Seven is an important number in the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. For “seven” represents perfection and completion since God took seven days to complete creation. Revelation has seven blessings or beatitudes that appear scattered throughout the book. Most who are familiar with the word “beatitude” connect the word to Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-11). But you’ll see beatitudes throughout the pages of the Bible. A beatitude is simply God announcing His people are blessed or happy. It’s the declaration by God that none other than God Himself will place His hand of blessing upon your life. Here are the seven beatitudes for your study with minimal comment.
1. You’re blessed by reading and obeying the book of Revelation: “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
2. You’re blessed when you die trusting in Jesus Christ: And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:13).
3. You’re blessed when you are prepared for Christ’s Return: “Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!” (Revelation 16:15).
4. You’re blessed to spend eternity with Jesus Christ: And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God” (Revelation 19:9)
5. You’re blessed to avoid the misery of the second path (hell): “Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6).
6. You’re blessed to obey the words of Revelation: “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7).
7. You’re blessed to experience Christ’s forgiveness for your sins: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates” (Revelation 22:14).
Programming Note: I’ll be teaching the book of Revelation beginning in September 3 on Wednesday nights as a part of our Connect Classes.