The book of Revelation in the Bible is probably the most misunderstood and least read of the all the scriptures. I remember one lady in the church saying to me, “I’m scared to read the book of Revelation”.

The purpose of Revelation is not to scare anyone. The author had been exiled to the Island Patmos for his faith and testimony of Jesus Christ, and he wrote this letter to the seven churches in Asia who were experiencing persecution from the Roman Empire. He writes, “I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom …” (1:9-11) He hoped to encourage his brothers and sisters in Christ to keep the faith by reminding them of the hope they had in Christ.

The next five weeks I will preach on Revelation. Here are the texts and themes for the messages: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:1-8), “John’s Vision” (1:9-20), “Worshipping God” (4:1-11), “Worshipping Jesus Christ” (5:1-14) and “The Tree of Life” (22:1-9). I want to encourage you to see the wonderful blessings God gives us through this unique book. I admit it is not always easy to understand, but let me remind you that we will focus on what we do understand.

I close with these words, which is verse three of chapter one. “BLessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and keep what is written in it; for the time is near.” We can’t go wrong! We receive a blessing just by reading and listening to the words themselves.