The First and Second Blessings of Revelation | Pastor Mike Fortune | September 22, 2018


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  1. God wants to bless and encourage us (Revelation 1:3a; Revelation 1:1-2; Additional Tools; Acts 13:15: Colossians 4:16; Revelation 1:4; Revelation22:21) 
  2. To abide and obey (Revelation 1:3b; John 15:5; Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 2:21; Luke 11:28; Acts 13:27; Acts 15:21)
  3. And rest when we die (Revelation 1:3c; Revelation 22:20; Billy Graham - JFK Pic; Revelation 14:13; Revelation 14:12; Revelation 6:11; Revelation12:11; Antonio Stradivarius Pic; 1 Corinthians 15:58)

Revelation 1:3a

3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message.


Revelation 1:1-2

1 This is a revelation from  Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon  take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, 2 who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.


Additional Tools

Revelation of Jesus Christ by Ranko Stefanovic

Meeting Jesus in the Book of Revelation by Mike Tucker

Finding Jesus in the Book of Revelation by Daniel Wysong and Steve Case

The Lamb Among the Beasts by Roy Naden


Acts 13:15

15 After the usual readings from the books of Moses and the prophets, those in charge of the service sent them this message: “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it.”


Colossians 4:16

16 After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.


Revelation 1:4

4This letter is from John to the seven churches in the province of Asia. Grace and peace to you...


Revelation 22:21

21May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. 


Revelation 1:3b

3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says.


John 15:5

5 Apart from Me you can do nothing.


Ephesians 5:1

1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.


Galatians 2:21

21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. 


Luke 11:28

28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”


Acts 13:27

27 The people in Jerusalem and their leaders did not recognize Jesus as the one the prophets had spoken about. Instead, they condemned him, and in doing this they fulfilled the prophets’ words that are read every Sabbath.


Acts 15:21

21 For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in every city on every Sabbath for many generations.


Revelation 1:3c

3 God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.


Revelation 22:20

20He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!


Billy Graham - JFK


Revelation 14:13

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”


Revelation 14:12

12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.


Revelation 6:11

11 Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters —their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.


Revelation 12:11

11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.


Antonio Stradivarius


1 Corinthians 15:58

58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.