2 John 1; 3 John 1; Revelation 1
While I think there is clearly blessing awaiting us as we read any section of scripture, it is interesting to see God spell this out for us in Revelation 1.
The Book of Revelation is divided into three parts: Things you have seen (Chapter 1), things that are (Chapters 2 and 3), and things that will take place (Chapters 4-22). So in Chapter 1, we are introduced to John and his situation being exiled with other prisoners on Patmos. We are also introduced to a very different image of Jesus. Instead of the gentle, blue eyed, welcoming figure with soft brow hair and a quiet voice that we are used to, we see a fearsome Jesus with flaming white hair, glowing eyes, and a roaring voice. The symbolism is intense, and the contents are often confusing and controversial, but the message of Revelation is clear: in spite of the tribulation it promises, Jesus wins in the end.
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