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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “The Great Unveiling (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
A key term in Revelation is “blessed is he.” John adds another triplet as he announces the first of seven beatitudes that appear throughout the book. This one reads, “Blessed is:
1. he who reads
2. and those who hear the words of the prophecy,
3. and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
The scope of this promise covers the entire book, which is described as a “prophecy.” The Revelation thus describes itself as a prophetic book. It promises a three-fold blessing to those who read it, hear it, and keep it. This emphasis reminds us that the purpose of reading or hearing the Word of God is that we might obey it.
There are seven beatitudes (blessings) scattered throughout this amazing book. They are part of the unique “a-rith-ma-logue” [A-RITH-MA-LOG] structure of the book. The beatitudes are:
1. Revelation 1:3: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
2. Revelation 14:13: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:”
3. Revelation 16:15: “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
4. Revelation 19:9: “Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
5. Revelation 20:6: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection”
6. Revelation 22:7: “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
7. Revelation 22:14: “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
There are no dates set in the Revelation! No matter what anyone tried to read into the text of this prophecy, there are no specific time indicators of when it will be fulfilled. The only indication of time is the phrase, “the time is near.” This may be translated “near” or “soon.” Taken with the phrase “must shortly take place” in verse 1, the reader is left expecting the imminent return of Christ.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — The Fate of the Earth (Part 8)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Days of Elijah” by Twila Paris