,, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified [it] by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.”
Rev. 1: 1-3
John received Revelation from an angel sent by the Lord Jesus because angels are official spirits who help people
,, Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
and we read about it in the first verse and in the second verse we see what John testified about
,, Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.”
Rev. 1: 2
Here we first notice that John is a witness, but immediately afterwards we see what he testified. whatever they see. ". Jesus sent him a revelation and John is now testifying and that is the characteristic of the newborn people who were sent by God to bear witness to what God revealed and showed them.
,, For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [unto him].”
This testimony of theirs does not have to be aesthetically beautiful, the witness does not have to be an educated preacher or a super eloquent speaker, it is important to convey what God wants, the "Word of God". There are such examples in the Bible and we can read about for this they are: Moses who was slow in speech, even complained to God
,, And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.”
the prophet Jeremiah was young
,, Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I [am] a child.”
Well, both Peter and John were uneducated, but they were exceptional witnesses of God who were born again, filled with the Holy Spirit, faith and the science they preached, and that science is the "word of God."
Here is what Peter said to Timothy:
,, I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
2 Tim.4: 1-4
He advises him to preach the "Word" even though he knows that the vast majority of people will not listen to him or understand what he is saying. People will always find some more popular topics to listen to and the word of God will be ignored or found common sense and justification to be justified and disobey. And no wonder because the Word of God is truth,
,, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
and Satan fights against the truth and tries to present the lie as the truth and he now places his truth beautifully packaged and many are inclined to believe him and ignore God's truth. However, God's truth does not perish even though most people reject it or neglects.
,, Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
1 Peter 1:23
God's servants listen to the Word of God, believe what God has said and practice the word, and for those who listen to Satan, it is written that they are not God's.
,, He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear [them] not, because ye are not of God.”
and this is what will happen to them one day, since they will persistently reject the Word of God:
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
2 Thess.2: 11-12
John proclaimed the word of God but also the "testimony of Jesus Christ" and that is why John was thrown on Patmos.
,, I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Rev. 1: 9
John was announcing what would be so he had the spirit of prophecy by which he proclaimed Jesus in the glory in which he would come and the events that would happen
,, And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
So the Holy Spirit announces future events to us through John, and the Lord Jesus said about these promises:
,, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
The central figure of this prophecy is in fact the Lord Jesus who is the "Spirit of Prophecy" ie the "Testimony of Jesus" of whom John testified because he ended up on the island of Patmos. John was transferred to the future and the angel showed him future events because He writes, "And whatever they see." And this implies a very large number of events that John saw about which Revelation writes to show us what will be until the very end of the world and the beginning of a new heaven and a new earth until eternity.
,, Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.”
Rev. 1: 3
The sequel begins with bliss because it says "treasure" and that means happy, blessed is he who listens to what the Lord Jesus Christ says. Here is what the Lord Jesus said:
,, Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
Matthew 5: 3-11
,,… Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:…”
,, Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
"Blessed are those who are invited to the supper of the wedding of the Lamb." And he said unto me, These are the words of the truth of God.
Rev. 19: 9
,, Blessed and holy [is] he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years”
Rev. 20: 6
,, Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
Rev. 22: 7
,, Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
From this verse we see "Blessed is he who reads" and it is God's promise to all who read Revelation and other books sent to us by God and the next thing we notice is that he writes "blessed is he who reads" so he reads constantly and not reads once and thinks he has learned everything.This book is read, studied and analyzed because in this way God provides us with information every time we do this.
In addition to reading about this book and the publication that was written, it can also be listened to, and we read for the listeners. Blessed are those who listen to the words of the prophecy. a way to find out what is revealed in Revelation by listening to what people who knew how to read interpreted or read the original text. So from these verses we see that it does not matter whether one reads or listens to the revelation the blessings are the same.
At the end of the verse, he also writes a treasure to those who "keep what is written in it"; because the time is near "and here is a normal sequence of events because the one who reads or listens is witnessed by revelation
,, If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.”
and they will strive to keep and want to practice what God expects of them. because they recognized Jesus as their savior
,, Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”
1 Job.3: 2-3
And we have come to the end of the verse where it says that "the time is near" which means that we should read, listen and practice science because the time described in Revelation is very close especially for us because we can clearly see from the signs of the times that the last time very close so close that we can see the signs being fulfilled before our eyes in real time, for us it is no longer a prophecy but events that happen and confirm the truth of what is revealed in the last book of the Bible Revelation.
The events that are taking place and the warning "that the time is near" should only strengthen us in the faith and we should practice what is written in the second epistle of Peter.
,, We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
2 Peter 1:19