The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; (Rev 1:1-4)

Some encouragement to read Revelation:

The power of God’s revealed word:

“We need not stand upon the Authority, nor Title of it that holds out the Penman; it being of such a divine stamp and Majesty, doth carry Authority in the bosom of it, that if any Scripture hold forth the Sovereignty, Majesty, Justice, Mercy and Truth of God, to the comfort of His People, and the making the hearts of His Enemies to quake, this Scripture doth it.”

The blessing in it:

“We have the commendation of this Book, ver. 3 to stir up folks to make use of it, because He knew many would be scare at it, and be ready to let it lie besides them as useless and unprofitable; whereas all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, etc. 2 Tim. 3.16. Therefore this is added, Blessed is he that readeth; that is, this Book is not a thing to be spoken of only, and not to be read and studied: for, the Seal of it are opened; and blessed are they that read it. It’s a happy and a good thing, soberly and humbly to read, and to seek to understand it:”

– from James Durham’s “Commentary Upon The Book of the Revelation”


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