It’s All About HIM

Posted: September 26, 2010 in Revelation

Revelation 1:1-8, “It’s All About HIM”
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So how exactly does someone begin a book like Revelation? Put yourself in John’s shoes: you’ve just seen the glorified Jesus with your own eyes, and have been given a direct vision of God regarding the end of days & eternal future. After all of that, it would have been difficult for John to ever open up his mouth or hold a pen without the help of the Holy Spirit! Yet John does get started, and he does so in the most logical way: by laying out the most direct summary of the prophecy possible. As Revelation begins, we see where the book came from – what the book is about – and what the book accomplishes. Not bad for 8 verses. 🙂

Just as a reminder: although there are many ways that people have interpreted the book of Revelation through the years, you need to know at the outset that we will be taking the viewpoint of a literal interpretation of pre-tribulational pre-millennialism. [If you want to know the reasoning why, get the Overview message…] We already covered some of the background in our general overview of the book – but we didn’t have time to get some of the basics:

DATE: ~95AD. This date is considerably debated by those who hold to a preterist position, as their belief mandates that most (if not all) of the prophecies of Revelation were completed in 70AD with the destruction of the temple. Most preterists claim Revelation was written sometime in the mid-to-late 60’s (65-68AD). The massive problem they have with their argument is that it’s supported by absolutely none of the early Church Fathers. Those who were still alive to receive 1st hand accounts about when John wrote the book universally claim that it was written after the destruction of the temple. Irenaeus (a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John) even goes so far as to name who was the Roman emperor at the time of John’s writing (Domitian; not Nero). Beyond the Church Fathers, we also have the 7 letters to the churches of Asia. These were obviously not letters to brand-new congregations, still being planted by the ministry of Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Apollos, and others. These were congregations that had been around for a while – in Ephesus, long enough to lose their 1st love. All of this points to a later date. True, the destruction of the Temple isn’t mentioned – but it doesn’t have to be in its context (thus a rebuilt Temple is implied). There simply isn’t any good reason to doubt a date of the mid-90’s.

AUTHOR: The apostle John. Despite the witness of the early church (and the book itself!), there are some who debate that it was the Apostle John who actually wrote the book, rather than a different John who was blessed with the vision. Basically they claim that the language of Revelation is drastically different than either the gospel of John or his epistles, so it must be a different person. That can be answered in a couple of ways: (1) We ought to expect the language to be somewhat different, simply because the subject matter & type of writing is vastly different. This wasn’t a letter written to correct false teachers in a church – this wasn’t a history of what Jesus said & did in His earthly ministry; this was a prophetic revelation of the future. Like the prophecies of Daniel, Ezekiel, & Zechariah, John ought to be expected to write a bit differently than normal. (2) The concepts that John uses to describe the vision aren’t very different at all from what he had written before. John calls Jesus the Word of God (Jn 1:1, Rev 19:13) & the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29, Rv 4:6) among other things. Again, there simply no good reason to doubt the plain text of Scripture nor the affirmed history of the Church here.

PURPOSE: We actually get that in the 1st few verses. Before John writes anything the Lord Jesus actually showed him in the prophetic visions, John (via the Holy Spirit) tells us exactly why this book was given to the Church. Specifically, from vs. 1 we learn that this revelation is to show the Church “things which must shortly take place” – but generally speaking, this is a revelation about Jesus! We’ll see three main divisions in the text we’re looking at today: the introduction – the greeting – the doxology… All of it, about the Lord Jesus Christ! This prophecy is from Jesus, and about Jesus, and for the glory of Jesus…

Revelation 1:1-8 (NKJV)
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

A. Right from the get-go in the introduction, we see what the book is, and part of the reason why it was given…

B. WHAT this is: a “Revelation” – an unveiling or uncovering (ἀποκάλυψις). As if the curtain of our present-day physical reality is peeled back, and John is shown the spiritual reality taking place all around him & yet to take place in the future. Specifically, this is a revelation (THE revelation) “of Jesus Christ.” Although many Biblical books are comprised of visions given by various prophets, Revelation is unique among them. John is certainly a prophet here, but this isn’t the Revelation of John; it’s the Revelation of Jesus Christ. What follows are words & visions given by God the Father to God the Son, Jesus Christ, and passed on to the apostle John as a mere messenger. The full authority of God Himself stands as the author of the book.

