Reading Revelation is Meant to Bless You (Not Scare You)
By Quanny Ard
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Revelation 21:4, 5, NIV).
Revelation tells the end of our earthly story, but it also gives us a glimpse into eternity where there will be no more pain, sickness, or death. Can you imagine a world free from illness? No more doctor’s visits, negative prognoses, suffering or graveside goodbyes – these things will not even enter our minds in heaven.
I look forward to this in hope because I walked through some of my darkest days while watching my mother slowly decline and succumb to her terminal illness. It’s an experience like no other. This is definitely what I’d consider a major part of the gospel: a promised eternity without grief of any kind!
Revelation lets us know without a doubt exactly how important we are to God and how He will rescue us. As the other bookend of the Bible, Revelation, like Genesis, spells out the story of redemption in vivid detail. It echoes and completes His plan of salvation for us that began before time. Neglecting to read Revelation is like reading the best story ever, but not finishing it to find out how it ends! Spoiler alert: We are redeemed!
I encourage you to read through Revelation at least one time. It is a book that is meant to bless you and not scare you.
Revelation may not be the easiest book in the Bible to digest, and there are many resources (commentaries, topical Bible studies, etc.) available to help you in your quest to understand what God is saying. And remember, anyone that asks for wisdom will receive it (James 1:5, NIV).
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