A couple of friends and I decided to read through Revelation together, so I thought I'd blog along the way with observations and thoughts from each week's reading.
So, here is the first installment.
I had two major thoughts on the first chapter of Revelation. Lets start with v. 3
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. NASB
What a great promise. Those who read, hear and heed these prophecies will be blessed! In my "American Christian Experience" so many believers, including pastors and teachers tend to avoid or not be interested in discussing this book and the concept of end times prophecy. Of course Curt and I don't quite "roll like that". Bring on the blessings! I'm not completely sure of the type of blessings coming our way but that is a topic for another day. Having said that, the last 5 words can certainly be a bit of a stumbling block. Naysayers may comment that this book was written in 95 AD so how near are these end times. A fair question for sure. Most of what I have read indicates that these first 3 chapters were actual "warnings" to the seven churches found in Asia. So, in context that phrase certainly fits and sets the stage for specific critiques and compliments of these seven churches.
The next verse that I found to be pivotal is the end of 17 and 18.
17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18 and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. NASB
It is important that we don't forget we believe in and serve the LIVING GOD, who is holding the keys of death and of Hades. All the frustrations, temptations and evil in this world can't change what Christ has done for each of us. We simply can never forget how the entire book ends, in victory for those of us who believe and are obedient to the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
If you ever need a "pep-talk" or encouraging word, strangely enough Revelation is a good place to turn.
Please feel free to post comments, thoughts, questions. We would love to hear from you and have the opportunity to interact. We all have much to learn and it often happens as we work our way through the scriptures, even if it is a clumsy path it is worthwhile.
God Bless.... or should I say..... "Read, listen, and heed the warnings found in Revelation so that God can fulfill his promise of blessings".
I kind of like that.