Intimacy with God leads to a greater revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelations 1:3b says "the one who hears the words of this prophecy and keeps what is written in it are blessed! We read here that this is not just a book of prophecy about the future, but it has instructions for us to obey today. We are going to study this book in a manner that I believe few have ever done not to figure out end-times eschatology but as the Series says to deepen our intimacy with the Lord.
Jesus reveals Himself to John as the one who is, was, and is coming! This speaks to us that we are not to be too concerned about our past, present, or future but to trust the Lord that He is the God of our past, present, and future. Therefore since our lives are in His hands, we can be free of the guilt of our past, we can enjoy the fullness of the present, and trust that in Him the future is bright.
John while enduring tribulations on the island of Patmos was in the Spirit and heard a loud voice saying, "write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches." No matter what we face in life we are to remain in the Spirit. It is often in our lowest place that we rely on God the most and therefore open ourselves to spiritual experiences. Let tribulation not become something that drives us away from God but ever closer for that is where maturity is developed. Revelation is often released during tribulation because that is when we ask questions, we like John then are to write it down, for there will be a time that we are called to speak to the body of Christ and help them with the wisdom that took us through.
We see in Revelations 1, Seven churches, Seven Lampstands, Seven Stars. The number seven means completion, the revelation of Jesus Christ is given to complete us, as we witness Him as John did, we become secure in Him. We need to go beyond head knowledge and experience Jesus Christ, intimately and personally for us to become the vessels He uses for others to encounter Him through us. I encourage you to get in the Spirit and ask the Father to reveal Himself more to you!