As a child, I honestly believed that the book of Revelation was for grown-ups only. Silly as that may sound now, I have figured out now why I thought so. It was because of the scary beasts they always spoke about, the national Sunday Law (which would get us killed for believing in Jesus), the 7 churches and the dreaded mark of the beast. Whenever my dad’s friend started a conversation around that, I was quick to leave the room. Consequently, through most of my teen years, I never read anything from that book.
It seems that many other teens and even young adults struggle with the book of Revelation and choose to ignore reading it altogether. It makes me sad because this is probably the book to read. Have a look at these verses:
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:5-7
This is what changed my whole idea of Revelation. From the first verse the book assures me that it is going to reveal Jesus, and a couple of verses down, it goes back to show me that the same Jesus who loved me and gave His life for me is going to come back again, for me! This helps me realize that maybe we have spent too much time focused on the negative, when the book is more about the positive. It has become the anchor of my faith to know that no matter what beastly power may rise, whatever laws may be passed, Jesus has already assured me that He is coming back again, and all I have to do is live for Him with this hope. That’s the essence of this book!