The book of Revelation is God’s Final Word to man! It is a book that many are afraid to study. Many, even preachers, say they cannot understand the book. However, I believe that the majority of the book of Revelation can and should be understood by a godly Christian. In fact, God gives a special blessing to those who read, believe and obey it.
3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev 1:3 (NKJV)
It will be our goal to present some teaching on the book of Revelation. To get a good grasp of the book of Revelation one should first study the book of Daniel. Much of the book of Revelation uses the figures and symbolism of Daniel. We will continue this subject area soon. In light of our current events and apparently the End-times this is a very practical subject area. In fact the last chapter of the book of Daniel tells use that we will be able to understand prophecy at the time of the End. Rev. 22:10 likewise has a similar statement.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Dan 12:4 (KJV)
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Dan 12:9 (KJV)
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. Dan 12:10 (KJV)
10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. Rev 22:10 (KJV)
Just today as I am writing this article there has been a major series of storms in southern Indiana. Many consider these unusual whether patterns as a sign from God and Holy Scripture that the End-times are near. I am not absolutely clear on this issue, but there is no question about the strange and dangerous weather occurrences.
Many consider that these events are in fulfillment of Matthew 24:6-8
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matt 24:6-8 (KJV)
We, who are Christians know that God is able to use weather and other things to punish mankind for their evil. However, there seem to be somethings that appear to have no specific reason. But God knows all and He does not always allow us to know everything. We do not always know why people suffer. Look at the case of Job. He was totally innocent and yet his friends felt that for him to suffer he must have some serious secret sin. We must be very careful about this matter. While all suffering is related to sin, it is not always related to personal sin. We may suffer because of others sins. We may suffer because of original sin. Innocent children are often sick and many times die. But as in the case of Job, God is working behind the scenes. God never told Job why he suffered, but in the end God gave twice as much as he had lost. God is always right and righteous in all that he does. When we say that the innocent suffer, we are not truly corrrect because all mankind is under the curse of the sin of Adam. This is the argument of the Apostle Paul in Romans 5
Even though there was no law from the creation of Adam and Eve to the time of Moses (Mosaic Covenant), there was death. Even the death of ?? innocent children. So why did these allegedly innocent children die? They died because they were sinners by nature. They inherited the consequences of Adam’s original sin.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Romans 5:12-14 (KJV)
We will start a study of the book of Revelation in this coming week (D.V.)