I had a revelation the other day. I could listen to the Bible while getting ready to leave the house. I started in the book of 1 John and ended up listening to 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude and into the first few chapters of the book of Revelation.
Yesterday I got to listen to the rest of the book of Revelation. It’s encouraging to hear Jesus say Who He is and to hear Him give compliments to the seven churches in Asia. He always tells things the way they are. He makes it apparent that there will be judgments on those who are committing evil deeds.
The prophecies are not easy to understand at times but I keep reading them and studying them because in the beginning of the book of Revelation, Jesus tells the Apostle John on the Isle of Patmos as noted in Rev 1:3, (KJV) “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
I remember taking a class teaching us about the book of Revelation years ago at an Assembly of God Church. The teacher was not an ordained minister, but he took his responsibilities seriously. He mentioned that the prophecies terrified him. In my naiveté, I told him to stop thinking about it. He agreed that was probably a good idea. Yesterday, hearing how much God loves us yet hearing warnings of His coming judgment on the world, I began to feel scared for those totally against our God and King.
Living in America, we’re not used to kings and queens with the powers that monarchs may employ. Our children’s stories many years back always showed an individual’s ingenuity. As adults, if our politicians displease us, we may vote for someone else or run for office ourselves. It may not always work out, but it gives us that sense of independence that can keep us from realizing our need for God and possibly our willingness to bow down before Him.
For the first time I began to understand why our instructor was afraid when he read Revelation. The judgments from God’s wrath are scary. Plus, Jesus repeats the phrase, “To him who overcometh…” which makes me feel we’d better be careful or we may give up the faith if we’re not paying attention to the state of our heart, soul and spirit.
Jesus speaks here in Rev 3:10: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
To God be the glory, even when I don’t fully understand.
God bless you.