Revelation: Blessed

What blessings are to be found in the pages of the last book of the New Testament? Take a look at the seven “blessed is/are” statements (with all the number symbolism in Revelation, I’m certain this was a deliberate choice).

Read, listen, keep alert and put into practice

Revelation 1:3 – Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Revelation 16:15 – “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”

Revelation 22:7 – “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Enter into a relationship with Christ

Revelation 14:13 – And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, for their deeds follow them!”

Revelation 19:9 – And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Revelation 20:6 – Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Revelation 22:14 – Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

Bonus

Another recurring theme in Revelation is that of patient endurance in the face of adverse circumstances (1:9, 13:10, 14:12). Thankfully, we have a helper in the person of the Holy Spirit!

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