If you just had a few moments to call out a warning to people you love, what would you say and how would you say it? What would you be willing to risk? If you knew that the warning would be scoffed at and ignored, would you still give it? I ask you to consider these questions and more in a series called, “The Three.”
In the last letter of the Bible, there’s a lot of symbolism; a story being told with vivid imagery. In that letter we find this urgent message in Revelation 14:6-11.
Let’s begin by considering the larger context. This message is in what letter of the Bible? Revelation, of course! I was just making sure you are awake.
The letter is a Revelation of what or who? Let’s go back to the first chapter (verses 1-3) of the letter.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 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.”
Considering the intent of the letter, as we study it, we need to be always asking:
What does this teach us about Jesus?
What difference does it make to us right here, right now? What is it asking you, me – all of us – to do?