in nature, it is also :the testimony of Jesus Christ!: It is not only a revelation of future events - but, it is also primarily a revelation of the only-begotten Son of Almighty God - the One Who controls those events!

The beloved Disciple/Apostle John recorded a vision that he had of His Lord - Jesus, the Christ - the ascended and glorified "High Priest" - the slain "Lamb of God" - and, the victorious Conqueror! Scattered throughout the pages of the "Book of Revelation," we see "glimpses" of Jesus, the Christ - and, we hear His voice speaking to His people! He speaks to the churches - and, seven (7) times, He commands us to pay attention to what He is saying to each church!

It is important for us to see the importance of the plural pronoun "us" - for the beloved Disciple/Apostle John wrote the "Book of Revelation" for all believers in the churches - and, we can claim for ourselves the blessings that he shares! The "Book of Revelation" is the only Book in the Holy Bible that specifically promises a blessing to all those who read it - hear it - and, who take it to hesrt and obey it!

In Revelation 1:3 (NLT), we read: "God blesses the one who reads this prophecy to the church, and He blesses all who listen to it and obey what it says. For the time is near when these things will happen." The fact that Jesus, the Christ, sent the "Book of Revelation" to churches - in the plural - shows the importance that Jesus, the Christ, places on the local church in Almighty Godís "Plan of Salvation!" There are all kinds of religious organizations - many of them doing excellent work - however, the local church must take precedence over them all - the local church must be the focal point!

The beloved Disciple/Apostle John speaks of three (3) precious gifts - two (2) gifts that Jesus, the Christ, gives to us - and, one (1) gift that we give to Jesus, the Christ! Jesus, the Christ, loves us - He gives Himself to us! He loves us today - right now - just as we are! The beloved Disciple/Apostle John was in exile; however, he was still experiencing the love of Jesus, the Christ, in the midst of his suffering! It is important to take notice that the Disciple/Apostle John was called "the Disciple whom Jesus loved" - and, that love that Jesus, the Christ, had for him did not end when Jesus, the Christ, returned to Heaven!

In the "Upper Room," the beloved Disciple/Apostle John heard Jesus, the Christ, say - as recorded in Jiohn 14:21 (NLT): "Those who obey My commandments are the ones who love Me. And because they love Me, My Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal Myself to each one of them." John loved Jesus and Jesus revealed Himself to him! Although we will not see the dramatic visions that the beloved Disciple/Apostle John saw and wrote about, the Holy Spirit will open "the eyes of our hearts" to see Jesus, the Christ, in the Word of Almighty God - the Holy Bible - and, we will worship Him! True love, my brothers and sisters, entails