Revelation - part one. - is the seventh and next to last of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.

The Book of Revelation, Revelation 1:1-6

The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible. It covers what the Apostle John saw in a vision on the Island of Patmos. John was a prisoner because he preached about Jesus and Him crucified and that He rose from the dead. The book was written between AD90-AD95. There are 66 books or scrolls that make up the Bible and this scroll is the last one. It is sometimes called the Apocalypse of Saint John. John used in The Book of Revelation a Jewish style of writing known as Apocalyptic. The Introductions and Greetings which are found in the first six verses of Revelation.   Read more »

Jesus coming back from the Clouds, Revelation 1:4-8

Jesus coming back: descending from the clouds. The next two verses cover the return and eternal being [eternity] of Jesus - Revelation 1:7-8. The same way he went to heaven as in Acts 1:9-11 and Luke 23:50-53 He will be coming back. Jesus went back to heaven so he could send the Holy Spirit who would help us. The Holy Spirit is a person and is the third person of the trinity.
Background Reading: 1:4 From John to the seven churches in Asia. May grace and peace be yours from the one who is, who was, and   Read more »

John on the Island of Patmos, Revelation 1:9-11

John was a prisoner on Patmos because he was preaching about Jesus and that He, Jesus, had been raised from the dead. John had the visions described in Revelation about AD95. The Island of Patmos is a volcanic, treeless, rocky island about 9km by 50km or 6 by 30 miles. It is about 30km or 20 miles off the western coast of modern Turkey. From here John writes to the seven churches. It was where the Romans put the criminals they did not want to escape. It was a lonely, isolated place. However, far from dying (as probably expected) of loneliness, John had the company of millions of   Read more »

Seven Churches, Revelation 1:9-11 and 1:4 7churches

John had to write seven letters to Seven Churches. These seven letters were dictated to him by an angel that got the message direct from Jesus.
To see letters to these Seven churches penned by John, see links below.  1. Ephesus – The name means: The Desired One.  2. Smyrna – The name means: Myrrh; Death.  3. Pergamum – The name means: Mixed Marriage.  4. Thyatira – The name means: Semiramis.  5. Sardis – The name means: Remnant.  6. Philadelphia – The name means: Brotherly Love.  7. Laodicea – The name means: People Rule.   Read more »

The Eight fold characteristics of the son of man, Revelation 1:12-20

Eight-fold description of Jesus:
1. His body. 2. His Hair. 2. His Eyes. 4. His Feet. 5. His Voice. 6. His Right Hand. 7. His Mouth. 8. His Countenance.
Son of Man is one of the 34 titles given to Jesus in the book of Revelation.
What does each description of the body depict? e.g. body, hair etc.   Read more »

Jesus holds the keys, Revelation 1:17-18

Jesus alone holds the keys of authority and control of Death and Hades, and He lives for ever and ever. Keys denote authority and power. In this instance God does not entrust the power over hell to men, but holds it Himself, as He alone can be trusted. Jesus has many titles here we see three of them: I am, I am the Living One and I am the First and the Last. Hades is the Greek word for hell.
Background Reading: 1:17 When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. But he placed his right hand on me and said,  Read more »

First Church, Ephesus; The Tree of Life, Revelation 2:1-7

To the overcomers the right to eat from the Tree of Life. The tree of life reminds us about the Garden of Eden. The first tree of life was found in the Garden of Eden. See Genesis 2:9, Genesis 3:22-24, or see Revelation 22:2, Proverbs 3:18, 11:30 or Ezekiel 47:7-12. All 7 churches have this common statement:  "Let everyone listen to what the Spirit says to the churches." The word Ephesus means - darling. The Nicolaitans, a follower of Nicolas, that thought different doctrines to what Jesus and Bible teaches.   Read more »

Second Church, Smyrna; Satan, Revelation 2:8-11

Jesus sends a message to the second of Seven Churches on Western Coast of modern Turkey. Some of you will be tested by time in prison or trials to the point of death. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death. Smyrna, now called Ismir, is on the shore of the Aegean Sea and it is a rich city. About eighty kilometers or fifty miles, south-east is the famous City of Ephesus which is also near the coast. The deceptions of Satan, the being first mentioned in Genesis 3:1, and his persecution of the true children of God, are acknowledged by God to this church,   Read more »

