Our first verse about hearing these things read and taught will give us blessings. But this verse tells us that we can’t take this book lightly.
We will be blessed, but we will also be cursed if we change it in any way.
We do our best to teach God’s word exactly as it is written without any of my own thoughts or opinions. We can’t pick and chose what we want to believe and what we don’t want to believe.
We can’t just dismiss parts of it because we don’t like it--the book of Revelation or any part of the bible.
Why? Because of this verse. If we add anything to this book, we will be plagued. If I take anything out of it, I won’t get to heaven. Another example of losing your salvation.
At the beginning we talked about the signs of the end times. False teachers and prophets are a sign of that, and we are seeing them today.
That means we need to be diligent in our study of God’s word and we need to be sure that “study to show ourselves approved by God”.
So, when these false teachers come knocking, we will be well versed in what is true.