Tag: Alpha and Omega
Scripture reading for December 1st: Revelation 1
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show His servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it because the time is near.” (Revelation 1:1-3)
John wrote down this prophesy to the Church given to him by Christ’s angelic messenger. This prophecy is a revelation of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. Jesus is the Faithful Witness and First-born from the dead. When He comes again, every eye will see Him. This is the only letter of the New Testament that promises a blessing to those who read and take to heart what is written. The letter closes with a warning against adding to this or taking away from it! (Revelation 22:18-19) A key truth is that the time is near for the fulfillment of a literal revelation of Jesus from heaven.
John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos because of preaching the Word of God. While worshiping alone on that rocky island, Jesus appeared to him and he was overcome with His presence. “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: Do not be afraid. I am the First and Last. I am the Living One; I was dead and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of Death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17-19) Jesus is alive and victorious! His people are now free from fear of death or punishment! He is aware of each of His servants and with them to encourage them! The best is yet to come! Amen!