The revelation from 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 aloud 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
As the book starts off, this is the revelation from Jesus Christ of what must soon take place. The Apostle John is the writing instrument, but make no mistake it is the Lord Jesus Christ telling us what MUST come. Must, because it fulfills God’s plan. These are not just prophecies of things to come, rather these are prophecies of the culmination of God’s plan since the beginning of time. It might seem harsh to man that God would plan that so much of mankind would be destroyed during the coming times. Yet God is outside of time, you could say He sees it all play out in an instant. How do we reconcile man’s free choice with predestination? We get to take it in within the framework of time as we know it, seeing God’s plan unfold. Want to be blessed as you read through Revelation? Do what the scripture says, read aloud the words of this prophecy, hear it and take it to heart, act on it as to the extent possible. The time is near.