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Revelation 1:1-11

Right as we start Revelation, John tells us "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near" (verse 3). Now I'm loving this verse for a couple of reasons. First, because who doesn't want blessing? And second because it lets us know right up front that Revelation is meant for and has application for us in the here and now. (This is what I was referring to in yesterday's blog.)

So what are some ways we can make sure we're taking advantage of this offer of blessing? And what can we do to make sure we're looking for application as we read each day (blessed are those who keep what is in this book)? Tami W.

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Taking advantage of this offer of blessing begins with hearing what has been written and then responding with action in alignment with what is written. We apply what is written with haste because we understand that "the time is near." There is something that God is going to do in the near future that moves us to quick action.

I find it interesting that John says to read "aloud" the words that are written. These words were not meant just for the individual. They were meant to be heard. Taking advantage of this blessing will challenge us to share it with others.

There are several things that we can do to keep us on the look out for application as we read Revelation each day. Revelation was written for the early Christians to read and act on. It wasn't given just as a textbook so that future generations would have a theological framework of "end times." They were meant to take in what was written and ask how it was to reflect in their own lives just like everything else written in the Scriptures.

The book of Revelation was written by John as he was lead by Jesus. Jesus had a message for the seven churches that is captured in the whole book. He wanted them to know that He is the Alpha and Omega.
His message had specific importance to them during that time but also transcends time and is universal for Christians.

Jesus loved the churches mentioned in Revelation and He loves the Universal Church. His heart of love beats loudly in every part of the Revelation. This alone is enough to move us to action.

With the guarantee of blessing i must not only follow though this but look for the application too. This is a real challenge.

continue to read the book of Revelation and teach it . (aloud) the blessing comes when all 3 applications John gives us are followed. read it aloud, hear it and keep it . hearing it is for everyone . when i read God's word i'm not just reading with my eyes i should be listening with my heart . keeping what is written in revelation to me is the message which comes a little later . i think repentance is the big part of the message He sends to the churches . verse 6 says He freed us from our sins . are we walking in that freedom . FREE INDEED is an awesome thing ...

This intro into the book of Revelations goes to show us how faithful and loving our God is to us especially those of us who carry His ID card. It is like saying to us "pass your exams and get a brilliant prize" He need not say get a prize. He can just say, "read, do your exams and pass" without attaching a prize to it. We all know that if we don't pass an exam, we are not moving to the next level anyway; but sometimes, we do this to encourage ourselves or others to ensure they get through and be successful. This is what I tend to gather from here. This is where the Lord demonstrates as usual the affection He has for each and everyone of us. He said His desire is for everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth and not perish but have eternal life. Through His Word, He said it. In the Spirit(those who sit at His feet would attest to this)He manifests it and physically too - He's always with us. Let us give thanks to Him for this preparation of His coming because He really could appear without giving us any hints or signs. We have all the clue to be successful to eternal life.

Thanks for all the great comments. I had never noticed before the command to "read aloud" the scripture specifically mentioned in Revelation. Very good point. We need to know the Bible and share it. We can share it literally by giving testimonies (for example) or by living a quiet, peacfully Christian life. As the old saying goes, we are the only Bible that some people will read or the only "jesus" that some people will see. This is how we see God's blessing by sharing the Good News of the Gospel.

Some ways we can make sure we're taking advantage of this offer of blessing is to thank God for His love, His grace and His mercy. His intention (I Believe) is that we all believe in Him, read and believe His Word. Learn and practice what he teaches us and share it with our family, friends and neighbours. There will be things we do not understand but what God wants us to understand He will make it clear though the Holy Spirit, through His Word or through teachers like Dr. Kroll etc. We must seek Him and ask Him to guide us in His Word and this we must do daily.

God truly moves in mysterious ways and we must trust His Word. His second coming is not only recorded in Revelation. This has been prophesied in the Old Testament. During His reign on earth He told us He is coming back and that alone should be good for us.

I think that there are many people (ministers included) who have shied away from even cracking open the book of Revelation because of fear. This is an encouragement to read it - out loud, and discuss it to see what applies to us today. Asking God to teach us, before each session, will allow the Holy Spirit to show us the application. We may not understand it all, but we will gain something that God wants us to know.

Very helpful comments Thank You! I'm with Paul when he says that we must be like an athlete in a race. So I must stay in the Word! What "job titles" do you find here that tell you something about Jesus (1:4-8)? The omnipotent omnipresent merciful everlasing Savior God, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.

How does John describe himself (1:9)? brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus.. What does Jesus instruct John to do (1:11)? Write down what he saw in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea. Why do you think that's important? To spread the WORD and warn everyone to stay faithful to the end.

I'm reminded of the scripture in Genesis where Abraham asks of God, (what will you give me, or, what will be my reward)? And God says, so wonderfully, "I am your reward." It's true, that HE IS THE REWARD. If we have HIM, we have ALL. The thing is, I'd read His Word and love the comfort and peace, as well as guidance I'd get from it, were there no other "blessings" promised for the hearing and obedience to it. There is a song I used to sing titled, "If Heaven Never Was Promised". The song goes on to say, ""It'd be worth it, just to have the Lord in my life!" That's true of the Word of God. Just to have Him in my life, is enough. be promised something special? Just for the hearing and obeying? Wow! It is the icing on the cake, and then some.

We need to ask ourselves....are we reading, hearing AND taking to heart what is Written? In vs 5-6 we are reminded that all our praise and worship belongs to the One that "loves us, has freed us from our sins by His blood and has made us to be His Kingdom and priests" The possibilities are endless for those who are found to be faithful!!

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