The Danger of Apathy
Dr. Ed Young
Let's bow for prayer together.
Father, we thank You for the privilege of spending this time in Your house. We ask that You will speak a clear word to us in this hour. May none of us feel excluded from what You are about, but may somehow we have that deep feeling that You are here with us and You are participating in what we are about. And Father, may we hear that still, small voice as we feel Thy presence knocking on the window pane of our hearts, asking for that entrance, for that new way with us. Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy message and Thy truth might be heard, received, understood and incorporated into our living. For we make this prayer in the strong, holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
For many people, the book of Revelation is shrouded in inexplicable mystery. They say, "I try to read it, but I can't understand it. It's a riddle. It's filled with bizarre-sounding things with titles and symbols that I simply do not understand."
Therefore, many of us have put Revelation to one side, and we have thrown it away and said, "Let all the crazies and all the kooks and all those involved in wild stuff read Revelation and seek to understand its meaning." And those of us who are honest in our hunger for the mind of
God, have just set to one side, and said, "Let Revelation just go by the
boards." We may deal with one verse here, and one verse there; or a
chapter here or a paragraph there; a title, a name here.
But for as a thorough going exegetical understanding, most of us are either ignorant or very timid about trying to see exactly what is said in this book.
Now, it's interesting to observe that's the only book in the Bible in which God promises a blessing, a special blessing to everybody who would read and study it. Now, God does not just promise this blessing once, that would have been enough. But He promises it on two different distinc ...
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