Religion and the Sabbath or Sunday Worship Part 14B: Fulfillment
Promises, Predictions, and Vision in apocalyptic
events: Predictions are more of human work, whether they may happen or may not. Whoever predicted an event that did not happen might sometimes lose credibility and take time for healing, especially if it caused bodily harm or loss of material possessions. Many lost their money and properties because of following and believing false interpretations. Ellen White- Co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, predicted the end of the world by the mid-19th century and the coming of Jesus, but her prediction failed. Is this not enough to walk away from this prediction, yet the 7th Adventist church still exists up to this date? Many predicted that the group would never last and recover, and many, if not all, would walk away from the congregation. This is what the word of God said: Deuteronomy 18:22 reads: “If a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the Lord has not spoken” (NRSV).
The Book of Revelation, when it was first published, was called The Revelation, according to John. Then it became the Revelation of Jesus Christ, later called Revelation. Revelation is the most challenging word to interpret without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is symbolic, and anyone who interprets it will get lost in translation without the blessings from above. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit makes us aware if it is from God, and we cannot just literally interpret it and teach the believers about something that we’re not sure about and has not been proven.
Let the knowledge of truth be their strength, for these believers do not deserve false teachings that will later be their tools to charge against our faith. We need to trust that the word we preach to them is worth nourishing their souls. They most likely know the Scripture but need to twist it to satisfy their interest. As stated in 2 Timothy, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling the word of truth accurately.”—2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified Bible.
Anyone who knows how to read can understand it without further interpretations. How more apparent is the need to make them preach the purity and truth of this Scripture? The Book of Revelation has an easy-to-understand prologue if we only listen from our hearts. Ask these questions. Who revealed the vision to Jesus Christ? What does the Father want Jesus to do? What did Jesus do? Who received the message of Revelation? From whom did John Receive it? Revelation 1:8 states, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Who is coming, the Father God our LORD or Jesus the mighty Lord?
Reconsider this vision; it does not need to be interpreted by a learned person and the Holy Spirit within you. It may guide you if you don’t doubt how the Scripture interprets itself. Many arguments only lead the hearers to get confused about things which way is right. Whatever you hear could be both right and wrong; what is your take on listening to them that have separate ways or to your heart.?
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, God gave His vision to show his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his (Jesus) angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, five and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood six and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail3 on account of him. Even so. Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, y “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
God is all in all.