Book Of Revelation

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With out the book of revelation the canon of Scripture would be incomplete. Thousands of vital questions are unanswered apart from the Revelation.

Literalness of the Book

The book is admittedly both literal and figurative. it is to be taken as literal wherever possible. In other words, when a statement is made, it should be taken to mean just what is written unless such interpretation should be highly improbable and against all the dictates of rhetoric and spiritually enlightened reason, or contrary to Scriptures elsewhere on the same subject. In view of this test if the passage does not admit a literal interpretation, then of course, we must look elsewhere for an explanation. This method of interpretation is the only sound one as is clear from the fact that the book is a Revelation in itself. To treat it as a mystery or to spiritualize it is to deny what it professes to be. Every scene and every truth in the book is clearly explained in the book itself. The reader should first find out what the book itself says concerning its own truths and revelations before going to other parts of the Bible for additional light upon the subject in question. Pre-Revelation prophecy will throw much light upon many passages in Revelation and help in more detailed study of almost every truth in the book. This Revelation is in prefect harmony with all preceding prophecies and is the logical and harmonious completion of them.
 
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The Key to the Interpretation

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" ( Rev. 1:19 ).

PART I. "The things which thou hast seen"; That is , Christ in the midst of the seven candlesticks ( Rev. 1:12-18, 20 ), as seen by John before he began to write.

PART II. "The things which are"; that is, the things concerning the churches then existent and those which should exist throughout the Church Age to the rapture. This division takes in only Rev. 2-3.

PART III. "The things which shall be hereafter"; That this, the things which shall come to pass after the rapture of the church. This division includes all of the events of Rev.4-22. One has only to believe this threefold natural division as given by Christ to understand the book fully, especially as to the time of the fulfillment of the things of each division. The moment these divisions are forgotten and the reader begins to disarrange them and insert certain things into the one or the other that are not part of the division, he will become confused as to the divine order of these "things" which are so clearly given in consecutive order, and he will miss the true intent of the "things" written therein. That we refrain from confusing these "things" is absolutely imperative if a true understanding of them is to be gained.
To further prove that every thing in Rev.4-22 must be after the churches, and therefore after the rapture of the church, we have this fact confirmed in Rev. 4:1.
After John had recorded the vision of Christ in Rev. 1, completing the first division of the book, and after he had recorded all that Christ told him to write to the churches in Rev. 2-3, completing the second division of the book, he was told in Rev. 4:1 that he was to see "things which MUST BE hereafter," that is, after the things of the churches of the second division of the book. Therefore, if everything from Rev. 4:1 on through the rest of the book MUST BE after the churches, then all the events of Rev. 4-22 must be after the churches. If they MUST BE after the churches then they cannot happen during the time of the churches. If they cannot happen during the time of the churches, then the church is no longer on the Earth during the fulfillment of the things which MUST BE after the churches.
Rev. 4:1 Literally reads in the Greek, "AFTER THESE THINGS [the things concerning the churches of the previous division] I saw, and behold a door opened in heaven, and the first voice [of Rev. 1:10] which I heard was a a trumpet speaking with me saying, come up hither, and I will show to thee WHAT THINGS MUST TAKE PLACE AFTER THESE THINGS," that is, after the churches which he wrote about in the previous chapters.
 
Awesome book. It has been called the “5th Gospel”.

My favorite verse in Revelation….

Rev 22:14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

12 gates in to this city, one for each tribe of Israel!
 
