The word revelation has an important meaning: the manifestation or unveiling of something that has been hidden. In other words, the book of Revelation is the unveiling of God’s plan for the future.

God revealed this plan to John when he was in his 90s, exiled to the island of Patmos. Through John’s exile, God gifted John and His people with the most powerful heavenly vision for all of eternity: the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This vision completes the Gospel, giving hope to, sternly warning, and deeply comforting all those who trust in Jesus. As you read it, remember these three purposes of Revelation:

Revelation completes our understanding of God’s purpose for history and for our future. Revelation assures us that, while the world may look out of control, it’s not out of the control of God; He holds His children in His loving hand. From Genesis to Revelation, God has a plan, and Jesus is at the center of it all.

Revelation shows us the danger of compromise and the ultimate destruction of Satan and those who reject Christ. In Revelation we see that God has secured the victory, and judgment will come at the end times. Therefore we must not compromise, but stand firm against the spirit of this age, who says we can have salvation without the Savior, power without prayer, spirituality without the Holy Spirit, and morality without the Bible.

Revelation gives us an awe-inspiring portrait of the glorified, soon-coming King Jesus. John’s vision completes the Gospel of salvation—past, present, and future. For in Revelation we see Jesus no longer hanging on a cross, but glorified in white and gold, with hair white as wool, with eyes that blaze with fire, with a voice like rushing waters (see Revelation 1:13-15). We see Jesus as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (see 22:13).

The same Jesus born as a helpless babe in Bethlehem is coming back to sit on the judge’s bench. If He were to return today, would you be thrilled or afraid? Would you be unprepared or ready to face the King? Examine your life. Look through the lens of eternity. Ask the Lord how He wants you to prepare for that glorious day when you see Him face to face.

Prayer: God, thank You for the hope I have in You. May it fill me with joy and overflow in love for others as I share the Truth of Your Gospel. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I have become [the gospel’s] servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness . . . this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:25, 27).

*Devotional adapted from End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi by Michael Youssef © 2016. Published by Worthy Books, Franklin, TN. Used by permission.

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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