By the end of the first century, Rome’s power was virtually uncontested. Wealthy cities across the empire competed for Caesar’s patronage. They even proclaimed the emperor to be the Son of God on earth.
Any resistance – any refusal to worship Caesar – jeopardized an entire city’s standing with Rome. Which meant that Christians in places like Ephesus, Sardis, Pergamum, and Laodicea were vulnerable to persecution.
Around this time, a prophet named John received a vision, which he shared with seven churches in Asia Minor. It became known as the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament.
Today, we’ll read pages 425-431 from Revelation.
This book contains some of the most vivid (and cryptic) imagery in the Bible, but the key message is this: Stand firm. Because in the end, God wins. Those who remain faithful will be vindicated, and God will dwell once more with his people, as he did in the beginning.
Pages 425 – 431 from Revelation
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw – that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
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