Monday, 31 December 2012

Why Should We Read the Book of Revelaiton?

To whom is the book of Revelation written for
1.       For the seven churches (Turkey) ---- general persons and slaves (Christians), but not for non-Christians.
2.       For Christian who are about to suffer for the Lord (Rev. 14:12). The book of Revelation is a historic book: from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe and humankind.
The book of Revelation is also a book of love: Heavenly Father seeks brides for His son and they engage. Finally Christ marries the brides in the book of Revelation (The marriage supper of the Lamb).

The purpose of the book of Revelation
1.       It is not for us to become a “prophet” to guess the schedule of God. God reveals the future to us to help us get prepared to live into a life of Jesus and to prevent us from deception. (Even though there are storms, we still have hopes.)
2.       It helps saints stand firm to the end and overcome. (Rev. 14:12)
3.       It helps Christians have their names remained on the book of life, in order to make them arrive at the New Jerusalem and the new heaven and the new earth (Rev. 3:5). The final goal is: not only to disclose the future things but also to get Christians (saints) prepared to face the future.

Two eternal destinies of Christians
1.       Overcome and reign with Christ in the new world (The first resurrection)
2.       Lose the Christian inheritance in Heaven, and suffer the eternal penalty.
Support sayings:
1.       Of the warnings from Jesus, there are only two which are not for born-again Christians, but for Pharisees. They are completely for the people of God, because Jesus doesn’t talk about the hell with non-Christians (For they don’t believe, they of course will be in the hell). Jesus usually talks about the hell with those who have forsaken everything to follow Him: that is, those who do not overcome will be thrown into the darkness (hell), where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Rev. 3:5 and the last chapter)
2.       Paul: “lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Paul said those words when his life was quite mature. What he worried about was not that he accepts Jesus or not, instead, is victorious or not.
3.       When Jesus comes back, He will not look for those who just declare to believe Him, instead, He will look for those who keep faith in God.

Let’s think which one will be our destiny? 

Requirements on the brides:
--- Be called;
--- Be choosen:
--- Be faithful;
--- Have the righteousness of saints.

(Rev. 17:14, 19:7-8-9) “and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers……For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

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