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The Book of Revelation

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place...

Revelation 1:1-3
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The book of Revelation makes clear the promise that Jesus is coming back.

It has a reputation for being hard to understand, and for good reason. This end-times book contains a significant amount of figurative language. It uses symbols like lampstands, horses, and numbers to communicate its message. Interpreting it can be daunting for even experienced Bible students, but it ultimately is a message about Jesus’s future return.

The book is full of references to conquest, judgment, and destruction. Some readers become so engrossed in trying to figure it all out, what it means and when these events will take place, they sometimes fall into the trap of missing the purpose of the book altogether. So, why bother? If this book is as demanding as it appears to be, and if its events are set to happen in some undisclosed future we can do nothing about, we might find ourselves wondering if it’s really worth the effort.

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The book gets its name from the opening sentence and from its genre as prophetic and apocalyptic literature. In this sense, the word “apocalyptic” means to reveal or unveil. And that’s exactly what we find when we read this book, a revelation, an unveiling of events through a vision given to John by the Holy Spirit.

John—who wrote the gospel and letters that bear his name—tells us he was on the island of Patmos “on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (1:9). While we don’t know the specific circumstances that led him there, history teaches that at the time Revelation was written, Patmos was a place reserved for criminals banished by Rome. So, when John addresses the book to “the seven churches that are in Asia” and calls himself their “brother and partner in the tribulation,” he meant it literally (1:4, 9). Forced from his home and stripped of the comforts of family and community, it is in this place that God drew near to John. In the midst of exile, where isolation, loneliness, and despair were meant to be his only companions, God graced him with a vision not of mourning but of joy. He graced him with hope.

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So, why study the book of Revelation? Because, perhaps more than any other book in the Bible, this book is about hope, about the hope that comes from a God who keeps his promises. Written in a time of persecution, the book of Revelation reminds the church that Jesus is King and he will one day return. That our God is a God who gives rest to the weary, comfort to the brokenhearted, justice to the oppressed, and life to the dead. And as we study Revelation, the same God who met John in his place of exile will meet us in ours. Whether our pain is a broken marriage, a sick parent, or an empty bank account, the book of Revelation is our gift of hope. The hope that one day God will restore heaven and earth, wipe away every tear, and be with us, his people, forever. Because Jesus is our hope. This book is hope revealed.

Our God is a God who gives rest to the weary, comfort to the “ brokenhearted, justice to the oppressed, and life to the dead.


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Are there things you feel hopeless about? What can you do to let hope permeate those areas of your life? How can you prepare your heart to be receptive to the hope God wants to share with you through the book of Revelation?

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At times, when thinking about all of the hurt and injustices in the world as well as the trails and tribulations that are experienced by myself and others feels hopeless. During these times, it feels so overwhelming and leaves me with a heavy heart. These moments, when I feel overwhelmed, prayer is my first response. This leads me to lay down the heavy burdens and lean into God for rest. It is in this posture of surrender and letting go, that I can then receive the hope found in scripture. Reading the Word allows me to grasp onto hope while walking through these times. Reminding me of the ultimate hope to come – the day of Christ’s return when there will be no more buderns to bear. This is the hope God wants to share with me through the book of revelation.

He will wipe away every tear I find reading Gods word finding bible passage about peace and listening to Christian radio

GOD is always trying to teach us! He wants our whole devotion to be for HIM Revelation is a book to teach us to read it and watch! To be always learning what GOD is trying to teach us! We have never arrived in the Christian walk we are always learning! We should be always waiting and watching LORD JESUS What are you trying to do in my life? We constantly mess up! But HE always picks up and we must keep going with HIM until the end.

My hopelessness comes as I continuously pray and speak life into my closest friend for 30 years. She was not raised in a home with any belief in God, was never introduced to Him, and believes I am brainwashed. I KNOW God has a plan for her and her family, but at times, it seems impossible to get her to hear my heart even though I know she loves me unconditionally. I need to give that relationship to God FULLY, do what he calls me to do IN THAT MOMENT when I am with her, and trust that He will begin a work in her. That HE will start to give her glimpses of a life WITH him, and that, if she would open her heart to Him, will live life eternally with more joy than she could fathom.

Some things I can do to let hope permeate the areas of my life that I feel hopeless about are to pray and to be thankful for the future when Jesus comes back and makes all things knew.

I sometimes feel overwhelmed, perhaps hopeless about reaching so many people that are lost even those in
my extended family. I want them all to be with me in eternity. I have prayed for almost two years that there
would be a revival in the churches, in the streets. We need to get God’s word out those who are lost, hopeless.
I can let hope permeate this area of my life by being involved in out reach programs at my church. I need to
continue sharing my faith with family and others open to hearing about my faith walk with Jesus.
I have an eternal home with God, knowing this encourages me to live a godly life, continue to grow in His
word and share the gospel with others. I need to allow the spirit to teach me, guide and when needed correct me.
There will be rough roads and challenges but my strength comes from Our Savior. I must keep my Eye on the Goal.

AMEN I was so surprised to see your comment so similar to mine. We need to pray for our children and families

Sometimes I feel hopeless regarding my children! We tried to bring them up in a Godly way but it seems they choose to follow a God of their own making. Not a GOD of the Bible. It is so difficult to watch. They are ungrateful unkind and this verse in Timothy rings true You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:1-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬
I pray that there is hope for them?! 🙏🏽

I’m still young and don’t fully understand having to take care of children and leading them to know Jesus Christ, so I can’t relate to what y’all are saying. But sometimes I feel hopeless about my future like when I do have kids, and when I’m going to get married and what I’m going to do with my life. Sometimes I get so stressed out that I just have to stop and go write down my future, if you open most of my journals you will see I write down my future. I have a prayer box and I write down all the things I want to pray for that day and then at the end of the day I pray for all the things I wrote down. And most of the time it is about my future! Prayer is so strong, now I don’t stress about it that much anymore!

Not so much today but there have been times that I have felt hopeless. And the beautiful thing about the change is…the circumstances did not change, but my perspective changed. In recent years, I felt hopeless about the slow progress that was being made in racial justice, female dignity and respect and was starting to add such little regard for our elders and those who had gone before us. As I studied the Word of God more, I came to realize that many of our current struggles are a contemporary version of the human struggle and that over and again…God has assured us of His ultimate victory. Slowly I began to regain a focus on the "hope of Glory"…as one might hear our ancestors say. It can still be difficult at times to see such pain and suffering but reviewing and remembering God’s promises leads me back to HOPE.

I am currently in a hopeless chapter in my life, I feel as if as a mother I have failed my children, I had to stand back and remember I have done my part and this chapter isn’t about me it is about what they are meant to learn. I shall continue to pray for them and give guidance when asked but my hope in Jesus will get them through.

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