And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.” Revelation 22:10
Almost every adult living on earth has focused, since March 11, 2011, on human tragedy. The 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan has caused most to become aware of not only the frailty of our human condition, but also the concerns most have for our future.
If you share these concerns, now might be a good time to read J. Vernon McGee’s, The Prophecy – Revelation. McGee is a well known Bible teacher who began a radio ministry called Thru the Bible. The study is available on CD, paperback books, or bound books. His study of the book of Revelation is made especially interesting due to his knowledge of the history of the early churches and the locations of these churches. He visited each location and gained firsthand information of the culture and people of John’s time.
I believe that God has given us people like J. Vernon McGee for these last days. Pastor McGee has gone on to heaven, but his works remain here for those who will read or study.
Revelation is not a sealed book. Those who wish to know the Lord and keep His commandments are allowed to know what the Spirit says to the churches and what is going to take place when the church age ends.
Understanding tragedy is difficult and many are bitter and blame God when tragedy strikes. The Bible, however, teaches us that creation is in “bondage to corruption.” Suffering is a part of the human experience since sin entered the world. God, however, has not left us without hope:
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
23And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
25But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Our Victory in Christ
26In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.