Revelation, An Overview

Revelation, Overview

INTEGRITY

 
The writing of the Bible, including Revelation, stretch over a period of about 1500 years. In this time, forty different authors wrote one integrated message. A time with no mail, phone or Internet to check whether your writing is in line with the other writings.
 

UNVEILING

 
The Book of Revelation is the unveiling of Jesus Christ.  In fact, it is the only book in the Bible where there is a physical description of the Lord.  
 
We came to know him as a God of mercy, but the world will taste the wrath of God, one day.  The Lord will come to answer every cry for justice that went up to Him over all the years.
 

A NEW BEGINNING 

GENESIS

 
When God had enough of the wickedness of the people, He send a flood to destroy them all, in the time of Noah.  Only eight people survived, the remnant, for a new beginning. 
 
Genesis 9:15 “And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh”. God put a rainbow in the sky as the sign of His covenant, that He would never again destroy the earth with a flood.  
 

REVELATION

 
He is coming again to set all things right, to destroy the wicked, and to fulfil every promise in Bible prophecy.  The book of Revelation is the consummation of all things!
 
On earth, believers will suffer persecution, and will have difficulty. Still, we will never bear the wrath of God, because He took the wrath of God on our behalf at the cross.  Thus, Christians don’t have to fear the coming events in the book of Revelation. In due time, before the wrath of God comes, the Rapture will come.  See more The Rapture
 
God made a covenant with Noah never again to destroy the earth with a flood. God will not flood the earth again. To the contrary, various calamities take place, one after the other, but He does not flood the whole earth with water.  Many people will die, but a small remnant will survive. This is the new beginning, the Millennium.
 

DON’T BE AFRAID

ESCHATOLOGY

 
Eschatology is the study, within Christian theology, dealing with the “end times.” People are frightened by it, but the knowledge of God’s word is what will prepare us.
 

GOD PREPARE US

 
While a woman is pregnant she obtains enough knowledge to prepare for the labour.  When the time comes, she is not surprised when her water broke and the labour pains comes, because she is prepared.  She knows what to expect.
 
God in His mercy, gave us His word to prepare us for the end times.  Daniel 8:19 And he said, behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.”
 
For those who put their trust in Christ, it will strengthen their faith. John 13:19 “Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.”
 

CONSUMMATION

Revelation is the consummation of all things. What God has started at the creation, He will bring to completion Himself.   He will put everything right that was broken when sin entered the world. Some examples here:
 
Genesis 1:1 “God created the heavens and the earth.”
Revelation 21:1 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first had passed away.”
 
Genesis 1:16 “God made the two great lights; the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night.”
Revelation 21:23 “And the city has no need for sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city.”
 
Genesis 3:14 “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, because thou hast done this, thou art cursed.”
Revelation 22:3 “And there shall be no more curse.”
 
Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubims, and a flaming sword.
Revelation 22:2 “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life.”
 

JOHN, THE AUTHOR

 
The author of Revelation is the disciple John, a fisherman from Galilea. He was one of the inner circle when Jesus was on earth, and present at the transfiguration. Note that John the disciple and John the Baptist is not the same person.
 
Domitian, the Roman emperor, martyred and killed all the disciples, but not John.  Instead, he was in exile on the Greek Island of Patmos, approximately 85-95 AD. Revelation 1:9 “I, John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos.”  
 
It is during this time that he received a vision from God about the end times, the book of Revelation. After his exile, he retired and died in Ephesus.
 

SEVENS

 
The Bible has an underlying numerical structure that is phenomenal. Do not confuse it with the evil practice of kabalah. The number seven, or an exact multiple of seven, is used throughout the book of Revelation. There are 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 angels, 7 bowls, 7 churches, 7 lampstands, the 70th week of Daniel that is 7 years long, and many more.
 
Seven is the number of completion in the Bible. There are 7 days in a week, every 7th year is a Shemitah year, 7 x 7 years = 49 years and every 50th year a Jubilee year. There are 7 colours in the rainbow, 7 music notes in an octave, and many more. 
 

UNDERSTANDING INCREASED

 
People were speculating about Revelation and its content for many years. Yet, there is a collective increase of understanding in our day. Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
 
Chuck Missler said: “We are being plunged into a period of time about which the Bible says more than about any other period in history. That includes the time Jesus walked the shores of Galilee and climbed the mountains of Judea.”
 

Sources used for Book of Revelation, Overview:

https://biblehub.com

https://blueletterbible.org

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