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Understanding the Book of Revelations
Why people read Revelation?
A lot of readers and viewers read this strange book because John gives a good clue in the first phase, which introduces this book as the “revelation of Jesus Christ”. Revelation gives a unique picture of Jesus Christ, and the New Testament would be incomplete without it. The Gospels describe Jesus life on earth from four different viewpoints. The letters discuss the deep significance of the resurrected Christ and what he accomplished. Although Revelation shows Jesus Christ from a new perspective: as the mighty ruler of the cosmic forces of good. When John saw him in this exalted state, he fell at Jesus feet as though dead.
Background of the Book of Revelations
We know that the Book of Revelations is the last book of the Bible and also the last book of New Testament. It is also known as the Apocalypse of John. The Apostle John was supposed to have written it while he was exile on the island of Patmos. Scholars at present, think however, that it may have been written about 95 A.D, by some other man who used John's name. The material in the book comes from Christian, Jewish, and Babylonian sources. Although the original of the book was in Greek.
This book was intended to show that Christ and his followers would soon be victorious over enemies.
Understand the Book of Revelations
Judgments for a Purpose
In the book of Revelations, it records a number of severe judgments, in Chapters 6,9, and 16. It was carefully mention the purpose of these judgments and this is to convince humankind and that is rebellion that is futile and encourage it to repent. In this way, the judgments are similar to the 10 plagues against Egypt. Like the 10 plagues, these judgments do not ultimately work. The failure of people to repent makes necessary the final judgment against the source of all evil.
Christians interpret the thousand- year reign referred to here in a variety of ways:
1. Postmillenialism- it is believed that the church itself, will bring about a time of peace and prosperity through its expanding influence in preparation of the 2nd coming of Christ. This far view is far more popular in the 19 th century, when people were optimistic about progress and the future.
2. Pre-millenialism - It is believed that Christ will return to Earth and reign here in person, ushering in a period of great peace. During this period, Satan will be bound up, although, it will lead into a final revolt at the end of thousand years.
3. Amillenialism- it is believed that interprets this passage much less literally. Other philosophers and religious group believe that the church is establishing the kingdom of Christ at present, it is between Jesus which is the first and the second coming.
This is my best to give an information about millenium, no one can be completely sure about this issue. The "thousand year" period itself may be symbolic, standing for a long period of time . Regardless all positions agree that ultimately this world will end with Jesus establishment of an eternal kingdom.
Picture of an Apocalypse
The supportive verse is found in Revelations 22:1 of New International Version (NIV) and it says "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. "
People will walk with God again, just as they did in Eden. There will be no crying or pain. Once again, humankind will rule over creation, this time with open access to the tree of life.
Everything put wrong by human rebellion in Eden will be set right. In Eden, Adam and Eve were driven from the garden; in the new earth, they will see God's face.
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The Battle of Armageddon
The supportive for this is found in Revelations 16:16 and it says "Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. "
Armageddon has been the site of many military struggles in Israel's history. There are some historians estimate more wars who have been fought here than any other location in the world. It is an appropriate setting or symbol for the final struggle between good and evil.
Special Features of Revelations
Revelations is written in "apocalyptic form" which is a type of Jewish literature that uses symbolic imagery to communicate hope which is in the ultimate triumph of God or to those in the midst of persecution. The events are ordered according to the literary, rather than strictly chronological, patterns.
The Beginning and the End
Here are the important things that readers and viewers must know in Revelations when it deals with beginning and the end:
The sun is not needed
Satan is defeated
Sin is banished
People are invited to live with God forever
The curse is removed
No more sin, no more tears or sorrow
God's city is glorified, the Earth is made new
Paradise is regained
Death is defeated; believers live forever with God.