Revelation - part one. - is the seventh and second to last of 8 sections or modules of the New Testament.
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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.   Read more »

Jesus coming back in the clouds

Revelation 1:4-8. Jesus coming back: descending in 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 24:50-53, 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, and who is coming,   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,   Read more »

Seven Churches

Revelation 1:9-11 and 1:4. 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 the letters to these seven churches penned by John. 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: A perfume, sacrifice of labor. An earlier name for this city is Semiramis. 5. Sardis - The name means: Remnant. 6. Philadelphia - The name means: Brotherly Love. 7. Laodicea - The name means:   Read more »

The Eightfold characteristics of the Son of Man

Revelation 1:12-20. Eightfold description of Jesus:
1. His body. 2. His Hair. 3. 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. Background Reading: 1:12 Then I turned to see who was talking to me, and when I turned I saw seven gold lamp stands.   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 forever and ever. Keys denote authority and power. In this instance, God does not entrust the power over Death 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 the realm of the dead.
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, followers of Nicolas, taught different doctrines to what Jesus and the Bible teach.   Read more »

Second Church, Smyrna; Satan

Revelation 2:8-11. Jesus sends a message to the second of Seven Churches on the 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 Izmir, 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,   Read more »

Third Church, Pergamum; Manna

Revelation 2:12-17. The third church Jesus has a message for. He commends the church for holding fast some truths, despite dwelling among great evil. The promise to those in Pergamum 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 was shown a white stone, that meant life, whereas a black stone 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.   Read more »

4th Church, Thyatira; Morning Star

Revelation 2:18-29. The 4th 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 was 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 cities 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 to 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 of 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. There were twenty-four elders all sitting on their own thrones. In the center was God on His own throne and round Him were four creatures. The 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. Where else in the Bible do we find references to creatures that have wings?   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 is opening the seals on the scroll. The twenty-four elders are singing about the one who is to reign forever 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. The Greek word used here for a crown is Stephanos, which means a victor’s crown, as against the Greek word 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.   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 »

Third 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 4th Seal: the pale or green horse

Revelation 6:7-8. Dead people often have a green tinge to them. The Greek word is chloros which means green. All the four horse riders control only one-quarter of the earth. The rider of this horse has a given name, which is death, and is followed by another rider called Hades. If we translate Hades into English it would be translated as the world of the dead.
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 »

The 6th Seal, Blackness

Revelation 6:12-17. The 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 seal as well as this one and has one seal to go: Revelation 8:1, making a total of seven seals.   Read more »

144,000 Jewish emissaries

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? 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. The 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. A few verses earlier, in Revelation 5:6, Jesus 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, representing the prayers of the saints, and threw it to the earth. This Altar of Incense or golden altar was before the throne of God in Heaven. The earthly one was just a copy. 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.   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. 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 showdown 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 or the Vision of the Eagle Flying

Revelation 8:13. The First Horror or Catastrophe at the sounding of the Fifth Trumpet. Notice it was an eagle not an angel that was flying mid air. What sort of horrors or Catastrophes will happen to the inhabitants of the earth? The Fifth Trumpet covers the first woe or desolation or catastrophe or horror by the locusts or symbolical scorpions that tormented those who were not in God's kingdom for five months. The Sixth and Seventh Trumpets or Shofars are covered by the Second and Third Catastrophes or Horrors.   Read more »

The Fifth Trumpet or fifth Shofar

Revelation 9:1-12. The 5th Trumpet blast brought: A Star fell to earth: this Star was given the key to the shaft of hell. This allowed what was in the Abyss then to come out and torture those of mankind who 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. The Hebrew word Abaddon, and the Greek word Apollyon, both mean Destroyer.   Read more »

The Second Horror, calamity, terror

Revelation 9:13 to 11:14. 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. What did the second horror reveal? Four angel demons who were bound at the great river Euphrates. They, along with their armies numbering two hundred million, are now released to kill a third of mankind. Background Reading: 11:14 The second catastrophe [horror] is over. The third horror is coming very soon.   Read more »

The 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 dried 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 they 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. Where else in the Bible do you find mention of a scroll or scrolls? A scroll was made of either paper or 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 are the two witnesses? They are not mentioned by name in the Bible. Interesting that John, a Jew writing to Jews, mentions in the 1260 day period the actions of both the Jewish nation and the Gentile (non-Israelite) nations. Where else in the Bible is the number 1260 used?   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 are the two witnesses? They are not mentioned by name in the Bible. Where else in the Bible is the number 1260 used?
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 11:3-14. Two Witnesses who preached about Jesus for 1260 days in Jerusalem were then killed and came back to life. While they preached, anyone who tried to harm them got burnt and they had the power to stop the rain, turn water into blood and strike the earth with plagues. At the end, they were killed by the beast and after three and half days 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 now that we have TV, Internet and cell phones etc.   Read more »


Revelation 11:13-14. The violent earthquake which destroyed a tenth of Jerusalem and killed seven thousand people. The only group it seems that gives 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 to 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   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 »

The announcement of the third horror

Revelation 12:10-12. THE THIRD HORROR or catastrophe covers some of the events in Revelation 11:15-13:18, which includes the casting out of Satan under the 7th Trumpet, Revelation 12:12. John the Apostle in his vision hears a voice in heaven that tells him what has happened to Satan. The showdown between God and Satan is just hotting up and it is a 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 »

Questions and Answers 1 to 21

1. What is your favorite Image and why? 2. Who wrote the Book of Revelation and when? 3. What does Revelation 1:8 say Jesus is? 4. John on the Island of Patmos - how big is the Island? 5. How many churches did John write to? 6. How many characteristics of Jesus are there and name them? 7. Who alone holds the keys of authority and control of Death and Hades? 8. First Church, Ephesus, what image is used? 9. Second Church, Smyrna, what image is used? 10. Third Church, Pergamum, what image is used?   Read more »

Questions and Answers 22-42

22. 6th Seal - what does this seal bring? 23. 144,000 men. What nation do they come from? 24. Believers in white robes holding palm branches. Are they alive? 25. Who opens the Seventh Seal? 26. Angel with the Golden Censer. What does he do? 27. What did the 1st Trumpet deliver? 28. What did the second Trumpet or second Shofar deliver? 29. What did the Judgment of the Third Trumpet or Shofar deliver? 30. What did the Judgment of the Fourth Trumpet or 4th Shofar deliver? 31. The first Horror - what was flying in mid air?   Read more »

The book of Revelation Part Two » »

The book of Revelation Part Two - ends up with revealing who wins the fight between God and Satan and the final outcome for the earth and its people. Along the way, we meet a number of situations: a Red Dragon and three similar beasts, 666 -the Mark of the Beast, blood that flowed from the winepress for about 300km, seven bowls of wrath, a burning city, a trading disaster, a white horse with a very special rider, a lot of angels, a Holy City, the river of the water of life .   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 in Revelation part two. Revelation app by bibleview.