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These three divisions of Revelation mentioned above do not over lap, nor are they concurrent. One division must be completely fulfilled before the other begins. So if one will be fair and understand that every event of Rev. 4:1 on through the rest of the book MUST BE fulfilled after the rapture of the church, and if he does not bring one of these events back in place it among the churches as being fulfilled before the rapture, everything in the book will automatically clear up. Fully 95% of the false theories of Revelation have come into being because interpreters have failed to recognize the natural threefold division of the book. It is true, most interpreters emphasize these divisions in the beginning of their interpretations of the book, but when it comes to keeping all the events of Rev. 4-22 after the churches they generally all fail to stick by this fact. They will place some of the events of the seals, trumpets, and vials back in the Church Age and explain them as being fulfilled before the rapture. They will explain the woman and the manchild in connection with the church of this age, whereas Jesus told John they were part of the "things" which MUST BE after the churches. They will interpret the dragon, the beast, the false prophet, or some other event of Rev.4-22 as being fulfilled along with the churches, While the truth is they are part of the things which MUST BE after the churches. If the reader will watch this he will at least be sensible enough to place these events of Rev. 4-22 where they belong--AFTER THE CHURCHES--therefore, after the rapture of the church.
 
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The Division of the Book by Classes ( 1 Cor. 10:32 )

1 Rev. 1-3 deals primarily with the church on Earth.

2 Rev. 4-5 pictures the church and the Old Testament saints with God in Heaven after the rapture, represented by the twenty-four elders.

3 Rev. 6-19deals primarily with Israel under the last oppression by the Gentiles in fulfillment of Daniel's Seventieth Week after the rapture of the church.

4 Rev. 20-22 refers to all three classes, the church, the Jews, and the Gentiles. The earthly Jews will be the head of all earthly Gentiles and Christ with the church will reign over both forever and ever.
 
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The Consecutive Order of Revelation

The book is a succession of consecutive events from the beginning to the end and is not one that is unsystematic and confused. The events are to be taken in the order as God gave them and not according to our own finite ideas as to their occurrence.
However, it is almost universally recognized that Rev. 1-5 and Rev. 19-22 form a consecutively, story. Therefore we may logically conclude that the events of Rev. 6-18 are also consecutive in order. If the events of Revelation are not to be taken consecutively, upon what grounds do we attempt to fix another standard of arrangement? Where can we obtain any other authorized and authentic standard than that which is so plainly evident in the book itself? Why should hopelessly confuse a plain prophecy given by the Lord concerning "things which must shortly come to pass" and change the order of events from that which was given by the Lord? Certainly He must have set forth the events in their proper order of fulfillment so that He would not confuse His servants.
 
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The Outline of the Book of Revelation

INTODUCTORY REMARKS ( Rev. 1:1-11, 19 ).

1 The introduction ( Rev. 1:1-3 ).
2 The Salutation from God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit ( Rev. 1:4-5a).
3 The exaltation "Unto him that love us. . . .washed us. . . .made us kings" ( Rev. 1:5b6 ).
4 The chief theme of Revelation "Behold he cometh with clouds" ( Rev. 1:7 ).
5 The eternity of the Son of God "I am Alpha and Omega" ( Rev. 1:8 ).
6 The prophet John and his commission to write ( Rev. 1:9-11, 19 ).
7 The key to the Interpretation ( Rev. 1:19 ).

I. "THE THINGS WHICH THOU HAST SEEN" ( Rev. 1:12-18, 20 ).
1 The Vision of Christ ( Rev. 1:12-18 ).
2 The Symbols of the Vision Interpreted ( Rev. 1:20 ).

II. "THE THINGS WHICH ARE" ( Rev. 2:1-3:22 ).
1 The things concerning the local church at Ephesus ( Rev. 2:1-7 ).
2 The things concerning the local church at Smyrna ( Rev. 2:8-11 ).
3 The things concerning the local church at Pergamos ( Rev. 12-17 ).
4 The things concerning the local church at Thyatira ( Rev. 2:18-29 ).
5 The things concerning the local church at Sardis ( Rev. 3:1-6 ).
6 The things concerning the local church at Philadelphia ( Rev. 3:7-13 ).
7 The things concerning the local church at Laodicea ( Rev. 3:14-22 ).

III. "THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE HEREAFTER" ( Rev. 4:1-22:5 ).
1 The Heavenly tabernacle the raptured saints with God ( Rev. 4:1-5:14 ).

