How can I understand the book of Revelations?

United States
July 12, 2007 5:28pm CST
I go to Bible study and read the Bible but I still can't get through the symblolism's and anchient wordings and meanings..even with a minister..please..is there a website or a book I can read that will explain in simple English..not double talk and a lot of malarky..it drives me crazy when i hear people explain to me..to me it just sounds like gibberish..maybe I am just to simple minded..but i just don't seem to understand the message of the text. Thanks for not ranting about being an Athieist or some other non-beleiver..just keep the responese to the believers in God..Thank you
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@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
26 Jul 07
well, the best I can sum it up for you comes from another part of the bible.. Now if we are children, we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if, in fact, we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Revelation tells of the ending of Earth, this world. we have no doubt on this Earth shared in the suffering of Christ, the book of revelation tells us of the demise of the EArth, and tells of our reward as Christians, sharing in his glory. It tells us that those who believe and glorify and honor God will be taken up to share eternity with our father, and our savior. The greates reward I could imagine! =)
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• United States
26 Jul 07
Yes, I think you summed this up right..and I like the last part "the greatest reward I could imagine!=) i have found much joy in reading and studying God's plan of salvation..it is widsom to the believer
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
26 Jul 07
that is true. I think the most fulfilling thing in this life is a relationship with God. I take mine very seriously and personally. I talk to him like I would my earthly father. Because after all he is our heavenly father. I appreciate your faith and I love that you love God, it is great to experience others faith! =)
@habichuelo (3104)
• United States
14 Jul 07
this is serious,,,what im about to tell you,,,the book of revelation is the most simple book to understand,,,,,by looking around you,,by watchingthe news from around the globe,,,increase your senses and when you go to the street watch carefully how people treat other people in crowded places,,,,we are living in REVELATIONS BOOK,,,God hasnt come yet....but the comming is near,,,God is comming here soon,,,HE"S getting tired of this vomit of world... WE are in a section of revelation,,,,.....GOD bless you and i wish to see you up there in heaven.
• United States
14 Jul 07
You don't know how you made an old man feel good. Yours is the last of the discussions..number 21..a very good posting that you gave. Your have given me Hope in the promise that God does not want any of His Children to suffer..and that Heaven is for all who believe in His Holy Name.. Romans 10:13 For whoseover calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.. Also Revelatins 16:16..The only place that the last battle of Armagegddon wil be fought.. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible Psalm 118:18 is the middle of the Bible.. God Bless you ..I pray we both make it trough the Pearly gates..and that none should be left behind.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
13 Jul 07
Which version of the Bible are you reading. The King James Version is hard for many people to understand. Although, it took me a long time to move away from it. Maybe you need a newer version. Another thing that you may want to consider is that learning about God is like learning in regular school in a sense. As you grow, God reveals more of his truth to you. Some things you may not be ready for yet. One thing you can also do is pray for understanding. Of course in the book stores they have guides to understanding the Bible. I would even pray and ask God, which one would be the best for me to read. And don't fret, God will give you what you need, when you need it.
@Lissaboo (43)
• United States
13 Jul 07
You and me both..I get easily lost in the words in any book of the Bible. I always go and buy the teenage versions that make it more relatable.They sell them in practically any store just look for one that says it's made specifically for teens, because as we all know teenagers (like myself)haven't really ripened when it comes to our sense of vocabulary so they have to find a way to simplify it without losing the point.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Yes, I went to the Library in my home town and found a lot of Bibles..all kinds..but the teenage and even younger youth bibles and books about the Bible is very good. I have grandchildren but I know that we have to learn on a level that we can understand. The Bible was written in Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew and I think a lot of the translatins lack clarity of understanding. Our modern day mind finds it hard to understand terms and phrases that were in common use thousands of years ago. Can you imagine these people of the old Bible trying to understand our language and "slang?" Thanks for your input..
