Revelation Chapter 1:3 – explained

Now we come to a very special promise about this prophecy. Of all of the 66 books in the Bible, this is the only one with a promise like this. It says that whoever reads this prophecy, or even hears it, since many people did not know how to read, will be “blessed.” To be blessed (Greek makarios, “extended”) means having the privilege of receiving God’s favor or provisions. It is sometimes translated “made happy,” but it is much more than that. It is an inner sense of well-being. Jesus started his famous “Sermon on the Mount” by giving The Beatitudes (Blessings) (Matthew 5:1-12).

Chapter one : 3 in the Book of Revelation

is an introductory view of our Lord Jesus Christ in his current role with respect to the Church.  He approaches the Apostle John who is exiled on the Island of Patmos to present to him his final message to the seven churches.  The Apostle John is immediately transferred into the spirit and falls prostrate before Jesus.  Jesus strengthens him and begins a narration which describes himself.  John is told to write the things that he has seen and send it to the seven churches which are located to the north of Israel, the Roman province of asia minor which is now the modern-day country of Turkey.

[symple_highlight color=”blue”]v 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.    What John wrote was intended to be read publicly in the churches, but a special “blessing” was attached – one of seven “blessings” in the book of the Revelation[/symple_highlight]

Revelation chapters 1-3 is important because it reveals unto us the nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Sound doctrine is the goal of Scripture study by which we come to know the Lord.  By knowledge and correct understanding of this particular portion of His Word we are able to alert ourselves to issues of unsound doctrine which do not accurately reflect the true nature of Jesus Christ.  That is why sound doctrine is so important.  It is DOCTRINE which divides the visible church into seven separate and discrete church entities and are defined by our Lord Jesus Christ.

The book of Revelation begins by John explaining how he received this revelation from God.  He is given instruction to write to the seven churches of Asia.  John both commends the churches for their strengths and brings light to their weaknesses.  Each letter was designed to speak to a specific church back in that time, but also addresses the church in today’s world.  Not only in church, but in our personal life, we must continuously battle against evil.  We must strive to resist the temptation to become loveless, immoral, lackadaisical, compromising, or casual about our faith.  This is very clear in the letters that John wrote to the churches

The Historicist view of the Churches of Revelation attempts to map the churches into seven consecutive time segments with associated history dates.  Therefore, this timeline is to provide a panorama of the history of the Church from the days of John to the end of the church age. These seven churches define the history of the church from their founding to the end of the church age.  This view is entirely incorrect even when tempered with the assumption that all seven churches are and were in existence at all times and the seven time segments represent the PREDOMINATE characteristic of that particular church age.  This view too is also incorrect.

In like manner the ONE FAITH that was given to the church became corrupted and fractured into Seven faiths or seven doctrines if you please.  One of the doctrines maintained the One Faith and so six additional doctrines came into existence.  This fracture or departure from the “one doctrine” occurred during the ministry of the Apostles and Prophets after the Church was formed after the arrival of the Holy Spirit.  The Apostles confronted and combatted each of these six false or “Unsound Doctrines” throughout the letters (epistles) to the churches.

The formal introduction to the book starts in verse 4. It is similar in character to other New Testament books. In this case, it is addressed to seven specific churches in Asia Minor. John declares that the Revelation he is recording comes from God the Father, from the seven Spirits that are before the throne of God (see  Rev. 3:1, 4:5, 5:6 ), and from Jesus Christ Himself. John goes on to immediately declare the humanity and lordship of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice and atonement that Jesus bought with it, and His resurrection from the dead. He declares Christ’s love for us and His blood’s cleansing power.

[infobox style=”alert-info”] Verse 1:3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.[/infobox]

If a person is to be “blessed” by reading or hearing this prophecy, it should be obvious that its contents should not cause him to be fearful or depressed. God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). In fact, “Fear not” is a recurring theme throughout the Bible. The Twenty-Third Psalm reminds us of this whenever we say,

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; – Psalm 23:4a,b

Fear is the opposite of faith. So we must determine at the beginning of our journey through this vital portion of God’s Word that we will let it build our faith; not cause a spirit of fear.

The Revelation is meant to bring joy because of the outcome of its dramatic events. It predicts the triumph of good over evil, the restoration of the earth to perfection, salvation of those who believe in Jesus Christ, and their deliverance from a corrupted world into one of indescribable beauty and opportunity!

Of course, readers and listeners who do not yet know Christ will want to be sure they are in a right relationship with Him. The Gospel is found repeatedly in the pages of this matchless prophecy, especially in the message to the Church at Laodicea, the apostate church at the end of the Church Age. We will consider this in detail in chapters 2 and 3. But looking ahead, Jesus invited the people of that church, a church that had a formal religious experience, but no personal relationship with Him,

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. – Revelation 3:20

A couple of warnings are in order here about using Revelation to do evangelism. First, be careful not to give people the wrong impression about the book. When I was in Jr. High School, and a brand new Christian, I made this mistake in a big way. I wanted to show one of my friends the seriousness of his lack of interest in Jesus. I thought it would be a good idea to read to him from Revelation about the seven vials of God’s wrath. He listened, and was terrified. He could hardly say anything, but when he did, he blurted out, “If that’s what the Bible teaches, I don’t want to have anything to do with it!” Unfortunately, he avoided me the rest of our time together in that school. I trust that The Lord eventually sent him a more sensitive person to share the Gospel.

Another caution about using the message of Revelation wisely is to not focus primarily on the glorious future that it portrays when talking to people who despair of this life. I have known some troubled souls who committed suicide to hasten their experience of heaven!

Now, notice that the blessing is not just for those who read or listen, but for those who “keep those things which are written in it.” The word used in the original Greek scroll is the verb terero, meaning “to guard” or “to keep.” This would be the very opposite of what some Bible teachers do today when they ignore it, or, as actually also the case for a growing number of fellow-evangelicals, to deny that the study of prophecy is of any benefit, and may even impede their progress in building the Kingdom.

The final thought in this key verse of the book is this, ” for the time is near.”

The End is Near – Urgent End Time Message – video

This carries forward the expression from the first verse, “things which must shortly take place.” As we noted before, New Testament writers and Christians of every age have been expecting Jesus to return at any time. This is known as the doctrine of “imminence,” a belief that we should live our lives in the knowledge that Jesus’ return will take place suddenly and unexpectedly, and we should be ready for that glorious event!

When Jesus ascended into heaven, an angel told the watching crowd of disciples,

“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” – Acts 1:11

The Apostle Paul called this coming event “the blessed hope “(Titus 2:13). Some people like to read the end of a book before the rest to see if they even want to spend their time on it. Chapters 19 through 22 of Revelation are all about the fabulous ending of the story. It is all wrapped up in the return of Jesus. Here, in fact, are the last two verses of the Bible:

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
– Revelation 22:20-21

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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.

Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.

Please do not waist another a minute.

No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.

If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.

Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.

If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?

I implore you to do this without delay.

Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.

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