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Because John worked in Ephesus for so many of his later years, it would have been natural for him to communicate this vision to the churches under his immediate care and influence. Each of those seven churches received a message directed specifically to them chapters 2 and 3 before John launched into his account of the future which he received in his vision from God. The book of Revelation provides the clearest biblical portrait of the events of the tribulation, dealing with the specifics of that terrible time chapters 4— The tribulation will be a time of judgment, a time when those left on the earth after the rapture will suffer deeply for their nonbelief.
John pictured this judgment as a series of twenty-one events—inaugurated by the breaking of seven seals, the blowing of seven trumpets, and the pouring out of seven bowls.
This grand judgment on the sinfulness of humanity shows the seriousness with which God views sin—payment will be exacted from those not covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. While Revelation offers many details on the tribulation—even if they are often couched in the mystery of symbolic language—it is the final four chapters that dictate the overall message of the book. Ultimately, the book—and the world—end in a final victory for truth and goodness and beauty. For the bulk of its sixty-six books, the Bible portrays a world deep in the throes of suffering.
Human beings have had a problem with sin since the fall in Genesis 3, and verse after verse has recorded our problem in painstaking detail. Usually when people mention the book of Revelation, they immediately think about judgment. And without a doubt, much judgment occurs in the book. However, Revelation does not end with judgment.
Instead, it provides a striking bookend for the entire Bible, which begins in Paradise and ends in Paradise. More than judgment on the evildoers, Revelation is a book about hope for the faithful in Christ. What pains or indignities have you suffered? What broken relationship have you wept over? Revelation promises a world where pain and tears and death pass away.
Revelation reminds us that there is indeed hope beyond the momentary trials and struggles of this life. One day the darkness will pass away, and we will all dwell in perpetual light.
View Chuck Swindoll's chart of Revelation , which divides the book into major sections and highlights themes and key verses. Who wrote the book? Their refusal to participate in emperor worship put them into direct conflict with the authorities at all levels of the Roman hierarchy. But the writers 10 Keys to Understanding Revelation The Book of Revelation Unveiled of the Holy Scriptures regarded his existence and power as an unquestionable reality.
They reveal him as the unseen driving influence behind evil and suffering.
For clear evidence of his existence, download or request our free booklet Is There Really a Devil? The book of Revelation sums up the impact the devil has, not just on Christians but on all mankind, from the time of John until the return of Christ.
It reveals that the ancient conflict between the forces of good and evil will be resolved. As noted earlier in this chapter, John told early The apostle John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, where he wrote the book of Revelation. Its prophetic fulfillments began in the days of the apostles and extend to our day and beyond. But the context of Revelation clearly shows that John was not referring to worshipping on a day of the week but to experiencing a vision of the coming Day of the Lord mentioned directly or indirectly in more than 50 passages in the Old and New Testaments.
The mistaken assumption that John was referring to the first day of the week, Sunday, has no biblical support at all. Again, though, John was not referring to any day of the week but to the prophetic time that is the primary subject of the book of Revelation. John specifically tells us that what he wrote is prophecy Revelation ; , 10, Who is the object of the destruction?
The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers. He will oversee the final destruction of the satanic system labeled in Revelation as Babylon the Great.
Hundreds of years before John put these prophecies of Revelation in writing, the prophet The real issue: Whom shall we worship?
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At the heart of the end-time conflict is a crucial question: Who will mankind worship—Satan or God? Who is able to make war with him? How extensive will this idolatrous worship be?
Man is not left without a warning, however. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east.
From these scriptures the main thrust of Revelation becomes clear. In the book of Revelation God is frequently portrayed as seated in a heavenly temple on His throne anciently represented by the mercy seat above the Ark of the Covenant in the holiest part of the earthly temple. Inside the temple God is pictured receiving the prayers of His servants. What prayer does God hear from His true servants over and over again?
Revelation reveals the circumstances under which those who are the true worshippers of God will finally have that prayer for justice answered in full. The tables finally will turn. God will greatly reward them for their patience and endurance while they waited for Him to fulfill His promises and answer their prayers. Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy. The first chapter alone mentions seven churches, seven golden lampstands, seven spirits, seven stars and seven angels. The major events of the book are organized under seven seals, seven trumpets, seven thunders and seven bowls containing the seven last plagues.
We also encounter seven lamps of fire and a Lamb with seven horns and seven eyes. Then there is a dragon dominating a beast having seven heads and 10 horns. Seven mountains and seven kings are associated with the heads of that beast.
What do the messages conveyed by the repeated use of seven have in common? In the Bible the number seven reflects the idea of completeness.
