The Book of Revelation presents a great challenge to the Church of Jesus Christ. Some are intimidated by it, some claim it’s too difficult to understand, others are afraid of it. For these reasons, this Book has been largely ignored. This sad reality must be reversed. God gave us this Book as a gift! It is part of His Word, just like any other book in the Bible, but it has key information for the End-Times generation. To ignore this Book is to ignore the wisdom and insight that God wants to reveal at this critical juncture of history. He wants to prepare His Body by first, drawing us deeper into His heart so that we may be assured of His thoughts and His intentions toward us and toward others. Secondly, He wants us to be aware of what He is about to do so that we can partner with Him. He doesn’t intend for us to be bystanders. We have the opportunity to actively engage in bringing about His purposes in the earth. We have the opportunity to be partakers of His glory.
For anyone who loves Jesus, it is vital that you study the Book of Revelation and begin to understand the great depth of God’s heart that He has chosen to share with us. Part of the problem may be that we have shortened the name of the Book to “Revelation.” The whole title of the Book is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Sounds more intriguing already, doesn’t it? It is the revealing, or the unveiling of Jesus! I think it’s interesting that we can read from Genesis to Jude and Jesus is revealed in every book. But then we come to the very last book of the Bible and God leaves us a surprise, now He says, “I’m going to reveal my Son.” This book alone contains almost 100 names and descriptions of Jesus!
The first chapter contains 24 descriptions of Jesus. Through these names and descriptions, Jesus is revealing greater depth of understanding of His personality and His ministry. These are to be understood in the context of eternity. The Bible presents the story of Jesus, who was, who is and who is to come. As the End-times generation we really want to know this Jesus who is to come. We need to understand His heart and His leadership. Everything Jesus does is done for love, He is love. Even His judgments are done in love.
Chapters 2 and 3, known as the Letters to the Churches, reveal more about Jesus, but also how we are to live before Him in relation to each other. It gives us a blueprint for dwelling together in unity so that we can release the fullness of His power in the earth. Ephesians 4:13 tells us that our goal, as the Body of Christ, is to “attain unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” This level of maturity will be necessary for us to work with Jesus in bringing forth His plan that is laid out in the rest of the Book. Chapters 6 through 22 explain Jesus’ End-Time strategic plan to remove all that hinders love from the earth. Understanding the plan requires an understanding of the Man. We can easily misunderstand Jesus’ actions if we do not understand His heart. The Bible tells us His ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thoughts. Yet, God does not leave us uninformed. He has given us His Word and Holy Spirit so that we can understand. It is our glory to search the matter out .
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. Prov 25:2