5 Reasons to Read Revelation - The Crosswalk Devotional - June 15
5 Reasons to Read Revelation
By Lynette Kittle
“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
My childhood included vivid, reoccurring dreams of hearing a trumpet blast and seeing Jesus and His angels descending in the sky. The return of Christ to earth was so real to me during the dreams that I would wake up trembling.
Even so, I love to read the book of Revelation. “’Look, He is coming with the clouds,’ and ‘every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him’; and all peoples on earth ‘will mourn because of Him.’ So shall it be! Amen” (Revelation 1:7).
Still, when others voice their avoidance of reading Revelation because of its end-of-the-world themes, judgment, and more, I get it. But rather than bypassing what many consider another doomsday read, there is much for us to glean from reading and taking to heart, this descriptive final book of the Bible.
Below are five reasons to read Revelation.
1. Reading Revelation Comes with a Promise
If for no other reason, reading Revelation brings blessings into our lives. God knew we might be fearful of reading it and find reasons to skip over it. Yet, in His graciousness and kindness, He offers us His blessings as an incentive to read and take it to heart (Revelation 1:3).
2. Revelation Reveals Jesus Christ
Throughout Revelation’s verses, Jesus Christ is revealed and glorified, being described as the Faithful Witness, Firstborn from the Dead, Ruler of Kings, and tender Savior washing away our sin with His own blood (Revelation 1:5), confirming and reminding us of God’s beautiful, sacrificial gift of Salvation.
In its words, verses, and chapters, Jesus is made known in His splendor. Verses describe His majesty and authority, where heaven opens up to reveal Him sitting on a white horse, our Faithful and True Prince, with eyes like a flame of fire, wearing a robe dipped in blood and many crowns, and written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:11-16).
3. Revelation Tells of Our Triumph over the Enemy
Revelation 12 explains how our spiritual authority defeats the accuser of the brethren, explaining how we will be victorious over his schemes.
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:10-11).
4. Revelation Offers Timely Peace
With daily headlines reporting world tensions and disasters on the rise, Revelation gives a framework for understanding these troubling times, along with offering us God’s assurance of His coming victory.
Its words offer us assurance and peace that God is in control of global affairs and paints us a picture of how He is going to triumph over wickedness. “Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns” (Revelation 19:6).
5. Revelation Describes Our Future Inheritance
Revelation 21:7 promises, “Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
Throughout Revelation 21 and 22, God reveals the happily-ever-after awaiting believers, including making all things new, along with wiping away every tear and ending crying, sorrow, and death forever from our lives.
As well, He promises this newness will include no more pain, curse, and night, and darkness will cease to exist because Jesus will shine as our light.
Intersecting Faith & Life:
Ask God to help you read through Revelation, to give you His wisdom and understanding while reading it, knowing your willingness to do so pleases Him and releases His blessings into your life.
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Lynette Kittle is married with four daughters. She enjoys writing about faith, marriage, parenting, relationships, and life. Her writing has been published by Focus on the Family, Decision, Today’s Christian Woman, kirkcameron.com, Ungrind.org, StartMarriageRight.com, and more. She has a M.A. in Communication from Regent University and serves as associate producer for Soul Check TV.