The book of Revelation starts out with the words, “the apocalypse of Jesus Christ.” “Apocalypse” in the Greek means an “unveiling.” Grammatically, John the Revelator’s first words can mean “the unveiling of Jesus the Christ” or “Jesus Christ’s unveiling of [something].” Revelation shows us that both meanings apply.
In this broadcast, Peter Smythe centers primarily on four verses found in chapter one:
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 the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom—priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
Smythe demonstrates to listeners that the intent behind Revelation is to encourage believers in the face of hardship and the prevailing culture.