John desperately wanted to read this book.What do you expect from the synopsis on the back cover of a book? Do you want it to be an excerpt from the book? Perhaps an introduction to the characters and issues they face?
I have read book covers, that made me laugh, intrigued me, disgusted me, and made me excited to read more. Some I merely skim, others I read with baited breath. And still others I put back on the shelf after a few sentences.
But, I have never read a book synopsis that made me cry because I wanted so desperately to read it. Can you imagine reading a back cover that made you desperate to crack the binding and dive into its pages. What would you do if this book was sealed tight and you couldn't get into it?
There is a book cover that had such a profound effect on the Apostle John. Listen to this...
Revelation 5:1-5 (NASB)
"I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?'
And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.
Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;
and one of the elders said to me, 'Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.'"
Okay, so this picture doesn't have the writing on the outside, but you can get an idea for what it may look like.
Did you know that Revelation is the only book that promises that you will be blessed if you read, hear the words of the prophecy and heed the things written in it? (Rev 1:3) Okay, I know it’s a difficult book to understand and many of us shy away from it but, it is God’s word. Isn’t it worth trying to understand it?
Now I’m not talking about listening to every TV evangelist and what he or she has to say about the book of Revelation, but studying it for yourself, with some guidance. Precept ministries has written an inductive study of Revelation. It’s not without its flaws, but I promise you that you will understand Revelation much more than you do now.
I’m not going to lie to you, it was one of the most frustrating studies that I’ve done, but well worth it. It took my women’s Bible study one and a half years to finish all four parts of the study. I recommend that you find a Precept Bible study that is studying Revelation and join it. Give yourself permission not to understand everything and much of the frustration will fade away.
John really wanted to hear what was in that book. Do you?