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Though the times have changed and the methods of Satan have taken on a new appearance the basic underlying aim is still the same. Our interests and understanding are challenged by: 1. Satan wants all that is good to bow the knee unto him. Let us now note in a little more detail the purpose of the book in regard to the First Century Christians. (6) In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, to His ears." Psalm 18:1-6 The message and purpose of the book for Christians living today is basically the same. Though our enemy is not the Roman Empire and paganism, and though we are not subjected to bow the knee to any man by force, the enemy remains the same. It is my prayer to God and my desire for you to open our minds and hearts to receive the "implanted words of life".
The word of God is given for many different reasons: "(16) All Scripture given by inspiration of God, and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2Timothy -17) "as His divine power has given to us all things that to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue," (2Peter 1:3) From these two scriptures alone I believe that the child of God today must reach a decision that the message contained in the book of Revelation is as important to us today as it was at the time of its writing. Surely the purpose of the book can be summed up in this one short statement -- "It is not over until it is over" or as one would say in the Afrikaans language "Vasbyte", being interpreted "Hang in there it is worth your while in the end." The optimism that is depicted by John is not arrogant stupidity but rather one that comes from the strength and the knowledge of the Power of the King that we serve. Listen to the words of David concerning this matter: "(1) I will love You, O Lord, my strength. Study should be a constant way of life for the child of God. Great Swords , two edge swords , Slaughtering swords. One needs to always keep in mind that we are to have an " For many the purpose of the book of Revelation served as only applicable to those of the First Century Christians.