Verse 2 (NIV)
New American Standard Bible
everything he saw -- that is, the word of God and the testimony of
who testifies to everything he saw --
There is no doubt about it. This Revelation is a continuation of John's
testimony of Jesus Christ. First, he closes his gospel, John
21:24-25 , with his bearing witness to the things Jesus
He continues in the beginning of his first letter to proclaim what he
has seen and heard - 1
John 1:1-4 . And culminates his closeness to Jesus Christ
Revelation of Jesus, Revelation
This phrase "the word of God" is used so often...he is emphasizing that
the book of Revelation is part of the Word of God. The "Word of God"
even carries a prophetic tinge to it. Samuel, a prophet, told Saul to
send his servant on ahead so that he might dish out the message from
God directly to him, Saul - 1
Samuel 9:27 . In the same vein, John, too, stands us up alone
says, "Here comes the Word of God." This is serious stuff.....because
in the next verse, we are to "heed" these words. Compare other
instances of the use of 'God's Word', 'the Word of God', and 'word of
their testimony' of God:
John didn't leave anything out this time. He recorded everything
meticulously, for us to read, hear, and heed. This is not a novel or
science fiction book; it is what John actually saw (and heard) as he
was transported divinely back to the future.
b) the testimony of Jesus Christ.
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