Unveiling the Future
taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers
Have you noticed all around us people are drowning in a rushing tide of depravity? They don’t know what to do. They don’t know where to turn. They are lost in a fog of error and ignorance and are desperate to find a way out. We have the light to show them the way.
God has given us His Word to guide us and the Book of the Revelation is the golden clasp that brings the entire Bible together. It has four timeless truths that will guide us to dispel the fog and give a hope that is steadfast and sure.
The Central Person
His name is Jesus. The first verse in Revelation says, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants …” We are not looking for something to happen, we are looking for Someone to come.
It is the revelation of one person—the central person of the book—Jesus Christ. The word revelation means “uncovering” and comes from the Greek word apokalupsis. What it literally means is “unveiling.” It is similar to the unveiling of a statue or monument, as when one pulls a drawstring and unveils a statue for the first time for everyone to see.
Can you imagine the heartbeat of God the Father when He says, “Here is an unveiling of My dear Son, Who is the king of kings and Lord of lords”?
The Clear Purpose
The first verse also gives us the clear purpose of the book: “to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass.” Only God knows the future and Jesus has come to show it to His servants.
The word servant in the Greek is doulos, which means “bondslave”—those who willingly become slaves. May I ask if you are a slave of Jesus Christ? If not, the Bible may be a closed book to you. As it says, this book is a revelation to the bondslaves of Jesus Christ.
Be mindful that Revelation is not an outline of history, beginning in the first century and continuing to the present day. The book is also not a spiritual allegory, comparing the battle of evil and good. Revelation deals with the consummation of the age to come. When you’re certain of your future, you can concentrate on your present.
The Comforting Promise
Did you know there is a blessing in the Book of Revelation? “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand!” (Revelation 1:3).
Hear it. Jesus said, “If any man have an ear, let him hear” (Revelation 13:9). Do you remember your parents or teachers ever saying to you, “Do you hear me?” They were not asking if you heard them with your eardrums; they wanted to know if you understood what they were saying.
Keep it. God wants more than just a curious mind when you read the Book of Revelation. There are commands in this book for you to obey. If you really believe the end of all things is close at hand, you will not be casual about the things of Christ.
You will discover three blessings in studying the Book of Revelation.
It Will Unlock the Mystery of History
In eastern religions, history just goes in a cycle. That is why adherents of these religions believe in reincarnation. Religious followers keep coming back until they get it right. But Bible history is not cyclical; it is linear. Christians are moving toward a goal.
It Will Bring Sense to Our Suffering
Suffering is not God’s final plan. Revelation 21:4 says: “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
It Will Bring Stability in Chaotic Times
The days in which we are living are absolutely mind-boggling. Knowing God brings stability in chaotic times. He is the Almighty!
All it takes is the Almighty to give us that understanding.
The Certain Prophecy
The time is at hand. Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” What does John mean when he says the “time is at hand”?
It does not mean that the time is immediate. It means that it is imminent. Jesus Christ can come at any moment. We are not waiting for some event to take place before Jesus can return; He can come whenever He chooses.
Friend, we have been living in the last days for more than 2,000 years. The apostle Paul expected Jesus Christ in his lifetime. He was not wrong to believe that way; he was right. Every Christian should be living in the light of the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. How grateful I am that God gave us His Word to give us comfort, guidance, and assurance of His sovereign plan!
One day in 1949, God changed the heart of Stuart Hamblin, a talented singer/songwriter in the old western movies. Stuart composed music and acted with such stars as John Wayne, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers. John Wayne noticed the change in Stuart’s life and asked him, “Stuart, what is your secret?” His answer became a beloved hymn:
It is no secret what God can do.
What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you.
It is no secret what God can do.
Do you want to be ready when Christ returns? The only way to do that is to receive the One Who came and died on a cruel cross for the forgiveness of your sin and the salvation of your soul. It is no secret what God can do. What He’s done for others, He’ll do for you.
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