a. FYI, even the incarnation is a kind of a revelation of Jesus… The gospels show the revelation of Jesus in His 1st coming; this book shows the revelation of Jesus in His 2nd coming…

C. WHY this was given: It was given by God the Father to Jesus Christ for the purpose of passing it along to the Church – “to show His servants.” It’s not that the Lord Jesus is somehow downgraded here to a “messenger” status – but as Jesus is the authoritative head of the Church (Eph 5:23), it’s absolutely appropriate that the vision be given to our Head 1st, and then passed along to the rest of the Body (us). Every book of the Bible is given for our benefit (2 Tim 3:16-17), yet some are more or less directed at specific people for specific times. [Think 1 Chronicles vs. 1 Corinthians… The gospels vs. Philemon…] With Revelation, we have been given a book that is specifically meant for the entire Body of Christ to read & benefit from. These are things the Church needs to be aware of, because these are “things which must shortly take place.” The phrase could be translated: “things which must quickly take place.” Not only is the time at hand for Jesus’ return, but when these events happen, they will happen quickly & in direct succession. (Of course, this is exactly the idea we see in the rest of the book, as seal after seal is broken, trumpet after trumpet is blown, etc. These aren’t events that even appear in the book to take place over the period of ages, but rather happen in a relatively short period of time – fitting in perfectly with the idea of the 70th week of Daniel…).
D. HOW this was given: John obviously did have a direct vision of Jesus Christ, but he also saw a messenger (“angel”) of Jesus – as seen in Ch 22:9 when John forgets himself & attempts to worship the angel, and the angel redirects him to Christ. Who the angel was, we don’t know. Some suppose Gabriel, but it’s speculation at best.

2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

A. Specifically about John, he was a three-fold witness. John was a:

a. “witness to the word of God”: the prophecy that he was given. Demonstrated even to the point of eating the book (Rev 10:10)
b. witness “to the testimony of Jesus Christ”: the testimony of the revelation that Jesus gave, per vs. 1. John was there when Jesus said these things.
c. witness “to all things that he saw”: the visions that John had of the Tribulation, the overview of the Antichrist, the victorious return of Jesus Christ, the millennium, etc. John saw a lot! And he faithfully recorded it as a witness.

B. The idea here is that John is telling the truth. It can be tough to know who’s telling the truth about supernatural things & who’s pulling made-up stuff out of thin air. … With John, we’re not left with that question – we’re told via the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that what John wrote down in this book is absolutely accurate & true to what John heard, received, and saw with his own eyes.

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

A. There’s a blessing in the reading. Can someone be blessed simply by reading the words of the Bible? Yes! Keep in mind, it’s a blessing that we’ve even been given the book of Revelation (what a profound gift!); to read it is certainly a blessing.

i. This gives us a very good reason to read it! Too many Christians (and I was one in the past) completely pass over the book of Revelation due to fear. People sometimes have a tough time understanding the book, so we neglect it completely. Be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater! When there are things that are tough to understand in the book, remember that the book is about Christ Jesus & His 2nd coming – get focused on the big picture again, but by all means keep reading the book. There’s a blessing in it!

