Let’s talk about the book of Revelation. Have you read it? Whoa; it’s astounding! Right off the bat it starts with the announcement: “This is the unveiling of Jesus Christ…” I want more! Then just a couple of verses down in Revelation 1:3 we read this: “A joyous blessing rests upon the one who reads this message and upon those who hear and embrace the words of prophecy, for the appointed time is in your hands.” (TPT) The book of Revelation has always been a tough one. As a child I remember sitting through week long seminars on this book while the teacher described the horrors that our future held. It really set a pattern of fear in my life when I thought about “end times.”
As I’ve studied it now with a few more years of maturity behind me, I see that Revelation is a book about who and what Jesus Christ is. It shows me Jesus Christ in His glory and with each page he is unveiled in fullness. Just as the first verse says, it is the unveiling. This is the entire purpose of the book of Revelation, to unveil Jesus and His Bride. The book of Revelation is a book of hope! When we allow the Holy Spirit to work deep within our hearts, great mysteries of Revelation unfold within us. This mystery is Jesus. This is why the author, John, tells us that when we read Revelation we will be blessed. Of course! The more Jesus is unveiled within us, the more we experience blessings. When Jesus is unveiled within us, we then possess the hope of glory. What is glory? The expression of Jesus in you. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for his people, and God wants everyone to know it!” Colossians 1:27
The book of Revelation can be confusing because it is packed with symbols and beautiful insights into the heart of God. It is full of information about things the church has turned into a horror show, when in fact it is a puzzle that once put together the veil is lifted and Jesus is there. We get to experience the great reveal!
I think it’s important to remember when reading this book that God has said there is no fear in love and God is a God of love. He is love. “For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives mighty power, love, and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (TPT) God does not want his people to be afraid, not ever. Just like the song, Peace Be Still: “Peace be still You are here so all is well…I will trust the voice that speaks, I’m not gonna be afraid…”
Focus is everything when reading Revelation. It we focus on Christ as we search these scriptures we will see a Christ-centered book, not an anti-christ centered book. When we keep Jesus as the main character, HE will be unveiled right before us, not the anti-christ. Jesus is there and it was written with the intention that we would recognize him. We, his Bride! We see him as he is right now, on the throne and glorified.
I want to see more of Jesus. I want to understand him in this present day, be filled with his glory, and unlock the mysteries of the many pieced puzzle. I want to hear his voice, be deeper and deeper rooted in him, spread his love to others, and live a life of courage, hope and strength because that is who he is in me.
What do you want?
(References: Brian Simmons)
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