We're living in the end times spoken of in the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke, in the Bible. And the book of Revelation is the last unfolding of it all.
For many, the book of Revelation can be a bit hard to understand with the various chapters that speak in images and visions of things to come.
However we have to admit that as things get darker around us in this world, this last book of the Word of God is becoming more and more reality and thus easier to follow.
But still, is it important that we read and study this Book which is the last instalment of the Bible, closing the history of God that began with the book of Genesis? In other words, the Bible begins with the book of Genesis and ends with the book of Revelation, so, is it important to read and study it?
It certainly is. As a matter of fact, this book of Revelation is the only one that promises a blessing for reading an hearing it.
And we are now living in the end times that we read about in both the Old and the New Testaments. Is this not enough reason why we should be reading and studying this book of these end time events? It is exactly where we are living right now.
I recently read in a blog somewhere that the book of Revelation is one of the least read book in the Bible by believers, including pastors who avoid preaching about it to their congregations. So why should we read the book of Revelation?
Well for one thing it is part of God's Word, and as such it is just as important to us as any other books of the Bible. We can't ignore or bypass it just because we might find it a bit hard to read and understand. It's like opening up a bran new box of puzzle. At first it seems impossible but as you begin to put the pieces together, the picture gets clearer and clearer to recognize.
I find that any piece of literature that might be hard to read or understand becomes less so when we read it regularly over and over. There are many text books in school or university that are hard to read at first glance, but when we apply ourselves to the content, we begin to understand and appreciate the subject matter.
Any course that we might take is hard at the onset but becomes easier as we apply ourselves to it... but we usually force ourselves to do it because we have to, if we want to get into the career that the material represents. We should take that same attitude with the Word of God.
Shouldn't God's book be more important? To say that this book is not worthy of our attention is to say that God's Word is not worthy of our attention -- or not as important as man's words. It is to say that God's prophetic Word to us about the end-times is not relevant.
What could be more relevant than being told what is taking place around us in these final days that we are experiencing, often with such fear and trepidation. It is not man's word -- it is God's Word given to His people so that they be made ready.
It is a message of hope given to us directly by our Saviour Jesus Christ – to the Church: us. It is a message of salvation about how to stay strong in a world that is filling up with more and more sin, deceit, and curses. For all these reasons and more, we should read the book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation is so important
that right at the onset our Lord tells us that those who read and
hear the Words of this prophecy and keep those things which are
written therein” will be blessed. Why? Because “the time is at
hand” (Revelation 1:3). No other book in the Bible has that
promise attached to it.
Prophecies throughout the Bible are very critical. So much so that God himself said in Amos 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets”.
How blessed this is for us that God would care to let us know what is to come, either to warn us of impending judgment and thus giving people a chance to repent, or to give hope of things to come to those who trust Him. No other book tells the future as the Bible does – especially the book of Revelation and its related prophecies throughout the Old and the New Testaments.
Speaking of dark days in this world, the book of 2 Peter, chapter 1 and verses 19-21 says:
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed (or pay attention), as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
And we will see what comes before this in the same chapter, as more reasons why we should read the book of Revelation, in Part 2...
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