Blessings not Fear

Many of us fear the book of Revelation because we don’t understand it. I do not purport to understand it, but I do know that Revelation is more than fear. There are seven blessings in it and seven is considered the perfect number.

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3, NIV)

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them. (Revelation 14:13, NIV)

Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed. (Revelation 16:15, NIV)

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”(Revelation 19:9, NIV)

Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6, NIV)

Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll. (Revelation 22:7, NIV)

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, help us see your perfect love where others only see fear. In Christ. Amen.

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