One thing that saddens me is the fact that there are many Christians who do not take the words of God’s prophecies seriously. They ignore page after page of explicit warnings and descriptions about future events, and use various strategies to blunt the meanings of the words.
The reason this saddens me is because I know that many of them are my true brothers and sisters in Christ. They have repented of their sins and been washed in the blood of the Lamb. They have believed the gospel message that has been revealed by the Apostles. Therefore, they should also believe the prophecies which God has likewise sent through the Apostles. The words that we see in the book of Revelation need to be taken seriously, since the prophecies will truly come to pass:
The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:6).
God has inspired the prophets specifically to tell the truth about the future. These words are “trustworthy.” therefore we ought to trust them.