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is there a message for people today in the book of Revelation?

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Is there a message for people today in the book of Revelation? The Book of Revelation also called Revelation to John, Apocalypse of John and Revelation of Jesus Christ. It is the last canonical book of the New Testament in the Bible and was written sometime around 96 CE.The Revelation or the apocalypse (from the Greek word for "unveiling" or "revealing" ) concerns the end of time. The message of the book is given by God through Jesus and his angle to "his servant"John". It is the only biblical book that is wholly composed of apocalyptic literature. The author of Revelation identifies himself several times as "John" (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8).He was probably a Christian from Ephesus known as "John the Elder. According to the Book, this John was on the island of Patmos, not far from the coast of Asia Minor, "because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus" (Rev. 1.10). This has traditionally been taken to mean that he had been exiled there as a martyr for his Christian faith. However, it is suggested that it might have been a regular stop on a preaching circuit. The author of the text tells us that his name is John. Christian tradition has taken him to be the apostle John, author of the Fourth Gospel. However, the John of Revelation does not claim to be one of the disciples or to have known Jesus. Stylometric analysis, a process which analyses an author's style of writing, shows that the Book of Revelation and John's Gospel display more differences to each other than any other two books in the New Testament. ...read more.


In the hand of the figure on the throne is a scroll sealed with seven seals, which can not be broken except by one who is found worthy. He then sees next to the throne a "Lamb standing as if it had been taken slaughtered" (5:6). The lamb, of course, is Christ. The Lamb takes the scroll from the hand of God and begins to break its seals (chap 5). With each broken seal a major tragedy strikes the earth: war, famine, death, which can be referred to the war in Iraq and the poverty and famine in Africa and the death of people in Tsunami. The book then moves on to further devastation strikes on earth through different judgements: seven trumpets, angels and bowls. The number seven is significant as it means the fullness destruction and agony. The end comes with the battle in which Christ wins with his heavenly armies against the enemies of God. And the antichrist and the false prophet are thrown into a lake of burning sulphur to be tormented for ever. Then the Devil emerges for a brief time to lead some of the nations astray, after thousand years. Towards the end John sees the final judgment of Christ which brought eternal life for those who have sided with him, but the Devil and his antichrist and those who have ignored Jesus are taken away for eternal torment and thrown into the lake as are finally Hades and Death itself. ...read more.


Rev 22:6 "And he (the angel) said to me (John), 'Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.'" Rev 22:10 Those that take these verses literary would say that Most of the major prophecies in Revelation have already been fulfilled. The book was written primarily for the benefit of 1st century Christians and not for us living today in the 20th century. Specific current events in today's newspapers have very little to do with the prophecies found in the Book of Revelation. Some scholars say that the Revelation applies to people today as the terrifying weapons developed and manufactured using modern technology are an indication that the terrible time of trouble may be much nearer than we might think. Nations have already stockpiled more than enough weapons to annihilate all human life from the face of the earth. Rogue nations increasingly gain the ability to produce and use horrifying weapons of mass destruction. Even more frightful are terrorist groups, unable to attain their goals by conventional arms or diplomacy that now has access to such deadly weapons. Respected international-security advisers warn that the danger of nuclear weapons being used by terrorist nations or groups grows ever higher. Nuclear weapons are only one of several means of mass destruction available to amoral terrorists bent on achieving their ends by any means, including mass carnage. Michael G.Azar says: For many modern interpreters of Revelation, the State of Israel takes center stage. Every action of Israel, from its creation after WWII, through its border expansions in 1967, and even to its recent military strikes in Lebanon, have all been prophesied and sanctioned by Scripture. ...read more.

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