The book of Revelation starts with five essential words many people miss,
“The revelation of Jesus Christ”
Sounds simple enough but it would seem many large Christian organizations miss it. Instead of focusing on Jesus being revealed their focus has been shifted to the search for God’s enemies specifically and for the study of evil in general.
I firmly believe these are distractions to our Christian walk and historically do not foster love of God but fear of God’s wrath. This is very different then the reverential fear of the Lord that comes from respecting His holiness.
When reviewing any study of the book of Revelation I ask these questions,
- Does Jesus get the staring role? Or is it all about an all-powerful boogie man?
- Does my authority as a child of God diminish? Or will I continue to be clothed with power from on high?
- Does it cause me to desire Jesus to tarry? Or will I cry “maranatha”?
- Does it question my salvation, spiritual maturity, or level of revelation if I disagree with how the end time will look? Or is there a humility that recognizes that these things are very far from clear in Scripture?
- Does the writing presuppose that future events should be the focus of our faith walk? Or should we follow the clear teachings of Jesus and focus on how we live in obedience to the leading of His Spirit?
Do you want peace regarding this essential book of the New Testament? Spend your walk focusing less on what will happen to you in the future and more on what Jesus wants to do through you right now. Get consumed with the first five words of the last book in the Book,
“The revelation of Jesus Christ.”