“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:29)
For the fourth time now he states the exact same challenge – do you have an ear of a servant of Jesus Christ? Can the Spirit of God cause you to understand and receive what he is saying?
While Jesus was on earth in the flesh he exhorted the same way:
“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matthew 13:9-11)
Are you able to hear and understand the Revelation message? This is a serious question because it is actually intended to be understood!
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
“And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:6-7)
And again he states:
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:10-11)
Here we began to see who has ears to hear, and who does not. It has to do with what is in their heart. It is not given for those who are “unjust” and “filthy” to understand, because he states let them continue to be unjust and filthy (because to them it is not given to understand – see Matthew 13:11.) But to the righteous and holy he tells them to keep themselves that way. Why? So that they can continue to have ears to hear and understand.
“For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:12-15)
Do you have a heart to hear and understand?