Verse one: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
We may simply refer to this volume as The Revelation, the Apocalypse, or The Revelation of St John. This opening verse gives us its proper title: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
We have read from the Gospels that of the return of Christ, no man knows, not even the Son, but the Father alone! It is apparent here, that nothing remains hidden from the Son, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End: for God the Father has given this revelation to Him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass, beginning immediately upon its delivery at the end of the first century.
Those things which were formerly hidden will be revealed shortly as they begin to come to pass. Like a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, the church will clearly see in the history to unfold that which is immediately in its path, but only if it had seen the path behind which led to where it is in the present. Without seeing from whence we came, how shall we know where we are at, if we have lost the path?
Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.