THE BOOK OF REVELATION "APOCALYPSE"
REVELATION IS A LITERARY MASTERPIECE
There exists many misunderstandings about the book of Revelation. So here I try and guide you to the meaning behind the scriptures. It is not a time to weep in fear, but a time to shout for joy!
Key Notes For The Book of Revelation:
Apocalypse: Ancient Greek original meaning an uncovering, a disclosure of knowledge, a lifting of the veil. The word Revelation means Apocalypse in Ancient Greek. It is a disclosure of something hidden from the majority of mankind in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception. (There are many false translations of what the book of Revelation actually means.) The veil is what hides the truth from mankind. Far from being a horrible experience, Apocalypse represents the revealing of truth and awareness of the true nature of things. Removal of this cover reveals certain essential truths that will set humankind free from the misery that this world has seen due to its ignorance of truth. The book of Revelation is a divine source for the events to come that God has set in place.
Revelation: is part of the New Testament, the last book in the Bible written by the Apostle John. He was the youngest of the Apostles and survived them. He is said to have lived to an old age, dying at Ephesus sometime after AD 98. He is the only Apostle who was able to not die a murdered death, but in peace.
Armageddon is the last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment. The very last battle on earth. (Revelation 16:16) On a biblical hill of Megiddo, an archaeological site on the plain of Esdraelon, south of present-day Haifa located in Israel.
Satan (Devil, Lucifer, Fallen Angels, many names given biblically): did not ever, nor will he ever be able to no matter what he seduces the populace to believe, that he is "equal" or "more powerful" than God, YHWH. Satan and his fallen angels only await a final end. All of this worlds greed, evil, and wickedness will perish along with him and be no more. All their lies and deceiving nature come to an end.
When Jesus (Yeshua) returns to earth "for all eyes to see" as the Bible reads, the devil himself will be shown as the demonic being of an actual evil false darkness. Those who willfully decided to follow the mark of the beast, all the ways of the devil himself, they then answer to Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1; "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." So we do not read here that God created, Heaven, Earth, and a burning Hell. The symbolic meaning surrounding Hell began with wickedness, which mankind began on earth along with the devil himself.
Sheol: The Hebrew word sheʼohlʹ refers to an under world grave or abyss. The grave; the actual place where bodies are buried and return to the ground.
Hades: The realm of the dead, Sheol.
Death: This is not a literal entity but represents a state of inactivity, the absence of life. Death cannot literally be burned. (Ecclesiastes 9:10;) "there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead)".
Ecclesiastes 3:20; 9:5; "All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust." - "For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing.." Psalm 146:4; "When his spirit leaves him, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts and plans perish." Psalm 115:17; "The dead do not praise the Lord, Nor do any who go down into silence."
The dead are not conscious of anything. They can not hear us, speak to us, communicate with us, help us, harm us, their bodies returned to dust. Those who believe they are talking with dead spirits are being deceived by demonic spirits. These spirits are truly powerless, meaning all they have the power to do is to deceive. They also can not create anything, for only God is the creator. But they can take creation that exists already and damage it, which they do until their end. The dead who are righteous and good rise again, that happens on Gods resurrection day, no one knows the day nor the hour, not even the son Jesus, but only the father knows.
Isaiah 26:14; "The [wicked] dead will not live [again], the spirits of the dead will not rise and return." - Here we see that the wicked, evil ones, once they die, they do not rise again, but the righteous and good do rise again. Isaiah 26:19; "Your dead will live; their dead bodies will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy!"
Dead Spirits: The Bible says that the spirits of the dead are not wandering around, there is a particular place where they go. The Old Testament calls this place Sheol. The Hebrew word Sheol is often translated as Hell in English versions. However this gives the wrong inference. It is never used as the final destination of the wicked, the evil hearted ones.
