The Divine Disclaimer

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take heart what is written in it, because the time is near”
- Revelation 1:3
There’s been a certain hesitation regarding the reading of Revelation that many Christians struggle with. The book can be confusing, so many shy away from reading it because they fear they won’t understand it. Most of us have encountered this sort of roadblock when we’ve heard sermons preached on Revelation or when we’ve tried to study it on our own.

If you’ve tried to read this book but found it difficult to understand— that’s okay. Part of the reason why it is difficult to comprehend is because it’s written in code. The book is very allegorical, meaning it uses symbols and metaphors to explain events. Why? Because the disciples had to protect the secrets of these prophesies should they fall into Rome’s hands.

Christ’s Revelation is also written in a way so that believers may understand the prophesy of the future through the knowledge of the Holy Spirit. Nonbelievers do not carry the spirit of God and therefore cannot glean from it what we as believers can. But even as much as we can know about Revelation through the teaching and revealing of the Holy Spirit, we still will not understand the prophesy in its entirety until it’s fulfilled. The Word says, “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears” (1 Corinthians 13:9-10). When this time is finished, our questions will be answered, and our joy will be complete.

Jesus says to His disciples, “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). So, we know that we as Christians, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can understand what is available for us to know regarding the Revelation of Christ. The rest is reserved for the latter time.

The word ‘Revelation’ quite literally means ‘Apocalypse’, or ‘unveiling.’ This uncovering by the Holy Spirit of God is also our upper hand against the enemy. We often think that Satan is capable of more than he is. But Satan does not know what he does not know. He’s been told that in the end, he will be crushed (Genesis 3:15), but he does not know the details of his downfall. Therefore, we can have a great encouragement because we do know the details. We still see in part, but we have the advantage because God has revealed the end.

At the beginning of the book of Revelation, there’s a divine disclaimer. It says that those who read the words of this book aloud are blessed, and those who hear it and take it to heart are blessed.

We don’t have to understand every piece of the puzzle right now—all He says is that we are blessed if we read, meditate, and take to heart this prophesy. We are not looking to be in some exclusive holy club that understands the secrets of the universe.

The Divine’s disclaimer is that we are blessed when we dwell in these words.

Let’s not hesitate—He’s given us every gift to understand His prophesy if we listen.


9 Comments


Judy - January 10th, 2022 at 8:36am

Amen! Thank you Pastor!

Gil Palomo - January 10th, 2022 at 9:11am

Thank you Pastor for all your insight. And allowing the Holy Spirit speak to your ❤️.

Martha - January 10th, 2022 at 9:28am

Praise God for your obedience to abide with Christ pastor Ed‼️ And thank you for the reverent preparation you invest in every sermon. All for His glory!

Sandi - January 10th, 2022 at 10:43am

Thank you Pastor Ed. Your messages are full of insight and truth. I began my day with your daily devotional instead of the news during our 21day fast. Thank you for blessing me!

Theresa Whitefield - January 10th, 2022 at 12:25pm

Pastor Ed, I’m at lunch right now which is usually when I’m scrolling through my social media. Instead, I read your devotion! Thank you for sharing.

Joseph - January 10th, 2022 at 5:08pm

For my 21 day fast I am off social media and on Ed Newton Ministries!

Letty - January 10th, 2022 at 10:10pm

Me too!

Mary Guirovich - January 10th, 2022 at 7:44pm

Great insight. We are blessed, by reading Revelation aloud. God is good!

Salma N Escamilla - January 10th, 2022 at 9:47pm

Thanks Pastor..I m ready ..21 days..I did not plan to fast, but your preaching encouraged me to do so, I do not like social media, and here I am reading the devotional. Thank God for your life and thank you for the love you have for Jesus, it motivates us to all.