(For reference, this message was delivered during Hopeland United Methodist’s drive-in church service during the coronavirus pandemic. This was done via FM radio at the Horst Auction Center on Durlach Road in Ephrata.)
The Book of Revelation makes for a fascinating read for Christians, an unparalleled study for ministers, a unique beast for theologians, and a mystery of content for the secular culture. But, what are Christians supposed to do with Revelation?
Revelation 1 : 1 – 8
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads 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.
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.”
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
New International Version, 1984 Edition