B. There’s a blessing in the hearing. What if you can’t read? You’re not left out of the blessing – you can be blessed simply by hearing the book of Revelation read to you. Understand that for most of history, only a small percentage of people were ever able to read (relatively speaking). God didn’t leave this book & the blessing that comes with it to only the elites. God didn’t allow those who were educated to be more blessed than those who were not. The blessing is just as available to those who hear as to those who read.
C. There’s a blessing in the keeping. Obviously there’s a difference between listening intently to the words of Scripture vs. allowing it to go in one ear & out the other…the difference is in application. To those who keep the words of the prophecy (those who take the truths contained here & apply them), there is a blessing from God. We need to know that Jesus is coming back soon – it helps us be ready. We need to know the danger in losing our 1st love, so we can apply the lesson learned & not do the same thing. We need to know how to stand firm in our faith during times of persecution. We need to know that God will avenge the martyrs. These aren’t mere facts to tuck away as Bible trivia; these are truths we need to know & apply in order to be equipped to live out the days we have left until Jesus calls us home.
D. WHY? Because “the time is near.” Which time? THE time! The Greek is specific here in referring to a specific period of time; not just “time” in general. Talking about the end-times, and we need to be prepared! We need to always be ready to see our Lord Jesus face-to-face, because although we may not know the exact day or the hour, we can be assured that we WILL see Him. We need to be ready!

4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

A. Other than identifying the book from verse 1 as an “unveiling” apocalypse & prophecy, it starts off in a typical letter (epistle) format. Lists the author as “John”, and with no other qualifier on it, the only real possibility is the most well-known “John” to the church – the apostle John. … Lists the people to whom the letter was addressed: “the seven churches which are in Asia.” These are the 7 churches that will get an individual address by the Lord Jesus in Ch 2-3. Gives the salutation: “grace to you & peace…” [twin sisters of the NT…]

a. Where does true grace & peace originate? From God! Especially when dealing with matters of eternity & the end-times, where else can we derive any comfort? When talking about the Day of Judgment, what is most needed? Grace & peace – and not the temporary fleeting grace & peace we can give to one another here on earth, but the true grace & peace of God. The only way in which we’ll survive the Judgment Seat is by being rooted in the grace & peace of God!

B. “from Him who is & who was & who is to come”: Contextually here, referring to God the Father. God is the ever-existent One – the great I AM. The Greek grammar is a bit unusual here, and some scholars believe that John was attempting to describe the Hebrew concept of “I AM” into Greek. To say that God is & was & is to come is exactly what “I AM” implies. God has simply always existed & will always exist…there has been & never will be a time when God is “not.”

a. Is this a tough concept for our minds to wrap around? Sure – if it’s easy for you, then you might not have a big enough concept of infinity. But even if it’s tough to understand, it’s nevertheless true. God simply IS. He had no creator, because He IS the Creator. He is ever supreme over all the universe. All things that exist today exist because at some point they were created & formed. Scientists have shown even stars have been shown to have a life-cycle: they are born, exist, and are destroyed over time. Not so with God. God is beyond a life-cycle because God is the author of life. God IS.
b. With that in mind, consider Who it is that loves you & gave His Son for your salvation: this same ever-existent infinite God. This God knows you by name & has the hairs on your head counted. We live in a world that specializes in both inflating our personal egos, while at the same time declaring how worthless & insignificant we are. Yet according to the Bible, we cannot be insignificant, because none other than Infinite Almighty God knows us & loves us. And neither can our egos be inflated when we conceive of the awesomeness of God. What an incredible God we serve!

C. “from the seven Spirits”: Who? Is this talking about 7 Holy Spirits of God – or 7 angels of God? No – obviously this is not an attempt to change the doctrine of the Trinity. God has eternally revealed Himself as Father, Son, Holy Spirit; not as the Father, Son, Holy Spirits 1, 2, 3, 4, etc… Neither does this make any sense to claim that the 7 Spirits are angels. After all, the Revelation is of Jesus Christ, given to Him by God – and grace/peace originate in God & not angels. John will be describing Christ Jesus next, so obviously this is a reference to the Holy Spirit. So why does John describe the Holy Spirit as “the seven Spirits who are before His throne?” Good question. … We’ve actually seen the Holy Spirit described this way elsewhere in the Scripture, in the vision God gave Zechariah regarding Zerubbabel’s attempt to rebuild the Temple. [Zech 4 – lampstand with 7 lamps, showing the power to be “by My Spirit,”] There’s also a thought that the Spirit has a seven-fold ministry in regards to Jesus Christ… Isaiah 11:1-2 (1) There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (2) The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. [] Whatever the case, the context demands that this is a reference to the Holy Spirit. There may be some things about Him that are beyond our comprehension, but at the very least it should cause us to be even more in wonder & awe about God!

