The Book of Revelation was the last writings in the New Testament Scripture. Some people see Revelation as a prophecy about the future – the end of age. This is inaccurate. Revelation actually speaks of encouragement amidst discouraging circumstance within the church. Also, it is a book of warning against complacency, so Jesus said, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Moreover, the words of Revelation speaks of timeless encouragement for the faithful, and a warning to those who merely pay lip service to Christ.
Christians who compromised on the faith are a common occurrence. Those who stand by God’s truth are facing persecution. So how are we to remain faithful to God and His teachings? We need assurance, where else but from the Living Word of God.
In Revelation chapter 5, through a vision, John the apostle, saw a scene from heaven – “No one is heaven or earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,” so John began to wept. What is the significance of the scroll, that John was brought to tears?
The “scroll” unveils the Work of Christ in salvation. The fact that no one can open the scroll means everyone is lost and unworthy before the Lord. But one of the elders told John (Rev. 5:5, ESV), “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Such a revelation brought joy and praises in heaven, the angelic beings together with the twenty-four elders sang, “Worthy are you (Jesus Christ) to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have MADE them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth (Rev. 5:9-10, ESV).”
Christians, the Bible said we were MADE to be people of God’s kingdom and priests of the Lord, how then can some live like enemies of the Gospel?
The Apostle Paul, on his letter to the church in Philippi said (Phil. 3;17-19), “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
Christians, we need not be in the Middle East or any other place to be persecuted for the faith. In reality, Christians are persecuted by people who claim to be believers. The Lord Jesus said, “A servant is not greater than His master. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you … (John 15:20, ESV).”
This was true in Paul’s time, and even today. It is easier to compromise than to stand by God’s truth, but which would you choose? That is the challenge of the Book of Revelation. Indeed, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”