Angels are featured throughout the Bible, used by God to minister to people on the earth. Sometimes they protect, sometimes they punish—but one of their most important missions is to reveal and explain prophecy.
And one of the most important angelic revelations in the Bible is for God's people in the end times, found in Revelation 14. In this chapter, God reveals some awesome last-day messages coded in the symbolism of three flying angels ...
Q. Isn't the book of Revelation sealed?
- “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near” (Revelation 22:10).
God Himself, in the very book itself, commands that Revelation not be sealed! And it never has been sealed. Satan wants you to believe it is sealed because if you read it, you will learn about the strategies and devious last-day plans he has for God's children.
If you know the truth in advance, as God desires and has revealed in Revelation, then Satan cannot trap you with his deceptions.
The very name "Revelation" means "unveiling," "opening," or "revealing"—the complete opposite of being sealed—and Revelation begins with the words, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” The book of Revelation is from Jesus, and it reveals His last-day instructions and plans for His work and His people. Plus, a special blessing is pronounced upon those who read Revelation and heed its counsel:
- “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
- “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll” (Revelation 22:7).
Does that sound like something God doesn't want you to read or understand? No! He says you will receive a blessing by reading it, believing it, and doing what it says. It is Satan who wants to discourage you from reading it and understanding it.
Revelation describes God's end-time people and church with startling clarity. It makes the Bible come to life when you see the last-day events depicted in Revelation taking place.
Finally, Revelation is written primarily for and geared to the people of our day—just before Jesus' return. It is written “to show His servants what must soon take place,” and “because the time is near.” All throughout, Jesus declares, “I am coming soon.” (See Revelation 1:1-3; 3:11; 22:6, 7, 12, 20.)