We made it! Okay, here’s what people do. They start reading Revelation. And they should start with John about His love or Psalms, Proverbs and really be familiar with the Bible from the beginning but they just don’t do it. So, I will help you out, if you are one of those people or just like me trying to get through the whole Bible.
First, you are blessed if you read it. The book of Revelation is just what it says, it is the final revelation of Jesus as Lord, though He is being revealed from Genesis on, you can find Him in the Hebrew texts and word pictures, and He even appeared as the Angel of the Lord.
Revelation was written in about 90 A.D. by John, the last living disciple. Exiled to the island of Patmos, he was able to convey what the Spirit showed him in coded messages that believers would understand, while the Romans just thought he was a crazy old man.
The book is addressed to seven churches and they are al in Asia minor. Jesus tells them what he thinks of them, the number seven figures prominently, churches, stars, candlesticks or menorahs, angels, seals, trumpets, bowls, judgements, plagues and years of the Great Tribulation.
Jesus holds the stars in His hand, in that day coins were minted with images of kings and rulers and of course, He is the coming king. When He returns, He will put His foot on the Mount of Olives and it will split into. That imagery was familiar with the people of that day, they knew about the statue of the Colossus at Rhodes, giving them a good idea of Christ’s return, something that would be colossal. Though, He could have come whenever God chose and there were types of the Antichrist, like Nero, and in centuries past, the technology to rule the world wasn’t there, it is now.
To really delve into Revelation, you need a good knowledge of the Bible and of ancient history. Many people think we are living in the Laodicean age, neither hot or cold. I think it can vary. Since the churches are in Asia Minor and countries that are primarily Muslim or of another religion, with the lost tribes of Israel scattered even to Ethiopia and China, we know that Christian influence may be limited but God never is.
I have to address the issue of what people believe about the catching away of 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 or the Rapture. Many believers simply don’t believe it. Some believe in what is know as pre-trib, mid -trib or post trib and offer verses to back it. I am pre tribulation, I know the word harpazo means to snatch by force and only the Holy Spirit is restraining the Antichrist. If people were left, it would be hard to be saved, and Lord help them by the end, I don’t know of anyone who could make it without taking a mark. People argue now over anything, imagine having no food or fuel, and the desolation and isolation of war. That has to come before there is a false peace treaty, and the Pretorists believe it has happened already, that is not the case.
After we have a description of Jesus, He is referred to as the Lamb and the only one worthy to open the Book of Life, and He is the only one, a perfect sacrifice. He will open each seal and angels pour out judgements. In ancient times, seals were opened with proof of ownership that matched the seal, or with a signet ring. Jesus definitely redeemed our souls and the wrath is poured out on unbelievers, even after the sixth seal, people are unrepentant. It is happening now, witchcraft is the sin of rebellion and even drug abuse, it has roots into sorcery, potions and magic. Notice that I said drug abuse not medicine in general. The Greek word used is pharmakeía, from pharmakeuō, to “administer drugs”. The Covid vaccine is mandatory for some but we still have a choice, people won’t then. It is no doubt a foreshadow of things to come. By chapter nine, with a third of the people killed, the rest are unrepentant.
Then there are seven more angels with bowls that pour out more wrath. Though it seven years, we know a day can be like a thousand years with Him and why we don’t know the day or hour of His coming. I do think believers are in heaven and God’s timing is His own. But in the middle of it all there will be a false peace treaty made by a false Christ, who will use a false prophet or religious leader to help him carry out his deception. There will have to be war in order for there to be a peace treaty offered, there is no third temple yet. When Jews try to sacrifice again, he will stop it and claims he is God, he breaks his treaty. God has never done that though He will make ways for us to manage, He sees suffering but abides in the fact that He gave us free will, the Antichrist will not so that but enforce his will on the people with a mark, totaling 666. To take it is damnation forever.
Believers are judged at the Bema seat and unbelievers at the Great White Throne. While many join the Antichrist and false prophet in hell forever, believers will be eternally with the Lamb, Jesus, He will wipe away all tears.
No doubt, there will be war and hail raining, from either weather related plagues or nuclear weapons. People will not be privy to all the spiritual realm as unbelievers, and the demonic rages, disease, death and pestilence. He will raise a remnant of144,000 Jews to minister, and Enoch and Elijah will come and be killed mid way through. They are the only two men who have not died, and there will be those of us who are alive and remain in His love and calling that will not see death but be caught up to meet Him.
Revelation is terrifying, so it is better to believe in His love now and not face eternal hell or what is called the second death. Your name has to be in the Book of Life.
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13.
I know people like to read books and especially mysteries, and find out the end. Well, we already know who loses here, the devil does. And he always has and will because of Jesus and His sacrifice, Oh, he might start trouble but Jesus will finish it. I hope this helps with Revelation without going into every detail, the world will never truly be destroyed but there will be a new heaven and earth and the real Christ on the throne, Are you ready?
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