“Blessed is the one
To the words
Of the prophecy!
What is written in it!
Μακάριος ὁ ἀναγινώσκων καὶ οἱ ἀκούοντες τοὺς λόγους τῆς προφητείας καὶ τηροῦντες τὰ ἐν αὐτῇ γεγραμμένα· ὁ γὰρ καιρὸς ἐγγύς.
John said “Blessed (Μακάριος) is the one who reads (ὁ ἀναγινώσκων) and listens (καὶ οἱ ἀκούοντες) to the words (τοὺς λόγους) of the prophecy (τῆς προφητείας)! Keep (καὶ τηροῦντες) what is written in it (τὰ ἐν αὐτῇ γεγραμμένα)! The time (ὁ γὰρ καιρὸς) is near (ἐγγύς)!” His readers should be blessed or happy just like those who follow the beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew, chapter 5, and Luke, chapter 6. There will be more blessings in this book. However, they had to read and listen to the prophetic words of the prophetic utterances that came from God as found in the Hebrew Bible. Then they had to keep or follow what is written. There was this constant reminder that reading and listening was not good enough. They had to keep the word of God in their actions. The main reason was because the critical time of the Second Coming of Christ was near. The expectation was that Jesus Christ would return pretty soon, any day now. When do you expect the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?