Previously on: “MY WALK THROUGH REVELATION SERIES”
As we jump from verse one to verse three, I would like to continue to feed you food for thought on why you should read this book for yourself. This verse should be enough encouragement for you to sink your teeth into this prophecy.
I like to call this the Happy-Happy-Happy Meal verse.
REV 1:3 “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
This should entice your appetite a little bit, maybe even wet your palate. Happy is he who reads this prophecy. Happy are those who hear this prophecy. Happy are those who obey this prophecy…for the time is near. There is no other book in the Bible that starts with such a declaration for the reader! Jesus’ message from the Mount to the masses was ALL about being blessed by living on God’s terms and not by mans. This passage promises the same rewards given in the Beatitudes. If Jesus says that the end result of obeying Him and His word is pure happiness then we better believe it! This blessing is a direct overflow from pursuing the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1. Reading: This is a personal studying and meditating on the written Word of God (prophecy) and can also be in the group setting of studying and reading aloud. It is given in a singular context (he who reads) but is given to the whole Body of Christ to receive. Reading this book offers us a great feast, but it is not enough to just read the menu and memorize it over and over, we must eat the food!
- “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12
- “Thy words were found and I ate them, And Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jer. 15:16
Corey Russell says, “The delighting in the Word is the secret to the restoration of hearing.”
2. Hearing: There must be a listening and attentive ear in the Church if this message is going to take root. It says that Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Are we listening, do we know His voice and do we know what is on His heart?
- “The shift of number from the singular, “he that readeth,” to the plural, “they that hear,” suggest that the work was originally designed for public use in the church assembly rather than for private perusal. One of the earliest test of canonicity was public reading, for only those works which the church considered authoritative were read openly to all the assembly and made the basis of exposition or of exhortation.” Merrill C. Tenney- Interpreting Revelation pg. 45
- “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matt. 11:15
3. Heeding: Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ (Rom 10:7) and this faith through hearing should be yoked with obedience. Even if we may not fully understand His Word we must be obedient to it and believe Him regardless of our lack of understanding, immaturity, or personal feelings and opinions. Abraham had faith and obeyed God’s word even before he fully understood God’s plan for himself.
- “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.” John 14:21
- “To hear God’s word is a privilege to obey it is a duty” William Barclay- The Revelation of John pg.26
“FOR THE TIME IS NEAR”
This should provoke an urgency in us. We are nearly 2,000 years closer to this prophecy fully coming to pass than when it was written and distributed to the Body of Christ. The 1st Century church truly believed that Christ was coming back on their watch and this mind-set shaped and molded everything that they did. We are called to live in these times not as passive bystanders but as victorious ones who overcome. Will we see this prophecy come to pass in our days? The time is near and that alone should cause us to draw near to Him.
This blessing and reminder of His return is given at the beginning and again at the end to sandwich together everything in the middle as a reminder that God wants us to be strengthened and encouraged by this prophecy so that we may be found steady and ready for His second coming.
“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Rev. 22:7