References to: Revelation

A Vision of Christ – Revelation 1:10-20

In spirit on the Lord’s Day (1:10)

While on the island, he says, “I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice…” (1:10). John found himself in a long line of prophets who had received visions from God. He is in the tradition of Ezekiel, who wrote of his visions in words similar to John: “The Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound…” (3:12).

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Prologue – Revelation 1:1-9

The meaning of “revelation” (Rev. 1:1-3)

At the beginning of Revelation we are given two clues that help us understand and use the book’s contents. The first clue is the use of the word revelation to define the book (1:1). The word comes from the Greek apokalypsis. For this reason, the book has also been called “the Apocalypse.” In the earliest manuscripts the book has the title, “The Apocalypse of John.”

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An Outline of Revelation

There are as many different outlines of Revelation as commentaries on the book of Revelation. The outline below is somewhat arbitrary, as all are. Each reader may want to make his or her own outline after studying the book.

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Revelation’s Message to All Times

We all would like to know what the future will bring for us and our loved ones. Where is the world headed? More personally, we would like to know the answer to the big questions of why there’s so much suffering in this world. Why do bad things happen to good people? Christians want to know why a good God allows suffering to occur in their lives and in the world.

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Revelation

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Revelation

John wrote the book of Revelation in a literary style called “apocalyptic.” It uses fantastic images and symbols to describe God’s judgment and victory over evil.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The name of the book of Revelation is taken from its first verse which reads: “The revelation of Jesus Christ.” The word revelation here is translated from the Greek word apokalypsos, which means “unveiling” or “revealing.”

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End of the World, Again...

End of the World, Again...

The latest end-of-the-world obsession concerns the Mayan Calendar that ends a 144,000-day cycle this year on Dec. 21, the day of the winter solstice. The number 144,000 sounds biblical, so the doomsayers are once again out there warning us to expect something drastic to happen.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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I find it incredible how some preachers manage to distort the gospel. The word gospel means “good news,” and good news is supposed to make you feel better. But the way some preachers explain the gospel can leave you feeling hopeless and lost.

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Revelation: Book of Cosmic Symbols

revTo understand Revelation it is helpful to think of this writing as first and foremost a book of symbols. For example, we see the victorious Christ, riding on a horse (Revelation 19:11-16). He smites the nations with a sword. But what good is a sword in an age of nuclear weapons? Does Christ need a physical weapon at all? The sword is a picture, a symbol, of an event and divine power — the return of the Messiah, who destroys the forces of evil.

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Paul Kroll
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The Millennium of Revelation 20

The idea of a thousand-year reign of Christ – a millennium – is found in only two verses in the Bible — Revelation 20:4, 6. The length of the martyrs’ or saints’ reign is here said to be a thousand years. This number has produced the term “millennium,” which is derived from the Latin mille (thousand) and annus (year).

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Paul Kroll
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Revelation 13 and the "Mark of the Beast"

For centuries Christians have speculated about the meaning of the "mark of the beast" and the number 666, both of which are discussed in Revelation chapter 13. We are told that a symbolic beast with two horns, and who spoke like a dragon, "forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead" (13:16). What is this strange "mark"?

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Revelation 13 and Its "Beasts"

The two beasts described in Revelation 13 are among the most enigmatic parts of the book of Revelation, and they have inspired no end of commentary. What is the meaning of these two beasts?

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