“Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.” Revelation 1:3 ->me: I started studying here at verse 3 last night and there was so much that was going through my mind about it that I could not justify quickly writing up a QT verse and snippet – So this is the conclusion of yesterday’s QT thoughts. Apparently this verse is the first of 7 beatitudes written in Revelation (1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). If I were to paraphrase this verse it would be “Blessed are those who not only preach this book of Revelation in Church but blessed are those who hear the preaching and take the teaching to heart by heeding the warnings and instruction of the word of God.” John regards what he penned as Holy Scripture; he not only calls it prophesy (a revelation of something previously hidden, but that ‘will’ happen) he also warns messing around with or meddling with its contents at the end of the book in 22:18-19. It is also a reason that blessings can be called down on those who preach and hear it. John is not looking to just stimulate interest with this book, he is looking to influence action in us who read and hear it. Holy Scripture is a guide to conduct as well as the source of doctrine. I am nervous…There is so much imagery in this book that is going to require study and the activity of the Holy Spirit within me. I pray that the Lord would be merciful by giving me a divine peace and contentment with what I don’t understand as well as clear direction when I read the passages that suggest action.