It is sad that most Christians have not read the book of Revelation. They confess they are afraid to read it. This is so ironic because we are told many times in the book that we are blessed if we read it. Revelation is the most hopeful book in the Bible because it tells us of our eternal future.
Why, then, are so many people afraid to read the book of Revelation? Why, then, have so many people not read it if the promise to be blessed is stressed throughout the book not once or twice, but several times? If you are a Christian and you have not read Revelation, you are missing some of your blessings.
Revelation 1:3 says, "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." The word "blessed" is also in Revelation 14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7, and 22:14.
Revelation is a book of hope. John, the beloved apostle and eyewitness of Jesus, proclaimed that the victorious Lord would surely return to vindicate the righteous and judge the wicked. The book of Revelation gives us a view of the future.
God knows exactly what will take place. God's view of the future is our eschatological hope because it encourages us to live holy because these end time events are near. By having this view of the future, we get a clear picture of what will happen to the saved and the unsaved. We get a view of our future dwelling place along with the things that must take place before, during and after the Second Coming of Jesus.
Having this view of the future shall give Christians hope, anticipation and expectation of all the beautiful and rich things that will happen. On the other hand, this view of the future should encourage the unsaved to join the family of God to be part of the blessedness instead of gloom, doom, and eternal damnation.
Revelation is also a book of warning. Things were not as they should have been in the churches, so Christ called the members to commit themselves to live in righteousness. Although Jesus gave John the revelation of Himself over 2,000 years ago, it still stands as a comfort and challenge to God's people today.
Get a view of the future by reading the book of Revelation. Get a view of your future by learning what the Bible says will happen to you from the time you take your last breath on earth until you make heaven your final resting place or hell your final place of torment, suffering and punishment.