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The book of Revelation is filled with nothing but prophecies. These prophecies are the most detailed in the entire Bible. Understanding these prophecies is the most difficult task a student of the Bible will face. Revelation provides encouragement and a blessing to those who put forth the effort.
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
A 19th century detailed study of Revelation can be found in the book Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith. I will describe only slightly the details already covered by this book.
This is a description of my personal understandings. First is an outline of Revelation broken into sections. Transitions in the text signifying chronological discontinuity (time shifts) are marked with an asterisk. Second is an overview of the sections. Third is a detailed discussion of selected verses by chapter.
Overview and ApplicationsThe application of these prophecies is probably multi-faceted. There is a primary application and there may be secondary applications which are equally valid. My observation is that the patterns of God and history often repeat.
Seven ChurchesThere are at least three applications of the seven churches. The literal application applies to the specific churches named existing at that time in Asia.The historical application applies periods of history to each of the seven churches in order. The concurrent application applies one of the seven churches to individual churches.
Literal ApplicationThe literal application does not make a lot of sense because Revelation is highly symbolic. There also would be no prophetic or end time signifiance to the messages.
Historical ApplicationThe seven churches has been described as the religious history of the Christian era. The historical application describes the general condition of the mainstream churches of each time period. The church of Ephesus is the post-apostolic church of John's time. The church of Laodicea is the last church at the end of time. This view is heavily emphasized by Uriah Smith.
Concurrent ApplicationThe concurrent application indicates a value of all the messages to our current time. Every church and individual finds personal application of these individual messages at times.
Seven SealsThe seals are the unfolding of specific time periods. There is a historical application and an eschatological application.
Historical ApplicationThe seven seals has been described as the social history of the Christian era. The historical application covers the entire period from Christ to the end of time. This view is heavily emphasized by Uriah Smith.
Eschatological ApplicationThe eschatological application covers only the time of the end starting in 1798. These periods have some chronological sequencing but are highly overlapping. They may even be considered additive and accumulative to the end of time.
Seven TrumpetsThe trumpets are specific warnings of the judgement of God which has already begun and will soon end. There is a historical application and an eschatological application.
Historical ApplicationThe seven trumpets has been described as the military history of the Christian era. The historical application is a repeat of the entire period from Christ to the end of time. This view is heavily emphasized by Uriah Smith.
Eschatological ApplicationThe eschatological application is events that begin with the judgement of God on the church and lead to the final judgement of the world. These will occur in swift succession barely separated by a day or two at most.
Seven PlaguesThis is widely recognized as an eschatological application that follows the final judgement of the world and ends with the Lord's return. These will occur in swift succession barely separated by a day at most. There is an uncanny parallelism to the seven trumpets and the seven plagues. It is possible that these are the same thing.
Detailed ExaminationI will provide some details of my prophetic understanding where they may be helpful.
Verse 12 - 13The opening of the sixth seal is of particular interest because it has either recently occurred or will soon occur.
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;The historical application points to the Lisbon earthquake 1755-11-01, Dark Day May 19, 1780, Stars fell November 13, 1833. These events are likely to repeat at the end of the sixth seal.
Verse 14 - 15The events at the end of the sixth seal have clearly not happened.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.The full meaning of verse 14 is difficult to imagine. Verse 15 is very clear when you understand that a great comet is discovered on a collision course with earth. Governments will assume that the only way to survive is to hide underground where there is some chance of survival. This is similar to the plans to survive a nuclear war.
It is possible that nuclear missiles will be fired at the comet in an attempt to either turn it away from earth or break it into smaller pieces with less final impact. This will result in incredible nuclear fallout on the earth. Those in the caves and bunkers are already prepared for that.
Verses 1-8The end of the sixth seal is the sealing of the 144,000. These are the redeemed from the judgment of the church. This may occur on Pentecost just before the full effects of the time of trouble as shown in verse 3. The exact number is possibly symbolic but still indicates that it will be a small portion of those in the church.
The chapter in verse nine jumps ahead to heaven to show that there will be a great multitude saved from the world by the final sealing on the Day of Atonement. Verse 14 makes it clear that they came through the great tribulation. This identifies them separately from the rest of the saved of the earth.
Chapter 8This chapter returns to the events on earth after the sealing of the 144,000. The opening of the seventh seal, possibly on the Day of Pentecost will be accompanied by tremendous events.
5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.The fire from the altar speaks to me of the full force of the latter rain. At Pentecost tongues of fire descended on the disciples. Cross reference this with the coal from the altar of Isaiah 6:6.
Chapter 13The beast from the sea and the beast from the earth.
Chapter 17This important chapter contains some valuable clues to the transitions of kingdoms and powers. Verse 3 show a major transition in time from chapter 16.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.The symbol of the wilderness is given a general identification in Revelation 12:6,14.
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.This is confirmed with the continued description of the papal power from verse 3 through verse 7.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Verse 8 tells us about important changes that will occur in the state of the papal power.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.The papal power "was" for 1260 years. the papal power "was not" with the deadly wound in 1798. Atheism which began about 1789 with the French Revolution ascended and began to dominate especially in communism. The wound was healed, the power returned, and grew strong beginning with the fall of communism (atheism) in 1989. The papal power "was", "is not", and "yet is". Verse 9 repeats the identity of papal Rome, the city on seven hills.
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.
Verses ten and eleven give a description of the repeats for the last two of the eight kingdoms of prophecy.
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.This complicated narrative leads to the following list. The first four kingdoms are single unified kingdoms with wide world dominance. Political control is primary with religious power mingled in a secondary relationship. The last four kingdoms have political power among various pieces. Religious power is primary mingled with political control. Do not be misled. Atheism is a religion which rejects God but has Satan as its hidden God.
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