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Read Revelation Christ
(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 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)

This Biblical Book

Blessing"Christ's servant John," was venerated for his wisdom as one of the closest disciples to Jesus himself. From as early as Justin Martyr in the second century AD, it has been held that this John was the apostle, the son of Zebedee according to Matthew 10.2, which reads "These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John." John was an eyewitness to Jesus' ministry and friend of Jesus in Israel as a young man and now in Revelation, as an elder statesman had a remarkable vision of the same Jesus but this time glorified in Heaven. John urged his followers to read the Revelation of Christ as a book of "prophecy." He said, "The words of this prophecy," meaning "a vision given by God of what lies ahead in both the immediate and long-term future."

Trinity Sign Three

Trinity Sign Three CornersSaint John further emphasizes the need to read Christ's Revelation and not reconstruct it into our own human words. A prophecy is more than telling the future, for behind the predictions are important principles about God's character. We can lose some of the meaning if we omit certain words, phrases, sentences or even whole chapters to suit our own devices. As we read of Christ in Revelation, it is God's intent that we will get to know him personally more and more and in this way receive his blessing.

Words of This Prophecy

Open BibleThe one who is able to read the words of this Biblical book is blessed. The reader mentioned here is not just the private reader, but primarily the person who publicly reads the Revelation scripture out loud in the presence of the congregation, which was the center of any worship service. Such an early service was described in Acts 13.14b-15, "On the Sabbath, they entered the synagogue and sat down. After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue rulers sent word to them, saying, Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak." Here Saint Paul and his companions were asked to explain the Scriptures they had all heard. In the Jewish synagogue, Scripture was read to the congregation by seven ordinary members, although if a Priest or Levite was present he took precedence. The later Christian Church took much of its service from the synagogue. The order and the reading of Scripture remain the central essential part of every service in any Christian Communions today.

"Read Revelation Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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