Well friends, here we are starting the last book of the New Testament.
The book of Revelation is God’s Word to us about the future but also about the present.
John began it with these words:
This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place.Revelation 1:1
Many find the words in Revelations confusing and some consider them frightening. Between the images of heaven and the passages about the dragon, the beast, the tribulation, and Armageddon . . . it’s easy to understand how our mortal minds have trouble grasping the symbolic imagery.
But we can focus on the main purpose of its words—to reveal the identity of Christ, to show us His infinite love, power, and justice . . . to give us both a warning and hope for our eternal futures.
This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.Revelation 1:2b
You and I can read the Book of Revelation knowing it is full of hope and encouragement. No matter how frightening things are or are becoming, we can trust the One who declared…
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”Revelation 1:8
God is eternal . . . Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. God is sovereign over the past, the present, and the future. He is infinite and unchanging love, wisdom, and power. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords yesterday, today, tomorrow, and always.
No matter what happens around us or to us, we can know there is nothing beyond His reach. No matter what happens today or tomorrow, we are safe and saved in Jesus . . . the One who of whom John wrote:
He is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us.Revelations 1:5
The One who gave His life for you and me wants us to be assured that we are secure in Him!
A Prayer to Be Filled with Hope and Assurance
Through the Book of Revelation
Father, Your promises are full of hope and assurance. Please help me to find it in the words of Your Book of Revelation as well. Please give me Your peace as I read of images and events that are beyond my understanding. Please help me focus my heart and mind on You.
You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are the Triune—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You love us and made it possible for us to be freed from sin through Jesus’ death and resurrection. You are the Almighty One.
I humbly lay my life before You. I give You my fears and anxious thoughts. I offer myself to You in faith trusting that You will give me everything I need one moment at a time . . . even when world events and my circumstances are hard to understand. I know You understand. I know this is all part of Your eternal plan. I know that I am safe and secure in Your love. Thank you, Lord. You are the “king of peace” now and always. (Hebrews 7:2) Amen.
You and I are familiar with Jesus as we’ve seen him portrayed in pictures and presentations . . . the teacher who gently walked with people two thousand years ago.
In the days ahead we are going to look more closely at the glorified Son of God, the One before whom every knee will bow. He won the victory over sin, death, and the power of satan once and forever. He is our hope and assurance.
I’m looking forward to our time in the Book of Revelation.
I’m excited! It makes me think about the words of Rev. Billy Graham…
‘I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.’
On today’s note write:
Jesus is the hope and assurance of the Book of Revelation.
May God bless you and give you everything you need to trust His promises.
I’d also like to share another resource with you for your study of time…
Rachel Schmoyer wrote Take It To Heart – 30 Days Through Revelation. I was part of her launch team and believe her book will bless and encourage you.
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