5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. …

A. Wonderful three-fold description about Jesus Christ! Jesus is (1) “the faithful witness.” Not only is Jesus faithful in the testimony of the Revelation, but Jesus was completely faithful in His 1st coming. He accomplished exactly what God intended Him to accomplish, said what God wanted Him to say, and called whom God wanted Him to call (and none was lost, except Judas the son of perdition, according to prophecy). Jesus was completely faithful – thus God the Father testifies of Him, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” (Mt 17:5). It is only because Jesus WAS faithful that He could declare from the cross “It is finished,” (Jn 19:30) – precisely because He did all that He had come to do.
B. Jesus is (2) “the firstborn from the dead.” This is a direct reference to the Resurrection. Obviously Jesus wasn’t the first ever to be risen from the dead (the widow’s son with Elijah, Lazarus, etc.), but Jesus certainly was the 1st one to be risen from the dead that stayed that way. Lazarus & the rest died again (bummer!), but when Jesus resurrected from the dead, He stayed alive & then physically ascended to Heaven, never to die again. As Paul writes to the Corinthians, Jesus is the firstfruits of the dead, showing the resurrection all of us as believers will experience (1 Cor 15:20). Those who die in Christ will be raised with Christ with the same power that raised Jesus from the dead – thus we have a glorious hope! Most importantly, the title “firstborn” tells us more than chronology, but position. Jesus has the preeminent place over all those raised from the dead…
C. Jesus is (3) “the ruler over the kings of the earth.” Amen! Jesus already has the title of King of Kings, even though currently the kings of the earth may not recognize Him. Yet God is the one who raises up kings & puts them down – He is sovereign over all the earth. One day, even the kings & rulers of the earth who currently think they have so much power will be left trembling in the sight of the One who has ultimate authority over them.
D. All of this revelation so far (and we’ve had less than 6 verses!) already leaves John in wonder & awe about his Risen Lord – and he launches into a two-part doxology…

– Doxology #1: a summary of the gospel…
…To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

A. Jesus loves us! Never let it cease to amaze you that you are beloved by Jesus Christ! What an utterly incredible thought. That the God of the Universe would not only clothe Himself in flesh & dwell among His creation, but that He would demonstrate His love for us by laying down His life on account of our sin (Rom 5:8). When we least deserved the love of God, that’s when God showed it to us.
B. Jesus washes us! We were stained by sin – defiled by our own unrighteousness, and then by His own blood that He shed on the cross, Jesus cleansed us. As Isaiah put it, once our sins were as red as scarlet, now they are as white as snow (Isa 1:18) – all through the cleansing power of the blood of Christ. Some translations = “freed us” (manuscript difference of 1 letter in Greek) – either way, this just as true. We were enslaved to sin (Rom 6:17), doomed to walk in its ways until the day that Jesus set us free by our faith in His work at the cross.

a. Beware of those who preach a sanitized Jesus. A bloodless gospel isn’t the gospel at all. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Heb 9:22), and the vastness of our sin demanded the highest of prices: death (Rom 6:23). Only by the blood of Jesus are we set free & given life! We can rejoice in the words of the old hymn: “Oh precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow – no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus!”

C. Jesus brings us into a kingdom! Not only did Jesus cleanse us from our sin & set us free from its power, but Jesus brought us into a kingdom & made us a people – His own special people. Especially for those of us who were Gentiles, this is wonderful news! Before Christ, we had nothing – no relationship to God, not even any history with Him. But in Christ, we who once were not even a people at all (no grouping or tie to each other) are now the people of God – called out of darkness to proclaim the marvelous praises of God (1 Pet 1:9-10). We have been made citizens of the kingdom of Christ, and given the privilege of reigning with Jesus forever more as His co-heirs, as we join in the inheritance given Him by God.

a. What privilege & blessing we have in Christ! What undeserved favor! Just to have our sins covered is vastly more than we could ask for – yet we’ve been given so much more than that. Those who trust Christ as Savior & Lord will forever reign with Him – that’s absolutely mind-blowing!

