The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel

Lesson Two continued

The reader of the book of Revelation is blessed because he[i]is a recipient of privileged knowledge form the Creator, blessed be his name.

The reader is also blessed by following the advice given to the churches, by the words of encouragement, and by the praise for doing right. The reader is blessed by joining praises to the King and by finding fellowship with the saints waiting in glory. A further blessing is the knowledge that all the cruelty in the world will not go unpunished. Blessings come from knowing that Jesus is coming to straighten out the mess. The reader is blessed again by knowing we will be a part of Yeshua’s thousand year reign. We have a job to prepare for, and because we know what to expect, we are blessed because we have no reason to accept prophesies of doom. We are blessed by the knowledge that we have Rauch Ha Kodesh[ii] of promise to protect us from the wrath of God. And we know we are safe in Yeshua’s loving hand so nothing that happens to us can extract us from the insulation of God’s love.

The seven beatitudes of Revelation are:

  1. Blessed is he that reads this prophesy[iii]
  2. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord[iv]
  3. Blessed is he that watches for the coming of the Mashiach[v]
  4. Blessed are those that are bidden to the Lamb’s marriage supper[vi]
  5. Blessed is he that has a part in the first resurrection[vii]
  6. Blessed is he that keeps the words of this book[viii]
  7. Blesses are they that wash their robes[ix]

Yeshua said[x] “You are blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule. Your blessed when you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. Your blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselfves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full’ you find yourselves cared for. Your blessed when you get your inside world – your mind and heart – put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are and your place in God’s family. You’re blessed when you commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that – count yourself blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens – give a cheer even! – for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.”

To be continued

[i] Remember the word “he” includes “she”

[ii] The Holy Spirit

[iii] Revelation 1:3

[iv] Ibid 14:12

[v] Ibid 16:14

[vi] Ibid 19:19

[vii] Ibid 20:6

[viii] Ibid 22:7

[ix] Ibid 22:14

[x] Matthew 5:3-12 from The Message, pages 1334, 1335


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