Read: Revelation 22:6-21
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3)
The seven episodes of Revelation interpret each other. More than 500 allusions to other Bible passages are like footnotes. Revelation isn’t unique in this—the whole Bible interprets itself. Jesus explains the Old Testament prophecies. Revelation is not history written beforehand. It gives no political specifics. It portrays God’s truth for all time.
How does the book end? John must have received the visions intermittently with time to write each one. He affirms that he described exactly what he saw and heard. The angel affirms John and is attested by Jesus. Jesus warns against tampering with the manuscript. It is not sealed—the seven churches need it. So do we!
Jesus is Alpha and Omega (A to Z), source and goal of all there is. He is David’s heir (Bethlehem), and also David’s eternal Lord! (Ps. 110). As morning star he heralds a new day. We await, not the end, but a new beginning on a glorious new planet! The redeemed are blessed! Others have no second chance later. But Jesus invites the “thirsty” to come to him now to take the water of life—free! (Isa. 55:1; John 4:13-14; 7:37-39). He says, “Behold, I am coming soon.” The Spirit, Bride and John say, “Come quickly!” We too say, “Come.” —Ruth Siemens
As you pray, ask God for wisdom as you reflect on the message of Revelation.
About the Author
Ruth Siemens was a campus minister with IVCF/IFES, then started Global Opportunities to prepare professionals to work and witness in secular employment abroad.