Over the past few days the Lord has really put it on my heart to move into Revelation after I finished my time in the small epistles. Revelation has always been one of the most intimidating books of the Bible for me. I’ve never been able to understand anything in it, and I’ve always given up before finishing. Lately though the Lord has been showing me that I’m missing so much of the richness of His word by not digging into all of His word.
The Lord is so good to make His word come alive, I didn’t even make it past the first three verses without his Spirit putting something on my heart.
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servant — things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by his angel to His servant John.” Rev 1:1
I always used to call this book Revelations. It is kind of weird to realize its actual name is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” What a difference that makes! It’s not just revelations of little things to come, but the singular revelation of the glory of Jesus Christ. It’s not about predicting the end times, the beast that will come out in the future, or even the view of heaven — it’s the revelation of Jesus.
According to the Webster’s dictionary, the definition of a revelation is something revealed with a sudden inspiration or understanding. This book is the revelation of Jesus Christ, not the hiding of Him. The Lord didn’t cloak this book in big words and confusing images to throw me off. It is revealed for the purpose of understanding Him. And it was signified or sent out to John. This message was revealed to John and intended for man to understand.
All scripture is God inspired and profitable for teaching. Verse 3 of chapter 1 says “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.”
I’m excited to begin my journey through the revelation of Jesus Christ resting confidently in the fact that the spirit will make the Living Word come alive and my heart.