7 Blessings of Revelation
- “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it.” (Rev 1:3)
- “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” (Rev 14:13)
- “Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Rev 16:15)
- “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb.” (Rev 19:9)
- “Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.” (Rev 20:6)
- “Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Rev 22:7)
- “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Rev 22:14)
In other words,
1. Those who take to heart the word of the open revelation among those who hear from the one who reads it
<Rev 1:3> 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.
2. Those who die in the Lord from now on after finishing their labor
<Rev 14:13> 13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them
3. Those who stay awake and keep their clothes so that they may not go naked and be shamefully exposed
<Rev 16:15> 15. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
4. Prepared brides of Jesus who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb
<Rev 19:9> 9. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
5. The priests who have part in the first resurrection, who are like kings with Christ, they shall be priests of God and of Christ
<Rev 20:6> 6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years
6. Those who keep the words of the prophecy in Revelation until the end
<Rev 22:7> 7. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
7. Those who have the right to the tree of life through a process of purification, which is washing of their white robes made of fine linen of right deeds. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints – Rev 19:8)
<Rev 22:14> 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
In summary, people who participate in the seven blessings of revelation are those who understand and take to heart the word of the open revelation and ultimately die in the Lord.
Also, they always stay awake, do not show any shameful deeds and participate in the first resurrection as the brides of Jesus. They take to heart the word of revelation until the end and are the recipients of Revelation who enjoy the blessings of eternal life with holy body as they go towards the tree of life through a cleansing process of themselves.
<Mt 24:37-42> 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark. 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Therefore, to become a true believer in Christ, we must completely get rid of all the old habits which do evil deeds and the attitude of faith toward worldly blessings in main, and adheres only to rich and wealth, power and prosperity, health and long lives that are given to even those who reject and go against Jesus. Also, we must overcome all concerns and distresses, firmly build the concept of spiritual blessings as ture disciples of Jesus who sustain themselves in any adversities, and know and perform God’s will (Jn 6:38-40). So, through the seven blessings of revelation, we now declare that participating in eternal life is the true blessing to all people of this world.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Especially today when materialism is widespread, a stereotype between blessings and curses has been constructed rather than seeking after blessings and materials to evangelize or perform God’s will. If we beg for more materials and worldly things in the name of God to satisfy our passionate blessings, we will lose the essence and purity of religion to follow God’s will. Also, it must be cautioned that the church may become the ground of religion toward worldly blessings in the forefront.
Therefore, to achieve a sound religious life, we must do away with all the widespread stereotypes of religion toward worldly blessings in main.
Biases of the religion toward worldly blessings in main
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<Outwardly Pretense and Prejudices That Must be Thrown Away Immediately>
1. Supremacy based on materials (Mammonism) (1Ti 6:10/Mt 6:4) 2. Supremacy based on physical attractiveness (Lookism) (1Pe 3:3/1 Sa 16:7/Col 3:25/Jas 2:1-4) 3. Supremacy based on lineage (1Co 1:26/Rev 13:1/2 Co 6:4-10) 4. Supremacy based on authority (Jer 5:30-31/1 Ki 21:5-16) 5. Supremacy based on outward appearances (Mt 23:25-28) 6. Supremacy based on buildings (Lk 21:5-6/Ac 7:47-50/Ac 17:24-25) 7. Supremacy based on advertising (Mt 23:5-7/Mt 6:1-18)
<Mk 7:6-9> 6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
<Isa 28:10-14> 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:<Isa 28:10-14> 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. 14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
<1 Jn 1:15-17> 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
The religion toward worldly blessings in the forefront is a form of religion that prioritizes material compensation and mammonism symbolized by the golden calf, and corresponds to a culture in which money is above God and even religious positions are bought with money.
Today, there are those who uphold “simonism” by trying to buy positions and fame that represent the power of God through a large amount of intentional offerings and funds for election campaigns. They, coupled with the trend of encouraging such a concept, have left the religion of God.
Also, those who neglect such a contradiction in the organizational structure worship the money in their hearts but, on the outside, instigate believers with a specious justification and attempt to rule over them with a foul purpose as middlemen of God and corrupters of his word, obeying the doctrine of Balaam and having two different hearts. (Jas 1:8/Ps 12:2/Ac 5:1-11)
< Ac 8:18-23> 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. 23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity
<Ho 10:1-2> 1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. 2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
<Mt 6:24> 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Money and materials are neutral tools to be utilized by good and evil at the same time. But problems arise when these become a more important goal than God’s will and are placed above love for God, love for others and love between believers in Christ.
<1Ti 6:5-12> 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
<Eze 7:19> 19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity.
However, many instances in which God rewards the believers who pursue genuinely God’s purpose with spiritual and material blessings are recorded in the Bible.
Many examples include Job’s intercessory prayer commanded by God, the prayer of Jabez allowed by God and the financial blessings that God promised to His people who performed
God’s work first when building a fallen Holy Temple.
For these blessings, in the day that our walls are to be built, all we have to do is putting God as the priority in our life as we can see through the book of “Haggai” in Bible as follows.
Though the book of “Haggai” in Bible is very short, it is really important contents to change our life, in which we place God as our priority. There is the economics of God.
“Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.
Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD. Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” <Hag 1:12-13>
<Job 42:7-10> 7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. 8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job. 10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
<1 Ch 4:9-10> 9 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
<Hag 1:2-11> 2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built. 3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, 4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? 5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. 9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. 10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. 11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
<Hag 2:6-9> 6. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 7. And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. 8. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. 9. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.
<Hag 2:15-19> 15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD: 16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty. 17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD. 18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’S temple was laid, consider it. 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.
For these blessings, all we have to do is equipping ourselves with genuineness as the kingdom and the priests of God through the life in which we place God as our priority.
There are many cases in which the poor who seek God persistently push God away as they become rich and go through a process of becoming more secularized and reliant on money. We must heed that such materialistic mannerism may infect other believers like an epidemic and make them forget the essence of faith, leading to a spiritual destruction.
Also, as shown in Psalms 112, the believers who receive the material blessings must remember that God commands them to share their wealth and riches given from God with those in need and carry them out to fulfill the whole measure.
<Ps 112:1-10> 1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. 4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
<Isa 2:17-22> 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish. 19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. 22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
<Jas 4:13-17> 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
<Lk 12:15-21> 15. And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17. And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18. And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21.So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
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