When my daughter attended St. Olaf College a few years ago, she had a religion class where one of her assignments was to read through the book of Revelation. The book really disturbed her and so she called me to talk about it. I reassured her that the same loving God she had come to know in church, was the same God she read about in Revelation.
I wonder if many people don’t feel the same way about this book? It’s bizarre images are frightening and confusing to many. The Lamb that was Slaughtered, the Four Horsemen, the Mark of the Beast, the Dragon from the Sea- these images are hard to interpret. But that is exactly what we will be doing this fall.
I personally think that the book of Revelation is one of the most relevant books of the Bible for our time, not because it contains an end-time calendar, but because it contains a message of hope for people going through difficult times. It also urges us to faithfulness in a world that tempts us away from God in many ways. It encourages us to resist and say no when voices call us to compromise our faith and values.
Revelation is the most interesting book in the Bible and it is the only book that promises a blessing to those who read it. I encourage you to make a commitment to worship each Sunday. Considering attending the Bible study on Revelation being offered twice during the week- either on Sunday at 10:15 or Tuesday night at 7:00 pm. No previous experience with Bible study is needed. Just come with your questions and insights.