Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
God wants everyone to read the Book of Revelation because it is the climax to the whole Bible. He wants people to know the end of the story and how they fit into it. Therefore, everyone should read, study and meditate on the book to please God and to find out what is in store for the redeemed during the end times.
However, many people admit they have never read the last book in the Bible because they are afraid to do so. That is not a logical reason because the book is part of the Bible and just as important as Psalms, Proverbs, Romans, Ephesians, and the other books. Besides, why would God require His people to read something that would frighten them?
Here are a few reasons that explain why everyone should read Revelation:
1. Read Revelation for an Unveiling
The word "revelation" means unveiling." When you read the Book of Revelation, you will see a lot of things that John unveils. Unless you read and study the book for yourself, you will always be in darkness with important things hidden from you.
Unless you read the Book of Revelation and all of the other scriptures relating to the end times, you will not know what things are sure to come.
When you read the Book of Revelation, you will find out that it is the most hopeful book in the Bible because it offers hope, security and comfort to all the redeemed.
2. Read Revelation to Get Revelations
As you read and study what God has declared in the Book of Revelation, you will get revelations from that book that is filled with information about the past, present, and future.
You will begin to see things differently as if you are looking through new lenses. You will discover that tragedies, natural disasters, and senseless things that are happening in the world today are recorded in the Book of Revelation as things that are bound to happen. Instead of being upset when they do happen, you should be comforted knowing that those things must happen before Jesus returns. When those things happen, it is an indication that Jesus' return is closer.
3. Read the Book to Be Blessed
Revelation is the only one of the 66 books of the Bible that promises blessings to those who read it. There are seven times readers are told they are blessed along with a reason for the blessing.
Notice the first blessing is made at the very beginning of the book. Other blessings are recorded throughout the book and again in the final chapter.
4. Read to Understand the End Times
So many Christians have misinformation about what the end times will be like because they have not read and studied God's plans for the future that is found in the last book of the Bible. Many people think when they die, they will go straight to heaven to see their loved ones and to live with God. That is not the case at all, according to the Bible.
Unless you have studied the Book of Revelation, along with all of the other scriptures pertaining to end time events, you will not know what God wants you to know about His plan for your eternal life.
When people read the book, they will understand death and what happens after death. Then they will stop believing all those myths they have heard about heaven and what will happen when they die.
5. Read to Discover What Heaven Is Like
Many questions are answered in the Book of Revelation, including what heaven is like. The word “heaven” is mentioned about 559 times in the Bible and more times in the Book of Revelation than in any of the other books.
It is true that we may not know all there is to know about heaven until we get there, but until we do, we can rely on the information that is recorded in the Book of Revelation. God has given a very detailed description of heaven so we will know what to expect before we get there.
There are many verses in Revelation that describes heaven as a literal place, one of beauty.
- A place of beauty and splendor (Revelation 21:9-21)
- A place of bliss (Revelation 21:2)
- A place of joy and gladness (Revelation 21:4)
- A place of satisfaction (Revelation 21:6-7)
- A place of light and glory (Revelation 21:23)
Heaven is the largest city that was ever built, according to Revelation 21:16. Heaven has streets paved with gold. It is interesting to know what will not be in heaven as it is to know what will be there.
- There will be no temple in the holy city.
- There are no sun and no moon in the holy city.
- And there shall be no more curse.
6. Read to Know What's in Store for You
Revelation is a book of expectations and promises. According to the Book of Revelation, there are five new things that only the redeemed will receive.
- A new name
- A new song that no one has ever heard
- A new Jerusalem
- A new heaven
- A new earth
Besides the five new things, there are crowns and rewards for work that was done on earth. Don't you want to know what's in store for you? Then, read and study the Book of Revelation that was written by John, the beloved disciple of Jesus.
7. Read to Know Why You Should Pray for Jesus to Come Soon
When Jesus comes, He will come in his own time and in His own way. In the meantime, every believer should await His appearance and pray every day that He will return soon. Every believer should have an "Even so. Amen" attitude
“Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Revelation 1:7).
“Our blessed hope is the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
We should also have an “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus” attitude. The church should pray for Jesus to come soon because it is in need of a Savior because the current fallen state of the world cannot be redeemed by human effort. Therefore, we should pray that Jesus will come soon.
Facts About the Book of Revelation
When you study the Book of Revelation, it will be helpful to know several things in order to know all God wants you to know. The following information is helpful to get you started with your study.
- There is no "s" on Revelation. The book is about only one revelation.
- The shortened name of the book is Revelation.
- The official name of the book is "The Revelation of Jesus Christ."
- The revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ and not John's.
- Revelation has 22 chapters and 404 verses. There are over 500 references to the Old Testament, more in that one book than in the entire New Testament.
- Revelation is called apocalyptic literature because it speaks about end time events. Daniel is the only apocalyptic book in the Old Testament, and Revelation is the only apocalyptic book in the New Testament. Both are books of prophecy about things that will come in the future.
- There are many symbols, numbers, and colors in the Book of Revelation.
- There are many different titles for Jesus in Revelation.
The author of the book is John who also wrote the Gospel of John, I John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation. According to Revelation 1:1, the revelation is from Jesus Christ that God gave to his servant John to let others know what must take place based on what he saw.
The initial setting of the book is on the Isle of Patmos where John had been put there as a punishment. It was on the Lord's Day when he encountered his vision from God. The settings move from earth to things that are going on in heaven.
Throughout the book, John records what he sees and what he hears. Then he records it so we will know what is going on. In other words, we get a full picture of things that will take place through John.
Revelation is divided into three time periods: past, present, and future.
- Chapter 1 is about the past, "things you have seen."
- Chapters 2-3 are about the present, "things which are."
- Chapters 4-22 are about the future, "things which will take place." Notice that there are more things to take place in the future than in the past and present.
- What Heaven Is Like
Many things are asked about heaven. The answers to these questions are found in the Bible. There is no other infallible source of revelation about heaven or anything else. There are many things about heaven that are told to us in the Scriptures.
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Churches today are just like the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. Based on the descriptions of those churches in Asia Minor, which one of the churches is like the one you belong to?
Martha Rogers on May 15, 2019:
Rev. Minnicks I am thoroughly enjoying Revelation. I am just reading and going back over the chapters I've already read. I love the article. Keep up the god work.
John Welford from Barlestone, Leicestershire on May 14, 2019:
When reading the Bible, what you get from it depends entirely on the "glasses" you are wearing at the time. By that, I mean that if you start from a position of religious faith it will mean something completely different than if you have no religious belief and simply treat the words on the page exactly as you would any other piece of text. The latter is my own approach, which is why I do not assign the books of the Bible any more significance than I reckon they deserve.
Lorna Lamon on May 14, 2019:
Hi Margaret, I have read this book and I wish you had been my Sunday School teacher, as your article makes it so much easier to understand. I shall now read it again with fresh eyes and a greater understanding. Thank you for sharing.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on May 12, 2019:
John, thanks for reading and commenting on my article. To answer your question, I think the references are in terms of the Roman Empire then and for people in John's future like everything else in the Bible.
That's why it is so important to understand what the Bible MEANT when it was first written so we can understand what it MEANS to us today.
John Welford from Barlestone, Leicestershire on May 12, 2019:
Why do you think that the author of the book wrote it for people thousands of years into the future? Is it not more likely that the references in it have much more to do with the situation at the time in terms of the Roman Empire?