(1:1, 3) “Things which must shortly come to pass”
John believed that the things that he wrote about would happen soon, within his own lifetime. After nearly 2000 years, believers still believe that “the time is at hand” and that the events described in Revelation will “shortly come to pass.”
What the Bible says about the end of the world
1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Jesus “washed us ... in his own blood.”
“Every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him.”
“Every eye shall see him,” including those who executed him. Everyone will “wail because of him.” But millions have lived and died without ever seeing him coming “with clouds.”
“He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him.”
Everyone will see Jesus descend from the sky. Such an event would only be possible on a flat earth.
(1:7) Will Jesus’’ second coming be visible to all?
Well, not according to the Jehovah’‘s Witnesses, anyway. Even though Jesus (Mt.24:30) says he’‘ll return “on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory” and this verse says that “every eye shall see him,” The Governing Body claims that Jesus returned invisibly in 1914 without clouds, glory, or being seen by anyone.
1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Jesus has white hair, eyes of fire, feet of brass, and has a sword sticking out of his mouth.
“He had in his right hand seven stars.”
Jesus holds seven stars in his hand. Of course, it is possible that this is metaphorical. Perhaps. But it is clear from other verses (6:13, 8:10, 12:4) that John thought of stars as being small, perhaps even small enough for Jesus to hold in his hand.
“I am the first and the last.”
Is Jesus God?
“I ... have the keys of hell and of death.”
1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.