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Revelation 1:1 "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:"

"Revelation" comes from the Greek word "apokalupsis" better known to us as "apocalypse." It means "unveiling," "making bare" or "revealing." So this Book contains that which has been hidden but is now about to be revealed. Some make the words "of Jesus Christ" to be "about" Jesus Christ while others say it means "from" Jesus, which is right. The next phrase bears that out: "which (revelation) God gave unto him." This revelation is something that God gave to Christ to give to his servants. His servants would not only include John but all those to whom John gave it.

"Shortly come to pass." Whatever is being discussed in the Book will "shortly" (soon) come to pass. Let it be said that it means just what it says. If this revelation pertains to the destruction of Jerusalem, and I believe that it does, then "shortly" would be within their generation as is stated in Matthew 24:34 "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." Jesus spoke those words in about 32 A.D. A generation is generally considered to be about 40 years so that would put the destruction of Jerusalem within that generation. The "he, his, him" would refer to Christ. This little statement, "shortly come to pass," would eliminate the historical interpretation and the future kingdom (millennial) advocates. There are several other verses that indicate the same thing. (vs 3) "the time is at hand" and two others in the closing of the book (vss 10 & 12, chapter 22) "the time is at hand" and "behold, I come quickly."
 
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