Are we currently living out the Book of Revelation? If so, what chapter are we in? The answer may or may not surprise you.
Lately, I’ve been seeing comical memes on social media stating things like, “Me looking outside to see which chapter of Revelation we’re in today”. But according to friends, memes like these are genuine to them. So that begs to ask the question as to whether we’re actually, currently living out the Book of Revelation.
A few years ago, a Christian friend and I were having a discussion about the “catching up” [rapture] of the church. She asked me if she thought we would go through anything or see any of the bad things that would happen leading up to that time. I told her, “No”.
I was wrong.
What made me realize my faulty wasn’t because of the chaos we’re seeing around the world today, but rather, the character of God. When I read and meditated on the word of God, I realized that God truly is a God of order (1 Cor. 14:40).
The purpose of Him creating the earth was for Him to provide a habitation for us. He wanted a family (us). But first, He had to make sure everything was perfectly set in place when we arrived; therefore, He created the sun, moon, earth (land), water, vegetation, and animals before us. All of this was created for us and our enjoyment, as Christ is the Great Provider.
Keeping that in mind, the Lord made sure the ark was completely built before He caused The Great Flood (Gen. 7). He also made sure there were less than 10 righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah before He rained down fire and brimstone on the two cities (Gen. 19). Jesus also made sure crucifixion was established before He entered the earth in order to fulfill the biblical prophecy of His method of death (Zac. 12:10).
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on Me, on Him Whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over Him, as one weeps over a firstborn.” -Zachariah 12:10
I’ve listed all of this to lay out for you the orderly personality of God. He always makes sure things are perfectly laid out before He brings a thing to pass.
Now, as we look around and compare today’s days to what’s written in holy scripture, it sure looks like everything is laid out in place for the “catching away” of the church (true born-again believers), preceding the reign of the anti-Christ. Watch the news and read the Bible—you’ll see the parallels.
What we’re seeing is what’s been prophetically recorded for us thousands of years ago from the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, Matthew, Isaiah, and Revelation. So, it’s pretty safe to say that we’re close to the end of the Church Age. (We’ll address that a little later.)
Those who know me well know that every New Year’s morning, since 2011 the Lord has given me prophetic dreams about the year and/or years ahead. And in 2017, Jesus spoke to me in a dream mentioning, “Starting this year, I will make it very clear and evident those who are for Me and those who aren’t for Me.”
There are some things in which Jesus shares with you that are meant to stay between the two of you—that’s relationship. And there are other times when He tells you something to tell others. This dream was for the latter.
When I shared the dream, many received it, and I’m sure took it to prayer. But the shocking, yet not-so-shocking thing was, when I shared it with ministers, which were many, a lot of them (not all), refused to believe it or even take it up in prayer. I could care less whether people believe me or not, but I do in fact care whether they believe Holy Spirit (if it was truly from Him), which is why my heart was for them to bring what I shared with them to the Lord in prayer.
It reminded me of the times years ago (mentioned in the book I wrote, I Saw God Last Night) when I would receive visitations from the Lord, and have the most profound visions from heaven and sometimes from the diabolical, yet when I would share my dreams and visions with non-Christians, they’d believe. The Christians with church titles laughed in my face. I would always express to them that this is what sets our God apart from all others—He’s alive and active in our lives and makes Himself known.
Going back to the 2017 revelation I received from the Lord about Him making it evident of those who are truly for Him or not, have you seen this come to pass? I have! Boy, oh boy, have I! So much so that it seems as if He’s allowing the darkness that’s been hiding in our hearts to come to light, in order for us to come to that realization and run back into His arms (genuinely).
We’ve gotten so comfortable with our blessings that we’ve forgotten Who they came from. Jesus assured us in the Book of Revelation that He is coming back for a church that is without spot or blemish (Eph. 5:26-27), and I believe He means it! This brings us to whether we’re living out the Book of Revelation, and if so, which chapter are we in?
I truly believe that, yes, we are living in the Book of Revelation, but not in the chapters that some are saying. I believe we are currently living in chapters 2 & 3 of Revelations (since the church is no longer mentioned in chapters 4-19). Surprised?! These two chapters are addressed to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia (not that Philadelphia), and Laodicea. Yes, they were real people groups of the church (churches of Asia Minor), but I believe these are also addressed to the different churches of today!
When Jesus mentions them in chapters 2 & 3, we find that only two churches were found right before the eyes and heart of God. Two! The rest, He called out everything they were doing that was morally and spiritually wrong. But the Bible says that the Lord chastises those He loves (Heb. 12:6), and He isn’t calling them out because He’s fed up with them, He’s calling them out so they will turn their heart back to their First Love, which is Jesus.
You know, when you give your life to Jesus, you do just that, you give it away. It’s no longer your life anymore. That’s called a true conversion. When that conversion occurs, you’ve died to “self” and literally live in Christ Jesus—with that comes conviction. I often say that when you’ve reached the point when you no longer feel conviction for sin, you’ve gone too far! That’s the clue that you need to draw yourself back to the Lord.
So, I believe that God is chastising His church right now. He wants His children set apart from the world—He wants His family healthy. All He wanted was a family. You weren’t created by accident; you were formed with a purpose. I encourage you to read chapters 2 & 3 of the Book of Revelation with an honest heart and see if anything in your life that’s an offense to God and repent of it.
We’re at the very doorstep of the Rapture of the church. Jesus doesn’t want us to experience chapters 4-19, so thank Him for the chastisement of the chapters before them.
Always be watching, always be ready. Lead as many to Jesus right now as humanly possible. We don’t know the day nor the hour of when the Lord will return for us, which is why today is the day of salvation! (2 Cor. 6:2)