PURPOSE & PROMISES OF REVELATION
What then, is the purpose and the promise of this book? It is important that we have a firm grip on the purpose of Revelation in order to fully appreciate its meaning so we can receive the promises within the book.
We know the human author, the Apostle John wrote down the revelation that he received in a vision from Christ. The true author is Jesus Christ. John was used as the person to transcribe the message he received.
The main thread throughout this book is that Jesus has a message for His people and His Church. This message is one of warning but also of hope of what is to come. The message is also of hope for believers in that, Christ is coming back for His Church. Christ will overcome evil and He wins in the end.
Isn’t this the BEST news of all? Our good and loving God tells us what is going to happen. He doesn’t say it is all going to be a bed of roses while on this earth, He tells us in John 16:33:
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This is what we must hang onto. We simply cannot lose heart when the going gets tough. He told us that in this world we WILL have trouble. And when we do, He is our go-to Man! So if you are weary in this battle of being in the world, take your troubles directly to Him. He is there awaiting you to come to Him with your troubles.
God never leaves His people to fend for themselves. He really is always there even when we ignore Him. The promise of Revelation is that Jesus is coming back! You guys, we are on the winning side and this promise should undergird you with the strength to endure whatever is thrown your way.
For those of you who studied with us last year, we dissected the book of Galatians and Ephesians where Paul teaches us how we are to be warriors for Christ. There is no accident that Paul used these analogies when he wrote to these churches to encourage them.
Folks, in case you haven’t realized it, we ARE in a spiritual battle of good vs. evil. When you fully understand this, you will recognize the need to be prepared for the battle. Well then, how are warriors to prepare?
- YOU must be in training. In order to fight an enemy, you must know and understand who you are in a battle against. Satan is our enemy and he hates everything about Jesus and therefore he hates you too. John 15:18 says, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Knowing we are in a battle against Satan, you should be deep into God’s Word so you are fully trained up with the things of the Lord so you can recognize when something is not from Him.
- You must have the proper gear. A warrior understands the need for weapons and therefore keeps them nearby, ready to go, and in top condition. What are your weapons? Are you entrenched in the Word of God? Are you ready to defend your faith? Are you ready to stand for God’s truth no matter what? Are you mentally, physically, and spiritually fit to fight?
- You must be ready to fight. No one likes to think about fighting. Somewhere along the way, Christians have been taught to simply turn the other cheek, to take the high road, and to remain silent so as “not to offend” others. Let’s take a look at what the Scriptures have to say about these topics:
- When turning the other cheek as instructed in Matthew, this is in response to personal insults. Responding to the evil in this world is a different matter. We are to be using our best weapon and that is the Word of God. We are to share the Gospel and we are to put on the Armor of God daily which means we are ready to go onto the spiritual battlefield.
- Taking the high road does not mean you just allow evil to continue. The high road means the high road of God. Therefore, because we have been given the Words of the Lord, we are to use them for His glory. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” We have a responsibility to teach, rebuke and correct evil. Taking the high road does not give a believer a pass to stay silent.
- The whole “I don’t want to offend” someone has gone way too far. This has become a convenient way for people to skirt the issues where God is concerned. We have allowed the term, “political correctness” to avoid tough topics. Friends, more now than ever, you better be ready to fight the good fight and to speak up regarding the tough non-negotiable of God and His Word. He established marriage. He established male and female. God determined the parameters of sin and set the standards for Christian behavior. We as a Church, have gone silent on these topics and now we ask, “how did it come to this” and we have to see that we have been and are a part of the problem. It is now time to STAND UP, SPEAK UP, and to STAND together for Christ, for God’s Word, and as believers.
Are you battle-ready? Will you say “yes” to Christ and “yes” to defending His Word and His Church? If not, it’s time for you to get those knee pads on and go to Him in earnest prayer. This request is NOT just for our Pastors, Bible teachers, missionaries, and evangelists. This job is for EVERY single believer in Christ.
How will you answer the call? If you desire the promises of God, it is your duty to boot up and suit up for the Kingdom. No one gets a free pass on this one.
Truth Bomb: All believers must participate in the spiritual battles that are all around us.
Call To Action: How will you respond to this call? What actions do you need to take today in order to defend your faith at all costs? What is God asking you to step out in faith for?