I am presently preaching through the book of Revelation. For many Christ-followers, this is the first time they have heard preaching on this book. It seems that many pastors leave the book well alone. They either can’t understand it, find it too controversial, or consider prophetic teaching is not a priority.
The apostle John writes that there is a blessing for “the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3). So clearly there is a special blessing attached to this fascinating book which admittedly is not the easiest to understand. Let me suggest some reasons why we should read this book, and why pastors should preach it.
Revelation was an encouragement to followers of Jesus in the first century who were experiencing trials and persecutions. In the same way it is an encouragement to all who follow Christ when they go through fierce trials, suffering, and persecution. The encouragement comes from understanding that Jesus is coming back, and is triumphant over the forces of wickedness. Evil around us seems to be flourishing, but followers of Jesus are on the winning side! The ultimate triumph of Jesus over the forces of wickedness is guaranteed.
Revelation also explains that everything is moving towards a final goal. The future events described in Revelation are the consummation of God’s redemptive purposes of the end of the age. All human empires rise and fall: only the Kingdom of God is from everlasting to everlasting.
Revelation declares Jesus Christ as the sovereign glorious Ruler who on the basis of His redemptive work directs the churches, judges the world, and rules His kingdom. He returns as King of kings and Lord of Lords. Like the Thessalonians we turn to God “from idols to serve the living and true God and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).
Interesting in learning more about Revelation? Watch and listen to Dr. Munro’s sermon series on Revelation at media.calvarychurch.com.