A REWARD JUST FOR READING

     Students of the Bible know there are several different interpretations of the book of Revelation.  My purpose for this article, is to stress the truth that all scripture is given by inspiration of God.(II Tim.3:16)  "So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Tim.3:17 Amp.) There are those who study for doctrinal issues, others seek historical truths, and some hold a total futuristic viewpoint. There is  basis for all of these, however, to be perfect and thoroughly furnished, so we are entitled to be called "men of God" (as Paul taught Timothy) , the "letter of the word" must develop a "heartbeat" and come alive, until God's word is not a doctrine, not past nor future, but it becomes proof that the Word is still being made flesh and is producing resurrection life,  manifest in the "Sons of God". The point is; only "Living Word" can make the Revelation of Jesus Christ, something that lives and grows on the inside until the cover is taken off , and we see Him as He is !! 

     As John introduces this great and final book of Revelation, he adds a verse that stands unique to this book alone: "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written; for the time is at hand" (Rev.1:3).  The time being at hand, lets us know the emphasis is now present tense. "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth." (II Pet.1:12) One mystery of God's word is how can His word be relevant to previous generations and still be relevant to such a modern and hi-tech generation as ours.  Apostle Peter explains: God's kingdom is an everlasting kingdom (never goes out of date) and stability and coherence belong to those who are anchored in present truth.There is a remnant who press their way through the confused maze of "dead letter" until the word becomes a kingdom, and the kingdom comes alive in righteousness peace and joy in the holy ghost, and offers solutions and the answers that saints of God desperately need.

     "And from the days of John the baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."(Matt.11:12) The attempt to stop the advance of the kingdom of God, resulted in the violent act of the crucifixion of our savior.

The crucifixion was a blatant attempt to kill Jesus ( the word) and Christ (the anointing). Even now ,our present day, the goal of the carnal religious system is still to "kill the word". False prophets add cleverness and a new twist to draw crowds, but the word remains lifeless and simply something to read and discuss. However, a remnant of forceful men and women, keep studying and meditating and praying, until from the dead womb of religion, springs a word with a heart beat, and life comes from all the darkness and death, and the "living word" comes alive and establishes the true kingdom of God in the secret place of the Most High; your heart and mine.

     I see a progression in John's introduction; we're blessed if we read, we're blessed if we hear, and we're blessed if we "keep those things". Strong's concordance renders the word blessed as "Supremely Blest". I feel strongly, there's more of the super blessings of God than we can imagine, but it requires a hunger and thirst after absolute truth. We must read until we're not just reading words,but the words transform into a Voice and the voice becomes a certain sound that His elect are able to hear. I would never take away from reading or memorizing scripture, however, reading must become hearing, which is the greater blessing, for faith cometh by hearing! "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith..." (Rev.2:7) The outpouring of the holy ghost on the day of pentecost , was to ensure that the believer could hear the voice of the Spirit."So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth and their words unto the ends of the world."(Rom. 10:17-18)  It seems to me, Jesus done an excellent job, Praise His Name!

    The greatest blessing is still ahead, that's when we are able to "Keep those things" which are written therein. I'm a firm believer in the "living word", the only way I can "keep those things", is to assimilate the written word and the "hearing ear" into my very being. The revelation of Jesus Christ, has to come out of the realm of past tense and future tense, and become relevant to my temple and your temple ( which is the true temple) and it's always in the Now. "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,..." (Rev. 3:12 ) To be established in present truth, is the only way to be a pillar in God's temple. A pillar offers firmness and stability in the structure it's holding. Our temple becomes mature and complete, when the reading becomes hearing and the hearing allows us to "keep those things". This prophecy,  which is the testimony of Jesus, becomes unveiled inside our being , and our lifestyle is now to "keep those things".

Yours in Christ, Elmer Hart

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