What God Looks Like
Studies in the Book of Revelation
Dr. Jim Denison
John, the writer identifies himself for the second time in verse four. He addresses the revelation from Jesus to the seven churches of Asia, which at that time was Asia Minor, the western region of modern-day Turkey. The churches are named in verse 11.
“Grace to you and peace” was a common biblical greeting. “Grace” translates the typical Greek greeting; “peace” translates “shalom,” the typical Hebrew greeting. Together, they offer the reader the grace of salvation and the peace which is its result.
The God John served on Patmos was the “one who is, and who was, and who is to come”
(1:4). The Lord God makes the same claim for himself in 1:8, as does Jesus in 1:17.
Hebrews 13:8 agrees that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
This description is an extension of God’s self-designated name YHWH (generally
represented in English as Yahweh), meaning the One who is, who was, and who ever