Last night at church there was a question about Revelation. To be honest, I’m not sure it was answered.
If you have ever read the book, then you know some of the difficulties and the imagery involved.
Some things are pretty easy, like seeing a Lamb as though it had been slain (Rev 5:6) is obviously a reference to Jesus the Messiah Savior.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is a dragon, easily identified because the Bible spells it out for you; so the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Rev 12:9
Many questions still arise from the study of Revelation; questions about timeline, symbolism, metaphor’s, and literal meanings.
There are things I believe I know and understand – there are things I don’t.
I want to understand it, not only for my own benefit but so I can share the message with non-believers and help them understand it and perhaps turn from their present way and accept Jesus as Savior.
Here is something I do understand – if God spelled it all out for us, there would still be those that would not believe and would continue to have questions.
You may be thinking that would not be the case, but it always is!
For instance Jeremiah spoke of the coming invasion that would destroy Jerusalem and make the people captives of the invading nation.
His warnings were very vivid and easy to understand.
There was no massive symbolism of strange looking animals or judgments of trumpets and bowls.
What was the response of the people to this plain message?
The people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.” Jer 18:12
The people said, “Come on, let’s plot a way to stop Jeremiah. We have plenty of priests and wise men and prophets. We don’t need him to teach the word and give us advice and prophecies. Let’s spread rumors about him and ignore what he says.” Jer 18:18
Now Pashhur son of Immer, the priest in charge of the Temple of the Lord, heard what Jeremiah was prophesying. So he arrested Jeremiah the prophet and had him whipped and put in stocks at the Benjamin Gate of the Lord’s Temple. Jer 20:1-2
Jeremiah wrote God’s message on a scroll.
This was read to the king.
Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. Jer 36:23-24
Now you can understand that it doesn’t make any difference how God gives His message to us. There are those that won’t believe.
Perhaps if God did something fantastic to grab everyone’s attention they would listen.
God has already performed a great miracle and the words that He spoke to a rich man still ring true – “If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31
Now don’t get me wrong. There are many that faithfully believe God’s word and just want a greater understanding of it. But the whole purpose of understanding the word is to share it with others so that they may also believe; and some never will.
My encouragement to you is keep on reading, keep on studying, and keep on spreading the word. The lack of faith by others did not stop Jeremiah and it should not stop you.