thanks for the email and the questions. Why have most
churches stopped teaching on the book of Revelation?
this is a very valid observation unfortunately. The sad thing is that
it is the only book that has a special blessing for those that do read
and heed it! I'd say there are a few reasons why it is read less these
1. Some Churches see it as controversial and don't want
to ruffle feathers so stay away.
2. The many ideas out there on how
people interpret the symbolism in Revelation leads some Pastors to
just stay away, putting it in the too hard basket.
3. The book of
Revelation, to be taught accurately, requires a good understanding of
the whole Bible (especially the Old Testament) and some don't want to
put the effort in to understand what it is saying.
4. A theme of
Revelation, that God will soon punish the world and sin, doesn't sound
all the 'positive' to some Churches who prefer to focus on 'nicer'
thoughts as they establish their own little kingdoms on earth. : )
5. Some of the 'absolute statements' over the years from those that
are completely sure exactly when Jesus is returning has led to
prophecy and end times in general being laughed at in some circles and
so some Pastors just stay clear of it.
6. Back in the 70's with the
'Jesus People' revival, end times played a great part and people
longed for, and spoke of, Jesus' return. I guess with all the
excitement that it was going to happen soon, and then it didn't, maybe
people started to lose heart and tired in their waiting and longing.
So they started focusing on no 7...
7. The church in the west, in
general, is more focused on having your best life here and now... as
if this place is where our hope is. It's not. But, as Bible prophecy
indicates, the last church leading up to the return of Jesus is of the
Laodicean spirit... which is basically worldly. Happy and more than
content with this world. So why long for the life to come?
all of these reasons are wrong of course. Personally, I love
Revelation, Bible prophecy and always have. And any true Christian
should be excited about the return of Jesus Christ because it is, as
scripture says, OUR BLESSED HOPE!
May God bless!