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Revelation Reader Blessings (Revelation 1.1b-3)

"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 Blesses Children

Blessed in Chinese lettersThe Book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible that promises a special blessing to its readers. John of Patmos who is also identified as the Apostle John, the writer of the Gospel and Epistles wrote, "Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy." It is interesting to note that experts believe that reading quietly to oneself is a modern development, hence the blessing on reading aloud which was the norm in ancient times. John 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 lifts his eyes to you and I and the Third Millennium reader and beyond adds, "Blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it." God gives you Revelation blessings because you are reading John's special book. The book of Revelation was copied along with the 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 in the Faith

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, is described as "his servant John," and is sometimes called John of Patmos. This is 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 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 this truth by including Revelation and the Epistles of John in the Biblical Canon in 325 AD. John of Patmos is sometimes referred to as John the Evangelist being the fourth of the Gospel writers 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 Reader Blessings"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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