Catchy title, perhaps; but, what does it mean?
What we are talking about is the Holy Bible’s Book of Revelation. Revelation is a book almost entirely devoted to prophecy, containing more than any other book of the New Testament.
The Book of Revelation consists of 22 chapters and covers several major topics, visions or sections. It is the only book of Scripture classified as Apocalyptic. Apocalyptic literature was literature written in the ancient world during times of great stress, but also in great hope of deliverance. Other books so described, such as The Book of Enoch, The Ascension of Isaiah and The Assumption of Moses, differ from Revelation is several ways: The authors don’t reveal their names but assign their writings to a great character of Biblical history. However, in Revelation, John reveals himself as the writer, but attributes Jesus Christ (Messiah) as the author. Therefore, it is the very Word of God Himself.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
1. The first section (Chapters 1-3) covers the announcements to the seven Churches with a synopsis of their performance, from God’s point of view.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the first and the last:” “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”
2. Next (Chapters 4-16) come descriptions of things to come, or the hereafter, starting with the throne of God. There God is holding the Book which contains the destiny of the world in the end times, but the Book is sealed, for no one is found worthy to open it. Then One steps forth Who is worthy, The Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus, slain before the foundation of the earth.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Events preceding the great tribulation are described, starting with the Seven Seal Judgments which reveal events as each seal is broken. Even with the terrible calamities revealed, there is a remnant of believers saved, those who stand firm for Christ.
Revelation 7:9-10, 17
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb … For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
The seventh seal, when broken, reveals seven terrible judgments to be unleashed upon the earth, the Seven Trumpet Judgments. These judgments are the actual events of the great tribulation. But here again is revealed a prophetic message of salvation for a remnant holding fast for Christ.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
The Seventh Trumpet is also broken down into several sections: the war of the dragon upon the earth, assurance of the Lamb’s victory and the Seven Bowl Judgments, which come fast and furious.
3. The next section or vision (Chapters 17-20) describes Jesus returning to earth to establish the righteousness of God forever. However, before that can happen, He must destroy the godless and evil armies in the earth, the false religions in this world, the godless governments, politics and social systems.
Revelation 17:13-14 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
At this juncture, He can set up His kingdom of righteousness, described in two great events: The great Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Chapter 19:1-10) and the Final Triumph (The Millennium ushered in, Chapters 19:11 through 20:15)
Revelation 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
4. The last vision (Chapters 20:1 through 22:21) describes the Eternity of God: The New Heavens and Earth and the New Jerusalem, followed by the great messages of Revelation (Chapter 22:6-21).
Revelation 21:1-3 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
This is a very brief overview of Revelation. Please read the Holy Bible in detail to find the many blessings and promises for those whose God is God. Don’t sit in the seat of the sinner! Be in the world but not of it! Rejoice in the Grace of God awaiting you, who accept the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and who invites you to join Him for an eternity of Love and Grace.
And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”
He which testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.