Here are 11 uncommonly known facts about the Bible’s most complicated book.
Understanding The Last Book In The Bible
There is no other book in the Bible quite like the Book of Revelation. Many people avoid this important book of the Bible because it’s too confusing, or because it’s frightening. While Revelation can be difficult to understand and can generate more questions than answers, to not delve into this book is to miss the most powerful and important revelation of all: Jesus Himself.
The Book of Revelation, full of complex imagery and vivid depictions of violence, outlines God’s plan for the Second Coming of Christ and the punishment of Satan in a lake of fire.
In the years since it was written near the end of the First Century A.D., it has confounded countless scholars who tried to unravel its mysteries. One said there are “as many riddles as there are words” in Revelation.
Unlike other books in the New Testament, it is a work of prophecy, talking primarily about future events. Fueled by popular fascination with the end of the world, “apocalyptic” books and movies have become staples of pop culture and fine art.
Yet the average person still has much to learn about the Book of Revelation. Here are 11 interesting facts about it that all people should know.
Before Roman Emperor Domitian exiled the Apostle John to the Greek island of Patmos, where experts say he wrote the Book of Revelation, he ordered him boiled in oil, but John miraculously survived.
The Romans used Patmos, located off the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), as a penal colony.
Revelation came to John in a vision, perhaps the reason for the plentiful use of imagery and the difficulty so many people have in interpreting it.
The Book of Revelation uses 21 symbols, beginning with the “seven lampstands,” representing seven churches in Asia Minor.
Although firmly ensconced in popular culture, the word “rapture” does not appear in the English Bible. Rapture is an anglicized version of the Latin word raeptius.
Revelation is the only book in the New Testament that uses the word “Alleluia,” indicating praise to God, and it appears four times – all in Chapter 19.
Revelation says that the forces of evil will gather in the Valley of Megiddo in Israel – once called the “ideal battlefield” by Napoleon –before the climactic Battle of Armageddon. The carnage will be so great that the blood of the evil army will flow as high as horses’ bridles.
Jesus uses just one angel to bind Satan and throw him into a bottomless pit for 1,000 years – an indication of Jesus’ power over evil.
There will be no temples or churches in the “new heaven” God creates, because they are man’s way of having fellowship with God. Such places of worship will be obsolete because man will be able to fellowship directly with God.
The “tree of life” in the new heaven is a restored version of the same tree in the Garden of Eden.
A Final Thought…
God says that anyone who reads Revelation and takes it to heart will be blessed. But in the last chapter, He warns of dire consequences for anyone who would dare add anything or take anything away from the book.
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