What You Have Been Told About The Book of Revelation?
Look at the image above. The title “The Revelation of St, John The Divine” is inaccurate. In fact, it is untrue. The Apostle John was not given a revelation, Jesus Christ was.
If one reads from Revelation 1:1 (and I will quote the King James Version), it says:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; …
See that? This is a revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave him! It is amazing to me how what was given to Jesus, some else is given credit for it. What Jesus is – The Word of God – a book has been given that title. I believe most persons who claim to be followers of Christ are in a slumber and have allowed themselves to be misled and deceived with regards the One True God and His Son.
What the world at large has been taught about The Book of Revelation is “NOT THE TRUTH.” The world has been sold a bill of goods about it; and as far as I can tell, no one has gotten it right. I expect to get those, “How dare you! You’ve got some nerve” replies. But I ask the reader, “Why are the teachings that issue out of the various so-called Christian organizations about The Book of Revelation, and the men and women who write books about it, not “How dare you, you’ve got some nerve? Yet, very few of the denominations within Christianity are in agreement with each other. What makes them correct and me wrong? What makes them wrong and me correct? My point is that my reasoning is just as valid as anyone else’s. THE PROBLEM: Most so-called believers do not want to hear something different from what they have been told. They find it difficult not only to accept something different, but many find it difficult to even consider, investigate or research the possibility that something different could be true. The matter is often concluded before they have heard the evidence. (Eccl 12:13)
They move forward as if they have heard everything on the subject. Yet, the fact of the matter is: They have only heard what is either popular, assumed to be true, or what they want to believe and accept. They exist within a small comfortable circle of understanding and afraid or dare not venture outside of that small sphere of understanding. That circle is for them a prison. Christianity’s mission is to ensure they remain inside that circle.
Yet, the Apostle Paul speaks of persons going out to where Christ is, NOT going into something. That Christ is NOT inside of organizations (cities). In fact, the Apostle Paul says that no such city exists … yet. That city is yet to come. The Apostle says that disciples of Christ are to go forth to him (Christ) outside the camp. Notice how Hebrews 13:13-14 reads:
Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
That city yet to come in which Christ dwells will be his future one thousand year kingdom over the earth. Disciples of Christ would be looking for the city that is to come.
Christ does not exist within any religious organization today. If he did exist, he would exist divided because he is taught differently and each denomination claims for itself that it is right and the other denominations are wrong. Yet, there is only one city that is to come in which Christ would dwell. We eagerly await it’s coming because we know our Master is there. It makes absolutely no sense for persons to herd themselves into the man-made, self-named so-called Christian religious organizations who say Christ is within them. They deceive themselves and deceive others into believing it.
The reason why I can make such bold statements about The Book of Revelation is that all of the books and stories I have read about it, all have one common thread running through them that makes them all inaccurate explanations of that book. I will reveal to you that common thread in a moment. Please continue reading.
This article will only whet your whistle; stimulate the more than 100 billion neurotransmitters in your brain. This article will not cover all aspects of the Revelation. I am currently half-way into a book I am writing on the subject. It will provide a verse-by-verse explanation of the book. No one … and I mean no one is writing about what will be presented in my book.
What I will do in this article is explain to you why everything you have read or heard about The Book of Revelation is wrong.
Who Is The Author of The Book of Revelation?
We can let that book answer the question for us. Revelation 1:1 reads:
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.
God is the author. He is the originator of its message. The revelation is from Jesus Christ because GOD GAVE IT TO HIM. This makes sense since Jesus is The Word of God and God speaks to us through him. (John 14:6)
The Most Important Document In The World Today
The Revelation of Jesus Christ that God Gave him – in my opinion – is the most important document in the world today. It is more important than a book men made up a name for – The Bible. Yes, the revelation is in The Bible but who told the framers of the Bible to put it there? The revelation has an author and a title. I strongly believe that it should be detached from this book called the Bible and made to stand alone and apart from it.
Revelation 1:1 says that it is “The Revelation From Jesus Christ Which God Gave Him To Show His Servants What Must Soon Take Place”. There is your title. I have already shown you who the author is.
Another reason why this is the most important read we have in our possession is that no other work is prefaced in this way. No other work is a “revelation from Jesus that God Gave him.” This is the revelation and we should pay very close attention to what it says. We are told that it came from God and He Gave it to His Son to show his (Christs) slaves the things that must shortly take place. God did not give to any religious organization, man, woman or Prophets of old (who are dead anyway). He gave it to His Son. So the revelation message is for ALL of mankind born since Adam. Why? Because Christ died for ALL of mankind.
God did not send the Prophets of old to us. Yet, so many people consult the writings of the Prophets of old to explain The Revelation From Jesus Christ Which God Gave Him To Show His Servants What Must Soon Take Place”. That is a mistake. Why” Because God gave THIS revelation to His Son. Did not The Most High God command us to listen to the one He chose? (Luke 9:35)
Why Are ALL Books and Explanations About The Revelation In Error?
