants us to say that this man was in full communion with God. The voice of the caller says it was like a trumpet, we all know that the sound of the trumpet is very loud. This was the voice that Juan heard in the vision:
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
5- The message to the seven churches
In verse 11 of chapter 1 of Revelation we see that God himself is telling John to write this whole vision in a book:
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
6- Appearance of Jesus to John
John Explains that when he turned around to see who was calling him, he saw this man, and immediately begins to describe him
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
In the middle of these gold candlesticks was That Wonderful Being, with a gold belt on his chest. This was that man who had died on the cross and rose again on the third day and was at the right hand of the father reigning with him for ever and ever.
17 Cuando le vi, caí como muerto a sus pies. Y él puso su diestra sobre mí, diciéndome: No temas; yo soy el primero y el último;
18 y el que vivo, y estuve muerto; mas he aquí que vivo por los siglos de los siglos, amén. Y tengo las llaves de la muerte y del Hades.
As we read what Juan wrote, we are surprised at this great vision with the Son of Man. Everything John describes in this book is impressive.
Each of these words was so that those churches could recognize that there was a living and powerful God to whom they had to give honor and glory.
7- John falls as dead
John says when he saw this wonderful being he fell as dead, this was because he could not stand the majesty and might of His. According to what this man describes about Jesus, he was too powerful for a man to stand.
Jesus himself makes a statement to John saying these words: Do not fear; I am the first and the last.
This man was surprised to have this surprise so great, seeing the One who was crucified, giving him a few words of hope.
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The worthy of deserving all glory and power forever, let us exalt Him, praise His holy and blessed Name for ever and ever....