Why Do We avoid the Book of Revelation?

Hearing the Pastor tell the congregation to open their Bible to the book of Revelation will cause a lot of “ooohs” and “ahhhs” in the crowd. “How can we dare open up a book so shrouded in mystery?”. “I’m certain the pastor hasn’t studied enough to dare open the pages of this book, besides he hasn’t even been to seminary!” You can open your Bible to the book of John all day long, but stay away from Revelation. It is interesting to me that the book that announces the sure defeat of Satan seems to be the one that has a dark “cloud” hanging over it in the minds of many church members.

I certainly don’t want to seem as one who has figured out all of the nuances of the book. Sure there are a lot of different symbols and comparisons. If you focus on horns, dragons, stars, and a whole lot of different unknowns then the book may seem overwhelming. I just don’t think that is the main focus of the book.

I can tell you with absolute certainty what the focus of Revelation is though. In fact, if you haven’t seen this before then I invite you to open this book again and read it through with a new point of view. The focus is simply, “Jesus Christ is Sovereign over Everything!” He has authority over angels, governments, peoples, nature, demons, sin, and even Satan himself. On a personal note, He is even sovereign over the problems and obstacles you are currently facing in your life. His resources are unlimited, His power is unhindered, and His love is unshackled. No one counsels Him, No one voted Him in as King, which mean no one can vote Him out either.

“You are worthy, O Lord. To receive glory and honor and power; for you have created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Rev. 4:11, 5:12)

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