Pay close attention because it is here that I reveal to you the common thread I mentioned.
The Most High God gave His Son the revealing or revelation why? “To show his (Jesus’) servants what MUST SOON take place.” Now I want you to think: The imprisoned Apostle John when he received the revelation from the angel that Jesus gave it to, to present to John to write down died almost 2000 years ago. So the statement, “To show his servants the things that must soon take place” could not apply to our time period today as two thousand years have passed since John wrote the revelation down.
At Matthew 24:9, Jesus prophetically said concerning his servants:
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
Notice that Jesus said that his servants will be hated by all nations because of him (his teaching). Keyword: ALL OF THE NATIONS.
Now ask yourself, “Do ALL of the nations today hate Christs followers? The answer is an emphatical, no! In fact, many claiming to be his followers hate each other. Entire nations claiming to be Christian kill each other. Examples of this can be seen in the wars between Nazi Germany and the Western Bloc of nations. Adolf Hitler professed himself to be Christian and he viewed Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He felt that it was his Christian duty to kill Jews because he believed they killed his Lord. In a speech he gave on April 12, 1922, he says:
My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God’s truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. How terrific was His fight for the world against the Jewish poison. To-day, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed His blood upon the Cross. As a Christian I have no duty to allow my self to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice… And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that daily grows . For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people. (Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, pp. 19-20, Oxford University Press, 1942)
Before some of you say Hilter was not a Christian, let me say to you, are you? It is not what YOU say he was or was not, it is what he believed himself to be just as YOU believe yourselves to be one.
Yet, the United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia – ALL Christian nations – fought against another Christian nation, Germany, in a deadly war. So within our time period, so-called Christians hate each other.
Note: Russians profess Christianity more than any country in Europe and was always a Christian nation in practice. It had leaders who were atheist and that is as far as it went. The Russian people in the past and to this day profess Christianity.
While not dominating the news today because of the “terrorist” fixation someone wants everyone to have, the violent, hateful and deadly clashes between the two main Christian groups the Catholics and Protestants in Belfast, Northern Ireland has been going on since the 1600s. The most recent violent clash occurred today (August 10, 2013).
The August 10, 2013, confrontation between Catholics and Protestants (shown in the photo below), injured 57 people.
Christians In Violent Confrontation With Each Other and Law Breakers. Nothing Lamb-like Here!
There are much more examples of Christians hating each other. But this is all presented to show that what Jesus said in Matthew 24:9 concerning his followers being hated by ALL nations because of him has not arrived yet. Christians are not united and are engaged in the acts of making war on others and hating each other.
This also shows that what the Apostle John wrote down at Revelation 1:1 could not apply to our time period today. In order for Christ servants to be hated by ALL of the nations, a time period must exist in which all of the nations are united, not divided. The nations of mankind would have to be united under one government, and that government would demand allegiance to itself and any not supporting it would be viewed as enemies of the State. Revelation 13:16-17 speaks of a time when persons will be forced to support a Beast (which will be a future world government). Those not supporting (worshiping) this government will not fare very well within it.
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
So the only way Matthew 24:9 and Revelation 1:1 would make sense is if the entire world was united, in agreement that it will not tolerate Christs followers (servants) and the work they do and be in agreement in hating them. That world is yet future and we are not even close to its approaching. It is far off as you will see in a moment.
The expression at Revelation 1:1 “To show his servants the things that must soon take place” makes sense only when ALL the world is united under one government and one belief system. That world has not arrived yet.
Now I will tell you why all of the books and beliefs about the Book of Revelation are in error: Because they all apply events of our time period as having fulfillment in the Book of Revelation.
Nothing In The Book of Revelation Has Had a Start of Being Fulfilled?
Why would I say such a thing? Because when The Most High God said at Revelation 1:1 “To show his (Jesus’) servants the things that must soon take place” he was giving a warning of what would and must happen shortly (soon) after Christ’s future 1000 year kingdom ends. This makes sense. Why?
Because Christ’s future 1000 year kingdom is established on top of the existing world governments that his kingdom destroys. In other words, there will be no United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Russia, Japan, etc. They will all be gone when Christ’s future 1000 year kingdom over the earth (from heaven) begins.
No system of government by men will co-exist with the earth’s future king of 1000 years, Christ. Jesus promised a condemned man who was not his follower that would be in that paradise. (Luke 23:43)
The only way that condemned man can be in that 1000 years paradise is if he is resurrected back to life again to be in it. Thus, one of his first acts as earth’s new king is to call back from the dead ALL persons who ever lived since Adam, to include Adam. This is a promise Jesus made at John 5:28-29:
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
ALL will hear his voice and come out of their graves. He did not say, some. He did not say just those who believe in him. He said ALL. Besides many who lived thousands of years before him or who lived even when he lived but who lived in different parts of the world, would never have known him. So this great resurrection is a wonderful and marvelous future event. It will be one of Christ’s official and loving acts as king. But before that resurrection, he must accomplish one important thing … He must abyss (not destroy) Satan for the exact same duration as his kingdom.
