Book of Revelation is Story of Human History
October 13, 2012 10:26am CST
hi! I happened to tune into a study of the book of revelation yesterday on the radio. These aLways drive me crazy!! Don't they realize Revelation, or its Greek name, “Apocalypse” (unveiling), is the story of the consummation of good and evil? Don't they realize that there's an absolute that underlies all logic? That God is Perfect, and Perfection makes NO mistakes? Adam and Eve, placed in and of the GARDEN PARADISE had eaten of the forbidden tree of the KNOWLEDGE of both good and evil, which fruit we are still chewing on, to this day. (Once thinking ability, thus choice, was endowed, a whole new world, or tree, of possibilities ‘came to be’.) In this final book of the Bible, the FRUIT OF THE EARTH is fully ripe, both goodness, and wickedness. John was a very old man, when Roman authorities banished him to an uninhabited island called “Patmos”. While he was there, the Lord Jesus showed him a great vision of how man’s world would end up. The visions of this book, like everything else God does, is highly dramatic and colorful! Believers are urged to read, listen to, and hear, the words of this little book – after the mighty crash of all things false, and a last great war of nations, Armageddon (with environmental woes as a precursor to these things) and after a 1,000 year Kingdom of our Lord's long second advent (of rebuilding paradise upon Earth) - the New Jerusalem (the new capital of the planet) comes down from heaven, onto the earth. It shines of jewels and gold, and the pure sparkling river of the water of life flows through it, to all the world, with trees of life on either side, which leaves and fruit will be for the total healing, and continued health of the nations. No eye will again cry from sorrow, there will be no sickness, suffering or death. The question of good and evil, right and wrong, what is life as opposed to what is death, has been answered for all time, and all citizens have it engraved deeply upon their very hearts and minds for all eternity and ages. To stray from Perfection/Life/God, is to stray away from the very “breath of life” and can only ever end in a self destructive puff of smoke... and dust and ashes. Elsewhere it says "eye has not seen, nor ear conceived, nor heart ever been able to fully imagine, all the good things God has created for those who love Him." What do you think? Do you think we humans can understand the book of revelations? Do you think it was written to one day be understood? What's needed to understand it?
13 Oct 12
Thanks for sharing this discussion. Well glad to hear about the content of the book and i am sure it is having a great depth of knowledge about some facts that most of us is not aware of. There is a life that is millions of years ago that describes how life has evolved and how this entire universe has been created. It is very much difficult of the part of a human being to understand it. What say?
• United States
13 Oct 12
What's needed to understand the Book of Revelations is the Holy Spirit's guidance. It is a book of great spiritual as well as physical evidence of the entire plan of God and I think it can only be fully seen through the Spirit. As you quoted, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (First Corinthians 2:9) BUT... it goes on to say, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." (First Corinthians 2:10) So, yes, I think it was written one day to be understood. When, I wouldn't attempt to say, but one day, we shall understand it all (perhaps after it's all over).
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
18 Oct 12
I see Revelation as what it is: an old exile's recollection of a probably-starved-delirious dream. Thereby what some see as a complicated metaphor-prophecy, I see as an interesting imagination. I see it as a good way to analyze the 'revelator's' psyche, with possible application to the psyches of today's senior exiles
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
14 Oct 12
I understand the book of Revelation: an old man's recollection of a whacked-out dream. It means nothing today---nothing but what we tell it to mean (by attributing symbolism to the events & characters in the dream). The kingdom of God is in the hearts of his children. As we (his children) live-out our hearts' desires, God's kingdom will be more-&-more manifest.