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Date of Study:
February 20, 2023

In this verse John promises a blessing to the person who reads aloud the words which have been written and a blessing to those who hear and respond in obedience to what they hear. This does not seem to imply a universal, tit-for-tat blessing on any person throughout all time who recites these passages. Rather, “the one who reads aloud” refers to the persons who originally read this message to a congregation; those who hear and obey its words refers to that congregation. Both the reader and the audience are blessed: literally, happy or fortunate. In a more general sense, this implies that there is great benefit to those who study and understand this writing.


When read and obeyed, the Word of God rejoices the heart. Jesus promised, “These things I have spoken to you…that your joy may be full” (John 15:11). First Thessalonians 1:6 reports that, when the Thessalonians “received the word in much affliction,” they did so “with the joy of the Holy Spirit.” The first Psalm describes the person who delights in God’s Word as “blessed” (Psalm 1:1–2). David, most likely the writer of Psalm 119, declared in verse 111: “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.”


John concludes verse 3 by stating that “the time is near.” The Greek word translated “time” here refers to a period of time. In other words, John is predicting that the period described in this writing, when God wraps up history, is soon to begin.


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“Revelation 1:3”

What does Revelation 1:3 mean? |


Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.

Exodus 13 3a
Exodus 12 21
Exodus 12 13
Exodus 11 10
Exodus 10 14

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