Revelation of John
Quote:- (Rev. David Pawson in ‘Unlocking the Bible’) “It was never intended to be a university textbook for theological staff or students. It is often they who have made it appear so complex that simple folk have been intimidated. Eg.(Reuss in 1884)’We boldly affirm that the study of this book would present absolutely no possibility of error if the inconceivable, often ridiculous, prejudice of theologians in all ages had not so trammelled it and made it bristle with difficulties, that most readers shrink from it in alarm. Apart from those preconceptions, the Revelation would be the most simple, most transparent book that prophet ever penned.’ It cannot be too strongly emphasized that Revelation was written for very ordinary people. It was addressed to members of 7 churches at a time when ‘not many were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth’ (1 Corinthians 1:12). The book of Revelation yields it’s treasures to those who read it with a simple faith, and open mind and a tender heart. . .
It needs to be remembered that the whole of Revelation is directed to believers, not unbelievers. Throughout it is addressed to ‘the saints’ and ‘his servants’. The reference here is to cowardly and faithless believers. This is confirmed by the word ‘but’, directly contrasting those deserving such a fate with the believers who ‘overcome’. In other words, Revelation sets 2 destinies before Christians. They will either be raised with Christ . . or they will . . end up in Hell. (eg. 2 Timothy 2:11–12).