We were at dinner at a nice restaurant recently and a woman at the table next to us was talking loud enough for us to hear about Revelation. She had, I presume, her husband and two ladies as her audience. I pretty much agreed with most of what she was saying. The two ladies must have been in agreement, but they didn't know a lot of what she said and asked questions.
I don't know how my husband felt, but I wanted to go over and listen and even enter into the discussion. I can always learn more. As it turns out, our adult Sunday school class at our church is about a third of the way into our own study of Revelation.
Then, two nights ago, my husband and I were watching the History channel and there was a fascinating show about how Sir Isaac Newton had sealed away documents of his own beliefs concerning Revelation. Except for one item which my doctrine disagrees with, he was right on and I was amazed at how all these years, we didn't know that he had such interests. In fact, the show believes it was more like an obsession.
I would like to be like the woman at the table who in an audible voice, but not yelling, spoke what she thought without fear. I don't want to be like Mr. Newton and seal my beliefs in a cask. He did it apparently because of persecution. Still, I would like to be more bold.
Why is the book of Revelation coming into vogue again? We aren't near a millennium turning point. Perhaps it's just a coincidence, or perhaps The Lord is reminding us to be full of oil. That's always a good thing to do. He is coming back, just as He said.