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.
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
These prophetic letters serve to help churches today prepare for the future as well.