D. Jesus makes us priests of God the Father! Not only are we a kingdom, but specifically we are a kingdom of priests – or as Peter puts it, “a royal priesthood.” (1 Pet 2:9). This speaks of our eternal purpose. Popular culture gives the idea of heaven a place where people dressed in togas float around on clouds, playing harps all day. Not only is it cartoonish, it’s flatly untrue. Throughout eternity, we have been given a purpose of serving as priests to God Almighty, under the headship of our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Heb 3:1). We will spend eternity serving God & giving Him glory as He intended mankind to do from the beginning of creation.

a. For those looking for a purpose in life – here it is. There is flatly no higher purpose than to serve the One who gave you life. And you don’t have to wait until eternity to start! You can serve Him now with whatever He’s given you to do right now in whatever situation in which He’s placed you…

E. Note that God the Father is still the God of Jesus – “His God and Father.” This does not mean that Jesus the Son is somehow ‘less’ than God the Father – on the contrary, John affirms the opposite! Grace & peace can only originate from God & it originates from Jesus as much as from God the Father (vs. 5). The same ever-existent description of God the Father is attributed to Jesus the Son (vs. 8). If there’s a characteristic about Christ Jesus that is abundantly evident in the book of Revelation, it’s that Jesus is fully God in the flesh – that much is never in doubt in John’s mind!

a. So what does it mean that God the Father is Jesus’ God & Father? Simply this: the Risen Glorified Lord Jesus who is eternal God of true God is still humbly & lovingly submitted to God the Father as God. Just as Jesus is the head of the Church, the Father is the head of the Son (1 Cor 11:3). There is a marvelous order within the Trinity, and Jesus humbly submits to His role as the suffering servant of all. Jesus’ humility & submission is an example to all of us… (Phil 2:5)
b. Though Jesus is submitted to God, Jesus is still worthy of all the glory of God! “To Him be glory and dominion forever & ever.” This is what we saw after the Resurrection. All authority in heaven & on earth had been given to Jesus – even though His judgment would wait until His 2nd coming.

– Doxology #2: a summary of the Revelation…
7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

A. If verse 6 shows what Jesus did in His 1st coming, verse 7 shows what will happen in His 2nd. … This is a plain reference to the 2nd Coming (not the rapture), as “every eye will see Him,” whereas in the rapture only the Church will see Jesus as we meet Him in the air at His trumpet call…
B. How will the 2nd coming take place? Visibly! This will be something the entire population of the earth will witness – “every eye will see Him.” (Which completely guts the idea of full-preterism – the idea that all the events in Revelation have already taken place. If Jesus had already come, why didn’t anyone see it?) That Jesus will be coming with the clouds is the same thing Daniel wrote about when he received a vision of the 2nd coming. Daniel 7:13-14 (13) “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. (14) Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. [] As Jesus comes back on His white horse coming with the sword in His mouth (Rev 19:15), He will be coming the clouds of heaven – a reference to the glory of God. Just as Moses & Israel followed the pillar of cloud through the wilderness & saw the cloud descend on Mt. Sinai & saw the cloud fill the Tabernacle – so this cloud is the visibly glory of God. To say the Lord Jesus “is coming with the clouds” isn’t picturing a meek Jesus floating along on a fluff of cotton; it’s to say that Jesus is coming with power, might, and authority. God Himself will be stepping foot on the earth in all His glory, and every eye will see Him for who He truly is.
C. What does it mean that the ones who pierced Jesus (crucified Him) will see Him? After all, the generation who actually sent Jesus to the cross have long since passed away. Many of them had likely died even prior to the book of Revelation being written. Is this a contradiction? No – let Scripture interpret Scripture. Zechariah 12:10-11 (10) “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. (11) In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning at Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. [] Speaking of the Jewish nation as a whole. The Jewish nation rejected Christ & gave their approval to Pilate for Jesus’ crucifixion. During the Great Tribulation, the nation as a whole will come to faith in Christ, yet they will still mourn over their past rejection when they see Jesus coming with the clouds.

a. Note the reference to the “plain of Megiddo” – translated into Greek, this would be the “plain of Armageddon.” During that last battle, all those who are still in rebellion against God will mourn as Christ overwhelms them in a massive triumph at His 2nd Coming.