Third church, Pergamum; Manna, Revelation 2:12-17

The third church Jesus has message for. He commends the church for holding fast some truths, despite dwelling among great evil. The promise to those in Pergamus who overcome is that he will give them some hidden manna (Rev 2:17), and also a white stone with their name on it. In Roman times when a prisoner saw a white stone that had life and if was shown a back stone it meant death. Manna means - What is it. Read Exodus 16:1-36. Remember God sent manna from heaven. However, Pergamum as a church had some areas of compromise. Jesus asks us not to compromise our faith.   Read more »

Fourth church, Thyatira; Morning Star, Revelation 2:18-29

The fourth church for which Jesus has a message is commended for its works, love, service, faith and patience. However, he warns against its tolerance of a Jezebel spirit seducing God's servants. To those who overcome, He promises the morning star – one of Jesus' names (see Numbers 24:17). Thyatira is near the river Lycus and is one of a number of cities of the kingdom of Lydia. The city is now called Ark-Hissar which means White Castle. Thyatira was famous for purple cloth. Lydia one of Paul's converts, Acts 16:14-40 came from Thyatira.   Read more »

Fifth Church, Sardis; White robes, Revelation 3:1-6

White robes of the righteous ones whose names are in the book of life, Revelation 3:5 Mostly a dead church, although there was a remnant who had undefiled garments and were still worthy in God's sight. God promises to put the names of those who overcame in the Book of Life. Sardis was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia on the river Pactolus. Sardis is now called Sest-Kalessi or Sart. The Kingdom of Lydia's other cites included Smyrna, Thyatira and Philadelphia. Now read Jesus' report card to this group of believers in Sardis.   Read more »

6th church, Philadelphia; Holy City, Revelation 3:7-13

In Philadelphia the sixth church (Revelation 3:11) you will find mention of the Holy City or New Jerusalem, the faithful church. Philadelphia name means Love of the Brethren. Philadelphia is another city in the area of Lydia, which is part of Modern Turkey. Jesus' message to this church was hang on in there.
Background Reading: 7 “To the messenger of the church in Philadelphia, write: ‘The one who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David,   Read more »

7th Church, Laodicea; Door to your Heart, Revelation 3:14-22

The door to your heart - notice that there is no handle on the outside; the handle is on the inside: Revelation 3:20. This statement is aimed at individuals. The invitation to eat a meal meant fellowship and friendship offered by God. The lukewarm church is a clear warning for Christians not to be lukewarm. Laodicea is on the river Lycus. One of the meanings for the word Laodicea is: -people rule.
Background Reading: 14 “To the messenger of the church in Laodicea, write:   Read more »

The Throne of God in Heaven, Revelation 4:1-11

This throne is the center of activities in Revelation, is mentioned 40 times and means a literal seat. A throne is a symbol of power. Some commentators says believers in Jesus or the Messiah, both Gentiles and Jewish, are raptured at this point. This is called Pre-millennium theory. There were twenty-four elders all siting on their own thrones. In the center was God on His own throne and round Him were four creatures. First creature was like a lion, the second creature was like an ox, the third creature had a face like a man and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.   Read more »

The Scroll and the Lamb, Revelation 5:1-14

No one could open this scroll until Jesus was pointed out as the Lamb of God that was slain. Jesus now starts to open the seven seals one by one. Notice what the twenty-four elders are doing and singing in the reading below while Jesus in opening the seals on the scroll. The twenty-four elders are singing about the one who is to reign for ever and ever.
Background Reading: 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of the one who sits on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the outside,   Read more »

1st seal – the white horse and rider, Revelation 6:1-2

The bow is symbolic of evil intentions. The horse's rider is the first of four riders who each mark the beginning of a sequence of awful times. The man or the group the man represents has a bow which is an instrument of war and he is setting out as a conqueror bent on conquest also he is wearing a crown. Greek for crown is Stephanos which means a victor’s crown as against diadem which was a royal crown. Notice who God gets to open this seal the Lamb of God. Jesus is not the rider of this white horse because this white horse is in bad company.   Read more »

