I’ve been referring to this as the “verse by verse,” but truly it will be phrase by phrase. With each phrase I will start by posting the verse in a number of different translations so that you can start getting a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of each translation. The phrase we will be focusing on will be in italics so that you can see how it fits into the verse.
As crazy as it’s going to sound, we will start by looking at the first phrase of this verse, and in most of the translations it is: A Revelation of Jesus Christ. Here are the translations:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John (King James Version – KJV)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, (New King James Version – NKJV)
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, (New American Standard Bible – NASB)
Good morning all. We will start today with a quote from a book entitled REVELATION by Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951). He was born in Toronto; his father died of typhus at age 27 when Ironside was 2 years old; at the age of 10 his family moved to Los Angeles. He could find no Sunday School to attend, so he started his own at age 11. According to Wikipedia, he and his friends sewed burlap bags together to make a tent, and then taught about 60 children each week. He left school after graduating eighth grade, worked as a cobbler and then as photographic assistant, but preached with the Salvation Army in the evening. At age 16 he became a full-time preacher with the Salvation Army. At 18 his health began to fail, so he stopped his busy preaching circuit to recuperate. He moved to San Francisco where he became associated with the Plymouth Brethren. He ended up as pastor for the Moody Church in Chicago, with 2 honorary PhDs.
Here’s a quote from the Preface of REVELATION, published in 1921:
“Heretofore I have always refused to bring out a volume on the Apocalypse, as it seemed to me there were so many already in print better than any I could hope to write. But while this fact remains as true today as ever, the great war and other colossal movements of the past five years have combined to so emphasize and clarify much that abler brethren had written in years gone by, that it now seems to me there is a need for some later exposition of the last prophetic book of the bible which would take cognizance of these many significant events.