Reading the Word
Revelation 1:1–3 (ESV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
Understanding the Word
As an introduction to the Book of Revelation, we are told that John has received revelation from Jesus Christ through an angelic messenger. This is the only book in the New Testament that promises a blessing on the one who reads it, receives it, and obeys it.
Applying the Word
The Book of Revelation is often met in one of two ways: great eagerness or great timidity. Many are eager because they want to look into the future. So why are some reluctant?
I believe many are reluctant because the book is not an easy one to fully grasp. One only needs to look at the many divergent interpretations of the book through the years to see that this is true. However, if this is the only book that has the promise of blessing for those who would read it and apply it, we must understand that we are encouraged to work at it. We should not run from it, but we should seek to come to an understanding so that we may find comfort and so that we may testify to the truth we find. May God grant us understanding as we read this book in the days ahead.
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