By Mike Chaffin
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. Revelation 22:18-21
The final book of the Bible closes with curse and a blessing. The curse is for those who misrepresent what is said in the book of Revelation by either adding to it or taking away from it. The blessing is for the grace of the Lord Jesus to be with His people.
Recently a lead block was found on Mt. Ebal that contained an inscription about God’s curse for those who don’t follow the law. It was inscribed around 1500 B.C. The news article said it would change Biblical interpretation of when things happened. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are so called Bible scholars who teach that the entire Old Testament was written between 300 to 600 B.C. However, the Bible says Moses wrote the Pentateuch, (the first 5 books of the Bible) and he lived around 1500 B.C. While those teachers are not taking away from the book of Revelation, they are misleading people about the Bible. Jesus had no kind words for those who misinterpret God’s Word and lead people astray. He said in Matthew 18:6
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
When blessed by ‘The Grace of our Lord Jesus’ some might ask what that blessing means. I like the Reverend J. Patrick Street’s answer published in the January 19, 2019 Marion Star, where he says,
“You see that the grace of God is more than salvation but also everything we need for life and godliness. The definition of grace could be “God’s life, power and righteousness given to us by unmerited favor.” It is through grace that God works effective change in our hearts and lives. Grace gives us a new life which is not condemned by God.”
Not being condemned by God is not only a definite blessing, but a defining blessing. May God’s blessing and grace be with you now and forevermore.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the book of Revelation. Thank you for the entire Bible. Thank you that your book is so complete that every last word you told us is worth studying and remembering. Let me live in your grace, blessed to be a blessing to others. In Jesus’ name, amen.