Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
No other book contains this promise of blessing for those who hear this word and live life accordingly. This blessing is pronounced on the ones who believe and find their joy in these words that follow. From John’s pen we read a summary of the last days of a fallen creation, followed by a new heaven and earth. This blessing might also be said to apply to all sixty-six books.
John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock
Matthew 7:26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand
The time is near. The kingdom of God is not far away. In fact, we are told in several places that the kingdom of God has been realized in part.
Matthew 12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you
Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,