The Book of Revelation – Part I
Written by Felicia McKnight
Revelation 22:7 NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
I recently completed a phenomenal, 30 week, in depth study of the Book of Revelation. I must admit this is not a book that I would have been able to read and understand on my own. With all of the dragons, and beasts, and creatures with multiple limbs and eyes it can be quite confusing. It is a difficult book to understand, but I am grateful for the gifted teacher and amazing notes I had to make this study clearer and meaningful. I was once hesitant to read the book of Revelation, because there is a myth that Revelation is scary, however I did not find this book scary at all for those who are Christians. For those who do not believe in God and who do not call on Jesus as their Lord and Savior there is reason to be of great concern. I found Revelation to be a book of God’s unconditional, merciful love for mankind simply because of the multiple chances of repentance He gives to unbelievers.
“This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 1:1-2 NLT)
The book of Revelation is an unveiling to John. It is the unveiling of Jesus Christ in heaven. It is an unveiling of a series of events that must take place for Jesus to reclaim His kingdom. The book of Revelation promises that Jesus will return. Those of us who are in Christ will be able to spend eternity with Him. Those who are not will be separated from Jesus forever. A lot of evil and destruction will take place between now and Christ’s return, but in the end the children of God will be victorious over all!
One of the most intriguing parts of Revelation to me was Jesus’ seven letters to the seven churches in chapters 2 and 3. To each church He gave a word of encouragement, correction, direction, and discipline. It’s amazing that God will still do the same for us today. He knows the things we are doing well. God will remind us at times that we are on the right path in some areas of our life. In the area we are not He will send warning and other times discipline. As I read about each church I was blown away that the activity that took place in biblical days (95 A.D.) is still taking place today (2016).
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” (Psalms 103:8 NKJV)
The book of Revelation is also a story of God’s mercy and judgement. Throughout the entire book God gives warning of the sin taking place. He then gives everyone the opportunity to repent. As I read through Revelation I wish I would have kept score of how many times God gave additional chances for people to repent. As I read I think of all the unsaved souls in the world. I wonder how many times does God have to display wrath for someone to eventually turn to Him? In our own personal lives, why does it take us so long for us to turn from sin? God is such a loving God. He gives us chance after chance to repent. He does things to get our attention. Some of us get it the first time. Then there are some of us who have to hit rock bottom and suffer consequences for us to turn from evil and cling to what is good. God uses the consequences of sin to lead us to a place of repentance.
I am going to press pause here and resume next week with a part II. Until then here are a few things to ponder on.
Will you confess and turn away from that habit or attitude that rejects God and His word? God gives multiple chances for repentance, but eventually a judgment day will come. Eventually it will be too late to get right. Those who chose to love a worldly life and follow the enemy will have a final destination, hell. Those of us who repent and choose Jesus will have a wonderful, rewarding, place in Heaven with Jesus for eternity!
Until we meet again, be blessed and be encouraged!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your unconditional love towards us. Lord, some days we know we don’t deserved your goodness and the repeated chances that you give us. Thank you for the grace that covers us daily. Thank you for sending your one and only son, Jesus Christ on the cross to die for our sins. Thank you that His death made a way for us to wipe our slate clean from the sin that so easily entangles us. Lord, we lift up all those who do not have a personal relationship with you. We pray they will come to know you as their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and experience the free grace of forgiveness. For those of us who know you, give us the wisdom and strength to repent and turn away from any sins that are not pleasing to you. Help us to cling to you and love you more than we love the world. In Jesus Name. Amen