Revelation 1:1–3 (ESV)
1 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, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ,
even to all that he saw. 3 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.
Notice that this book
is titled Revelation and not Revelations. This is all one revelation of Jesus Christ to John. The word revelation comes from the greek word apocalypse, meaning “unveiling” or “disclosure”. This book has been really
twisted in recent (last 100-170 years) interpretations which began around 1820's stemming from John Nelsson Darby and later becoming popular through Cyrus Scofield and his (1917)Scofield Reference Bible. Recently, a series of books called “Left
Behind” have carried on this twisting. Please bear with me, I must ask a fundamental question that stops the Left Behind series cold in their tracks. By the way, I have read the Left Behind series. The fundamental question is
“Where in the Bible does it say that unbelievers will get a second chance? It’s not there. Jesus clearly states in this parable:
Matthew 25:31–46 (ESV)
The Final Judgment
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate
people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you
came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you
sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41 “Then he will
say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked
and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then
he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The whole Left Behind series is built on getting a second chance. I certainly enjoyed reading the books, and they sure use a lot of scriptures, but the whole premise of the second chance simply is not there. You must stick
to the Bible.
This revelation to John comes from an angel and sent by God. Verse 3 gives us a blessing: "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." I pray: Lord, thank you for the blessing and help me to keep what is written in it, for I know you are coming soon. Let me never stray from you and teach me how to share this
gospel with others so they too will have forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.