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Some people today come to

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Some people today come to Revelation with the recipe “Interpret everything literally if possible.” That recipe derstands what kind of book Revelation is. Of course John literally saw what he says he saw. But what he saw was a vision. lt was filled wish symbols, like the Beast of 13:1-8 and theseven blazing lamps in 4:5. It never Intended to be a direct, non-symbolical description of the future. People living in John’s own time understood this Matter Instinctively because they recognized that John was writing in an apocalyptic manner, a manner already as familiar to them as a political cartoon is to us today.

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When God’s people are beset

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When God’s people are beset by temptation or persecution, revelation of God’s character and glory is the best remedy. His power guarantees the final victory his Justice guarantees vindication of the right, and his goodness and magnificence guarantee blessing and comfort.

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From the book "The Returning King, A Guide to the Book of Revelation"

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John’s vision is a little

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John’s vision is a little like a visit to an airport control tower. At a busy airport a casual observer looking out of a window sees planes, vehicles, and baggage going every which way. But if the Observes is escorted tip to the control tower, he can see the overall plan of the airport and hear the directives going out to execute of the plans of the controllers. Suddenly the goings on down below make sense. So it is with John. Through his Visions we are transported into the control tower for the entire universe. From this vantage point as we understand the Controller and plan things fall into place. And even if they sometimes es cape our comprehension we know the One who does comprehend it all. His plans cannot and will not fail!

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From the book "The Returning King, A Guide to the Book of Revelation"

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Although Revelation comes In symbolic

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Although Revelation comes In symbolic form1 it ls understandable. It is revelation disclosing rather than hiding truth (V. 1). It is for his servants not a special elite (v. 1). God expects us to take to heart what is written, to profit spiritualy (v. 3). A blessing encourages people to read and hear lt (v. 3)

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From the book "The Returning King"

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The major symbols of Revelation

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The major symbols of Revelation represent a repeated pattern. This pattern has a realization In the first-century situation of the seven churches. It also has an embodiment in the final crisis. And it has an embodiment now.We pay special atention to the embodiment now, because we must apply the lessons of Revelation to where we are.

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From the book "The Returning King"

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Some people today come to

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Some people today come to Revelation with the recipe to interpret everything literally if possible. That recipe misunderstands what kind of book Revelation is. Of course John literally saw what he says he saw. But what he saw was a vision. lt was filled with symbols, like the Beast of 13:1-8 and the seven blazing lamps in 4:5. It was never intended to be a direct, non-symbolical description of the future. People living in John’s own time understood this matter instinctively because they recognized that John was writing in an apocalyptic manner, a manner already as familiar to them as a political cartoon is to us today.

Verne Poythress

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From the book "The Returning King"

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Can the book of Revelation

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Can the book of Revelation be understood? Yes it can. Its message can be summarized in one sentence: God rules history and will bring it to consummation in Christ. If you read it with that main point in mind, you will understand it. You willnotnecessarily understand every detail – neither do I . But it is not necessary to understand every detail to profit spiritually from it.

The same thing is true of all Scripture.scripture is inexhautibly rich, so that we can never plumb all its depths and mysteries. But the main points are clear, so we can know how to believe and act.

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From the book "The Returning King, A Guide to the Book of Revelation"

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