In the Revelation are portrayed the deep things of God. The very name given to its inspired pages, "the Revelation," contradicts the statement that this is a sealed book. A revelation is something revealed. The Lord Himself revealed to His servant the mysteries contained
in this book, and He designs that they shall be open to the study of all. In the Revelation all the books of the Bible meet and end. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy; the other a revelation. The book that was sealed is not the Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days. The angel commanded, But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Daniel 12:4.
In exiling John, the enemies of truth had hoped to silence forever the voice of God's faithful witness; but on Patmos the disciple received a message, the influence of which was to continue to strengthen the church till the end of time. Though not released from the responsibility of their wrong act, those who banished John became instruments in the hands of God to carry out Heaven's purpose; In comparison with the millions of the world, God's people will be, as they have ever been, a little flock;
It was on the Sabbath that the Lord of glory appeared to the exiled apostle. He claimed as his own the precious promises that had been given regarding that day. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day...