let us read this chapter one through the first three verses today.
1: 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,
So he begins with the statement that this is the unveiling of Jesus Christ
which God gave to Him and Jesus gave to John by an Angel. Jesus gives this revelation
to each of us that believe so that we might have hope for the future and not
fear. He says things that must shortly happen and you say Larry it has been
1900 years what is up with that? Remember God is sovereign, and He sees things
differently than us and yet we are to wait on Him. This is a very predictable
future prophecy in that it will happen because some of these things have
already come true and nothing in this will not fail-it will happen. The word
“shortly” means it will happen quickly when it does start. You can hardly find
someone that does not recognize the changing world we live as quickly
changing-right? We see this lining up right now in the middle east. In fact we
see it unfolding all over the world. The word used “signified it” means that he
gave a sign of it to John. One reason for all of the symbolism, was that this
book was read by others that were out to persecute the church so it would be
confusing to them. Remember if you looked at the future events as a man that
lived in AD 95 how would you describe these things like a helicopter or a tank?
The difficulty with this book is in symbolism but not with our dear and
precious Holy Spirit guiding us.
2: 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and
to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
John bore witness to the word of God –in other words he knew that this was a
divine inspired Word from God. Some people say well I just don’t understand
this book or that scripture but if you are hearing, studying, learning, praying,
and reading for the purpose of embracing what you receive and sharing it with
others, the Lord will give you continual revelation. John revealed everything
he saw to you and me today and that is what God wants you and I to do –share
3:3 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.
The number seven is very important in scripture-seven represents spiritual
perfection or completion in the Bible. Revelation has many uses of sevens and
we have seven blessings or beatitudes in this book they are Revelation 1:3;
So we have the first one right here, a blessing to us if we hear these words
and keep them. I ask you are you willing to keep them? I will guarantee you if
you keep these things written in this book it will change the way you live. In
our daily devotion here please pray these things in each day.