The Second seal – the Red Horse, Revelation 6:3-4

From the rider on the white horse's actions we are plunged into war. Red = Bloody power and violence. The word is purrhos in Greek which means having the color of fire, red. Red is also associated with judgment and warfare. The Red Horse or the 2nd seal had a sword to take peace from the earth and make men slay each other.
Background Reading: 6:3 When the lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Go!”   Read more »

3rd Seal – The black horse, Revelation 6:5-6

The black horse brought with it famine and diseases, the results of wars. Food being weighed means food has become scarce. The Greek word gnophos means: blackness, darkness or gloom. The food had become eight times as expensive as normal. The basics were very dear and the luxuries were relatively cheap.
Background Reading: 5 When the lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Go!” I looked, and there was   Read more »

The Fourth Seal: the pale or green horse, Revelation 6:7-8

Dead people often have green tinge to them. The Greek word is chloros which means green. All the four horse riders only control one quarter of the earth. The rider of this horse has a given name and the name is death and has another rider followed called Hades if translated into English it would be translated as Hell.
Background Reading: 7 When the lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Go!”   Read more »

5th Seal – White Robes, Revelation 6:9-11

When Jesus had opened the fifth seal John saw a number of things including what is in the reading below. White Robes of the righteous saints who had been killed, and who had been told to rest until the rest of the saints that are to be killed are killed. White robes are a symbol of purity.
Background Reading: 6:9 When the lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the word of God and the testimony they had given. 10 They cried out in a loud voice,   Read more »

6th Seal, Blackness, Revelation 6:12-17

Sixth Seal brings a great earthquake so big that the mountains shake themselves to pieces. Also darkness and terror to all the earth. God starts his anger against mankind. That is against mankind who do not belong to God. These men and women just want to hide from Him. The moon turns blood red and the stars fall from heaven it will be interesting to see how God organizes this. Jesus as the Lamb had opened the previous fifth seals as well as this one and has one seal to go Revelation 8:1, Making a total of seven seals.   Read more »

1444,000 Jewish missionaries, Revelation 7:1-8

144,000 Israelite servants of God or people appointed and set aside by God for His purposes 144,000 Jewish men who meet God's standards for this position. The names of the tribes are the sons of Jacob and are found in Genesis 49:1-33 Which tribe or son of Jacob is missing from the list below. read Genesis 49:1-33 to find out.
Background Reading: 7:1 After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. They were holding back the four winds   Read more »

Believers in white Robes holding palm branches, Revelation 7:9-17

Great multitude of believers in WHITE ROBES holding palm branches. Believers in Jesus who are now with Jesus in heaven. They have died in the great tribulation. White robes are a symbol of purity. Palm branches were used in feasts and the feast of booths. See Leviticus 23:34-44. The Lamb is one of the names of Jesus.
Background Reading: 7:9 After these things, I looked, and there was a crowd so large that no one was able to count it!   Read more »

Jesus opens the Seventh Seal, Revelation 8:1

Jesus opens the seventh seal. Remember Jesus had just opened the other six seals on the scroll. Jesus has a few verses ago, in Revelation 5:6, had been given the title of The Lamb that was Slain because he had died for mankind. To emphasize that this action was very important, there was silence in heaven for about a half an hour. The seven trumpet or seven bowl judgments are about to follow click on Next page twice to see what the first trumpet is all about.   Read more »

Angel with the Golden Censer, Revelation 8:3-6

This angel with the golden censer filled it with fire and incense and the prayers of the saints and threw it to the earth. A censer is always mentioned in connection with the High Priest. Numbers 16:1-19. This angel's priestly work is to prepare for the angels with the Seven Trumpets. Saints are those who belong to God. This Altar of Incense or golden altar was before the throne of God in Heaven which the earthly one was just a copy.
Background Reading: 8:2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand in God’s presence, and seven trumpets were given to them.   Read more »

1st Trumpet – Hail and fire mixed with blood, Revelation 8:7

After the blowing of the first shofar or trumpet came hail and fire mixed with blood. One third of the earth burned and one third of the trees and all the green grass burned up. Remember Exodus 9:22-26 the 7th plague. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn which was used by the Israelites for religious purposes and for warfare. The last Trump is the longest time the blower of the shofar can hold a note. It refers to the last time the shofar is blown in the Feast of Trumpets.   Read more »

