We will start our 4-week study on simplifying Revelation in just a few weeks. I titled this study “The Missing Piece.” The reason behind this title is when I read Revelation; it was like the missing piece of a story I have known most of my life. Have you ever watched a movie with some awful, scary, sad parts, but the end is so good that the terrible parts help make it so good? Then you watch the same movie again, but you don’t feel the angst as much this time because you know how the story ends. That’s the book of Revelation.
Knowledge can neutralize fear. Revelation helps us with realistic future expectations and puts fear in perspective. You might be surprised to know Revelation is also a book of worship, blessings, and conflict. How’s that for clarity? For many people, reading this book of the Bible is intimidating. It is a challenge to readers because John wrote this letter as words of prophecy in the form of apocalyptic literature.
Many of us ignore and neglect reading the book of Revelation, or we have read it, and it still rings with “crazy talk.” Pay attention, though; Revelation 1:3 says, “God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” It’s like God knew we wouldn’t read it, so he promised blessings if we did. This final book of the Bible contains seven blessings or beatitudes throughout its pages.
Come join us on Wednesday mornings or Wednesday evenings, starting September 13th, and dispel any fears of reading this book and let your faith be ignited to learn more of God’s Word.
To register, go to www.choosetosoar.com
I am excited about our time together.
Father, the vision you gave John from that island, what a revelation it is. The way the book starts with telling us “Things that are,” and move to “things that shall take place after this,” to “all things new,” only you God! Father, give us all a thirst for your Word and great insight as we read it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.