“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” ~Revelation 1:3
Blessed-“oh how happy!” Wow, this book starts out promising a blessing to those who read it, to those who listen to it, and to those who heed/do it. It is in the present tense, for those who keep reading it, keep listening to it, and keep heeding/doing. And Revelation is the only book of the Bible that begins and ends with a blessing!
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” ~Revelation 1:1-2
Revelation, “apokalypsis”, singular, Greek- unveiling, uncovering, revealing, disclosing, manifestation. Jesus is the central theme of this book, as He is the rest of the Bible, and it is The Revelation, unveiling, of Jesus Christ.
John is emphatically letting us know that he was an eye-witness of these things shown to him, and that it is the word of God, the Truth. And it is the unveiling of Jesus, which means more and more of Him is revealed to us. We can know Him better by reading Revelation.
Oh how happy! 🙂