A Letter for the Churches and for Us

Read: Revelation 1:1-7

In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom. 8:37)

Why do I return to the introduction again? John must have written it after the visions. How excited he must have been to send this book to his churches! How it must have amazed, encouraged and comforted them. Later John was freed and reunited with his churches.

Revelation is a letter straight from God to all of us. Jesus’ resurrection guarantees our future with him. He is our model witness, faithful to death. He is King over all rulers on earth. He loved us, freed us from our sins and made us his royal priesthood. We rule with him now, influencing the destiny of individuals and nations by our witness and prayer. When Jesus comes all will see that the crucified One is the King of glory!

He is intensely active in this world. We saw how he deals with evil and suffering. God values a tested faith. Believers choose to follow him over easier alternatives and remain faithful even in suffering and death. Revelation promises the eventual victory of our King and his church over Satan and his accomplices (Rev. 17:14)!

In prologue and epilogue Jesus promises a special blessing to all who read this book, take it to heart and share its momentous message with hesitating seekers. As you read, I hope that you have also been blessed and motivated as you follow him. —Ruth Siemens

As you pray, ask God to use the book of Revelation as you live and share your faith.

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.

This entry is part 16 of 30 in the series Revelation