• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 26, 2021

Daily Reading: Revelation 1-3

Revelation 1:1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

God gave to Jesus Christ a revelation of things to come. The Lord gave that revelation to the Apostle John. John gave it to the seven churches listed in chapters 2 & 3. The Lord then supernaturally preserved this revelation putting it into the canon of Scripture for us. When we read this book, we are faced with unknowns, mysteries, visions, and future events that cannot possibly be understood in totality. Just like the two thousand years of readers before us, this book intrigues, challenges, warns, and yet comforts all at the same time.

With all we do not know, know this, the generation alive right now probably understands more about this book than any other. For example, one thousand years ago believers read about this “mark of the beast”. How individuals without it could not buy or sell anything. They probably wondered, “How in the world could that happen?” Today though with all the technology we have, electronic banking, and the mass monitoring of people, this “mark” could easily be implemented. Likewise, we understand more about the geo-political issues that face the nations. We understand, to a degree, the hotbed of conflict in the Middle East. We read of Israel’s conflicts, and we are increasingly reminded of a one world movement.

In other words, this generation is seeing this book being fulfilled before our very eyes. Yet, we have not seen anything yet. The seven seals, the seven trumpets, the seven vials, the three great woes, the Battle of Armageddon, the Battle of Gog and Magog, these have not been experienced, not yet.

I believe, that in verse 19 of chapter 1 the Lord gives us a natural outline of the book. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

The things which thou hast seen is past, this is history and is covered in chapter 1.

The things which are is present, the Church Age, this is covered in chapters 2-3.

The things which shall be, is the future. This is covered in chapters 4-22.

While reading this book remember this, you do not have to understand it all to read it all. Just read it. The Holy Spirit will guide you into understanding that which you need and when these things come to pass, then you will understand.

Enjoy the last book of the Bible, and congratulations for making it this far.

Until then, live for Christ today.

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