First Christian Reformed Church || Lynden

Jesus is Coming

The book of Revelation is a series of visions received by the apostle John while exiled on the Island of Patmos. The book of Revelation begins with a brief forward or preface and then the actual visions start at 1:9 and go through 22:5. What remains here is like an epilogue or afterward, a seemingly disconnected collection of promises, exhortations and confirmations that point forward to the coming of Jesus soon. Since this is the conclusion it should be the last chapter. Some of our chapter and verse placements are unfortunate. They are not inspired. A professor at the University of Paris in 1227, Stephen Langton, divided the Bible into chapters. Robert Stephanus (Stephens), a French printer, divided the verses in 1551. Revelation ends the way it began. Listen to the beginning again: Revelation 1:1-2 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. And: Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” God’s Final Words, vss. 6-10. We have come to the last words of the book of Revelation and of the Bible. God’s last holy and inspired and infallible words. Words are important, God’s words are especially important.
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