The Seven Beatitudes of the Book of Revelation


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Reader’s of Scripture are familiar with the nine beatitudes of Mathew’s Gospel.

***Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. **
(Matthew 5:3-11) *

But how many of us have noticed the seven beatitudes scattered throughout John’s Book of Revelation?

***Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near. **(Revelation 1:3)

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” (Revelation 14:13)

**“Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed!” **(Revelation 16:15)

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)

Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. (Revelation 20:6)

**And behold, I am coming soon." Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. **(Revelation 22:7)

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. (Revelation 22:14)*

Pointing it out is my point, that’s all. Hope you enjoy. :slight_smile:

-Tim-


#2

Thank you! Very fascinating and refreshing.


#3

I especially like the Washing the Robes one…
Confession. It’s a good thing.
Thanks


#4

Garments were often a metaphor for your actions.

**it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and
pure" –
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. **
(Revelation 19:8)
*

Washing your robes was sometimes a metaphor for changing your behavior, repentance. Confession certainly goes with repentance, that’s for sure.

-Tim-


#5

very interesting!


#6

Yes. Good reminder.

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi. Beati qui ad cenam Agni vocati sunt.”

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

For us, the eucharistic banquet is a real foretaste of the final banquet foretold by the prophets (cf. Is 25:6-9) and described in the New Testament as “the marriage-feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7-9), to be celebrated in the joy of the communion of saints .

vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_ben-xvi_exh_20070222_sacramentum-caritatis_en.html#The_Eucharist_and_Eschatology


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