Ezekiel 18:21-23; 21 “But if the wicked man turns [away] from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall certainly live; he shall not die. 22 All of his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced [for his moral and spiritual integrity in every area and relationship], he will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” says the Lord God, “rather than that he should turn [away] from his [malevolent] acts and live?"
Resurrection: All those who go to Sheol (hell) the grave, will come back out, brought to life by Jesus through God’s power, his Holy Spirit. Even Jesus went to Sheol hell (the grave) when he died his humanly death. However, “he was not kept in hell,” because God resurrected him, on the third day.
Acts 2:31,32; "he foresaw and spoke [prophetically] of the resurrection of the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), that He was not abandoned [in death] to Hades (the realm of the dead), nor did His body undergo decay. 32 God raised this Jesus [bodily from the dead], and of that [fact] we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore having been exalted Or by to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this [blessing] which you both see and hear."
Revelation 30:13; And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades (the realm of the dead) surrendered the dead who were in them; and they were judged and sentenced, every one according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [the eternal separation from God].
Revelation 20:14; 14 Then death and Hades [the realm of the dead] were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire [the eternal separation from God]. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.
The Lake Of Fire: The lake of fire is a symbol of eternal destruction, and ending. It is the same as Gehenna, but it is different from Sheol hell; which is the common grave of mankind. Lake of fire is a symbol; as death cant be burned, and spirit eternel beings cant literally burn. It is a cutting off and ending which can only be done by God. It truly is a final destruction.
Gehenna: Symbol for everlasting destruction for the evil wicked. In the Hebrew Scriptures Gehenna was initially a place where some of the kings of Judah wrongly sacrificed their children by fire. Thereafter it was cursed. (Jeremiah 7:31; 19:2-6) Gehenna is also a destination for the wicked. Gehenna is not Sheol the abode for the dead. However many bibles today refer to both places as Hell.
Matthew 23:27-33; Jesus indicated that many hypocritical religious leaders would go to Gehenna. For those who are beyond repentance and only exist in evil, they go to Gehenna, a symbol for everlasting destruction.
John 5:28-31; 28 Do not be surprised at this; for a time is coming when all those who are in the tombs will hear His voice. 29 and they will come out those who did good things to a resurrection of [new] life, but those who did evil things [will come out] to a resurrection of judgment [that is, to be sentenced].
Jesus has “the keys of hell and of death,” showing that he has the authority to release people from the death brought by Adam’s sin.
Revelation 1:18; 20:13; "18 and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead)." "13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades (the realm of the dead) surrendered the dead who were in them; and they were judged and sentenced, every one according to their deeds."
2 Thessalonians 1:8-12; 8 dealing out [full and complete] vengeance to those who do not [seek to] know God and to those who ignore and refuse to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus [by choosing not to respond to Him]. 9 These people will pay the penalty and endure the punishment of Not annihilation, but the loss of all meaningful things. Everlasting destruction, banished from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day [that is, glorified through the changed lives of those who have accepted Him as Savior and have been set apart for His purpose], and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed and trusted [and confirmed in your lives]. 11 With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you [by what you do], and you in Him, according to the [precious] grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Immmortal Soul: If you read the Bible from cover to cover, you will never find the phrase “immortal soul.” The human soul is not a spirit. The teaching of the immortal soul is not a Bible teaching. It is a teaching by demonic spirits. God actually hates all religious lies. This is why he warns us so many times over in the scriptures to be on the watch.
Spirit Mediums: The demons are able to observe a person when they are alive; they know how the person talked, what they looked like, what they did, and what they knew. So it is easy for them to imitate people who have died. (1 Samuel 28:3-19)
Soul: The Bible word “soul” means the person himself, so it should not surprise us to learn that souls can and do die, it is our whole self. When the soul of the wicked die, that means they are no more. The Hebrew word "nephesh" was translated as "soul." The English word usually refers to a non-material essence of a human that survives after death, but nephesh (biblical soul) means something different. It is referring to humans as living, breathing, physical beings, or just to life itself. Prepare to be surprised at the biblical meaning of this fascinating word!
