The Bible has instruction for individuals, families and churches. God’s desire is for us to flourish and He instructs us in his Word. I have studied the books of the Bible, but I have tended to shy away from an in-depth study of Revelation. There are various and differing theories about the prophecies in Revelation. Why try to understand it?
But now the time seems right. The first chapter explains the purpose of the book. It is a reflection on John’s experience with Jesus as a disciple who was present at the crucifixion and resurrection. It is descriptive of what was happening in churches while John was writing this book. And it describes the completion of God’s plan for humanity.
In chapters two and three, John records a letter to each of seven churches. Each letter shows different characteristics and different strengths for each church. All but one church receives reproof. Reading through the seven letters, I can see similarities with churches today.
Holding fast to the commands of Jesus and remaining separate from the cultural norms of the day is a theme in the instructions given. The letters to the churches tell them to steer away from compromise with the world.
Each letter closes with these words: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
We still have the Holy Spirit. We need to be alert and listening.