A Call to Action

Through a series of seven beatitudes, Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution. The book is not a tool of divination for deciphering future mysteries. Instead, it summons God’s people to vigilance, right living, and perseverance in testimony during persecution. Its concern is not when certain events will occur, but how the churches must “ overcome ” and thereby arrive at the city of “ New Jerusalem .”

The Prologue

The book of Revelation ’s first paragraph details its purpose, key themes, main characters, and how it communicates. Its purpose is to reveal. Its protagonists are God, Jesus, and the “ his servants .” It is “ the prophecy ,” and its source is God. The contents concern “ what things must come to pass ,” and this clause provides its chronological perspective (“ soon ”).

The Season is Here!

In Revelation , the period known as the last days began following the death and resurrection of Jesus.  The last book of the New Testament is called the “ Revelation of Jesus Christ .” It is a message for his “ servants ,” namely, the “ Seven Churches of Asia ,” and it concerns “ what things must come to pass soon ,” information that is vital to the churches since the “ season is at hand .”

What Things Must Occurr

The book of Revelation ’s first paragraph lists its purpose, themes, and main characters, and that purpose is to show God’s servants “ what things must come to pass .” And it declares the timing of those “ things ” as “ soon .” The imminence of the projected events is emphasized further by stating that the “ season is near .”

The Choice

In Revelation , every man and woman is either “ tabernacling in heaven ” or included among the “ inhabitants of the earth .” These descriptions are NOT geographical or spatial. Instead, they reflect the allegiance of either group. A man or woman either belongs to “ heaven ” or to the “ earth .” Those who “ tabernacle in heaven ” elect to “ follow the Lamb wherever he goes ” no matter the cost.