While many people avoid talking about the Book of Revelation because they are scared of it, it is actually the only book in the Bible which promises a blessing to those who read it, according to Alec Haigood Sunday evening, May 17. Haigood further said people don’t have to have a perfect understanding of the book which does include a lot of prophecy.
He also said all that is required is to read and hear the Scriptures in Revelation, recognize what is taking place and do what it says. Haigood, who earned a master’s degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, is also a graduate of Wichita Falls Rider High School and Midwestern State.
He further said the victor is already determined based on what is found in Revelation and that is good news for followers of Christ. He said the last book of the Bible goes through five different entities beginning with God and including Jesus, an angel, the disciple John and the bondservants of seven churches.
The Biblical scholar also said the Book of Revelation refers to the millenium which is a 1000-year reign of Christ. He said there are three different theories regarding the millenium. The post-millenialists assert Christ returns at the end of the thousand years. Pre-millenialists claim Christ will return at the beginning of the thousand year period. A-milllenialists believe there will be no thousand-year reign of Christ. However, pre-millenialists espouse the belief Christ will return at the beginning of the thousand years.
Haigood said he is a pre-millenialist who believes Christ will return and reign during the thousand year time frame.
He joked there are also pan-millenialists who believe things will all “pan out” in the end.
He said the book was probably written approximately 95 A.D.
The Wichitan also said this book is singularly significant because it tells of the future and “unveils who Christ is.” Jesus is described as being on His throne.
He said that at the time the disciple John scribbled down his notes which became the Book of Revelation, he was a senior adult. John was one of the original 12 disciples and the only one to not be executed for his beliefs.
Haigood covered only the first three verses of Revelation which are as follows: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testified to everything he saw—–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and belssed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
He said that instead of being scared of the Book of Revelation, believers should be encouraged by it. Nonbelievers will also find the book a fascinating read.