The Holy Spirit is the one who enlightens our minds and hearts and reveals Christ in us, to comprehend the meaning of Christ’s sufferings, death and resurrection. To have such “revelation”, St. Paul sent a message to the Philippians saying, “I ask the Father in his great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through his Spirit. I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love — how wide and how long and how high and how deep [the spiritual dimensions of the cross] that love is” (Ephesians 3:16-18, NCV).
According to rite of the Coptic Orthodox church, we read the whole Book of Revelation on Bright Saturday. That is because the Book of Revelation is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”. It is “the Book of Life of the Lamb slain” (Revelation 13:8, NKJV). God reveals His plan of redemption in the Book of Revelation. “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3, NKJV).
I encourage you to listen to the following related recent sermons, “The Lamb and the Sealed Scroll”, “Opening the First Four Seals”, “Opening the Fifth Seal” and “Opening the Sixth Seal” in English/Arabic. These sermons have wonderful and simple explanation of what Christ had gone through and the meaning of His suffering, death and resurrection for us. They are posted at: http://www.RevelationFellowship.net I wish you blessed Holy Week and Feast of the Resurrection. God bless you. Pray for me.
In Christ’s love,
Hegumen Fr. Abraam Sleman
We must study Revelation for the right reason. If we study it just to solve the secret of the Beast, with its seven heads and ten horns, or to set out the scenario of the Battle of Armageddon, we shall be fatally deceived. However, if we study it to discover something about the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be served royally!The “Book of Revelation” is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1), unavailing Jesus Christ. So, Study the Book of Revelation for the right reason alone, to reveal the riches of God in Jesus Christ and to understand the significance of His death and resurrection for our lives now and the future of the world. So come, take your shoes off by the water of life and drink freely. Each real encounter with Revelation takes you for a new life changing experience, with the grace of God. Please, make a room for it with your busy agenda!
First, God’s inerrant Word is reliable. No matter how difficult it is to comprehend the visions presented in Revelation, we must not forget that it is part of God’s Word. As such, it includes an inherent blessing from simply reading, hearing, and keeping those things we do understand. “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3, NKJV).Second, in the Book of Revelation, God reveals His wonderful plan of salvation, in our Lord Jesus Christ. As humans, we choose to trust in many things and place confidence in various people. Revelation tells us that the Lord God is worthy to be the object of our complete, undivided faith and worship. Here is the center of our worship, the focus of our obedience, and the source of our blessing, both now and in the future. Third, God’s sovereign plan replaces fear with hope. People all over the world live under superstition, fear of the unknown, apprehension about the future, and an overwhelming feeling that the whole world is out of control. Wars, famines, diseases, natural disasters – all of these tragedies appear to be evidence that chaos reigns. However, the Revelation shows that God is working out His sovereign plan, that He will destroy evil and that in the end, God wins! Knowledge of this fundamental truth replaces fear with hope and confidence.There are more reasons to study in depth the Book of Revelation. So, if you wish to be a member of “Revelation Fellowship”, please send me a message. With the grace of God, we will set the time and the place of studying the Book of Revelation. Please spread the word to your friends.
Many think that the “Book of Revelation” is complicated and confusing. Even the so-called scholars find little agreement among themselves over the Patmos visions. Sadly, the church of God divides into sects and denominations over interpretation of apocalyptic imagery.The good news is that the “Book of Revelation” is the “Revelation of Jesus Christ”. St. John promises all who read and keep what is written in the Patmos posts will be blessed: “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3, NKJV). I think it is time to think and study seriously the Book of Revelation before it is too late. When it comes to the Book of Revelation, some literalize it, and others spiritualize it. However, I would like to personalize it and have it for living. By studying the Book of Revelation, you discover the Mystery of God in our Lord Jesus Christ, a rich discovery that you need for life here and in eternity. If you wish to be a member of “Revelation Fellowship”, please send me a message. Please spread the word to your friends.