Revelation 1: 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.
Revelation is prophetic scripture, but it holds a practical lesson for us. It’s a divine order from Jesus to the Apostle John. We look at it from the prospective of the far away future, way down the road. It’s not. It was written 2,000 years ago. John obeyed the Master while on Patmos and wrote down these things. There are three categories: things which you have seen; things which are; and things which shall be hereafter.
John dictated seven letters to the churches in Asia Minor. They are for us today as well as those churches to inform and teach us to be careful about falling into a spiritual state like some of those churches did. Some were commended. Chapter 3 and on are about the hereafter. Chapter 1 deals with things John had seen in his lifetime. Jesus unveiled reality for time and eternity and John recorded it. The Bible is an open book to the world but many ignore it. We should see people making huge sacrifices for the Lord but we don’t. We’re being touched by the signs of the time. You all that come to church on Sunday and Wednesday nights see the importance of being in the house of God. It bothers me that faithfulness is not important to so many.
We have a picture of the things which are and the foresight of what is to come. John wrote it down and it has been passed down through the years. It is for us to hold. We’re given the same injunction to write it down. Be a living epistle for the Lord. We don’t write it on paper. It’s written into our lives and manner of living, in our decisions and the way we think. God reveals himself in our relationship with him.
John was first told to write what he had seen. John 1:14 says and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. We have touched the Lord because he touched us. We see it every day and it should be written for all to see. I John 1:1-3 says that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. Jesus should be manifested in our lives. These are things which John had seen. They’ll help him deal with the things which are and what is to come.
Darkness is closing in. It’s more challenging to be a child of God. Don’t focus on what is to come. Get down what you have seen. Do you have confidence in salvation through faith? You don’t have to worry about tomorrow. If you’re established in Jesus and it is written indelibly in your life, you can face today and tomorrow. Don’t forget how you got saved. John wouldn’t forget the day Jesus came to the fishing boat and said follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Don’t forget what you’ve learned. You’ll need it today and tomorrow.
Jesus did this in deliberate order. When we get good and settled in our heart and relationship we are able to see things as they really are and not how they seem. This world has gone crazy. Homosexuality and abortion are considered fine and paraded over the television, but when a preacher or a church tries to tell the truth of God they are slammed. We’re told by politician after politician that these are the best times ever. These are not good times. The mark of the beast is on the horizon.
I John 3:2 says beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. This world is cruising for a bruising—not from us but from God. He’ll reach down for his people soon and free us from all this craziness. We’ll be happy ever after because of what we have seen. These are not bad times for the child of God because of what’s in store. We don’t have to fall away. We can be faithful. Write these things down. It may look cloudy now but joy is coming in the morning.
Our writing will do someone else good just like John’s has done for us. So, write it down.