1 The Heavenly door ( Rev. 4:1 ).
2 The Heavenly Throne ( Rev. 4:2, 3, 5 ).
3 The Heavenly Elders ( Rev. 4:4 ).
4 The Heavenly Sea of Glass ( Rev. 4:6- 8 ).
5 The Heavenly Living Creatures ( Rev. 4:6- 8 ).
6 The Heavenly Worship because of Creation ( Rev. 4:9-11 ).
7 The Heavenly Book ( Rev. 5:1-4 ).
8 The Heavenly Lamb ( Rev. 5:5-7 ).
9 The Heavenly worship because of Worthiness to the Lamb ( Rev. 5:8-14 ).

2 Daniel's Seventieth Week ( Rev. 6:1-19:21; Dan. 9:27 ).

1 The First Six Seals ( Rev. 6:1-17 ).
( Parenthetical, Rev. 7:1-17 ).
2 The Seventh Seal and First Six Trumpets ( Rev. 8:1-9:21 ).
( Parenthetical, Rev. 8:2-6, 13; Rev. 10:1-11:13 ).
3 The Seventh Trumpet ( Rev. 11:14-13:18 ).
( Parenthetical, Rev. 14:1-20 ).
4 The First Six Vials ( Rev. 15:1-16:12 ).
( Parenthetical, ( Rev. 15:2-4; Rev. 16:13-16 ).
5 The Seventh Vial ( Rev. 16:17-18:24 ).
( Parenthetical, ( Rev. 17:1-18 ).
6 The Marriage of the Lamb, the Second Advent, and Armageddon ( Rev. 19:1-21 ). ( Parenthetical, ( Rev. 19:1-10 ).

3 The Thousand Years and After ( Rev. 20:1-15 ).

1 The Expulsion of Satan from the Earth ( Rev. 20:1-3 ).
2 The Millennial Reign of Christ and His Saints ( Rev. 20:4-6 ).
3 Satan's Post Millennial Career and Doom ( Rev. 20:7-10 ).
4 The Final Judgment ( Rev. 20:11-15 ).

4 The Eternal perfect State-- the Ages of the Ages ( Rev. 21:1-22:5 ).

1 The New Heaven ( Rev. 21:1 ).
2 The New Earth ( Rev. 21:1 ).
3 The New Jerusalem ( Rev. 21:2, 9-21 ).
4 The New Peoples ( Rev. 21:3 ).
5 The New Conditions ( Rev. 21:4-8 ).
6 The New Temple ( Rev. 21:22 ).
7 The New Light ( Rev. 21:23-27 ).
8 The New Paradise ( Rev. 22:1-5 ).

THE CONCLUSION ( Rev. 22:6-21 ).

1 The Confirmation of Revelation ( Rev. 22:6, 7 ).
2 The Mistake in the Object of Worship ( Rev. 22:8, 9 ).
3 The Last Instructions ( Rev. 22:10-19 ).
4 The Last Promise and Last Prayer ( Rev. 22:20, 21 ).
 
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Part I. "The Things Which Thou Hast Seen" ( Rev. 1:12-20 )

This part concerns the vision of Christ on Patmos: His body, head, eyes, feet, voice, right hand, mouth, and countenance, and the effect the vision had upon John, and the interpretation of the first symbols.

Part II. "The Things Which Are" ( Rev. 2:1-3:22 )

The messages to the seven churches are set forth immediately after the vision of Christ in the midst of the churches. Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation contain only "the things which are"; that is, the things which concern the church on Earth down to the rapture.

The Threefold Application of the Letters

I. A LOCAL APPLICATION of the letters to the churches in John's day. These seven epistles, as a whole, portray actual conditions in seven local churches in Asia. This clear from the messages themselves as well as from Rev. 1:4, 11, 20.

