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Blessed Is He Who Reads

The book of Revelation begins by declaring that it is the revelation of Jesus Christ. This revelation is given to Christians, and is something that can bless those of us who read it. We know this, for it is said so directly in the third verse of the book. It 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." A similar statement regarding the blessedness of those who keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book can be found elsewhere. Turning to the 22nd chapter, one can find the words, "Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." (Rev. 22:7)

But does the book of Revelation contain any other statements of being blessed within its pages? Yes, it does. As Christians, we know that we may die for the faith we profess. If we do so, we can be encouraged knowing that we will receive rest from our labors and that our works will follow us. "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." (Rev. 14:13)

Since the above text speaks of those who "die in the Lord," it implies that there is the possibility of dying outside of Christ, or outside of the Lord. We should do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen, for we do not know when Jesus Christ will return to bring us up to Him in the clouds (1 Thes. 4:13-18). He will come as a thief in the night, and we may not be prepared for His coming. We should strive to watch for His coming, and keep the garments that He has clothed us with. If we do so, we will be blessed. "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev. 16:15)

If we do watch, if we keep our garments, then magnificent blessings await us. But we should not make light of these. If one reads Matthew 22:2-14, the kingdom of heaven is described like a marriage supper for a king's son. We are all called to that event, but we need to be ready for it. Blessed are we who are chosen to participate in it. "And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." (Rev 19:9 KJV)

Finally, knowing that Christ was resurrected from the dead, we also can be blessed to take part in the first resurrection. "Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Rev 20:6 KJV) May we all be counted worthy to avoid the second death through Jesus Christ, and be with God forever. These are truly wonderful blessings.