What thou seest, write in a book and send it to the seven churches (Rev 1:11)
It is has been really interesting for me as I have spent the past few years studying the Bible, just how so many folks say that the book of Revelation is so difficult to understand. Yet this verse sort of sets the tone, for just the understanding the entire book.
You see the book is an interpretation of an interpretation. John is charged with writing in an earthly language what he is about to see with Spiritual eyes. This is a unique way to think about what we read. With every new translation, we seem to get further, and further away from the message.
Remember trying the game of passing a message around a circle, and seeing just how messed up it gets, by the time it comes back around. Well think about everyone trying to make it easier to understand, and getting further away from the original idea.
Even most interesting is the fact that this is the first book where God’s message is sent directly, by him to a servant. The letters to “the seven churches” is a dictation that John has no need to translate, he get and transcribes directly from God himself. This makes those letters extremely important to our lives.
So as you now go back and read the book, remember the first part from chapter 1, verse 11 on, God is speaking words that are actually warnings of how Christians are reacting today. So before you further than that, ask yourself if you are guilty of the warnings that God left in his own words.