Revelation 1:3 – a Special Blessing from God to those who read The Book of Revelation
Revelation 1:3 – Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it…
To understand Revelation we need to study the rest of Scripture. This in turn gives a better understanding of the rest of the Word of God. Indeed, blessings will come to those who read and hear the rest of the Word, as well as Revelation:
Revelation 22:7 – “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
Luke 11:28 – …blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!
The Greek word translated “to keep” means to heed, to hold fast, continually hold on to, watch over, or guard. The Greek word translated as “blessing” also means “happy.” Therefore, keeping or heeding God’s Word makes one happy or blessed:
Proverbs 16:20 – He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
In the next few chapters of Revelation, Jesus points out to the first century churches things that needed improvement. Today churches are still in need of correction and improvement. Therefore, it is prudent for us to heed our Lord’s correction and keep His Word.
After Revelation 3, there is no further instruction to the Church body. Nevertheless, understanding that this vision “must shortly take place” (Revelation 1:1), should prompt us to hang on to the promises of Christ’s triumph over all the evil that is to come. We should also guard these prophecies, as many in the world scoff and despise them:
2 Peter 3:1-3 – Beloved, I now write… that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days….
1Thessalonians 5:20 – Do not despise prophecies.
Watchfulness for the Lord’s return is also in view in the following passage:
Revelation 3:2-3 – Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
Those who don’t take heed of the imminent return of Jesus, often have an attitude of “willful ignorance” because they do not want to own up to how they are living their lives in this world. Christ’s coming will be like a thief to them; they are not ready because they are not watching. Watchfulness usually promotes holy living, because out of it comes understanding that Christ’s Kingdom is everything, and this world is nothing. As Christians, we should want the Lord to find us living for Him, and not the world when He returns:
2 Peter 3:11-14 – Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
The Greek word translated as “time” can mean season or era, and is used in a few passages that describe the time of Christ’s first coming (Mark 1:15, Galatians 4:4). The following passages that describe the time when Jesus will return to set up His Kingdom also use the same Greek word translated as “times,” or “seasons,” as noted below:
Act 1:6-7 – Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”
Act 3:19-21 – Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so thattimes of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-2 – But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
As discussed earlier, the time for the events given in Revelation, leading up to Jesus’ return are imminent. The angel told John that the season or time of the Lord’s return is “near,” or “at hand.” Adding to the discussion in the last section, we should strive to live holy lives because Jesus’ return is “at hand” and “the Judge is standing at the door!”
James 5:7-9 – Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
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