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Jesus Christ (and not the 7-headed dragon) is the Hero in the Book of Revelation.

The book of Revelation is about one thing: the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Isn’t strange how a book written to “reveal” and make known the might and majesty of Jesus Christ could cause so much strife and confusion for the past 2000 years! Clearly, other “powers” must be a work. Read for yourself the opening three verses of the book and you will see its main message:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him [Jesus] to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He [Jesus] sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Rev 1:1-3 NASB)

In his Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, Professor Daniel Wallace underlines this point and adds that the book of Revelation is “supremely and ultimately about Christ”. In 1 Corinthians 14:26 we read that same word for revelation, “apokalupsis”, in another context, and this time a revelation brings edification:

What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up.

Why is it that something written “to unveil, to uncover” create so much fogginess and uproar?

Nearly 500 years ago, Martin Luther refused to include the book of Revelation in his German translation of the Bible, saying that he could “in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it.” In 2010 you can still buy a version of that German Bible without the book of Revelation in it!

Yet I must ask again, “Why is this book so clouded with controversy and so little studied by the body of Christ”? I believe there are three main answers to this struggle.

#1. Satan – the crafty serpent.

#2. We have lost Jesus Christ in all of the symbolism used Revelation.

#3. We don’t know the same symbolism from the other 65 books preceding this one.

#1 is easy to figure out. Only in the book of Revelation do we find the certainty of Satan’s doom. A large angel throws him into the Abyss for 1000 years. After that, for a short while, Satan is released from this prison but then is thrown into the lake of fire forever!

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev 20:10)

This is the message Satan is working with all his might to keep out of the heart and minds of believers everywhere, from all times.

#2 is so critical. We have lost Jesus in the midst of the depicting of a dragon with seven heads and ten horns. We have lost Jesus in the attempt to “puzzle out the book” and decode its messages. In this attempt each man becomes convinced of his own “correct answer” and the truth eventually evades us all.

#3. We don’t know the same symbolism from the other 65 books preceding this one.

I have read that every image of symbolism is to be found in another book in your Bible. 75 % of the book of Zechariah is to be found again in the book of Revelation. It is a well noted saying that to understand Revelation you must understand the book of Daniel. The prophet Isaiah, the most often quoted in the New Testament, writes about the Millennium more than the apostle John. Read chap. 65 and 66. On and on it goes…

The book of Revelation is God’s last word to His people. It incorporates and recycles scenes and symbols from all the other preceding 65 books. If you are afraid of reading Revelation one must call into question your spiritual maturity! These are the days when the end of the ages will occur. We, more than another generation before, must “eat the scroll” (Ezek 3, Rev 10) and have “insight and understanding” Dan 9:22.

“Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many… Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven,” Dan 11:33, 12:3

In Him,

Jeff Gilbertson

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