The Importance of Studying the Book of Revelation
Although some denominations don’t put enough emphasis on studying the book of Revelation, others even discourage Bible students to study it, God has placed a very important message for the believers in it. Please note that:
A. The book of Revelation has never been sealed. “And he said to me, Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10). The age long controversy between Christ and Satan, plus the devil’s strategies and last-day devious plans, are exposed in this book. Satan cannot easily trap people who are aware of his lying deceptions in advance, so he hopes people will believe that it is sealed.
B. The very name “Revelation” means “unveiling,” “opening,” or “revealing” the complete opposite of being sealed. It always has been wide open.
C. This book is Jesus’ book in an obvious way. It begins with the following words, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” It even gives a word picture of Him: “and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength” (Revelation 1:13-16). No other book of the Bible reveals Jesus and His last-day instructions and plans for His work and His people as does this book.
D. This book is mainly written for the people of today, just before Jesus’ return. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 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” (Revelation 1:1-2 also 3:11; 22:6, 7, 12, 20).
E. A special blessing is pronounced upon those who read this book and heed its counsel. “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”; “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 1:3; 22:7).
F. It describes God’s end-time people and church with great detail. It makes the Bible come to life when you see the last-day events given in the book happening before your eyes. It also gives the message that God’s church should be preaching in the end days:
First message – “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
Third message – “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:6-14).
In His service,