Pastor Brad will take us through the book of Revelation beginning February 12. Join us at 9:30 or catch it on the web. What is the book of Revelation about? The first few words of the book say:
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John…
In short, the apostle John received a vision from Jesus in the 1st century AD largely about future events. Some of these events would take place in the near future (and hence have already taken place for us in the 21st century) and some in the distant future that have yet to take place.
Like all prophecy, the purpose of the book is not merely to show us what will happen in the future, but to show us how we ought to live in the present. The opening paragraph continues:
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.