The Book of Revelation has often been regarded as complex and challenging, with a reputation that has led many to shy away from it. Some might perceive it as overly complex, controversial, or even unnerving, while others dismiss it as an irrelevant prophecy about the future, seemingly lacking practical application for our daily lives.
Contrary to these preconceptions, Revelation is a compelling and enlightening read that can deepen our understanding and connection to Christ as we eagerly await His return. So, I cordially invite you to rediscover the joy hidden within the enigma that is Revelation.
In the spirit of the numerous sevens that fill the Book of Revelation (seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls, etc.), allow me to present seven reasons why studying Revelation can be a joyful journey.
Revelation: A Divine Missive to Us All
Just imagine – the Creator of the Universe conveys His words to us in human language. This fascinating thought amplifies the awe-inspiring nature of Revelation. God’s message was delivered through a chain of divine links – from God the Father to Jesus Christ, relayed by His angel to John, who faithfully transcribed it for us. So, let’s unwrap this divine gift that is waiting to reveal its profound message.
Revelation: A Glimpse of the Risen and Glorified Christ
Many of our mental images of Jesus are painted from the Gospels. We see Him as an infant in a manger, delivering sermons on a hillside, or enduring the pain of the cross. However, Revelation provides us with a breathtaking vision of Christ as He is now – resurrected and glorified. This glimpse of the current state of Jesus, etched through John’s vivid record, strengthens our faith, intensifies our devotion, and deepens our joy in Him.
Revelation: A Reminder of Christ’s Presence with His Church
Revelation 1 depicts Jesus “in the midst of the lampstands,” representing the churches. This visual assurance of Christ’s continuous presence among His people brings immense comfort, reminding us that He is with us in our trials, guiding us, and strengthening our faith.
Revelation: The World Through Heaven’s Perspective
Revelation offers us an invitation to ascend to Heaven and view our world from a divine vantage point. This provides us with a valuable perspective, helping us to see beyond the limitations of our earthly viewpoint, and revealing the true nature of our present reality.
Revelation: Assurance of God’s Justice
Revelation provides us with the hope that God will ultimately cleanse the world of all evil. We don’t want to dwell in a world stained by rebellion and immorality. Thankfully, we won’t have to, because Revelation promises a day when God will purify His creation, making it an eternal home suitable for His faithful followers.
Revelation: An Imaginative Preview of Eternity
Revelation presents us with beautiful images that bring clarity to our vague notions of Heaven and eternity. As we read its imagery of marriage, city, temple, and garden, we can look forward to the intimacy, community, glory, healing, and wholeness of our eternal future.
Revelation: The Promise of Blessedness
Revelation contains seven beatitudes offering a vision of blessedness that counters the superficial concept of #blessed popularized on social media. Instead, Revelation blesses those who hear and keep the words written within it, those who remain faithful to Christ, and those who await His return.
I encourage you to not let the Book of Revelation intimidate you. Immerse yourself in it.