II. A PROPHETICAL APPLICATION of the letters to the churches throughout this dispensation to the rapture. They reveal the spiritual conditions of the local churches and individuals in the churches throughout the Church Age. This point is clear from the fact that the book is a prophecy. Then too, these letters are as applicable to the saved all through the Church Age as are the other New Testament epistles and other Scriptures ( 2 Tim. 3:16, 17 ).

III. AN INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION of the letters, so that the individuals may be warned by the failure revealed therein and profiting by the warning, may find encouragement from the promises to the overcomer.
The so-called dispensational application of these church letters; that is that they portray seven church periods or phases of church history is really based upon human theory alone. There can be no Scripture produced to prove this theory in any one aspect. Similarity to certain phases of church history proves nothing. One can even find similarities between the history of the church and Israel and there is no end to similarities that could be found in history between almost any two events one chooses to compare. Any conclusions that are based upon human theory are not dependable and are misleading and unscriptural. Much confusion and many false teachings are based upon this method on interpretation. If there was such an application of these letters surely there would have been two or three passages to support each letter and its application to some definite period in history.
Some schools say that we are in the Philadelphian or Laodicean periods, that the rapture of the church takes place in either one of these two periods, that the Church Age ends with Philadelphian, that Laodicea deals with things after the rapture, that the Ephesian period ended with the apostles, and many other theories that are unscriptural. We still have the kind of conditions of Ephesus and of all these seven churches in local churches today. These conditions existed in John's day and they will continue to exist as long as the church is on Earth. We can see that there are Scriptures to prove a local, prophetical and individual application of the letters, but anything said about a dispensational application of seven distinct periods of time must rest upon human theory and cause numberless differences as to interpretation, and so it would be best to forget this application entirely.
With seven letters to the churches in Asia ( Rev. 2:1-3:22 ), we end all in the book of Revelation which concerns the church on Earth. From Rev. 4:1 on, the Revelation deals with prophecies which will happen after the rapture of the church.
The applications of course are clear in themselves as applying to any one in any local church throughout this dispensation where these conditions described in the letters exist. to overcome such conditions and be rewarded is the message to the believer in any local church in this whole age. All of these conditions have existed more or less in local churches since John's time and will always exist as long as there are churches on Earth, so the duty of each person who reads these letters is clear so that further comment on them is not necessary.

Part III. "The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter" ( Rev. 4:1-22:5 )

1 THE HEAVENLY TABERNACLE ( Rev. 4:1-5:14 ). In these chapters four and five we have scenes in Heaven. We have almost a complete picture of the heavenly tabernacle from which the earthly tabernacle was patterned ( Heb. 8:1-5; 9:1-10, 22-24; 10:1 ). The following points sum up the truths therein:

The heavenly door ( Rev. 4:1). This is a literal opening to Heaven as is plainly evident here and in Rev. 11:19; 14:15-18; 15:5-8; 16:1, 17 ).

The heavenly throne ( Rev. 4:2-5 ). This the one seen throughout the book on which God the Father sits ( Rev. 1:4; 3:21; 4:10; 5:1-7, 11-13; 6:16; 7:9-17; 8:3; 12:5; 14:1-5; 16:17; 19:4-5; 21:5; 22:1-3 ).The throne is white ( Rev. 20:11-15 ). It is a real throne for God as a real person sits on it ( Dan. 7:9-14; Isa. 6; Heb. 8:1; 12:1-2 ).

The heavenly elders ( Rev. 4:4-11; 5:8-10; 7:13; 11:16-19; 14:3; 19:4 ). These elders had thrones placed around the throne of God, so if one throne is literal the others must be. The elders are redeemed persons as is clear from the fact that the word elders is never used in Scripture of angels, but only of human beings. Their white raiment is used only in Revelation of the righteousness of saints ( Rev. 3:5, 18; 6:11; 7:9, 13; 15:6; 19:9, 14 ).

The heavenly sea of glass ( Rev. 4:6 ). This is another part of the heavenly tabernacle or capital building of God. It is located before the throne of God and on it are gathered the redeemed and other heavenly creatures to worship on certain occasions ( Rev. 7:9-17; 15:2-4 ).

