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Revelation's Reader Blessings
(Revelation 1.1b-3)
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"He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw, that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near." (Revelation 1.1b-3)

Jesus and Children

Blessed in Chinese lettersThe Book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that promises special blessings to its readers. John of Patmos who was also identified as the Apostle John, the writer of the Gospel and Epistles wrote, "Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy." It is interesting to note that experts today believe that reading quietly to oneself is a modern development, hence the blessing on reading aloud which was the norm in ancient times. John of Patmos went on to affirm that those who listened to its words and did what it said would be favored by God.

Blessings Today

Jesus Blessing ChildrenThen, as if John of Patmos lifted his eyes to you and I and other Third Millennium readers he added, "Blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it." God gives you Revelation's blessings because you are reading Saint John's special book. The book of Revelation was copied along with the four Gospels and letters and read out aloud in first and second-century household churches. Revelation's message of special blessings would have been an encouragement to Christians everywhere in the Roman Empire especially those who were being or had been persecuted.

Stand Firm

BibleToday, as in every century, the Book of Revelation encourages Christians to stand firm in their faith. John the Apostle also called John the Evangelist, the disciple of Jesus, was described as "his servant John." This was affirmed by the Early Church Fathers, who were eminent church leaders, some of whom were ordained and some were named as saints from the time of Jesus to 700 AD. This same Apostle John wrote Revelation they said. He was also believed by the early church leaders and today to have written the Gospel of John and the three Epistles in his own name.

Nicaea Affirmation

John of PatmosThe First Council of Nicaea, a gathering of church leaders from all around the Roman empire, promoted by Emperor Constantine and at his own cost, affirmed again this truth by including Revelation, the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John in the Biblical Canon in 325 AD. John of Patmos was also referred to as John the Evangelist and was the fourth of the Gospel evangelists after Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The tone of the letters to the seven churches showed the author's authority as a respected leader of the Christian community in Ephesus in Asia in the early part of the Second Century AD.

"Revelation's Reader Blessings"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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