“And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:7
The Bible speaks at length of such mounting trouble in the Book of Revelation. The apostle John received a vision from God of the global calamity that would come in the last days, or what many refer to as the end times. He wrote down this vision under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, describing what he saw—from a climactic world war to cosmic signs of earth’s demise to strange creatures in heaven.
I doubt he knew his prophetic account would one day become one of the most controversial and misun-derstood books of the Bible. Indeed, countless believers today avoid reading it because they think it is too difficult to understand, too scary, or, worse still, completely irrelevant.
It is true that the Book of Revelation contains some difficult elements. But for too long it has been seen as a confusing, mysterious, unapproachable book only to be understood by biblical experts. In fact, some Bible teachers preface their teachings on Revelation by saying only “mature believers” can truly understand its words.
I do not believe God intended for the book of Revelation to be understood by only a few. I am confident He wants every believer to receive the revelation of Revelation, no matter what his or her level of spiritual maturity or scriptural expertise. Its message is far too important—and yes, relevant—for the times we live in to be ignored, and that is especially true for believers.
Jesus said of the Book of Revelation, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecyand keep those things which are written in it, for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3). This should let us know it is important to God that we understand the message given in this book.
We must be prepared with such hope and expectation because, as you will discover in this book, we are entering into the most difficult days in human history. What we today think of as humanity’s darkest moments—the Holocaust, World Wars I and II, the Black Death, the Crusades, the genocides of recent years—will pale in comparison to what is yet to come. Amid such extreme darkness and evil, a great deception will arise within the church, causing many believers to fall away from their faith. The world will witness the most miraculous, supernatural signs and wonders in history. And all throughout, the bride of Christ will be purified and made spotless so she finally can be joined with her Bridegroom, Jesus, upon His return.
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