ALMOST EVERY DAY, I see items in the media or on social media making reference to something in the Book of Revelation — the final book in the sacred texts of the Bible. 99 times out of 100, these items are completely misleading or entirely false. Often, these items involve claims about the more seemingly sensational aspects of the Book, such as the four horsemen, the beast, the mark of the beast, the number 666, the ‘great whore of Babylon’, or the 1000 years (known as the ‘millennium’). I wonder if people realise that to add or detract from anything in the Book of Revelation is severely admonished with a spiritual ‘curse’ of infinite proportions within the Book itself? It says this:
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this book”.Book of Revelation, chapter 22, verse 18-19
Those are spine-chilling warnings, effectively damning anyone who transgresses them. If people realised this, they might be more reluctant to make unfounded assertions about items in the Book of Revelation. The time has come to study the Book deeply rather than make claims about it which can have eternal consequences. But how many actually study in depth in this age of soundbites, memes and tweets? Woe to those who do not! For, as the Book says at the outset, “Blessed are those who read and who hear the words of this prophecy, and who keep the things written in it; for the time is near” (chapter 1, verse 3). When it says “keep” there, the Greek in the original text (ἀναγινώσκων, anaginōskōn), carries the meaning of to guard or to preserve because one knows with certainty that “the things written in it” are true. Let that be an encouragement. The Book of Revelation is a work of prophecy in the lineage of the Old Testament prophets… and it is all TRUE.
The most popular false claim involving the contents of the Book of Revelation is that the so-called ‘mark of the beast’ will be an electronic chip placed in one’s arm. This is easy to disprove if one actually studies the verses referring to that in their context in the Book and also understands the light that the Old Testament shines on them. But people will just not let go of their pet idea about this ‘mark’, even if one sets about proving to them conclusively that the claim which they are asserting is actually false. The same goes for all the other ways that elements in the Book of Revelation have been hijacked by popular culture as tropes for their own twisted agenda.
This hijacking of so many elements (and even the false use of the word “apocalypse”) is one of the main reasons that I have recently written a detailed 658-page commentary on the Book of Revelation (now on v.1.5). For some decades it had been my heart’s desire to write something profound about this Book. It began as an article in June 2021, expanded into an essay, then morphed into a paper, then metamorphosed into a book which was published in an eBook edition in June 2022. You can download that eBook free of charge from this link: https://diakrisis-project.com/2022/06/10/the-essential-apocalypse-making-sense-of-the-book-of-revelation-is-ready-for-download/ or by clicking on the image accompanying this text.
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Yes. Most don’t even know why they’re using the word Apocalypse. It’s used as a doom and gloom sounding word like its booga-booga. Gets attention. I’ve long thought that we will not truly understand how to interpret any of it. Then we will see for ourselves how accurate the predictive account has been all along. We cannot let imaginative interpretations distract or we will be fooled. They are distractions and counterfeit.
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