August 14: An Introduction to the Prophecy of End Times

Read Revelation 1:1-20

Revelation intrigued me as a child. I would often read it only to be confused by beasts rising out of the water, lambs opening seals, and stars falling. It’s a pretty intense book — the real time account of the world’s systematic extermination. Who wouldn’t want to study that?

The apostle John authored the revelation of Christ while he was exiled on the island of Patmos. He wrote it for the seven churches in Asia.

After being instructed to write what Christ shows him, John gets a glimpse of the Savior (v. 12-16). Just the sheer adjectives used to describe the Son of Man are amazing: “Eyes were like a flame of fire, feet like burnished bronze, His voice like the sound of many waters.”  These descriptions are obviously just adjectives, the closest John could come to describing what he saw. At verse 17, John falls flat on his face like a dead man in the presence of God. Then an angel tells John to get ready to write the most dramatic account of the world ever to be written.

How does this apply to us? Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy . . .” We are called to read and understand what is being said in this account because, “. . . the time is near” when all these events will take place.

The happenings written down in the book of Revelation are not fake. They aren’t here just to make a good story. These are real events that will happen in real time to real people and there will be people that are left behind. That’s the urgency we have as Christians to reach as many people as possible with the good news of the Gospel. We wouldn’t want our worst enemy to experience what is about to be told to us over the next month as we study what the Bible says about the end of the world.

I hope you are looking forward to this study of the end time events!

jdl

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