Revelation is the last book in the Bible. It includes many
ideas that we can find in other books in the Bible. It tells us about all the
future events from John’s time, until now, and until the end of this world.
Revelation tells us that all Christians will have troubles during their lives
on earth. So they will need to be patient and strong. We think that John wrote
this book down about AD 95. That was more than 60 years after Jesus Christ
lived on this earth. (But some people think that he wrote it before AD 70.)
It is a letter that Jesus told John to write to Christians. At
that time, things were very difficult for Christians. The king of Rome ruled
many countries and he was causing a lot of trouble for Christians. His soldiers
were killing many of them. John was in a prison because he was a Christian.
Rome is the capital of the country that we call Italy now.
Jesus appeared to John, as in a dream. Jesus also sent an
angel (a *being from God’s home above the earth) to John. The angel showed John
many future events that surprised him. These things made John afraid. Jesus
told John to write down what he saw. Jesus wants us to know about things that
will happen during the last days of the earth. He wants us to be ready.
John wrote Revelation to 7 churches (groups of Christians).
These churches were in a place that people called ‘Asia’ at that time. This
place is the south and west part of the country that we call Turkey now. In
Chapters 2 and 3, there are separate messages from Jesus to each of these
different churches. These messages tell us what is most important for Christians.
We must continue to love and obey Jesus Christ. We must believe him, even when
there is trouble.
‘Revelation’ means ‘to show things that people could not see
before’. This book describes many strange events. These events are difficult
for us to understand. They are like pictures. They show us an idea of what will
really happen. But Jesus wants us to think about these pictures. He wants us to
understand as much as we can. He wants everyone to know what will happen, not
only clever people.
One day God will destroy this earth and this sky. And he will
make a new earth and a new sky. He will not let any bad people live there. But
before that time, bad trouble will come to the whole world. Christians should
be ready for things to be very difficult. Other people may do bad things to
them. They will need to be strong. In many countries today, it is not easy to
be a Christian.
But Jesus is the *Lord and he will return to this earth. He
will beat all his enemies in the end. He will make everything right that is
wrong. And all those who love him will live with him always. Then nothing will
ever hurt them or make them sad again. Revelation tells us to remember all
this. It teaches us to wait patiently.