The Lord’s book
is full of wonders –
only He can help us understand them.
At the beginning of Revelation, the apostle John declares,
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
At the end, there is this clear warning not to add to or take away from its words,
18 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:
19 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.
Should this warning make us afraid to interpret it? Is it too much for us? After all, God’s Word is eternal and infinite because it is His. One of the most helpful things I’ve learned is that the Bible is its own best interpreter. The Lord has shown His care for us in giving us many interpretations outright, such as this,
7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
And the angel goes on to do this in the verses that follow. This doesn’t mean that the interpretation will be simple to understand, but that it is definite and exact. The Lord has been so gracious to us, but understanding His Word is demanding. May He lead us and keep us safe!