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Renovation of the Universe
Revelation is one of the most neglected books in the New Testament (well, maybe Jude or 3 John would hold the title of MOST neglected). That is truly sad since it is the ONLY book in the Bible that pronounces a blessing for those who read it. “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3). It’s easy to be intimidated by all the symbols and hidden codes so that one thinks if they can’t understand everything they can’t understand anything. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To begin, forget whatever you may have heard about the book being about the end of the world. It’s not. Sure it gives us some insight into things that will happen when Jesus returns but so does 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Romans, 1 Thessalonians and most every New Testament book. Revelation is not unique in that aspect. It was written, like every other letter, to tell Christians how to live RIGHT NOW where they are.
Think of it as you would today’s fantasy literature. Flying monkeys and Munchkins are truly cool but if you spend too much time thinking about them you’ll miss the point of The Wizard of Oz: “There’s no place like home.” The Chronicles of Narnia speak to an 11 year old and a 51 year old. However, the 51 year old should be able to have more depth of understanding.
Revelation was a fitting way to end our study of The Story because it calls us to live what we believe in this world of sin and death. New Jerusalem is coming and the Evil Empire will not last. So, live what you believe. Don’t be conformed to the pattern of this world. Follow Jesus and live the life of a disciple. The End is near. Come Lord Jesus!