This coming Monday morning we plan to start our major project for this year. It will be a verse-by-verse study of the Book of Revelation. We will try to post a new installment each week-day so you can get a regular spiritual recharge, and learn all about this phenomenal book of prophecy, which ties the whole Bible together.
Most people’s first impression of the content of Revelation is that it is dark, scary stuff. There is plenty of that, especially if you take it out of context. But we will be looking for all the encouragements and the good news that actually permeates the book.
The first three words of this book in the original language of Greek sets the purpose of the entire work. The first word is “Revelation” (Gr. apokalupsis – disclosure, unveiling) which indicates that the information the book contains is meant to reveal truth, not conceal it. In other words, it is knowledge that can and should be understood.
The next two words are “Jesus Christ.” The clear implication here is that Jesus Christ is the central subject of the book. Therefore, we should not focus on the Tribulation or Antichrist or the terrible events that are described in these pages. Dreadful things will happen in the future, but these are preparatory to the glorious coming of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in chapter 19. This corresponds perfectly to Jesus’ own teaching in the Olivet Discourse that the coming trials are like birth pains. An expectant mother may suffer greatly with hard labor, but when the result is a beautiful baby, she will always say that the labor was worth it.
The focus on Jesus Christ is seen throughout the book. Chapter one includes a vision of Jesus in Glory. Chapters two and three are messages from Jesus to His churches, chapters four and five are a heavenly scene with Jesus in view to prepare the reader to know that He is righteous in all the tribulation that will follow. In Chapters nineteen through the end of the book, Jesus is shown to be the coming king.
A promise is given at the outset that whoever reads this prophecy, or even hears it, since many people did not know how to read, will be “blessed.” To be blessed means to be made happy. A person should never become fearful or depressed because of this book. It is meant to bring joy because of the outcome: the triumph of good over evil, the restoration of the earth to perfection, salvation of those who believe in Jesus Christ, and their deliverance from a corrupted world into one of indescribable beauty and opportunity!
Meet me at Prophecy Central Monday morning for Bible study!