The Main Idea in Revelation
Revelation reads like a confusing book what with all of the monsters, angels, bowls, cups, trumpets, special numbers (and the list can go on and on), but there is a basic question undergirding the entire book that the reader is faced with: Who is worthy of honor and worship?
When we read that fantastic imagery in the book, John is (by inspiration) lifting the veil off our fleshly eyes to show us a glorious picture of our God and His Anointed one in comparison to the horrific and disgusting picture of a world influenced and deceived by Satan. John ultimately is revealing to us a truer spiritual reality than what we see in the physical world (that otherwise physical and deceptive ‘pleasure of sin for a season’ kind of world.)
John’s use of all this imagery is to tell us that he knows the answer to the question above, but he goes further than just telling us who. He also shares with us the consequences both of giving God the honor that He deserves alone, and of violating His honor due by giving it to another (Rome in the 1st -Century, society today for us), for sake of living an easier life. As Christian’s, if we refuse to share the honor of God at any cost with society, then our own honor in Gods sight and in His kingdom is assured (Rev 2.10). If we fail to reserve honor for Him alone and compromise with the world, then we will incur a loss worse than any loss in this world – the ‘second death'. (Rev 20.14-15).