It was the middle of August when I first started reading Revelation for my morning devotions. Since then I have heard and read on social media of many others reading John’s vision and beginning to teach their churches insights that they find and there are many. I have come to believe that this end-time book, relevant for every end-time generation, is where our discipleship should be focused.
10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” (Revelation 22 v 10-11)
From these 2 verses only:-
The reason why this Revelation is so important is that the scroll is not sealed up. This Revelation is understandable, so long as we stop trying to work out what we cannot work out ie timelines and reading our own version of events into the prophecy that makes us look like we know more than we do. Yes there are things which we don’t know but it is okay to simply say that. There is enough in the Revelation to keep us following Jesus on the island of Patmos or wherever we find ourselves for the rest of our lives.
The reason is also because the time is near. Our discipleship and our churches need to live like the time is near. I wonder if there would be less fights if we did. What would be the point of division if Jesus was coming back tomorrow?
Thirdly the reason why this Revelation is important is that it shows how we should live in this world. We don’t become hermits. We engage with a fallen and sinful world who does wrong and who are vile and we do so as we commit to doing what is right and demonstrating holiness.