Satan will be locked up and unable to interfere with Christs 1000 year administration over the earth.
It should be understood that Christ’s future 1000 year government over the earth is a definite one. In other words, it has a beginning and ending. It will come and it will end.
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison.
The purpose of Christs 1000 year kingdom over the earth is to restore all of mankind back to God as Adam was in the beginning. Did Adam have or need a Savior? No! Adam talked to God one-to-one without a go-between. Today we speak to God by praying to Him THROUGH Christ. There was no need for Adam to pray EVER to God as Adam could speak to Him directly.
By the time Christ’s kingdom has ended, no one from mankind’s beginning will be in graves and will have been resurrected and restored to God. All of mankind will have been SERVANTS OF CHRIST, their king of 1000 years. After his kingdom ends, Christ is no longer king over mankind. His mission accomplished: The restoration of mankind back to his Creator.
What exists on the earth in those future days after Christ’s kingdom ends, is a righteous human society all united under their Creator. They ALL know who their God is and KNOW his requirements for continued life as Adam did. Why would they know these things? Because Christ would have taught them over that 1000 years under his rule over them.
At that time man stands one-to-one before his Creator. No intermediary. No go-between. No Savior needed. Able to communicate with his Creator as Adam did without the need to pray to Him through a savior.
What happens next explains Revelation 1:1 and identifies the time period of the contents of the Book of Revelation.
What Happens After Christ’s Kingdom of 1000 Year Government Ends?
Revelation 20:7 says:
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison.
When Christs 1000 year government over the earth ends, Satan is let loose from his prison of 1000 years. When he is released what does he do? Let the Scripture answer this question. It is at Revelation 20:8:
and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
When Satan is released, he goes out to that world that it took Christ 1000 years to restore back to God, to deceive them and prepare them to battle against something. What?
The nations Satan goes out to deceive are not the nations we know of today. These future nations are people of the various racial (tribes) and language groups who all lived through Christs 1000 year rule and were united to their Creator by him.
Revelation 1:1 is a warning to Christ’s servants of what will soon take place AFTER his 1000 kingdom ends. SATAN IS RELEASED and he will out to them to deceive them and trick them to fight against something righteous and true.
That means that the contents of The Book of Revelation catalogs the events that will occur shortly after Christ’s kingdom ends. Nothing in that book has had a START of being fulfilled.
The beast as not ascended yet; there is no image of the beast yet; no 666 yet; no war in heaven betweeen Satan and his angels and Michael and his angels; Satan has not been cast down out of heaven yet; no Babylon the Great yet, etc.
That Satan has to deceive a future world implies that this future world would be a righteous one. Yet, he has to deceive it to prepare (trick) it to battle against something. What? The coming down out of heaven the INDEFINITE kingdom Jesus taught his followers to pray to come to the earth at Matthew 6:10:
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Satan knows that the coming down of God’s Kingdom to the earth will be his destruction.
After Christ’s Kingdom ends (not the same as God’s Kingdom), Satan will ascend and bring up with him a Beast. This Beast will be another throne or government over the one Christ left behind. Yet, Satan will not change much of what Christ established on the earth. In fact, Satan’s Beast (Throne) will be a “peaceful and safe” one. It too will be a paradise. Those living in it will not initially know that anything has changed. Satan deals in subtleties and needs his seemingly hidden government to be attractive to those he will deceive. Think: When he deceived the woman Eve, was it is a paradise? Yes, it was!
Satan’s deception and preparation of that future world will leave it loving the world they live in. The only ones who do not fare well are the few who stayed awake and listened to their Master when he warned of something occurring after his kingdom ends. It will not be apparent to the world when Christs kingdom will have ended and Satan let loose upon that future world. However, subtle changes will be noticed by the few and they will know that Satan is upon them and they will not support the changes occurring.
After Christ’s kingdom ends, Satan MUST establish on the earth his Beast and give it his power, authority, and throne. (Revelation 13:2)
It takes a measure of time to establish governments and we do not know who long it will take Satan to establish his beast, image, and false prophet (harbinger of propaganda) and use them to deceive that future world and prepare their mindset to resist and oppose the establishment of what Satan knows will come to the earth: God’s kingdom.