For example, seven days make up a complete week. Keys to Understanding Revelation 15 Revelation explains how God will bring His master plan to completion. It outlines a framework on which the prophetic part of that plan is carried out, especially in the last days.
The representation of completeness is also important in understanding the messages to the seven churches in chapters When we compare these symbolic expressions in Revelation to imagery in other parts of the Bible, a much more meaningful picture emerges. In Revelation God is revealing to His servants a comprehensive overview of the most significant factors that will affect their lives— including their hardships and rewards—until His plan for humankind is completed.
God emphasizes the thoroughness and completeness of this revealed prophetic summary by presenting its most significant aspects in patterns of sevens. Although biblical patterns of sevens are symbolic in that they represent completeness, they also usually have some real, literal fulfillment. For example, God gave the Pharaoh of ancient Egypt a dream in which seven lean cows ate seven fat cows. Then God arranged for Joseph to explain to Pharaoh that the dream signified that seven years of agricultural plenty would be followed by seven years of devastating famine.
By revealing this information to Pharaoh in a dream, God inspired him to promote Joseph to a powerful role in Egypt.
God was in control of the dream and its outcome.
In the same way God can foretell the result of any aspect of history Isaiah He can intervene to bring events to pass as He desires verse They generally foretell real events and should be taken seriously. The role of the saints When John wrote Revelation, Christians were being persecuted, at times martyred, with the approval of the Roman emperors. Revelation frequently contrasts the injustice of the age by emphasizing the future governing role of both the Messiah and the saints.
This is another important aspect of Revelation. The identity of who will have future control of the world is one of the central features of its prophecies. Also significant is where they will initially assist Jesus in their governing role.
Will servants of God who endure trials and persecutions—past and future—be given real authority in the Kingdom of God under Christ? Indeed they will. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. This is part of the incredible future Jesus Christ has planned for His faithful followers—to live and reign with Him forever!
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So it should come as no surprise that the Church itself is the primary topic of discussion in the first three chapters. Here in Revelation He symbolically introduces seven specific congregations of the Church as seven lampstands Revelation , Now, however, God regards the Church itself as His spiritual temple Ephesians Since seven often represents completeness in Scripture, as earlier noted, these seven lampstands seem to portray a composite picture of the Church of God, the light of the world.
Paul explains that the Church is one body 1 Corinthians ; Ephesians However, it has multiple congregations and members scattered throughout the nations.
It appears likely that the prophecies of the Church in Revelation 2 and 3 have multiple meanings and applications. It is obvious, as there were many churches located in the area where these churches were found, that God divinely 18 The Book of Revelation Unveiled What Is the Church? M any people have misconceptions about what the word church means. Most equate it with a building. The Church is made up of people called to follow Jesus Christ.
When the early Christians understood themselves as constituting a church, no doubt exists that they perceived themselves as called out by God in Jesus Christ for a special purpose and that their status was a privileged one in Jesus Christ Ephesians The early Christians, Jew and Gentile, understood themselves to be people of the God who had revealed Himself in the Old Testament Hebrews , as the true children of Israel Romans with Abraham as their father Romans , and as the people of the New Covenant prophesied in the Old Testament Hebrews To better understand how the Bible defines and describes the Church, please request your free copy of the booklet The Church Jesus Built.
The selection of the churches was also governed by the fact that each church was in some way normative and illustrated conditions common in local churches at that time as well as throughout later history.
The messages to the seven churches therefore embody admonition suitable for churches in many types of spiritual need. He reveals what appears to be a sweeping picture of the future of His Church. In the midst of the seven lampstands representing His Church until the end of this present age, He appears in all His glory as its Head and High Priest Revelation ; Ephesians ; Hebrews He, too, had suffered persecution and death. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days.
They longed for Jesus to return in power and glory to judge their adversaries and establish the Kingdom of God. They also needed to be put back on the right path spiritually.
That was exactly what Christ did for them through this book. During this time of extreme adversity, directly instigated by Satan, Christ was revealing to John the framework of future events and reminding His faithful servants what He expects of them. Works and faithfulness evaluated Each congregation exhibits its own set of characteristics. But within these seven assemblies are common virtues and problems that Christians in all generations should either emulate or avoid.
These messages make it clear that some congregations and individual members of the Church were developing serious spiritual deficiencies—some even allowing Satan to lead them away from their calling. In the following verses Jesus evaluates the works and faithfulness of each congregation. He compliments the members for their strengths. He tempers His praise with words of warning. Such dual themes are common in Bible prophecy. John no longer could do anything in the future.
But Christ makes it clear that similar conditions would prevail shortly before His return. It will come as destruction from the Almighty. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. We must carefully examine the context of prophecies to understand their meaning and discern whether the prophecy seems incomplete after its first fulfillment.
