Revelation 1: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

New Testament: Student Study guide, (2003), 164–165


The island of Patmos was mainly a Roman prison camp. Christians were greatly persecuted during the last part of the first century. John himself was banished to the Isle of Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ (see Revelation 1:9). Even in those circumstances, however, John sought the Spirit “on the Lord’s day” (Revelation 1:10) and had a marvelous vision of Jesus Christ, which we read about in Revelation 1.

Understanding the Scriptures

Revelation 1

Signified it (v. 1)Revealed or delivered it 
First begotten of the dead (v. 5)First to be resurrected 
Dominion (v. 6)Authority, rule, to rule over 
Alpha and Omega (vv. 8, 11)The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet; name title of the Savior 
Tribulation (v. 9)Trials and troubles 
The Lord’s day (v. 10)The Christian Sabbath (Sunday), the day of the week the Lord was resurrected 
Girt about the paps (v. 13)Wrapped around the chest 
His countenance (v. 16)Appearance, especially the expression on the face 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Revelation 1.

Activity A iconA Revelation of Jesus Christ

In your notebook, list what you learn about Jesus Christ from Revelation 1.

  1. 1.

    Answer one of the following two questions: What did you learn about Jesus Christ in Revelation 1 that you did not know about Him before? What most impressed you about Jesus Christ as you read what John wrote about Him?

  2. 2.

    Why do you think it is important to know these things about Jesus as you begin reading Revelation?

Activity B iconInterpreting Important Symbols

Find the following symbols in Revelation 1 and write what you think each symbol represents and what it teaches us. In the Joseph Smith Translation for Revelation 1 and in Revelation 1:20 the Lord explained the meaning of some of the symbols that John saw. (You may want to read again “Look for Types and Symbolic Meanings,” p. 5, for help with interpreting symbols.)