Arkansas Baptist News
The past few weeks I have found myself reading and studying Revelation during my quite time and personal Bible study.
It has been a few years since I have really dove into this prophetic book containing a very explicit and descriptive road map about the future of mankind and all of history.
In the past, I read and studied Revelation with somewhat of a posture of fear and dread, but this time it has been different.
This time I am struck by the truth that Revelation is all about Jesus and the hope we have in our Savior and anticipation of the culmination of history and our future time with Him in glory.
Perhaps it’s my age or what is going on in our society, culture and world, but I am struck deeply once again by the relevance of Scripture and its guidance for the daily life of the believer.
If you have been afraid to dive into this book because you think it is over your head and not within your grasp of understanding, just read Rev. 1:1-3: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants (Greek: bondservant) the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”
John is saying that those who read, study and heed the words of this book will be blessed, and that it is written for “bondservants” – in other words – those who fear and are devoted to Jesus Christ. That’s us! A bondservant is someone fully and completely devoted to their Master.
Much has been written and said about what John is directed by the Lord to write about in Revelation 2-3 to the seven churches in Asia Minor (what is now know as Turkey).
John instructs believers to persevere by not losing their love for Christ and to hold true to their faith – even unto death.
The reward of our faithfulness is eternal and should serve as a reminder that every minute of every hour of every day the Lord gives us on this earth is purposeful and significant.
Bible scholars tell us we are now living in Revelation 2-3, with the rest of its prophecy to be fulfilled.
No one knows the hour or day of Jesus’ return, but we know it is getting closer each and every day.
It is our duty as believers not to be caught off-guard, but rather to honor His return by remaining faithful to the gospel and on watch.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches ...” (Rev. 2:7, ESV).
Tim Yarbrough is editor/executive director of the Arkansas Baptist News.