Many people think that the book of Revelation is all about the future. It is not. This is thinking that produces error, and causes us to miss some of the greater truths in the book. Revelation is actually about three things that you will read about, and not just one thing that all the end-time gurus claim that it is about. boccaccioravello
When the Apostle John wrote Revelation, if it was all about the future, as many futuristic commentators say, why was there anything urgent, or even meaningful about this book nearly 2,000 years ago? If it’s really about our thermo-nuclear world today, and the ECC, and the rise of a purported person we call ‘the antichrist,’ and a final Battle of Armageddon where Jesus is said to defeat Satan, does it really have anything at all to do with seven churches to whom it was sent (except for maybe the first two chapters)?
GOD HAD A DUTY TO FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS
If the book of Revelation was not actually for the 7 churches, and the people of the first century, God had a duty to tell them this loud and clear.
Books of the Bible were written for the people living when they were written. This is true of the history books, the law, the psalms and proverbs, and even most of the prophets. Yes, they are for us too!! But we read over the peoples’ shoulders to whom they were written.
There were times prophets made statements about a future event. But when they did, God made it very clear to them.Daniel was told, “Go your way Daniel, these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time” (Dan 12:9). God made it totally clear to Daniel that the prophecy he received was not meant for his day and time.
DON’T MAKE A BIG MISTAKE
Most Bible readers make a mistake by seeing the Bible divided into three distinct parts:
(1) the Old Testament,
(2) the New Testament, and
(3) Revelation: the future end times.
But is the book of Revelation only about the future? In my mind, I see this as being error. Revelation is an autobiography much more than it is a prediction of some future event or events.
THE PURPOSE OF REVELATION IS FOR US TO KNOW JESUS
Our hardest job is to know Jesus personally. This is why so much emphasis is placed on it. We know a lot about Jesus, and things he did, and things he said, and stories he told. We know about his life, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. coloradoskihome
I can tell you things about President Barack Obama, but I do not know him. It’s the same with Jesus. Just because I know about Jesus does not mean I know him.
This is how so many Bible teachers and commentators see the book of Revelation. They see it being a part of the life of Jesus: what is called his future second coming. They approach it as a prophecy – a type of ‘future history’ about Jesus.
To them, it’s not really a book about Jesus, but a book about an event in Jesus’ life. In fact, end time enthusiasts say that the book is really not even about Jesus for the most part. Instead, they say that most of the book is about things that happen before his return.
IT’S LIKE AN EVER-CHANGING FANTASY
They say it’s much more about the ANTI-Christ than about the CHRIST. They say it’s about locusts and beasts, and Puff the Magic Dragon, and hail, and fire, and demons, and everything else that goes ‘bump in the night.’
I find so much that is said today about the coming end times as being like a Disneyland fantasy. And the fantasy continues to change in characters and happenings from decade to decade. The Antichrist used to be considered Mussolini (which was long after Caesar). Then he was said to be Hitler… then Ronald Reagan… and even Henry Kissinger. Today, some extreme factions say he is Barack Obama. Give me a break!
My favorite example of this is still about 1988: “88 reasons Jesus is coming back in 1988.” And there have been at least 20 other ‘fantasy theories’ since then.
“THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JESUS CHRIST”
I refer to Revelation as the autobiography of Jesus Christ. The very first words of the book say, “The revelation of Jesus Christ.”
We’re told that a personal angel of Jesus revealed this to John, and the angel got his message from Jesus, just as Jesus says he only spoke what he heard his Father say. This book is both (1) revealed by Jesus, and (2) it is about Jesus. He is both the revealer, and the one being revealed.
What is the revelation of a person? If the person is writing it about himself, it is an autobiography. Many people write through a secretary, and that’s the situation here: John was like a secretary writing down what he was being told, and what he saw. The rest of the New Testament is a biography, history or commentary about Jesus, but in being only words, some of us often miss things. This revelation of Jesus is what I call… For more info please visit these sites :- https://www.thebookcliffsbnb.com
‘The Autobiography of Jesus Christ’
(in graphic picture form so we don’t forget it).
But if we only see it as the future, we miss the whole thing!
Modern end time preachers don’t see this. What they say Revelation is about is ‘a period of time’ in the life of Jesus: i.e., the future end times, or his second coming. Again, their emphasis is not really Jesus, but mostly about the Antichrist, the satanic trinity, judgment, Armageddon, etc.
This is not what Revelation claims to be in its own words! This revelation reveals a PERSON,not just a PERIOD of time in the life of this person, as end time enthusiasts say.
If I write my autobiography, it will be about me, and about my life in general. It will not simply be about one special time in my life (e.g., a vacation I took). This is the same way we should view Revelation – it is about the Person of Jesus. It is not about one particular event, or period of time in the life of Jesus – i.e., the time just before his second coming.