Revelation is so named, because it is the apostle John's recording of Jesus Christ's prophetic description of the future which will
happen suddenly and soon.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon
take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony
of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which
are written in it; for the time is near. (Rev 1:1-3)
Jesus Christ's description of a future of judgment begins with the letters to the seven churches. The letters to the churches are not
events associated with the coming judgment, but instead an evaluation of the churches' spiritual state in preparation for Jesus Christ's
return and Day of the Lord.
Addressed to a specific church, the message of each letter is also intended for the benefit of the six other churches
(Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22).
Each church is evaluated for their faithfulness, noted for their failures, given a command for correction, and promised rewards in heaven
for Believers (Rev 2:1-3:22).
These prophetic letters serve to help churches today prepare for the future as well.