10 Keys to Revelations

“It is written,man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” . ~Matthew 4:4

KEY 1. REVELATION IS APOCALYPTIC STYLE LITERATURE
Apocalypse n. 1. (cap.) REVELATION (def. 4). 2. any of a class of Jewish or Christian writings of c200 B.C. to A.D. 350 that were assumed to make revelations of the ultimate divine purpose. 3. a prophetic revelation, esp. concerning a cataclysm in which the forces of good triumph over the forces of evil. 4. any revelation or prophecy. 5. any universal or widespread destruction or disaster. The overall view of the great struggle between good and evil. In the framework of Christian literature, it is the struggle between Christ and Satan. It is given to the prophet in a supernatural dream or vision.
A. It depends heavily on allegory. I.e. multi-headed beasts, lamp-stands, stars, etc.
B. It is a form of prose that develops the prophetic message in a new way.
C. It deals with the cataclysmic end of this world and the establishment of a new world order. In the Christian framework that new world is heaven and the new order is the end of rebellion.
D. It makes extensive use of symbolism
Other examples of apocalyptic style literature in the Bible are: Daniel, Ezekiel and Zechariah. Non Biblical examples are: Enoch, The Sibylline Oracles, etc.

KEY 2. MOST PROPHETIC NUMBERS ARE SYMBOLIC AND ARE NOT USED FOR THEIR NUMERICAL VALUE
EXAMPLE. The number 7 symbolizes perfection, 6 equals imperfection, 10 means strength or power, etc. An exception to this is where the prophet himself counts them out as with the seven trumpets, heads. Seals, mountains/hills or ten horns. When the prophet counts them, then they are normal numbers.

KEY 3. REVELATION MUST BE VIEWED THROUGH JOHN’S EYES, CONSIDERING HIS: A) BACKGROUND, B) BIASES AND C) CULTURE.
The things to be considered would be:
A. DATE – It was written, circa 95 AD (Other dates are suggested, but this seems to be the most accurate.)
B. LOCATION – On the Isle of Patmos in the Aegean Sea. (Revelation 1:9Revelation 1:9
English: World English Bible - WEB

9 I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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