August 5, 2019 @ 5:18 PM

Revelation is divine truth unveiled.  The Free dictionary says it is “a manifestation of divine will or truth.”  When people say they’ve had a revelation, they mean that something hidden or previously unknown has been made known or obvious to them.  Why is revelation important?  Why do we need it?  We need revelation because we are not all-knowing.  We do not possess all wisdom. 

Even in relationships we can be misguided or deceived by what we see and hear.  Our emotions can betray us and leave us vulnerable.  However, when we get a revelation, truth is exposed.  God’s word is full of revelation about what is in people’s hearts, the deceitfulness of riches, the trappings of pride and sin.  The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are full of revelation about everything from the majesty of God to marriage. 

God does not want us to be ignorant.  He does not want us to walk into the future blind.  No, we will never be as wise as God, but we can tap into the wisdom of God for every situation we encounter in life.  We access this wisdom through prayer, worship and reading God’s word.  God is ready to download revelation and wisdom to us each time we set aside time to meet with Him. 

That’s what the Apostle John discovered when God gave him a “revelation.”  This “revelation” is actually shared with us in the last book of the bible bearing the same title.  The “title of this book in the original Greek, means ‘unveiling’ or ‘disclosure’ of hidden things known only to God.”[1]

Apostle John received this special revelation from God in about A.D. 96 on the “Island of Patmos, off the western coast of Asia Minor, where John was banished ‘because of the Word of God and of the testimony of Jesus.’”[2].  This “revelation of Jesus Christ,” though written in code, discloses the mysteries of God. 

“The Book of Revelation depicts the end of the present age and the coming of God’s future kingdom through symbol, images, and numbers.”[3] This important revelation gives insight into the end-times, the age to come and gives hope by affirming that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Although John was blessed to receive this amazing revelation from the Lord, God is no respecter of persons.  He reveals things to us, too—and on a daily basis.  We only have to look around us, listen, and tune in spiritually to hear what He is saying. 

If you have been looking for answers and need to hear God’s wisdom, I encourage you to turn off the noise around you and lean in to hear God’s voice.  Shut off Facebook, turn off the TV., close your laptop, turn down the volume on your phone, and spend quiet time with your heavenly Father. 

He loves spending time with you.  He has all the answers that you need.  And when you get alone with Him don’t forget to take a pen and some paper to capture the wisdom He shares with you.   While in His presence you may not get a revelation like John, but what you do see and hear will be powerful enough to transform your life and those within your sphere of influence.   

Until next time.

[1] Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  See “Revelation of John.”

[2] Thompson Chain Reference Bible.  See “Revelation.”

[3] Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  See “Revelation of John.”