It is amazing to me how much comfort is found in this book of Revelation. I have used passages from this book for every funeral I have officiated. And I find comfort and guidance in this book when I face my own personal challenges. For the saved believer in Jesus Christ it is a book of promise and hope for the future. For the non-believer it is a book of the horrors of the coming judgment. I would like to make a point here, for the believer judgment has to do with reward, for the non believer it has to do with the wrath of God and His perfect justice. As we come to the sixth verse of this final chapter of the final book of the Holy Scriptures – bear in mind this whole book is a promise of great blessings for the believer and a very strong warning to those who refuse to come to Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit.
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy[a] prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 Now I, John, saw and heard[b] these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For[c] I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[d] still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
The visions of this book are meant it inform believers of what COULD take place very soon. “Blessed” begins the sixth of the seven beatitudes found in this book.
This is the second time John makes the mistake of worshiping an angel. The angel reminds John that he is a fellow servant of God and kind of scolds him that only God is to be worshiped.
Earlier John was told to seal up and not reveal what the words were of seven thunders. Just as Daniel had been instructed not reveal certain things this is found in Daniel 12:4,9.
At first glance Verse 11 seems to predict that believers and non believers will live out their lives true to their nature until the final judgment. But we look down to verse 17 and back to 14:6,7 there is an implied and indirect evangelistic appeal based on the continuing offer of the gospel found in those verses.
The judgment seat of Christ can either render a time of great joy or it can be a time of the greatest regret. The rewards that Christ offers are very strong incentives to live an obedient life to Him. Once Christ comes again, He will reward His own- We can count on this because He is in control of all of history and all of eternity.
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