The second Trumpet or second Shofar, Revelation 8:8-9

One third of the sea turned to blood, a third of the sea creatures died, a third of the ships were destroyed. Remember the first of the ten plagues in Egypt - Exodus 7:20-21. Once again the war between God and Satan is heating up again. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn which the Israelites used for religious purposes and for warfare.
Background Reading: 8:8 When the second angel blew his trumpet, something like a huge mountain burning with fire was thrown   Read more »

The Judgment of the Third trumpet or Shofar, Revelation 8:10-11

Star called wormwood. A Meteorite, or by pollution or by both. Remember Egypt. Exodus 15:22-27, Exodus 10:21-23. A third of the drinking waters turned bitter and many people died from the bitter water. See the promises God gives to those who follow Him. Exodus 15:25-27 The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn used by the Jews for religious purposes and for warfare.
Background Reading: 8:10 When the third angel blew his trumpet, a huge star blazing like a torch fell from heaven.   Read more »

The Judgment of the Fourth Trumpet or 4th Shofar, Revelation 8:12

1/3 of the Sun, of the moon and of the Stars became dark and that caused. 1/3 of the day to be without light, 1/3 of the night also to be without light. Take a look at the order of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3 We are coming step by step closer to the final show down between God and Satan. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn which the Jews used for religious purposes and for warfare.
Background Reading: 8:12 When the fourth angel blew his trumpet, one-third of the sun, one-third of the moon,  Read more »

The first Horror, Revelation 8:13

First Horror or woe is the sounding of the fifth trumpet. Sixth and seventh trumpets or shofars are covered by the second and third woe or horror. What sort of horror or woe will happen to the inhabitants of the earth? Notice it was an eagle not an angel that was flying mid air. That is, the woe or desolation or horror by the symbolical scorpions that tormented those who were not in God's kingdom.
Background Reading: 8:13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying overhead say in a loud voice,   Read more »

The Fifth Trumpet or fifth Shofar, Revelation 9:1-12

5th trumpet blast brought: A Star fell to earth, this Star was given key to the shaft hell. This allowed that was in the Abyss then to come out and tortured those of mankind that did not have the seal of God for five months. John saw locusts that looked like horses prepared for battle but were they real horses or war machines or evil spirits. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn, used by the Jews for religious purposes and for warfare.   Read more »

The Second Horror, horrors, calamity, terror, Revelation 9:13 to 11:14

Revelation 11:4 The second horror (calamity, terror, woe, catastrophe) is over, but look! The third horror (calamity, terror, woe, catastrophe) will come soon. This was part of the message the angel had for John who had to write this information down.
Background Reading: 11:14 The second catastrophe [horror] is over. The third catastrophe [horror] is coming very soon.   Read more »

Sixth Trumpet or sixth Shofar released 200 million soldiers for war, Revelation 9:13-21

The sixth Trumpet released 200 million soldiers for war. Also at the blowing of the 6th Trumpet-the Euphrates river dries up. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn, which the Jews used for religious purposes and for warfare. Notice those who were not following the Lamb of god did not change their ways even though the were in pain. John described some unusual type of horse or war machine or spiritual thing that is allowed by God to kill a third of mankind.   Read more »

The Angel, Revelation 10:1-7

Could this mighty or strong angel be one of the chief angels getting ready to hand the Little Scroll to John? Why was John told not to write down what the seven thunders had said. John was told to eat the Little Scroll and it would taste nice but it had a bitter message for him to deliver. Starting with This strong or mighty angel there are a number of things to happen before the seventh Trumpet is sounded. Click the next few images till you reach the seventh Trumpet.   Read more »

The Little Scroll, Revelation 10:8-11

John now eats the scroll that had the SEVEN seals that were removed by Jesus. The little scroll was sweet to eat but it turned sour in his stomach. Then John was told to prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings. Were else in the Bible do you find mention of a scroll or scrolls? A scroll was either made on paper or an animal skin. They were long thin strips that had handles at each end so the scroll could be rolled from one end to the other with writing across ways about 75 to 100mm wide.   Read more »

1260 Days of the Gentiles, Revelation 11:1-2

Gentiles [non-Israelites] will trample the city of God for 42 months or 3.5 years. Days are also used elsewhere in the Bible (cf Daniel) to symbolize years. Who the two witnesses they are not mentioned by name in the Bible. Interesting John a Jew writing to Jews mentions in the 1260 day period both the actions of the Jewish nation and the Gentile [non-Israelites] nations. Were else in the Bible is the number 1260 used or if you know the meaning of this number you can email us.   Read more »

