“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 1:1-3, NKJV
America is engaged in a war. Christians should realize this could be our finest hour. People are searching for spiritual help. The Bible, God’s Word, provides that help. In Revelation 1:1-3 the Apostle John gives testimony to the record of God’s Word. There are three blessings that God gives to us in this passage.
The first is the blessing of reading God’s Word. The word “blessed” means, happiness or peace. This is foreign to those who are not familiar with the Bible. As you travel to and from work or wherever you go, listen to Gods’ Word in your car. God promises a blessing from reading and hearing His Word.
The next blessing is learning God’s Word. Specifically in this verse it speaks about the prophecy of Revelation. Prophecy is so powerful. It records for us the future. God speaks to us through His Word. It enlightens our lives and minds.
The third blessing is to keep the things written. Why? Christ’s return is coming. God’s Word provides an assurance of the fact that Jesus Christ is coming again. His return is very vivid in our minds as we engage in His Word.
The great detriment to God’s Word is busyness. The great blessing is to read, learn, then keep what we have learned. The old adage is that sin will keep us from God’s Word or God’s Word will keep us from sin. Direction and purpose in life is derived from God’s Word. Evangelist John Wesley was a powerful evangelist,Wesley once said it so well, “Give me the Book, the only Book.”
QUESTION: What Scripture has recently challenged your life? What special Scripture have you recently used to fulfill one of God’s promises?