TOP BIBLE VERSES ABOUT END TIMES OR LAST DAYS:
Matthew 24:10-12 “And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
Luke 21:11 “There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
Jude 1:18-19 “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions. It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.”
Jude 1:14-15 “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him”.
We don’t have to be among the ungodly because God has made it possible to have a relationship with Him through the death of his son Jesus Christ. There is no more separation as a result of our sins (Isaiah 59:2) for all who have repented evil, want to do what is good, and also put trust is Jesus Christ our redeemer and not in man of this world or those running this world, nor either in the devil himself.
WHAT DO THE LAST DAYS OR END TIMES MEAN?
When the scriptures talk about the last days or end times, it doesn’t mean the end of the earth or the end of human life. It is a turning point where any evil is done away with on earth. This is something every human wants but cant accomplish it on their own. They may believe they can, however they are given enough time to try and show that they cant. This is why we see the earth today in, well what we would call sort of a total mess. Every single person on earth for example should have a home and food but that isn’t the case is it? Humankind continues to war against each other, but when God steps in, he ends any type of wickedness upon the earth. The earth is then transformed again and a new way of peaceful living begins. God Almighty is a God of love and peace and not a God of war and hate. This is why the scriptures tell us to even love our enemy and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Matthew 6:10 / Proverbs 2:22 / 1Timothy 4:8 / Ezekiel 34:28 / Psalm 72:16 / Psalm 67:6 / Revelation 21:3-4 / John 5:28-29 / Acts 24:15 / Daniel 2:44 / Isaiah 9:6-7
As these end times events occur, the scriptures give us things to watch out for so we are pre-warned to know and understand that the time is near for change. For example here are a few: New information has come forth about the building of the Third Temple, Solomons Temple. It is to be copied and built in Jerusalem, Israel. According to holy scripture, this would be set for the Anti-Christ. Who would reign for only a short while, that being 3.5 years. Then is to be the return of Jesus Christ millennial rule over all the earth as King. This would be when all wickedness and any hate upon the earth would be done away with.
Who is the Antichrist?
1 John 2:22: “who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.” (1John 2:18)
The apostle John is the only Bible writer to use the word antichrist. In two of the letters bearing his name, the word appears five times, in both the singular and the plural. From these verses, we can see that the antichrist is a liar and a deceiver, bent on destroying a person’s relationship with Christ and with God. Accordingly, the apostle urged his fellow Christians: “Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.” (1John 4:1)
Jesus too warned against deceivers, or false prophets, saying: “They come to you in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits [or, works] you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:15, 16)
The words of both Jesus and John plainly indicate that the antichrist is not a single person but is made up of many individual antichrists. Moreover, because they are false prophets, one of their main objectives is religious deception.
The video below gives a sort of view of why many are talking about a soon to come Antichrist or who they are. The Bible tells us the antichrist is already here, if we go over all the scriptures listed above. Follow the scriptures closely however, because even in Biblical styled videos on YouTube many times they add false weaved in the actual bible truth. So just keep a watchful open eye, just as we are told too. Always remember when doing research that the Bible works as one complete book and not in parts being pulled in different directions; nor us adding in our own story. I have yet to find a true video about these events that follow the scriptures exact. This is why God tells us what we need to know in the Bible what will occur. God also tells us not to trust the words of any man, but his word alone is the absolute truth. I have been following the scriptures just about my entire life and I have yet to find one fault or untruth in the Bible; it is Gods complete word, no man could have written such things and foretold such things on their own, completly impossible. So far my own eyes, I see things occur just as they are written, within the perfect timeline that it truly is. When you really know the scriptures, you too will clearly see this. God is no liar and he does want us all to know all we need, even if we don’t truly believe the answers still exist.
Matthew 6:10 - “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
While on earth, Jesus taught his followers to pray for the very means that God will use to restore righteous conditions earth wide.