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Studies in the Book of Revelation

Studies in the Book of Revelation

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This book is published for the students of the Berea School of Theology and Ministries on Internet, a syllabus for leaders variously of Home Churches. The study is an essay to get acquainted with the book, for further study. The course does not intend to provide all the prophetic answers as brought forward and interpreted in the writing of John the Divine.
This book is published for the students of the Berea School of Theology and Ministries on Internet, a syllabus for leaders variously of Home Churches. The study is an essay to get acquainted with the book, for further study. The course does not intend to provide all the prophetic answers as brought forward and interpreted in the writing of John the Divine.

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 The Book of Revelation of John the Divine
Foreword
There should be no intolerance to the credit and authority of the Book of Revelation, just because it has been rejected by corrupt minds as Cerdon andMarcion, as well as others even up to today. Knowing the Holy Scriptures, our‘Bible’ as a unit and each individual book correlated with each other, great lightshines on the last book of the Bible. The images and superscriptions of thisbook, also variously called the ‘Apocalypse’ as from Greek, meaning ‘unveilingor uncovering’, are truly sacred and divine, and its contains agreeable with theother books, especially with the prophetical books as Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel,and more. The People of God, the community of believers have always beenblessed with prophesy. The glorious prediction of breaking the serpent’s headwas the stay and support of the patriarchal age, while the many propheciesconcerned mainly the Messiah to come, the Gospel Message of the OldTestament as found for a great deal in Isaiah. Christ Himself prophesied thedestruction of Jerusalem, and about the time in which that was accomplished.With His Spirit he entrusted the Apostle John with the Book of Revelation, as hedid with the fourth Gospel underlying all along the way, Salvation throughyielding faith in Jesus Christ, entering as such the “Spiritual Church” of theMaster and in His stream of love through His believers the world over. TheBook of Revelation is delivered to all believers as a prediction of the mostimportant events that will happen at the end of time, for the support of the faithof his people and the direction of their hope. The last book of the Bible isrevealing because God therein makes to discover those things which could neverhave been sifted out by the reasoning of human understanding, those deep things
 
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of God which no man knows, but only the Spirit of God, and those to whom Herevealed them.Many people think that the Book of Revelation is all bad news. However,though it reveals where actions and decisions will take us, it also brings forwardhow mankind will finally experience world peace. Its message is in reality verysimple. It promises that God will institute universal peace, prosperity andsupport the world over, immediately after the return of Jesus Christ. It reveals aswell how this wonderful new world and order will be established and why it willnever be destroyed or outdated by any other way of life or even social order.The book of Revelation was written by a Hebrew Christian of Palestine who,after a period of exile in the Isle of Patmos, settled in Asia Minor, His name wasJohn:“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto hisservants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it byhis angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of thetestimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. (Revelation 1: 1-2)”(KJV)The Revelation was given to Jesus Christ by God as sovereign ruler. It wassignified to John, and he wrote what he saw and heard. It is not known when thebook was written, not by what emperor John was banished to the Isles of Patmos. Some think it was Claudius (A.D. 41-54), others Nero (A.D. 54-68),and still others Domitian (A.D. 81-96). It is generally attributed to the lastnamed, and if so, the date of the book would be rather after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.The author announces himself in the opening verse of the writing as ‘his’(God’s) servant ‘John’. He frequently refers to himself in ‘Revelation’, mostcommonly as a prophet.“Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, andof all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the wordsof this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time isat hand. (Revelation 1: 2-3) (KJV)“I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in thekingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, forthe word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on theLord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I amAlpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book,
 
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and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and untoSmyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and untoPhiladelphia, and unto Laodicea. Revelation 1: 9 – 11)” (KJV)“And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, andnations, and tongues, and kings. (Revelation 10: 11)” (KJV)“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: Iam thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation19: 10)” (KJV)“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, Ifell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thybrethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worshipGod. (Revelation 22: 8-9)” (KJV)Never in Revelation, had he called himself an ‘apostle’. In this respect he differsmarkedly from the apostle Paul.“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto thegospel of God. (Romans 1: 1)” (KJV)“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, Imagnify mine office. Romans 11: 13)” (KJV)“Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, andSosthenes our brother. (1 Corinthians 1: 1)” (KJV)“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in allAchaia. (2 Corinthians 1: 1)” (KJV)“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God theFather, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me,unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father,and from our Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1: 1 – 3)” (KJV)From the latter part of the second century it was assumed that the fourth gospel,the epistles of John and Revelation were written by one man, John the son of Zebedee. There were, however, controversies in the assumption, which were

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