The last book in the Bible is literally titled, “The Revelation”. The word revelation means to unveil or disclose something that was previously hidden or a secret. We are promised to be blessed as we read, hear and practically apply the truths that are revealed in this incredible book (Revelation 1:3).
The very first verse opens up with the theme of this prophetic book, “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Oh, how we need to maintain the centrality of Jesus Christ in our theology! Jesus Himself declared that the Scriptures point to Him (John 5:39). The Holy Ghost tells us that the volume of the Scripture speaks of Jesus and His redemptive purpose in coming to this earth (Hebrews 10:7-10).
Another key word to this book is the word throne, which is mentioned thirty-nine times in thirty-one verses. How comforting it is to see that there is only one throne in glory and The Lord God Almighty sits alone upon that throne (Revelation 4:2), ruling and reigning in His universe (Revelation 19:5,6).
John was told to write that the prophecies in this book and the time of their fulfillment is at hand (Revelation 1:3, 22:10). Peter also wrote that the time of the culmination of Bible prophecy is at hand (1 Peter 4:7). In light of the sobering truth that The Lord is at hand, Paul exhorts us to walk honestly and put on Christ (Romans 13:11-14). Once again we see that prophecy is intended to do more than stir up our curiosity; it is meant to awaken us to “live soberly, righteously and godly” in this present world (Titus 2:11-14). Yes, time is going by quickly, but not aimlessly. Our gracious heavenly Father is bringing about His eternal decrees (Isaiah 46:9,10) right before our very eyes. May our study of this book cause us to become more intimate with The Lord. May the Spirit of God awaken an urgency to make our lives count for Jesus Christ in these last days.
This precious book is not only a collection of prophecies and end times scenarios, but it is also a book about worship (Revelation chapters 4,5) and God’s love for the lost. The ransom price for our sin has been paid in full by The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:5-6). If you have never been born again by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, God bids you to come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ this morning (Revelation 22:17). Today is indeed the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2)!