Apocalyptic Epistle: Introduction

Hello again,

I just started reading the book of Revelation this morning. Every time I read Revelation I am struck at how amazing it is, and not because of its convoluted timeline and swirling imagery and (not-so) veiled Old Testament references. Certainly these things make me wonder, but what strikes me when I read this is how pastoral it is. This is a letter, written by John, to churches full of people he knows and loves. The same guy who wrote “to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth” wrote this letter.

More than just being from John, however, this letter is a message from the risen Christ to his church, a series of exhortations and visions from Christ directly (or by his angel) to the church. In fact, in commanding John to write to the churches, Jesus says to him “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold, I am alive forever more, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore…” How pastoral is that!

So, as I read through Revelation (like with Jeremiah), I’ll be posting the more comforting vignettes which I see from the Lord and from John. I hope you’ll be encouraged.


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