I have come to a point in my walk with Christ to seek out what the book of Revelation has to say in a deeper and more committed fashion. Since I was young, this book intrigued me, maybe it was like that for you too when you first stumbled upon its seemingly mysterious contents.
I remember when I was close to ten years old my grandma asked me what book I liked to read from the Bible and I told her the book of Revelation, she was surprised but ended up sending me a bunch of her study notes! At that age I am sure the book grabbed my attention because at face value it seemed unique and a little bizarre compared to the other books and stories that I knew from the Bible (still has that feeling at times); which my understanding of the Bible was limited to what I had learned in Sunday school.
In recent years I have been encouraged to pick this book back up and devour the contents with a humbled and hungry mind, heart, and soul. I am not sure what you have been told about this book or what you think you already know about it but I would like to encourage you to read it again with intent to allow it to reveal Jesus Christ to you in a greater measure.
I do not believe that this book is mainly historical text mixed in with vague spiritual metaphors and ethereal symbolism nor do I believe it to be an allegorical poem. I truly believe that this book is the Living Word of God that is to be read and understood by those that call themselves followers of Christ. I see this book as a launching pad into a deeper relationship with the man Jesus Christ Himself. This book will also prepare and equip every believer as the unveiling of His action plan unfolds and He shows Himself as the Righteous and Holy Bridegroom, King and Judge that we are longing to know.
This book was written for educated and uneducated alike to understand; note that the majority of people throughout history were uneducated. Just as we apply the rest of the New and Old Testament to our lives we should apply the book of Revelation, understanding that the wisdom that Jesus spoke then holds true today! We must understand the historical context but realize that His Word is always speaking and we must listen to Him.
Through out history the book has been cherished greatly or opposed vehemently. Martin Luther originally thought it to be unbiblical and not authored by John the Beloved (He also opposed James, Jude, 2 Peter and Hebrews). However many through out the early church approved and confirmed that this was a divine prophesy given to and penned by John the disciple of Jesus (Justin Martyr 135 AD, Irenaeus 180 AD, Clement of Alexandria 200 AD).
“We shall no doubt find this book difficult and bewildering; but doubtless, too, we shall find it infinitely worthwhile to wrestle with it until it gives us its blessing and opens its riches to us.” William Barclay
“This object of God’s in delivering the Revelation to his church should be a sufficient refutation of the popular theory that his book is unintelligible, and its varied symbols wrapped in such deep mystery that their meaning can not be evolved; for it is not consonant with the supreme power and wisdom of the God-head to suppose that, in making a revelation to man, he would make the fatal mistake of clothing his language with a mystery that defies the intellect of mortals to unveil.” Frederick George Smith
It is too easy to allow this book or other “end time” prophecies to offend us but I see it best to seek out His heavenly plan with the Helper and come under His leadership. Understanding comes from standing under the One who stands alone with ALL understanding.
“The gospels and the end-time Scriptures reveal the same Jesus operating in the same power of the Holy Spirit. The book of Revelations is called the revelation of Jesus because it reveals His heart, power and leadership.” Mike Bickle
I hope that you guys will enjoy the journey with me. Feel free to jump in at any time and share your perspective, wisdom, correction and love….