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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Purpose of Revelation (Revelation 1)

In both of John's primary writings, Revelation and the gospel of John, the purpose of the writing is made very clear. In the gospel of John, the purpose is not given until John 20:31. But Revelation gives the clear purpose of the writing in the first chapter.

In Revelation, John was given clear instructions from Jesus, Himself, to record visions that He saw. These visions tell Jesus' followers what will happen in the future:

John 1:19 Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things.

So in Revelation 2 - 3, John writes what is happening in the churches in John's time, approximately 95 A.D. Then he writes the things he saw in the vision which "will take place after these things" in Revelation 4 - 21. This is a description of the events that happen after the church age.

What I find interesting is the large number of people that either say Revelation is just a symbolic depiction of good and evil or that Revelation occurred in the past.

There is no way we can accurately interpret Revelation 1:1 "the things which must soon take place" as symbolic.

There is also no way we can accurately interpret Revelation as "it happened in the past." History does not record the events of Revelation 6-21 from 95 A.D. to present day.

Evil is still reigning on this earth, not Jesus. So this is a description of what will happen in the future, after the current church age.

When will the church age end? No one but God knows. However, the fact that we are seeing a shadow of the events of the Tribulation cast over our time today makes me think we are getting a lot closer.

Therefore, I need to make every day count in drawing close to Jesus and sharing His message of love, grace, and salvation.

If today is the last day of the church age, the day Jesus returns for His followers, will you be one who is looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ or one who is left behind?

Dear Lord, Thank you that I can approach each day looking forward to your return rather than worried about the signs I am seeing as we are drawing closer to that time. Lord, I pray that today will be the day that many more will repent of their sins and put their trust in You, while there is still time. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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