1260 Days of the Two Witnesses, Revelation 11:3-6

For 1260 Days or 42 months the two witnesses prophesy in the city of their God. Remember Days are also used elsewhere in the Bible (cf Daniel) to symbolize years. Who the two witnesses they are not mentioned by name in the Bible. Were else in the Bible is the number 1260 used or if you know the meaning of this number you can email us.
Background Reading: 3 I will give my two witnesses who wear sackcloth the authority to prophesy for 1,260 days.”   Read more »

The Two Witnesses of God, Revelation 11:1-14

Two Witnesses who preached about Jesus for 1260 days in Jerusalem were then killed and came back to life. While they preached if any one tried to harm them they got burnt and they had the power to stop the rain, turn water to blood and strike the earth with plagues. At the end they killed by the beast and after three and half days and were raised by God's power and then terror struck the people who saw them alive again. The people of the world looked on the two witness while they were dead. This can be done how we have TV, Internet and cell phones etc. Who are they -   Read more »

Earthquake, Revelation 11:13-14

The Violent earthquake which destroyed a tenth of Jerusalem and killed seven thousand people. The only group it seems that give glory to God is this group of Jewish people all other groups seem they do not want to have anything to do with God and His Son Jesus. Strange way for God to get people to give Him glory is to have an earthquake that kills a tenth of Jerusalem,but if this is what it takes for the Jewish people o give praise to god he will do it. He wants His people on His side. Until chapter 19 of the Book of Revelation, chapter 11 verse 14 is the only place were people   Read more »

The Seventh Trumpet or shofar sounds, Revelation 11:15-18

With the seventh Trumpet came the words that the kingdoms of this world have become those of our Lord and of His Son Jesus the Messiah. Who is in control of the kingdoms of this world? The enemy of God and that is Satan that Red Dragon. God has started to reign by His great power. The trumpet referred to here was a shofar which is a ram's horn, which the Jews used for religious purposes and for warfare.
Background Reading: 11:15 When the seventh angel blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven, saying,  Read more »

Announcement of the third horror, Revelation 12:10-12

THIRD HORROR covers some of the events in Revelation 11:15-13:18 which include the casting out of Satan under the 7th Trumpet Revelation 12:12. John the Apostle in his vision hears a voice in heaven that told him what had happened to Satan. The show down between God and Satan is just hotting up and it is tug of war over the people of the earth who have put their trust in God. Who do you think wins? The last trumpet -   Read more »

The Ark of God, Revelation 11:19

The Ark of God here on earth is where God's Divine presence is made known to man and is a copy of the one in heaven. There is a number of places on the earth were God has a Temple or a tabernacle were He meet with his people Israel. Can you think of any? Starting in Exodus, Kings and other books of the Bible. The opening of the heavenly Ark of God implies that God is about to do some thing and also talk with His chosen and redeemed people.   Read more » Revelation Part Two -   Read more »

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Background Information – Revelation Part One

Background Information for the book of Revelation: :- Summary of Revelation Date and place: Written on Patmos about 96 AD, (Revelation 1:9) Author: The apostle John - Revelation 1:1; summary of St. John Theme: The revelation (unveiling) of (from) Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him to show unto His servants things (events) which must shortly come to pass (Revelation 1:1). These "things" were to take place from John's day to and including the eternal events of the new heaven and new firth. The events are consecutive in order with parenthetical passages   Read more »

Resources – Revelation Part One

BOOKS: The Sequence of Events of the Old Testament - Shlma Eliezer   Pub MOD Israel Publishing House Distributed By the "Jerusalem Post" ISBN -965-05 797? 1984. The Macmillan Bible Atlas - Yohanan Aharoni and Michael Avi-Yonah  Canterbury Public Library. Time lines of the western church – Susan Lynn Paterson 1999 Zondervan Publishers – Laidlaw College of NZ or Christ bookshop Auckland City. The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings - Dr Edwin Thiele Paternoster press 1951. Young's Analytical Concordance.   Read more »

Now to Revelation part two - the eighth of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament. This section continues to cover the last part of the book of Revelation. Revelation part two