I am beginning a formal, 32-week study on the Book of Revelation. I'm sure I will share bits and pieces as we move along. You can bet 32 weeks will be detailed and in-depth...and fully Bible oriented; no extra-curricular books necessary!
What was pointed out in this week's lecture and the lesson from last week, and I promise not to go through all our lessons, was how Bible prophecy has set the stage for this book. If you notice the scripture above, you'll see what the book shows itself to be.
I have always said it's all about God. No church, no religion, no works can get us eternal life. Only God can do this. It was done 2,000 years ago through His Son Jesus Christ. No other man can do this for us. It is our decision to choose Christ. It is about our seeking God...directly. 1Timothy 2:5 tells it like it is: For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus... No one else. The entire Bible points us to Him. The prophecies point to His first...and second...coming.
During the lecture portion of last week's and today's study we were told that the Book of Revelation has yet to happened. Through prophecies there is eventual evidence of what has happened. Those fulfilled prophecies give us assurance that what God has revealed to us through God-appointed prophets, have and will happen. So, we can trust that what Revelation says will also occur. We can be certain of it. Certain. It's all about the truth of God's Word from Genesis to Revelation. Amen!
The word revelation means: something to be revealed, something coming or appearing; a disclosure of truth, concerning things before unknown, manifestation. The revelation of Jesus Christ mentioned above means it is His prophetic word given to the Apostle John about the things to come. It might also mean, based on the definitions, the revealing, the manifestation of Himself when He returns again...the truth that has been doubted by some.
So, as we see an unsettled world, if we believe, know and trust Jesus and all He has told us, we need not fear the future. There will be some difficult times. But, again, if we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have the assurance He has our backs. He will provide the strength and all other things we need to get through. We do not need to have a timeline, we just need to have faith...and go forth and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It's all about that bottom line...Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to be the light in a very dark world, to seek and save the lost through His very own Gospel of repentance for sin, to show us what truth is, give us eternal life, and in the end to judge all people in total righteousness. He became that Mediator on that cross and opened the way to the only Father in heaven when the veil was torn in the temple at the time of His death.
Revelation points to Christ too. He was in the beginning, is now and will be in the future. He has never changed and never lied while the world seems to be. If we can grasp the importance of knowing Him, we will be in very good hands.
Not to spoil the end of the book, but to be an encouragement:
Revelation 22:20-21 - He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.