The heavenly living creatures ( Rev. 4:6-8 ). These are four angelic beings that call attention to God's holiness. They are seen in the book in Rev. 4:4-8; 5:8-10; 8:1-8; 15:7 ).

The Heavenly worship ( Rev. 4:9-11; 5:8-14 ). How the worship is done is made plain in these passages.

The heavenly book ( Rev. 5:1-4; 10:1-11 ). This book contains the events of the Revelation as recorded in the book by John. It is not a book of redemption or of title deeds of the Earth, as taught by some. There is no reference to such books in all Scripture. The seals that bind the book are clearly stated as containing certain events ( Rev. 6:1-8:1 ). The things "written within" are also revelations that John wrote in his book, as is clear in Rev. 10:1-11 where the angel gives the book to John to reveal its contents to us. The things in the book are "concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and king" Which John wrote about after the breaking of the seals.

The heavenly lamb ( Rev. 5:5-7 ). This is a symbol of Christ who is the root of David in this passage and in Gen. 49:10; Micah 5:1-2; 2 Sam. 7:8-17; Ps. 89:35-37; Isa. 9:6-7; 11:1-9; Jer. 23:5-6; He is the Lamb of God ( Isa. 53; John 1:29; 1 Pet. 1:18-23 ).
 
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The First on-half of Daniel's Seventieth Week or the Tribulation ( Rev. 6:1-9:21 )

2. THE FIRST SIX SEALS ( Rev. 6:1-17 ).

The seven seals and the first six trumpets take place in succession in the first three and one-half years of the tribulation Week, or from the beginning to the middle of the Week. The seventh trumpet blows in the middle of the Week.

The first seal ( Rev. 6:1-2 ). The white horse rider of this seal represents the rise of the Antichrist at the beginning of Daniel's Seventieth Week. He will make a seven years covenant with Israel and will for forth conquering and to conquer other nations of the Earth. This rider could not be a symbol of the United States, as some teach, because this is a revelation which shows that a man is crowned and thereafter he wars during the events that must take place after the churches. There is no clear reference in prophecy concerning America. Neither could this be a symbol of Christ, for He the one opening the seals and revealing events that are to happen on Earth after the rapture. He does not come to conquer until after the tribulation ( Matt. 24:29-31; Rev. 19:11-21; ). This seal reveals the conquests of Antichrist, fulfilling Dan. 7:8-9, 23-25; 8:8-10, 20-23; 11:35-45.

The second seal (Rev. 6:3-4 ). This is a clear picture of war following the rise of an ambitious conqueror the Antichrist ( Dan. 7:24; 11:40-45 ).

The third seal ( Rev. 6:5-6 ). This symbolizes famine which always follows wars. Bread by measure signifies scarcity of food ( Ezek. 4:10-17 ).

The fourth seal ( Rev. 6:7-8 ). Here death and He11 are symbolized by riders on horses. Death and He11 are always turned loose on Earth during wars and famines, so this is the natural result of the first three seals ( Matt. 24:6-7 ). The word pale means green in the Greek, as is translated in Rev. 8:7; 9:4; Mark 6:39.

The fifth seal ( Rev. 6:9-11 ). This is a picture of the first martyrs of the tribulation. They were not ready to go in the rapture or they would have been translated before the tribulation. They get saved after the rapture and are the ones killed between the rapture and the fifth seal. They are told to rest until the remaining, tribulation saints are killed and then vengeance would be taken on those who had killed them.

The sixth seal ( Rev. 6:12-17 ). Beginning with this seal in the first part of the Week, the wrath of God begins. In the first five seals we have the wrath of man, but with the sixth seal God begins to pour out His judgments because of the persecution of His people on Earth. There are seven great events that happen under this seal: an earthquake, darkening of the sun, turning the moon to blood, falling of meters, rolling back of the heavens, moving of mountains and islands, and the beginning of God's wrath.
 
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