The amazing revelation of Revelation

The Book of Revelation has a unique beginning, 

‘The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him…..’  Revelation 1:1

It is the only of the 66 books that begin in such a way.  Other Bible books declare that they are, for example,

‘The words of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah….  The word of the Lord came to him….’  Jeremiah 1:1-2

Another distinguishing feature of the book of Revelation is the blessing that accompanies it, 

‘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 1:3

But, it also has a curse, 

‘I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.’  Revelation 22:18-19

Why does this particular book have three such outstanding characteristics?  It is because its message ends on a very significant, high note, 

‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away….’  Revelation 21:1

This verse describes the final fulfilment of God’s plan: His very own nation.  Genesis describes the creation of the first heaven and earth.   It seems if we want to understand the strange introduction, blessings and curses that accompany the last book, we have to go to the beginning of the Bible.  The book of Genesis should give us clues that we will give attention to in due time. 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

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