|There is much or
little to say about this passage.
|I choose to look at
this as a form of testimony. How do I
convince you that these things are true?
|There is the
testimony of Christ himself. He tells
you, “I am coming soon.” What does
“soon” mean? He alone knows.
|But he also tells
you that if you want to be blessed, “keep” the words of this prophecy. It reminds us that all prophecy has two
functions: not just foretelling the
future, but also reminding of us of how we should live (more on that in the
|There is John’s
testimony, the human eyewitness.
You’re getting it from the horse’s mouth, the last living Apostle, and
the best friend on earth of Jesus Christ -- the disciple whom Jesus loved. What’s particularly revealing here is
John’s reaction: he is so overwhelmed,
he begins to worship the angel who shows him all this.
opportunity for the angel’s testimony, too.
His honesty compels him to point John to worship God -- and God alone.
|In the mouths of
three witnesses -- you will find the truth.