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“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

 

Blessed

John concludes the prologue of Revelation (vv. 1-3) with special blessings on all who read and practice the principles of this book. This is the only book in the Bible that promises such a blessing. By repeating this promise in Revelation 22:7, he makes an emphatic point.

“Blessed” does not mean happy, as most people think it means. Jesus uses this same term in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5; Luke 6). John uses this word seven times in Revelation 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14. Twice, Paul uses the word “blessed” of God (1 Timothy 1:11; 6:15). “Blessed” carries the idea of a state of being fortunate or privileged, the recipient of God’s favor. Blessedness is the state that is neither made nor influenced by outside circumstances but is intrinsic within. This state comes from God, not man. Blessedness is not happiness because happiness depends on circumstances. “Blessed” people are independent of the world and its allurements; they need nothing but God. They are not dependent upon outside circumstances. This quality of being “blessed” belongs intrinsically to God. No one can make God blessed, so the people in the state of blessedness are souls satisfied from the source of God.

John also repeats this pronouncement of blessing at the end of the book.

Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).

Why will we receive blessedness if we read this book? Because Revelation is about Jesus Christ and His ultimate fulfillment of God’s purpose for creation.

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There is a blessing both for the reader and for the hearers. John intends that the Book of Revelation has a practical impact on the lives of those who read it.

Studying any portion of Scripture benefits our souls (2 Timothy 3:16); however, some Scripture is more profitable than others.

Principle:

God will confer a blessing on us if we read and apply the principles of this book to our lives.

Application:

Satan will rob us of a special blessing if he can delude us into believing that we cannot understand Revelation. If we read this book of the Bible, we will enter a state of independence from outside influence, a state of blessedness.

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