Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Revelation 1-3
The first thing that stood out for me was verse 3:
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
It's hard to wrap your head around this:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
He always was, He is now, and He is to come. When we live in a disposable world, it's hard to imagine something that lasts indefinitely. What a comfort it is to know that God was there, He is near, and He already knows the future.
The warnings and advice to the 7 churches can be just as applicable now as they were then:
Don't just start off strong, but finish strong.
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life."
You will face suffering. You will be confined in difficult places. Don't give up; the reward is worth it.
Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.
Turn from sin and be redeemed.
Beware of false teachers who will lead you away from Biblical teaching.
We don't know when Christ will return so we need to be ready and faultless through forgiveness.
I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
He is returning soon and will reward the faithful.
There is a black and white and it is not grey. There is an absolute truth.
Salvation is an offered gift that still needs to be accepted.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Revelation 4-6