This passage, like some of Revelation, is concerned with judgement. We know that the book of Revelation contains many word pictures, prophecies, “fantastic” things. I turned to writer and poet Eugene Peterson to help me understand Revelation. I love the introductions he has written to each book of the Bible in the paraphrase Bible The Message.
In his introduction to Revelation he writes about worship, “Our times are not propitious for worship. The times never are. The world is hostile to worship. The devil hates worship…” As we see the majesty and power of Christ in these verses we can worship our Lord, who will judge and rule. Verses 6:15ff describe how everyone, rich and poor will be afraid of the power of Christ.
In Rev. 1:17 when John sees a vision of Jesus he “fell at his feet as though dead.” Jesus reassures him, “Do not be afraid… I am the living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever.” To me, Jesus says in these verses, I rule over death and I will rule over the earth forever.
Another clue to “figuring out” Revelation is to look, as in any other New Testament book, at the first phrases of the book. Rev. 1:1 reads, “A revealing of Jesus, the Messiah.” (the Message). The paragraph continues… How blessed the hearers and keepers of these oracle words, all the words written in this book!...
Time is just about up. (Rev. 1:3, The Message). (That simple phrase is set apart).
So it seems to say to us, who are about to begin our day this Friday, set aside some time to think about how Jesus is worthy of our worship, and , “time is just about up;” Jesus will redeem the earth and make it new and we worship Him.