By: G.J. Fortier
“so, Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:28 (NIV)
Recently, I began re-reading the book of Revelations. I am re-reading it because, as most of you know already, often times, when scripture is read and applied to the events of your life as they are occurring, it can reveal something different than when you read the same verses in the past. But, if I’m honest, though I have read this and all of the books of the Bible before, I was simply checking off my “to do” list. I wasn’t really trying to “digest” what I was reading. So, about 9 months ago, I started re-reading the entire Bible. But not just reading it. After however many verses, chapters, books, I would read at a sitting, I would then comment about what I took away from the reading on my Facebook page—see, Facebook isn’t all bad—not for anyone else to read and absorb my wisdom, it was just my way of reminding myself to be diligent in my study. So, please, don’t think that I think that I have any kind of special insight into scripture, because I have only what insight the Holy Spirit gives me.
That is kinda special though, huh?
That said … I’ve been re-reading Revelations.
Revelations is a book that, and if you’ve read it you’ll agree, is fairly unique in the Bible. Where the majority of the books are simply letters written by one of the more than forty authors, Revelations isn’t. When the Apostle John—the disciple who Jesus loved: John 1, John 2, John 3, Revelation—was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, he had a vision of the “End of Days”.
As you might imagine … it was kinda freaky!
For this reason, there seems to be a lot of conjecture concerning the meaning of John’s testimony, though as I’m reading it, it seems very clear to me. Some people … okay … most of the people I’ve asked say that Revelations actually scares them!