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The REVELATION PROPHECY
While all judgment prophecies are harsh and frightening, the Revelation prophecy stands out as the most terrifying. It ends in the cataclysmic destruction of the earth. The entire book of Revelation is devoted to the end of the world and details God’s judgments unleashed upon the earth plague by plague. Revelation is the last book of the Bible and is a prophetic book of the end of the age and the return of Christ. It also describes the world that will come into being after this earth is destroyed.
Revelation simply forecasts the apocalypse, which is a synonym for Revelation. The dictionary term for it means:
- The complete final destruction of the world, esp. as described in the biblical book of Revelation.
- An event involving destruction or damage on an awesome or catastrophic scale.
While the creation occurred in seven days, the end of the world happens over a seven-year time frame. Seven is God’s number of perfection.
The book begins stating that it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants-things, which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.
The prophecy comes with a blessing, Revelation 1:3 states, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” Likewise, the Revelation prophecy comes with a curse, Revelation 22:18-19 states:
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
John begins the book by addressing the seven churches. While God spoke through the Old Testament prophets to talk to the 12 tribes of the children of Israel, the Revelation begins with Jesus communicating to the seven churches. Jesus appears to John in His glory, and He speaks directly to His followers. The language is the same as in the books of the Old Testament prophets, with references to Jezebel and Balaam as the seven churches are now grafted alongside the children of Israel.
John on the island of Patmos, received the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself instructed John to write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this (Rev. 1:19).
After Jesus speaks to the seven churches, John sees God’s throne. In the throne of God, we have the description of a powerful God with the brilliance of precious stones that emits a rainbow like emerald around Him. From the throne, we see lightning, thundering and lamps of fire as God’s amazing energy force is greater than the sun He created. The throne is surrounded by the four living creatures with the face of a lion, calf, man and eagle, elders with harps and incense and angels. God holds in His right hand a scroll, which has writing on both sides, and it has seven seals. No one was worthy to open the scroll and unfasten the seals except the Lamb of God.
As Jesus begins to open the seals, in Revelation chapter six, we see the four horsemen of the apocalypse emerge bringing war, famine and death. The first is the white horse. He is given a bow and a crown. He is the Antichrist. The second is the fiery red horse, and he is given a great sword to take peace from the earth. He brings war, and men will also kill one another. Even the animals become vicious and will kill humans. Jesus elaborated on the wars during this time when he said nation will fight against nation and kingdom against kingdom. Furthermore, within this climate of hate Jesus predicted that a man’s enemies will be those of his own household (Matthew 10:36).
The third horsemen, is the black horse, which brings famine. He holds a set of balances. The fourth is Death and Hades, a pale horse who kills one-fourth of the earth’s population by these plagues. The word for pale in the Greek chloros means green, yellowish pale, derived from tender green grass or corn. The Hebrew word chavar for pale means to grow white, bleached out. Chloros are literally the colors of death.
The fifth seal shows us the martyrs signifying that freedoms were taken away. The Bible tells us the Antichrist will persecute the Tribulation Saints and seek to annihilate them. The sixth seal delivers an earthquake. The sun becomes black, and the moon turns to blood as stars fall from heaven like a tree drops its fruit. The sky recedes like a scroll, and the mountains and islands move out of place. The Day of the Lord is also forecasted by the Old Testament prophets. During the 7th seal there is silence in heaven for half an hour. The 7th seal releases the seven trumpets. As the severest of God’s wrath is to be released, the heavenly host, which continuously sings God praises, go silent.
As a prelude to the seven trumpets in Revelation Chapter 7, we see the 144 thousand witnesses who are sealed letting us know that even during God’s judgment, He sends his messengers to preach the gospel to save those who could yet possibly be redeemed. During this intermission, God shows us the multitude in heaven who came out of the great Tribulation. These are the believers who were raptured out of the earth at the start of the Revelation Prophecy.
An angel then throws the golden censor, which are the prayers of the saints to the earth. The Saints are with him along with the martyrs of the Tribulation. At this time the severest of God’s wrath is unleashed. Daniel 12:1 confirms, “And there shall be at time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time.” After the seven angels with the seven trumpets sound. Then the seven angels stood before God with the seven trumpets and each bringing horrific natural disasters.
Angel 1- Hail and fire burn up a third of trees and grass.
Angel 2-A Volcano in the sea turns the sea to blood killing 1/3 of fish and ships.
Angel 3-A meteor falls like a torch in bodies of waters making them bitter and kill men who drink from them.
Angel 4-A third of the sun moon and stars darkens the day.
Angel 5-Locusts, which sting like scorpions torment men for five months.
Angel 6-An army of 200 million kill one-third of mankind.
The great angel appears with a little book. He utters seven thunders, but God tells him not to write what they spoke. This angel declares there should be no more delay, that with the sounding of the seventh angel, the mystery of God will be finished that He declared to His prophets. He gave John the little book to eat that tasted sweet as honey, but in his stomach became bitter. He told him he must prophesy about many people.
The Revelation is not in chronological order. In Revelation Chapter 11, John sees back to the Temple, and the outer court trodden underfoot by the Gentiles for 42 months. He then gazed at the two witnesses sent by God who prophecy and perform miracles. They are killed; their bodies are displayed and God gives them life, and they ascend into heaven. As they rise to heaven, an earthquake strikes and kills seven thousand people. This was the second woe.
