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I have heard some believers refer to the Book of the Revelation as too hard to understand. I have also heard others refer to the book as too scary. So, let’s see if we can put the book in a better light.
When Jesus appeared to John on Patmos Island, this was His instruction to John:
“Write in a book what you see, 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” (Rev. 1:11, NASB).
These instructions establish the proper context of the book of the Revelation. Note from the verse above that not only was the respective letter to be sent to each of the seven churches but also the entire book of the things John would see was to be sent to those churches.
There are different views on the significance of the seven churches mentioned. Some believe that each of the churches represents an era or an age of the church. Some believe that collectively they are representative of all the churches in the world. But in this post, I will stick to what we know to be true. John is on Patmos Island, and he hears a voice behind him instructing him to write what he sees and send the same to seven churches.
Jesus told John to address three things in the book: “the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things” (verse 19). The things which John had seen refer to his encounter with Christ on Patmos. The things which are refer to the things that were happening in these seven churches as John wrote to them.
Finally, the things that were to occur afterward refer to the things John would see beginning at chapter 4, verse 1. There Jesus says, “I will show you what must take place after these things.”
Relevant Future Events Addressed in the Book of the Revelation
The latter of the three things John was to write about and hence, the Book of the Revelation; addresses the following major future events:
1. The ultimate defeat of the anti-Christ and his sidekick the false prophet (Rev. 19:20).
2. The ultimate defeat of Satan (Rev. 20:10)
3. The final judgment of the ungodly (Rev. 20:15).
4. A new heaven and a new earth! (Rev. 21:1)
Remember whom John was instructed to write and send this book to; it was to the seven churches. The point is that the book of the Revelation is not intended to be a source of terror to believers but to be a source of encouragement to the church. It is the Lord’s bold confirmation that He will restore all things and that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.
‘“And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write for these words are faithful and true”’ (Rev. 21:5).
The book of the Revelation is not an allegory. It is not a cunningly devised fable. The things that are written therein are faithful and true. The end of our journey has already been established in the heavens. It cannot be altered. THE ENEMIES LOSE AND THE CHURCH WINS!
That’s the good news of the book of the Revelation.
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