Is your theory worth the risk?
Adding to the Book of Revelation could cost you your Salvation! But, don't take my word for it...
I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” (Rev.22:18-20)
The King James Version for those who prefer:
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He which testifieth these things saith, "Surely I come quickly." (Rev.22:18-20)
Yes! You can lose your Salvation!
Having your name taken out of the Book of Life and being refused entry to Heaven is what awaits those who 'add to' or 'take from' Christ's treasured Book of Revelation.
Is your pet theory worth the risk?
Maybe it's time to take a fresh look at Revelation. The first Chapter is very revealing. It explains what whole book is about.
Verse 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him.
Verse 2 The record of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Verse 3 Those who read it and take to heart what is written will be blessed.
Verse 4 Greetings from God, and from the Seven Spirits,
Verse 5 And from Jesus Christ, faithful witness, firstborn from the dead.
Verse 6 Who cleansed us from our sin and made us kings and priests before our God.
Verse 7 And who will come in the clouds for everyone to see.
Verse 8 Jesus says, "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end."
Verse 9 Then, John the Apostle introduces himself as our "companion in tribulation".
Verse 10 And tells us he was "in the Spirit on the Lords day, and heard a trumpet."
Verse 11 The trumpet was Jesus, telling him to write what he was about to see into a book.
Verse 12 And he turned to face Jesus, and saw seven candlesticks.
Verse 13 In the middle of the candlesticks was a man, Jesus, dressed in golden robes.
Verse 14 His hair was white as snow and his eyes burned like flaming fire.
Verse 15 His feet were like solid, polished brass and his voice sounded like many waters.
Verse 16 His face was like the sun shining at full strength. In his hand he held seven stars.
Verse 16 And out of his mouth came a sharp-two edged sword.
Verse 17 When John saw him, he fell like one dead, but Christ laid his hand on him.
Verse 18 He said, "Do not be afraid, I was dead, but now I am alive forever."
Verse 18 "And I hold the keys of death and hell."
Verse 19 "Write the things you've seen; the things which are, and the things yet to come."
Verse 20 "That is, the mystery of the seven stars and the seven golden candlesticks."
Verse 20 "The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches.
Verse 20 "And the seven golden candlesticks are the seven churches."
This first chapter says it all!
The Book of Revelation, from beginning to end, is about Jesus, with God and the Seven Spirits backing up everything he says and does. This is his story! It is the testimony of his absolute victory over sin, death and hell, forever!
He is now so powerful, even the Apostle he loved most fell to the ground like a dead man when he saw him in his glory for the first time.
How will those who don't love Jesus nearly as much as the Apostle John stand before Christ on judgment day? Will we be able to brag about what we've done for him? No!
His body is like brass, his face is like the sun, his eyes are like fire, his voice is like the sound of rushing water. A two edged sword comes out of his mouth, his kingship is unshakable - and will last, forever!
What an introduction!
There is no hint of Satan, here! He doesn't rate a mention. Satan can't compete with this mighty, conquering source of all power and authority!
This testimony is not about Satan! It is about the one who slapped his arrogant ambitions to the ground and took his plans for our future off the table, completely.
One word from his mouth!
One word from Jesus was all it took for Satan (and all his rebellious angels) to be hurled out of Heaven, forever! What incredible power!
When Satan was thrown down to the earth he was filled with rage and took revenge on God by including God's earthy children in his rebellion, robbing us of eternal life and marking us for death.
It was for this reason, Jesus put aside the might of his splendor and made himself less powerful than the angels for a time. He made himself equal to us, so he could lead us out of Satan's rebellion and put an end to the power of death.
The most powerful being in the universe, Satan's creator, allowed Satan to kill him!
But, as the creator of all things, death couldn't hold him! His resurrection from death broke Satan's power over us, forever, and opened the door for us to eternal life!
Once Christ had conquered death for us, he returned to his position of absolute power; a position he will never leave again. A position Satan cannot even begin to approach.
No human, no matter how evil, will ever be able to stand against the Creator of all things!
This is what the first chapter of the Book of Revelation reveals about Christ. And this is just the introduction!
If you want to know what the Book of Revelation is about, take a look at what Jesus, the ultimate, mind-blowing, power-house of authority, told John to write.
Then, forget the additions! Take a look at what John actually wrote!
This is the testimony of the King who has shown himself to be mightier than any other king! At the end of his testimony, this fearsome King of kings told John he would not permit anyone to add anything to what John wrote - on pain of death.
So now, anyone who tosses this warning aside and arrogantly presumes to change the testimony of the mighty King of kings, will answer to God for their presumption.
We can't 'add' to it! We can't 'take' from it!
If you don't understand what is written in Revelation, ask God to give you the wisdom to know Christ, in all his glory. When you understand the glory of Christ, you will understand all the images of the Book of Revelation, for every single one of them glorifies our mighty and glorious Redeemer; the supreme God and King over all, forever!
Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? (Rev.15:3-4)
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