Dear Friends of “Dial Daily Bread,”
Would you like to have an experience better than watching any movie? Read the Book of Revelation all the way through--no commentaries or books to explain it. Don't get bogged down in details--just go through it like you'd watch a play on a stage.
You'll soon see that there is a special blessing pronounced on the one who will do so--it's in chapter 1, verse 3: "Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep [treasure] those things which are written in it; for the time is near." That is the only book of the sixty-six in the Bible that has such a special blessing on the one who reads it, or just listens to it being read. Yet, strangely enough, it is the one book of the sixty-six that seems to be most often neglected by preachers.
You will find one word appearing over and over, more than 25 times, "the Lamb." In fact, it is the first symbol in the book, and it is the easiest to understand. It means the crucified Christ. The cross of Christ is therefore the most prominent subject in the Book of Revelation.
As you read, you will see the great drama of the ages played out as on a giant movie screen, and something will well up in your human heart to realize that the central Hero of this vast portrayal is your personal Savior, the One who knows you best, who loves you when you have even been at your worst, the one who went to hell to save you and died your second death. Then you will realize that you are an important participant in this vast drama, that you have an important contribution to make.
It's a thrilling experience to read the Book of Revelation all the way through to that glorious climax when you walk the street of the New Jerusalem and eat the fruit of the tree of life, and drink from that pure river of the water of life. Yes, God gave you that precious book!
--Robert J. Wieland
From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: 1994 Phone Message.
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