The Revelation Beatitudes
"Blessed is he who reads."-Revelation 1:3a, emphasis added
Do you recall that there are seven beatitudes-seven blessings in Revelation? Because these have application for how to prepare for heaven even now, we will go over these blessings today and tomorrow.
The First Beatitude-Christ's Word: "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near" (Revelation 1:3). Those who read, hear, and keep His Word are blessed!
The Second Beatitude-Christ's Gift of Eternal Life: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on" (Revelation 14:13). This speaks of the happiness of those who die in the Lord, emphasizing that eternal life is a blessing. What we were, what we did, what through God's power we accomplished in Jesus' name while on earth, will go with us. Unbelievers must leave everything behind; but God's children are blessed because works done in the energy of the Holy Spirit will follow us. Christ's gift of eternal life is a blessing because we get to enjoy Jesus and offer Him our service forever.
The Third Beatitude-Christ's Coming: "Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame" (Revelation 16:15). This is an emphasis on the Lord's return. Of course, this is for Tribulation saints because Jesus will not come for us as a thief in the night, but as our blessed and loving Bridegroom. However, His coming will be a blessing for us as well as those in the Tribulation. We should therefore all be watching for Him-keeping our garments clean, lest they become soiled with the filth of this world. For the Christian, Christ's coming is not something to be dreaded, but a glorious blessing!
The Fourth Beatitude-Christ's Presence: "Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!" (Revelation 19:9). To be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is a blessed delight because Christ will be there!
The Fifth Beatitude-Christ's Assurance: "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection" (Revelation 20:6). This verse emphasizes deliverance from death. It is an assurance to those who are not raptured, those awaiting the resurrection (sleeping in the dust, as Daniel puts it), that there is a great blessing in that they, too, will reign with Christ during the Millennium. If we have believed Christ's Word, received His gift of eternal life, and have looked for Christ's coming and longed for His presence, then we have the blessed assurance of Jesus Christ.
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