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The Book of Revelation


I will do the Revelation Commentary similar to my other Commentaries . . . in that I will bring the verse or verses in the KJV, followed by what it is saying to me. What I write will be a personal comment, it is NOT Scripture.

As I attempt to bring this Book to you, I approach it with a feeling of great awe and respect, mingled with joy and fear (I know I don’t have the ability to do it properly, so I need His help). I realize that this Book is a stumbling block to a great many people because they say “I don’t understand it.” Quite frankly there are many things in the Bible I can not completely comprehend, including this wonderful Book. I think there are things in there we are not meant to know. To understand this Book, you must have at least some knowledge of the Old Testament. This is the last Book in the Bible, so it only makes sense that we must know about the other 65 Books first.

This Book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ which is to discover the purposes of God concerning the church and the nations as connected to the end of this world as we know it. The events in this Book will surely come to pass. It’s as good as done! Although Christ Jesus is Himself God, and does have light and life in Himself, He, as Mediator between God and man, receives instructions from God the Father. To Him we owe all the knowledge of what we are to expect from God, and what God expects from us. On all who read or hear the words of this prophecy, a blessing is pronounced. Those who search the Bible will never be disappointed although it is not enough that we read and hear, we must obey the Truths that we read and/or hear, embed them in our hearts, in our memories, in our minds, in our affections, and we must practice what we learn, then we shall be blessed.

The Book of Revelation was written by the apostle John (Rev.1:1,4,9; 21:9; 22:8), probably about A.D. 96.

  • It is the only prophetic Book in the New Testament (17 in the Old Testament).
  • It is the only Book that has a special blessing promised (Rev.1:3)
  • It also has a warning (Rev.22:18-19).
  • It is not a sealed Book like Daniel (Dan.12:9; Rev.22:10).
  • Literal interpretations are always preferred unless John tells us otherwise.

REVELATION (the Apocalypse) means an uncovering or unveiling, a bringing to light of that which had been previously hidden or only vaguely seen. God has been pleased in various ways and at different times (Hebrews 1:1) to make l revelations of Himself and His purposes and plans, which, under the total guidance of His Spirit, has been put in writing (the Bible) so we can better understand our awesome and wondrous God.

We see NO humiliation of Christ in this Book as we did in the Gospels.

The closing chapters of Revelation are in direct contrast to the opening chapters of Genesis. Genesis speaks of the creation of the sun, entrance of sin into the world, God’s curse on the ground, Satan’s triumph, and exclusion from the tree of life. Revelation tells of a place where there will no longer be any need of the sun, sin is completely banished, there will be NO more curse, Satan is overthrown for good, and admission to the tree of life.

Revelation is the only Book to ‘divide’ itself (1:19), into past, present, and future.

  • (A) 1st division, past — “Things which thou hast seen” John recorded these things in 1:9-18.
  • (B) 2nd division, present — “Things which are” are recorded in chapters 2 & 3. These ‘present’ things refer to that which takes place during the entire church age (from the beginning of the church in Acts 2, to the Rapture).
  • (C) 3rd division, future — “Things which will be hereafter”.

Starting with chapter 4, the church is not mentioned again until chapter 19.

There will be times when John will be drawn away for a short period to receive additional information about something already introduced. During these interludes, things are more fully explained. These chapters are called ‘parenthetical’ chapters. Chapter 7 is a parenthetical chapter, between the 6th and 7th seal judgments; too chapters 10 and 11, between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments; and a brief interlude in 8:13.

Revelation may seem strange to some with all its symbolism, but nearly all the symbols in this Book can be found in the other Books of the Bible. Most are taken from Exodus, Psalms, Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah and Zechariah. It is written to encourage, comfort, strengthen and stop doubts; showing that God will indeed be 100% victorious, and He will triumph over all sin and evil and wrongdoings and wickedness!

We can look pessimistically at our problems, our suffering and troubles, and all the evil around us, and be discouraged — OR we can look beyond our troubles, to the glorious eternal realities that belong to God’s children.

I will present verses from the Book of Revelation in the King James Version of the Bible; followed by what that verse is saying to me, then my comment on the verse. What I say below the KJV verse is NOT Scripture, it is simply what I think it is saying. I could be wrong. I do not consider myself a scholar, I am far from it. I am simply a child of God and His humble servant.

Book of Revelation

Ch.1. . Ch.2 . . Ch.3 . . Ch.4 . . Ch.5. . Ch.6 . . Ch.7 . . Ch.8 . . Ch.9 . . Ch.10 . . Ch.11 . . Ch.12 . . Ch.13 . . Ch.14 . . Ch.15 . . Ch.16 . . Ch.`17 . . Ch.18 . . Ch.19 . . Ch.20 . . Ch.21 . . Ch.22 . . Special Comments

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