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Today we will begin the somewhat tedious 22 day process of reading through the book of Revelation. While this is a difficult book to engage, it is a vital part of our theology and ultimately a book of hope and faith; the hope and faith that God is in control and no matter how hard life is for each of us, He is always with us. Revelation 1:17-18 says 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. God holds the keys to everything and evil only exists in His absence. God is in control and the victory for our lives has already been won when we choose to trust and follow Him.