It is equally important to avoid reading duality into passages that do not support such interpretation.
We should take great care to properly discern whether duality is a factor in any particular prophecy. These promises, along with the assurances in the remainder of Revelation, must have strengthened and encouraged those early Christians. Its prophecies of salvation for loyal believers, and of punishment for their enemies, became the sustenance of a persecuted Church. Its theory of the millennium solaced those who mourned the long delay in the second coming of Christ. The description is of people who are Christians in name only.
These many references and warnings tell us, both from external sources and from within the Church of God itself, that a corrupted form of Christianity was developing through the influence of the devil and those he managed to deceive. Satan masterminded and manipulated an apostate religion that began to masquerade as Christianity as far back as the days of the apostles.
False teachers posed another problem. But Jesus Himself told His disciples this would happen. What, according to Christ, would be the consequences of this deception? And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Throughout the book of Revelation this false religion, posing as the true religion, is presented as wielding incredible influence at the time of the end.
Christ reveals to His servants that, even during the lifetime of John, Satan was already developing a corrupted version of Christianity. He was already recruiting a following within the Church Jesus had founded. You can read the history of these two entirely different forms of Christianity, one faithful to Christ and the other deceived by Satan, when you download or request your free copy of the booklet The Church Jesus Built.
The prophecies given by Christ and His apostles concerning the development of a counterfeit Christianity came to pass just as they had predicted. This type of literature was fairly common just before and during the apostolic era.
Well-meaning authors, concerned about conditions in that era B.
Apocalyptic writers frequently borrowed symbols and other imagery from the Old Testament prophets. But far too often they enhanced and embellished biblical material to suit their own fantasies. Hoping to give their theories greater weight and authority, they falsely attributed their writings to notable prophets and figures from the past.
As a result, apocalyptic writing as a class of literature is generally recognized as unreliable, lacking credibility and having no legitimate claim to divine authority. Regrettably, far too many scholars and critics place The book of Revelation is in a class of its own. Its dramatic symbolism comes from the divine author of all the other books of the Bible, not from the imaginations of John.
John simply recorded what Jesus Christ revealed to him. The writings of John are of the same genre as Old Testament prophecies. He was a faithful disciple of Jesus Himself. He makes it clear he received his prophetic visions directly from Christ, making him a prophet in his own right.
Unlike the apocalyptic writers of his era who hid behind deceptive pseudonyms, John clearly identifies himself 26 The Book of Revelation Unveiled and explains in vivid detail how he received the visions and messages included in the book of Revelation. Here He sees God the Father holding a sealed scroll containing the prophetic message He wants revealed to His people, the Church of God.
Then he describes, awestruck, how he was taken in a vision to the throne of God to witness a ceremony. Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel recorded similar experiences. They received visions of God appearing to them on His throne. Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts. Send me. God here identifies Himself as the author of the prophecies recorded by these men.
Their visions came directly from His throne! They carried His divine authority. God was equally careful in revealing to John the source of his prophetic visions. God wanted him—and us—to understand that He, the Supreme Ruler of the universe, personally reveals the contents of the book of Revelation. Here is the real author of the book of Revelation, the Supreme Ruler of the universe. In His right hand are the prophecies of the book of Revelation, sealed and unreadable.
That, however, quickly changes. Christ is authorized to open the seals and reveal the contents of the scroll. The message is obvious. Here is the heart of the prophecies in Revelation. They explain how and when our faithful God will avenge the enemies of the called, chosen and faithful servants of God.
They explain His judgments on all evildoers and the victory He will achieve over them. The occurrences of that time are the specific subject of the seventh seal. The first five seals describe conditions that predate the Day of the Lord. John sees and describes the symbols of the vision, each having a specific prophetic significance. As we have already seen, Christ alone has the right to unveil the meaning of the seals.
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But He does not fully explain each seal in this context. In fact, He had already—before His death and resurrection— revealed the keys we need to understand the seals.The Second Coming. Epub format iOS, Nook I thought at the very least that I would get some insight into the "rapture" crowd, but clearly LaHaye would like readers of the Bible to stick with literal translations of the text while he goes way off the rails with his reading into the text. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Christ is not only the truth, but the ultimate truth. The campaign, more than any other in modern times, was fueled by religious passions. Revelation 12 brings the story of the true Church to the present, when the devil, knowing he has just a short time verse 12 , persecutes the true Church, pictured as a remnant or small in number, and keeping the Commandments of God verse As noted earlier in this chapter, John told early The apostle John was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, where he wrote the book of Revelation.
One of these prophesied events is taking place this instant.
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