The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 84

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Rev. 1:3, NIV, emphasis mine).

Many Christians steer clear of the book of Revelation. They find it difficult to relate to its dragons, winged beasts and its strange symbols and events. Yet, no other Biblical book specifically guarantees what it does - that those who read it and heed what is written in it will be blessed. That in itself is worth thinking about!

The word ‘Revelation’ comes from the Greek word apokalupsis. The book deals with Christ’s message to the early church in Asia Minor (modern Turkey). It foretells end-time events leading up to the return of Christ and the establishment of God’s kingdom; the doom of Satan and the wicked; the destruction of sin and death, and the eternity of glory for God’s people.

There are several views and numerous interpretations of events described in the Book of Revelation. We must not get so caught up with interpreting the symbols and events described in it that we miss what I believe is the thing we really need to be hearing at this time: what is the Spirit saying to the Church TODAY?

Seven times in chapters 2 and 3 we come across the phrase “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:29; 3:6; 3:13 and 3:22). Do we really believe that the message given to those 7 churches in the first century has no application to the modern church? I think not! You see, even though we live two thousand years later, the basic spiritual issues that the church struggles with today are no different from those experienced by those early churches. That’s not to say that we do not have issues that they did not have. But, at least as a minimum, you have only to read what Jesus had to say to each of these churches to find out that our struggles are really no different today.

So, how should we act? Well, it is already given to us in the words: “hear it and take heed”. It is time that the Church stopped ‘inquiring of the Lord’ what He would say to the Church, when it is blatantly obvious that she is not heeding what He has already spoken! It is time that ‘ judgment begins with the house of God’.

More than ever before, the Church of today needs to re-focus her attention on the first three chapters of Revelation. They reveal the message of the ascended and glorified Jesus Christ, “the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth” (verse 5). What He says is authoritative. Are you ready to hear and heed what the Spirit is saying to you through these chapters?

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