Again, God sends his witnesses to preach to those who yet might be saved. This event most likely occurs during the middle of the Tribulation. While the Revelation gives a prelude to the seventh bowl of the seventh trumpet, it continues to provide details of the events of the Tribulation, prior to the 7th bowl. This final bowl unleashes the finale or cataclysmic end of the world.
In Chapter 12, John is shown the woman with a garland of 12 stars who is pregnant appears. Next we see a fiery dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and he casts a third of the stars to the ground. He stands before the woman to devour her Child, but the Child is caught up to God and to His throne. The woman fled to the wilderness to be fed there for 1260 days. War breaks out in heaven with Michael and his angels and the dragon and his angels. The devil is defeated and cast to the earth. The dragon persecutes the woman. This vision signifies the persecution of her offspring those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, by the Antichrist during the Tribulation (Rev. 12:17).
In Chapter 13, John sees the Beast rise from the sea and the Beast who emerges from the earth. He makes the image of the Beast come alive. The Revelation describes the Mark of the Beast. No man can buy or sell unless he wears the mark. Revelation 13:18 provides a riddle. The number of the beast is the number of his name. His name is 666. In Chapter 14, we see Jesus standing with the 144 thousand, and his Father’s name is on their foreheads. They sang a new song that no one could learn but them.
A first angel arrives and says that the hour of God’s judgment has come. Another second angel comes crying; Babylon is fallen. A third angel warns that if anyone takes the Mark of the Beast, they shall be cast into the lake of fire. A voice said, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on, that they may rest from their labors and their works follow them. Next John saw one like the Son of man with a sickle, which he thrust into the earth. Angels followed and thrust their sickles into the earth. Blood came out of the winepress. In the 15th Chapter, John witnesses the seven angels having the seven final plagues to complete the wrath of God. The temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened and out of the temple came seven angels with the seven last plagues (Rev. 15:8). The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power. No one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. Chapter 16 releases the bowl judgments:
Bowl 1 Loathsome sores form on those who have the Mark of the Beast.
Bowl 2 The sea becomes like blood, and all sea creatures die.
Bowl 3 The rivers and springs become blood.
Bowl 4 The sun scorches men with fire.
Bowl 5 The throne of the Beast’s kingdom darkens, and men gnaw in pain.
Bowl 6 Poured on river Euphrates to prepare for Armageddon. Spirits like frogs from the mouth of the Beast, False Prophet and Dragon go out to kings of the earth of the whole world to gather them to the battle of Armageddon.
Bowl 7 World-shattering earthquake and 100-pound hail.
In Revelation Chapter 17 and 18, the judgment of the Harlot is described which the ten horns, and the Beast destroy. Initially, she is seen on top of the Beast. Midway into the Chapter the kings carry her. They strip her naked and burn her in a fire. Chapter 19 readies for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Jesus comes on a white horse followed by the armies in heaven clothed in white linens riding white horses. The earth’s armies go to make war with Him. The Beast and False Prophet are captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Satan is then bound for 1000 years. Afterwards, he is released to go and deceive the nations. Gog and Magog went up to the surround the camp of the saints and fire comes down from heaven and devours them. The Devil is cast into the Lake of Fire and after this the Great White Throne Judgment. Death and Hades delivers up their dead, and they are thrown into the Lake of Fire. Anyone not found in the Book of Life is sent into the Lake of Fire.
Chapter 21 details the new Heaven and Earth and what Heaven will look like. Chapter 22 continues with the description of Heaven and ends with Jesus speaking saying several times that He is coming quickly. The Revelation prophecy ends with an invitation for all who hear. It also pronounces a curse if anyone takes away from the book’s prophecy. Jesus’s places His seal of authenticity on the Revelation. Finally, it confirms once again, that He is coming quickly.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ states several that the time is near. Twice Jesus tells his followers at the end of the Revelation, “behold I come quickly.” Unlike the other prophetic books, this revelation is given by Jesus Himself. The ultimate theme is God’s judgments, the destruction of the heavens and earth, His return and the paradise that is reserved for those who trust in Him.
While Revelation’s language is similar to all other prophetic books, it differs in four major areas:
- The word is given by Jesus Christ and has His claim of authorship and the equivalent of his signature at the end of the Revelation.
2. The entire vision takes place in God’s throne room.
The throne room is seen by three other prophets, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Daniel. In Jesus’s revelation, He shows John the throne in full detail and glory.
3. While the creation in Genesis describes what God made each day, the earth’s destruction is almost ceremonial with angels, trumpets and bowls.
4. The prophecy comes with a blessing and also a curse.
The book of Revelation lines with the book of Daniel and the prophets, including Joel’s Day of the Lord, which Isaiah also describes. It elaborates on and parallels Jesus’s discourse in the Gospels concerning the earth’s last days. We even find the horsemen in the book of Zechariah and the lion, leopard, bear beast of Revelation 13 mentioned in Hosea.
One-third of Scripture is prophetic. History records the fulfillment of all biblical prophecies except the Revelation prophecy. Simply, the Revelation details the seven-year Tribulation period on earth. The “Great Tribulation” begins in the middle of the seven-year time frame (Dan. 9:25-27). It ends at the battle of Armageddon; the most famous battle known to man, which will unite the world’s armies together in the war that ends all wars. Immediately, after God causes the cataclysmic finale of the sun darkening, stars falling from the sky and the powers of the heavens shaken (Matt. 24:29). This prompts the second coming of Jesus Christ, who returns in judgment with His heavenly battalion and marks the end of the world.
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