@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
Let me answer this one. The Book of the Apocalypse is actually a book of Revelation, hence its new modern name. Unfortunately, instead of making things and/or symbolisms more understandable, it became more mysterious to a lot of people. The Book of Revelation was written in hand by the Apostle John but under the direct command of Jesus Christ. Read the heading of this book and you will know what I mean. Now, the key to understanding the sequence of events and symbolisms of the Revelation can be found in the book of Daniel, where the historical perspective and events are really put into place. That is the key. Again, you don't have to listen to any minister telling his own version of the Revelation. Without basing the explanations from Daniel and correct historical understanding, it could go awry. If you need a guidance, you can request a literature about Daniel and Revelation from www.thetrumpet.com. I am not a member of this religious organization but they provide the plain answers to many biblical questions.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks Tombiz..I can tell you are a very good scholar and respect your answer..i have gotten a lot of response for this question but the suggestions of readind Daniel is a good one. I agree about not listening to any minister as I don't always agree with their interpetation of the Bible..and I will go on the website www.the trumpet.. You are never to old to learn..look at Nicodemus (sp) God Bless you and don't get involved in any Panzo scheemes..lol//Paul
• Philippines
13 Jul 07
Well i suggest visit this website, www.lsm.org. There you could read the book of revelation with footnotes. Try it.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks Vincent..i will try your website ..it looks like it has a lot of information..thanks
@friendship (2085)
• Canada
13 Jul 07
The words of God are often not easy to be understood. I also had difficulties to grasp the book of Revelations. In my opinion, the book of Revelations is about the end of time and it is full of God's plans before and during the end of time. Some of those will only be known by God but it will gradually be understood once the time is going to be near.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks Friendship..i like your name..what a friend we have in Jesus
• Kottayam, India
12 Jul 07
Why do not try read the more easily understandable version by J.B.PHILIPS.Also you can try the sword project.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Yes, thanks for the suggestion..I will read the version by J.B.Philips
@SEOGUY (906)
• United States
12 Jul 07
The book of Daniel will help you read thrugh revalation. Both books are full of alogory but Daniel actualy will explain alot of the sybolisem.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks ..I will check the book of Daniel..was it in Daniel that he saw the wheels in the sky or was that Isiah? Thank if you know or don't know..
@capararo (30)
• Australia
12 Jul 07
To me, Revelations is the easiest to understand of all the books in the Bible. If you're talking about the traditional-english try using an NIV (New International Version) bible. If you're talking about the interpretations of what is said, it's really up to you, you can either: ask for someone else's interpretation; or make your own. I have a mixture of both because, as I said before, Revelations is easy for me to read; and therefore, form my own interpretation.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks I will read the NIV (New International Version) bible..thanks for your response
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
12 Jul 07
This is a very good question. Revelations, to me, has got to be the most confusing book in the whole Bible. I do know that it helps to read Daniel, if your Bible has a reference to scriptures, that is one place to start. There are also many different interpretations, just like the Bible itself, so this is where you need to pray for opened eyes. I really don't have a set belief in certain ways that people think Revelation is, but have you read the Left Behind Series? I read the kids series and it kind of helped a little, but then you have people who disagree. I look at it this way, be prepared, whether you understand or believe, just be prepared. I hope this helps.
• United States
12 Jul 07
thanks for the advice..i will do both i have been baptised as a child confirmed as a teenager went to Bible class but i will continue to pray and study..my wife is no help as she is Catholic and she says she don't want to read the Bible..but I do as I am Lutheran..so thanks again
• United States
12 Jul 07
Try this website: biblegateway.com. It gives you different versions of the Bible and it helps you understand a lot. The Bible called "The Message" captures the word of God in plain everyday language and it's really easy to understand. The book of Revelation, though, is hard for me to understand in any version. It seems to be written in a lot of symbolism like you said. And then you have to figure out what or who the symbolism is refering to. Hope the website helps; it has helped me a lot.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Thanks again for the reference to biblegateway.com I will check this out..plus a few other suggestions i got from all my responses
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
13 Jul 07
If you can find a book by Jack Van Impe, he explains Revelations very well. That is his special ministry. He is on television too. You might want to catch one of his shows. It is very hard to understand Revelations on your on.
@jgirl71 (17)
• United States
13 Jul 07
The Book of Revelations is a hard book to understand. One way that may help is go to your local Christian book store and get a today's English version. I can't remember the exact name of the book, but If you ask the clerk they should be able to help. I know my friend has this book and I borrowed hers and found it so much easier to understand. Let me know if this helps.
• United States
13 Jul 07
Its not an easy book but. THE ONLY BOOK OF THE BIBLE WHICH PROMISES A SPECIAL BLESSING TO THOSE WHO READ IT! Its pretty cool! We had a class on it in high school. It was a fun class. It was a lot of work going through it all. Stuff that happened, stuff to come. I havent really read the left behind books but Tim LaHaye did a book called "Revelation Revealed" that I read and it was pretty good. If you like to see what its about I have left a link for you on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Unveiled-Dr-Tim-LaHaye/dp/0310230055/ref=sr_1_1/104-2263943-2971912?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1184319585&sr=1-1 Good luck!
@herrbaggs (1308)
• United States
13 Jul 07
Do I have to designate which God I believe in before I am allowed to respond?
@direktor (46)
• United States
13 Jul 07
hi there! it's nice to know that you want to better understand the bible. have you tried attending bible studies of other religions?