by Rev Jason Phua
Readings: Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 150:1-6
READ (verses chosen for meditation)
Revelation 22:7-8 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
The word “keep” appears twice in Revelation 22 (verses 7 and 9). God’s people are exhorted to keep the words of the book of Revelation. The word “keep” is translated from the Greek “tereo” which in context, means to “pay attention” or “to observe”. In both verses, “tereo” is given to us in the present participle. This means that God’s people are to actively and consistently observe God’s Word as given to us in the book of Revelation. So what are we to consistently pay attention to and observe? As given to us in verses 10-15, we are to actively and consistently observe holiness in our journey with Jesus. We are to actively and consistently shun what is evil.
Some like to treat the book of Revelation as a book that tells the future. Some parts of the book do talk about what will happen in the future. However, if we are to draw a major consistent theme through Revelation, its main message is for us as a church, to be holy and watchful as we wait for the Lord’s coming. To me, the book of Revelation is not so much as a crystal ball that foretells what is going to happen in the future; but a promise that tells us of the solid hope that those who persevere shall reign with God forever. One of the main reasons why I learn to trust more and more of the Bible, is not because it is a book that tells us what we want to hear; but what we need to hear. Such needs are at times, unnoticed until we hit a roadblock or went through major life challenges. Nonetheless, we learn more and more that the things of this world and especially ourselves is not the solution. Only Christ is. We need to hear and keep His Word. For He is coming back.
Christ our Lord, we thank you for the book of Revelation. Help us to understand more about what You want us to learn through this book; this is so we can fulfil Your promise that we shall be blessed if we actively and consistently keep Your Word in our lives. Amen.