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Chapter 1 - Introduction
In our first lesson on the book of Revelation, we will begin with what is the true inspiration and meaning of this book, as revealed in these opening words. Chapter one, verse one.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show.
This refers to the reality of the living presence of Jesus Christ and the meaning of the universal Christ spirit in every man. This is the main theme, which runs all through this book, and permeates the whole narrative. The author claims that much of his words are dictated directly to him by the Christ Mind within himself and the vision of Jesus Christ, which accompanies him all through the writing of the book. Then in the eighth verse of the first chapter, we read,
I am Alpha and Omega, sayeth the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.
And in this we have an excellent Bible source, for our basic Unity Affirmation of Truth, which is,
"There is but one presence and one power in the universe and in my life, God the good omnipotent. God is all there ever really was, is now and ever shall be."
This is the recurrent and the eternal message of Jesus Christ, of the Christ spirit in every man and it speaks through the author of our book of Revelation.