MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 22
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Vic Batista: In Revelation 22:10, John is told by the Bowl Judgment Angel, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.”
Nathan Jones: His command makes for a good bridge to the book of Daniel. When Daniel was given prophecies that were very similar to Revelation, making Daniel sort of the Revelation of the Old Testament, Daniel didn’t understand most of what the angel had revealed to him. The angel who had brought him the message commanded, “Seal this up, for the time is not at hand.” Daniel was not going to understand the prophecies given to him, so he was commanded to seal them up until the time to finally understand them was right. Now we get to the Apostle John’s time roughly 600 years later, and another angel is telling John, “Do not seal the words of this prophecy.” The time to reveal all was finally at hand!
The Church Age that we are living in now will see Jesus return at the Rapture. Because of this momentous prophecy and the horrible Tribulation that follows, the time is ripe for us to understand the prophecies found in Revelation before they soon occur.
The angel makes a call to all pastors, Bible teachers, and students of the Bible not to ignore the book of Revelation. Here God’s angel is saying, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book.” To God, it is important that we know and understand the meaning of prophecies that are finally being revealed.
Vic Batista: How fascinating that here we have God’s mighty angel emphasizing how important Revelation is. Remember that Revelation means “the unveiling, the opening up, bringing forth.” Revelation is all about revealing — revealing God’s final game plan.#Revelation is all about revealing God's final game plan. #Prophecy Click To Tweet
Nathan Jones: Revelation unveils what has been veiled in the past, and what Daniel couldn’t know during his time, but that we can know now that we’re actually living in the end times.
Does Revelation provide the picture perfect? Are we given all the details? No. Not at all, and not nearly up to the level I think that most people wish to know. But, we are given enough to know what to expect so that we can continue to put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. He will be victorious! Anyone who studies Revelation will also have this same joy, hope, and faith, as well as being strengthened by reading and taking the book’s teachings to heart.
Vic Batista: This hails back to Revelation 1:3 and the promise Christ gave, “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.”You are going to receive a blessing if you read Revelation. Don’t seal the book up with neglect. Don’t be afraid of reading Revelation, for God means that in doing so the reader will be blessed.
Nathan Jones: Now, can Revelation be confusing? Oh, yes! It can leave one scratching their head and shrugging, “I don’t know.” But, if you study the Bible, you can discover much of the meanings behind Revelation and understand what’s going on. We might not get all the details we desire, but we are given the big picture of what’s going to happen in the future.
God’s word becomes unveiled. Think about it, God wants us to understand Revelation. Who are we then to say we’re not going to read the book or be able to understand it when it’s almost a command by God that we should study it.
Vic Batista: Reading Revelation is certainly not a waste of time. The Lord commands Christians to do so, and we should desire to be obedient.
In the eighty-third segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we’ll marvel at Christ’s thrice-spoken promise of a speedy return.