Why we need the Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation, for most of us, is an illusive book. It’s strange. It starts off ok .. but then only after 3 chapters it is difficult. Difficult to understand. Difficult to interpret. Difficult to apply to life.
and yet … there are some great reasons why we need to study this book. Firstly, we believe that every book of the Bible .. indeed every word of the Bible has come from God. Jesus quoted the Old Testament Bible when He said “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). So the Bible is God’s Word to us which means that there must be something in it for us to know and understand. God is not the author of confusion – He brings creatively and order out of chaos – He means to communicate something wonderful and precious to us. This includes the book of Revelation. So we need to study the book of Revelation as much as we need to study the Gospels or another other one of the books that we love.
We also need the book fo Revelation because it saves us from both the error of ignorance and the error of pride. I’m sure you’ve encountered both types of people. The first avoid the book of revelation because it’s difficult and so therefore really have no understanding of the truths that God wants to communicate through it. But then there are the others who are overly obsessed with the truths, that they miss the application and become prideful in knowledge. (1 Corinthians 8:1). So we need the book of Revelation to help us be balanced and prevent us from being ignorant or prideful.
Another great reason to study the Book of Revelation is because it gives us hope. The great hope that Christians have is that one day the hope of perfection and Christlikeness will be finally realised. I mean .. if you haven’t read the end of the story .. spoiler alert .. Jesus wins, Satan is thrown into a lake of fire, God’s people are finally united to Him and paradise is set up for us to live in. Ok, who is NOT excited about that!? This is the longing of our hearts and in the book of Revelation we get a glimpse of this truth and it ignites our hearts in hope.
I’ll let you into a (no so secret) secret … the book of Revelation is not primarily about the Rapture, dragons, Beasts, the Mark and the AntiChrist. We do the Book a GREAT injustice if we come to it looking for answers to which Jesus has said we can’t get (this is called pride btw!). We need the book of Revelation because from Chapter 1, all the way through to chapter 22, the pages are saturated with Jesus. Its first vision is of Him. The letters to the seven churches are from Him. The throne is His. The Lamb (a title that appears nearly thirty times in the book) is Him. The One worthy to take the scroll is Him. The One who conquers the Dragon is Him. The One who protects His people is Him. The One who finally brings heaven to earth is Him. it’s all about Jesus.
So, as announced, early next year we’ll start a verse by verse study through the book of Revelation on Sunday Morning and I invite you to start reading and meditating on the things in there so that your heart is ready to receive what the Lord has for us.