This preparation for battle to oppose the establishment of God’s Kingdom on the earth is Armageddon. Armageddon is NOT a war. It is a PLACE. It is the place or real estate being fought over. The earth belongs to God and He will establish his Kingdom on it FOREVER. Satan has other plans. He will establish his beast government upon it and deceive the inhabitants of the earth in those days to oppose that PLACE (earth) having another government placed upon it. It is for that reason that Satans Beastly government will have paradisiac conditions upon it. But the Apostle says at 1 Thess 5:3 concerning that future beastly government:
While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
At Matthew 24:3 What Was Jesus’ Disciples REALLY Asking Him?
A close examination of the question Christ’s disciples asked him shows what their mindset was. They asked him:
Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?
Look at that question closely! Jesus’ disciples are not asking him about the end of this present world, but about an age yet to come! Notice that they are asking him:
The beginning of something: His coming or 1000 Kingdom!
The ending of something: The end of his age or 1000 year Kingdom!
They asked for a sign (a single event) and not signs. So all of the talks about wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, earthquakes, food shortages ARE NOT what Jesus was referring to. These are multiple EVENTS and not a SINGLE event. Jesus mentioned a SIGN.
Jesus gives them that single event at Matthew 24:30.
Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
Notice that this sign is seen in heaven and not on earth. Why? Because that is where Christ lives. The sign is his coronation as King by his heavenly Father. This can be seen by how he COMES to the earth FROM heaven:
with power and great glory
Christ comes as a king with power and great glory. Remember, his disciples asked what would be the SIGN of your COMING and Jesus answers: With power and glory. That is a king, people!
The event of his coronation as king of 1000 years is unseen by anyone on earth. Only the angels in heaven – along with Satan – will witness that event. The only thing mankind will see is his coming on clouds. In other words, mankind will mourn in gladness as it will hear the voice of the invisible one (in clouds) as he calls them out from their graves at his coming as King. This King will identify himself t those he resurrects. They will know who it was who performed that miraculous act upon them. They will KNOW (they will see or perceive) this great king as doing it. He comes with power; the power to resurrect the dead. When on earth, the power to resurrect the dead was done by God’s power and permission. Jesus was not a king. His coming will be different. It will not be by God’s power that he will resurrect anyone, but by his own power as King!
The Book of Revelation Not Of Our Time Period
The contents of The Book of Revelation has nothing to do with our time period today. It has nothing to do with the European Economic Community, The United Nations, The Religious Systems, etc. There is no Beast, no Image of the Beast, no False Prophet, no Scarlet Colored Beast, no 144000, and not 666. None of these things have arrived yet.
Furthermore, the Prophets of old such as Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah and others have nothing to do with The Revelation By Jesus Christ That God Gave Him. Consulting those writings to make sense of The Book of Revelation are pointless. To do so shows a total disrespect for what God has told us at Revelation 1:3:
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
THIS PROPHECY. NOT ANY OTHER. Take to heart what is written in IT.
Look For The Book
There is so much to explain about the entire Book of Revelation and I fully intend to challenge the existing status quo. That includes The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society; the splinter group is known as The International Bible Students Association; Seventh Day Adventists and ALL of the ENTIRE system of religion called by men, Christianity with regard this subject.
Why? Because people need to know. They need to hear what they have not been told. They need to read, examine, and investigate FOR THEMSELVES. They need to THINK FOR THEMSELVES and CONCLUDE FOR THEMSELVES. They MUST put into practice what is written at 1 John 4:1 where the Apostle said:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Too, one should consider the example of the Berean Jews in Acts 17:11:
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
I highly encourage individual prayer to The Most High God through His Son for giving one what they need to put these things to the test. (Even with what I write). I DO NOT want persons to believe me because I write things down. Rather, I want them to put what I say to the test. Before a thing can be tested, it must be put through a rigorous examination. Sadly, so many persons think that hasty rejection (because it goes against what they believe) is testing. Testing and examination can take months or even years because ALL evidence must be considered. Do not make the mistake of letting others gather the evidence for you or tell you what the evidence is. YOU, THE INDIVIDUAL, must do it. The conclusions made must be YOURS alone. No other person or religious organization can or should do this for you. If they do, then it is THEIR conclusion and not yours. You simply allowed them to tell you what to think and believe. Each of us as individuals are responsible for our salvation.That is, finding out the truth and clinging to the source of that truth. Christ – The Word of God – is that TRUTH. That is why he tells each of us (individuals) to be his disciples. (John 8:31-32)
Religious organizations want you to become THEIR disciples and adopt the name or title of their organization. Yet, no other name has been given (by God) by which we are saved (for eternalifefe) None, other than Christ.
Therefore, if religious organizations do not have the power to save, why should one join them? They are suppose to cling to and join Christ.
The book I am writing and professionally publish, will definitely set a virtual fire in the world of Christianity. It will agitate and make many angry. However, it will cause one never to read the Book of Revelation the same. I cover everything.
I expect to complete the book by the summer of 2014.
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.