D. Will all the nations mourn, or will all the nations rejoice? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to witness the return of Christ? Yes – only if you are IN Christ & are awaiting Him. Otherwise, it will be a black day of terror & judgment.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

A. Who’s speaking here? Christ Jesus. In vs. 4, this was the description of God the Father, but it’s clear from the context (looking down at vs. 12-13) that the voice who spoke this is the voice of our Lord Jesus.
B. Jesus is “the Alpha & the Omega.” The next few words (“the Beginning and the End”) are not in the majority of manuscripts at this point – yet they are in Rev 22:13 in a similar passage, and that’s exactly what’s implied by “Alpha & Omega.” These are the 1st & last letters of the Greek alphabet – their version of “A & Z”. Jesus is the beginning of all things, the end of all things, and everything in between. In Him, all the universe consists (Col 1:17).
C. Jesus is the ever-existent one. Again, there’s no way of escaping the divinity of Christ! The very words used to describe God the Father are used to describe Jesus the Son. Just as Jesus called Himself the “I AM” to the Jews (to which they picked up stones to kill Him for blasphemy – Jn 8:58), Jesus affirms He is the “I AM” who is & was & is to come. The Son may be begotten of the Father, but there was never a time in which the Son did not exist. Jesus is completely eternal as the very Word of God.
D. Jesus is the all-powerful one. Just as Jesus has always & will always exist, Jesus has all power. There is nothing that Jesus cannot do. Satan can trouble the world – the Antichrist can deceive many – world powers can persecute believers to the death – but none can overcome Jesus, because Jesus is the Almighty victorious one. [] Keep in mind that “Almighty” is singularly used in the Bible to refer to God – never to angels. There are definitely mighty angels in the universe – but none are ALL-mighty. Only God alone can truly be called the Almighty because He is the only One who is all-powerful.
E. Put it all together – Jesus is God! Jesus holds the universe together – Jesus is ever-existent – Jesus is all-powerful. There is no escaping the clear testimony of the Scripture that Jesus is God in the flesh. That’s exactly what the book of Revelation is about – that’s exactly what the Bible as a whole is about: the unveiling of our glorious God in the Person of Jesus Christ!

Conclusion:
The book of Revelation starts off with a bang! Right from the start, we learn that the book is from Jesus & about Jesus & for the glory of Jesus.

• It’s from Jesus: It was given by God to Jesus, and given by Jesus to John. This is not some ordinary prophecy (if any prophecy could be called “ordinary”!), what follows in this book are the very words of Christ Jesus Himself.
• It’s about Jesus: Please don’t miss out on this part! Revelation is not about Antichrist. Revelation is not about date-setting. Revelation is not about cryptic prophecy that only certain codes can unlock. Revelation is about Jesus Christ & His glorious return. He is the overriding theme of the book, and this unveiling is an unveiling of Jesus.
• It’s for the glory of Jesus: Just as John was left in awe & broke out in a doxology for Jesus, so are we as we go through the book. It’s impossible for any believer in Jesus Christ to read the words of this book & not be left in wonder & awe about the God we serve. There are parts that make us tremble at His majesty – there are parts that cause us to cheer at His victory – there are parts that cause us to sing out for His glory. He is worthy of all the praise we can give Him – and we get a wonderful glimpse of that in this book. Be careful not to read Revelation as a textbook, but rather as more of a devotional book. Let it cause you to fall to your knees in praise to God & help you worship Him more as the Glorious Lord that He is!

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