The Church of John the apostle's time was rejected, persecuted and outlawed as they worshiped God alone. By and large today's culture is not only shunning anything Christian but also is starting to become antagonistic towards Christians. John's encounter with Jesus as described in Rev. 1 is given to Him as relevant for all Christians through all ages. While Jesus was going to address specifically every single church throughout all ages (Rev 2 & 3), He gave to John the Revelation of Himself in relation to us as His followers which is of universal importance for all churches and for all times. What specifically gives a global significance to this encounter between Jesus and John the apostle?

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