This book is the record of the events that Jesus Christ revealed. God gave him this revelation in order to show to his servants what must happen very soon. Christ made these things known to his servant John by sending his angel to him, and John has told all that he has seen. This is his report concerning the message from God and the truth revealed by Jesus Christ. (verses 1,2)
Read Revelation 1:1-8
At first glance the book of Revelation is like a bad dream a swirling mishmash of frightening images and confusing language. But, unlike a bad dream, Revelation doesn’t go away. Every time you open your Bible it’s still there.
The book of Revelation is a steadfast reminder that God cannot be explained in twenty-five words or less. He is bigger, infinitely bigger, than your imagination. He lives in the realm of spirits and angels in a world beyond your senses. He is a fiery and terrifying God. Revelation is the only book of the New Testament that shows you a face of God you don’t want to see. But that is only part of the story. Revelation is ultimately a book of triumph – the triumph of God over Satan. His triumph over death and the demons. And it is the story of the glorious victory of the saints. It is a glimpse into the future. Your future.
And that’s what makes Revelation a story you cannot afford to miss.
Spirit of God, I will not be able to understand the book of Revelation without your guidance. I open my heart to what you want me to learn. Amen.
by Linda Macqueen, in ‘God’s Promises for each Day’ (LCA, Openbook, 1999)
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