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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.”

 

and those who hear the words of this prophecy,

God blesses those who “hear” prophecy. It is one thing to “read” prophecy, but it is another thing to “hear” prophecy. In this case, hearing means “those” (plural) listening in an assembly. The “he” (singular) in “he who reads” refers to the pastor who reads and expounds Scripture. God blesses us not only if we read Revelation but also if we “hear” this prophecy.

Revelation is not basically history but prophecy. Revelation is essentially prophecy. All of us take an interest in what will happen in the future. God is gracious to reveal to us something of the future.

No past prophecy deemed to be fulfilled has failed to come true. Scores of prophecies of the first coming of Christ came true in full detail. Not one of the thousands of prophecies of Scripture has ever failed to come true.

Principle:

God expects us to listen to prophecy, not render it into oblivion.

Application:

We live in a day that minimizes prophecy. There are many reasons for the demotion of God’s prophecy, but whatever the reason, they are the opposite of John’s point. On the other hand, some obsess over prophecy. That is a different kind of distortion.

Do you have a heart for God’s prophetic program? This passage is a command to “listen” to prophecy. Can you perceive that it will have significant impact on your spirituality? Is there positive volition in your heart toward the message of Revelation?

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