How to Read – Revelation (1st Period)


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  1. Question: On Page 258, it says that John sees everything in the light of the OT and uses the OT language, why is that?
    Answer: With all of the predictions of the end times and visions from God, John points the readers back to the OT for the Prophet’s visions and to show that these are not new visions.
    Source: Mr. Orlowski
    Question: How should we understand or interpret Revelations?

  2. Question: Is the River of Life (22:1) an actual river and what is its significance?

    Answer: John sees a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. This is not to be confused with the river issuing from the millennial sanctuary nor with that of the living waters going forth from Jerusalem also in the millennial scene. These millennial streams anticipate, however, this future river which is in the new Jerusalem, which speaks of the power, purity, and eternal life manifest in the heavenly city. This river corresponds to the present believer’s experience of the outflow of the Spirit and eternal life.

    Question for Webster: In Revelation 19:16 says, “On his thigh a name will be written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” Did Jesus have a tattoo? Is this a sign we should get tattoos with Scripture?

  3. Q — The chapter said more than once that in order to understand some of the visions in Revelation, one must be familiar with the Old Testament. Besides this, what is the point of reading the Old Testament?
    A — Many Christians choose not to read the Old Testament (besides Psalms and Proverbs) because it is difficult to understand. But Paul reminds new believers of several very important reasons to read the Old Testament. First of all, it points to Jesus Christ, and shows how all of history revolves around him. Second, the Old Testament contains instructions on godly living. It also gives examples of perseverance and encourages believers to keep with their faith. Finally, the Old Testament gives us hope, showing how God keeps his promises.

    Q — Why do you think the Bible uses so much symbolism?

  4. Q — What is meant by the “seven spirits of God” mentioned in Rev. 1:4 and 3:1?
    A — These verses are not saying that God has seven Holy Spirits; there is only one Spirit of God. The number seven represents perfection or fullness, so “the seven spirits of God represent the fullness of the Holy Spirit sent to the seven churches.”
    Source —

    Q — What is the significance of the pregnant woman and the dragon with seven heads in Revelation 12:1-6?

  5. Q: In Revelation 10, John says that he saw “another mighty angel.” The passage at first glance makes it seem like it could be Christ by the way it describes the angel, but who is it really?
    A: In an article from, the author said that even though it seems like it is Christ when reading the passage, it is not. He suggests that it is Michael (the archangel seen in other parts of the Bible) or some other important angel from Heaven. One reason he believes it could be Michael is because his name means “who is like God,” which would explain the Christ-like description given to the angel in the passage. Another reason it is not Christ is because if it was it would be expected that he would be holding the seven-sealed book like in Revelation 5. The book that the angel was a small open book which could represent things that have already happened as prophecied in the Scripture.
    Q: Why doesn’t John explain all the symbolism he sees in his visions? If he has the ability to see these things, shouldn’t he have the ability to sort of interpret them??

  6. Question: Will you have a chance to be saved after Christ comes down to set up his earthly kingdom, before he ascends into Heaven with his followers?
    Answer: Although there is no way to be certain about this question, I do not believe that you will still have a chance after Christ comes back to earth. In the Scriptures, whenever Christ’s coming for His saints is mentioned, it is always presented as an imminent event, that is, no events are predicted as preceding it. Although Christ will come down from Heaven and set up his earthly kingdom for a thousand years, and then take his followers into Heaven, you will not have a chance to be saved in between those times.

    Question: John writes that when the Lord comes back the souls already in Heaven will come back down with him and be given new bodies, and the believers still alive will be given new bodies for Heaven. Why do we need new bodies?

  7. Q: Why was John on the island “Patmos?” (Rev. 1:9)
    A: The Romans used Patmos as a penal colony where they warehoused their political prisoners. Domitian, the Roman emperor at the time, sentenced John to exile perhaps because John rejected emperor worship. Maybe the authorities thought the apostle would die on Patmos or at least change his ways after such difficult treatment, but he outlived the emperor and was released from the island following Domitian’s death, a greater worshipper of Jesus than ever.

    Q for Webster: Revelation speaks a lot about signs that will occur at the end times. Many apostles in the Bible said that the end times were near back when it was written. Although a lot of what’s said in Revelation can be open to interpretation, what are some signs that may have already happened to signify just how close we are to Jesus coming back, or some signs that are happening at the moment?

  8. Question: Who was John writing to in Revelation?
    Answer: Revelation is addressed to first-century churches in seven cities of the Roman province of Asia (now western Turkey. These churches were threatened by false teachers, idols, sexual immorality, and many many more bad things. Jesus gave these visions to John so that to fortify his churches from the temptations of the devil.
    Source: ESV Study Bible Introduction to Revelation

    Question for Webster: Who or what is Abaddon/Apollyon? At first I thought it was Satan but why would John refer to him by both names? Revelation 8-9

  9. Q: What is the significance of all the references in Revelations to numbers, Seven churches, Seven golden lamps, 4 horsemen, etc. Are these numbers significant or just kind of random?
    A: Most likely all of the numbers found in Revelations are significant, John was trying to draw some recognizable and significant numbers that his readers would be able to connect to. The number seven symbolizes perfectness and is used countless times in the bible. The significance of the seven churches could have been the seven churches of Asia minor, the golden lamps and seven stars are given meaning in 1:20 “As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

    Q2: Do you think (oops) that any of the prophets that are talked about in Revelations have been fulfilled?

  10. Q1: Who are the 144,000 from Israel?

    A: Revelation names these 144,000 as the 12 tribes of Israel. It is said that God will spare them. This is believed by some to happen during the Tribulation. But this 144,000 can also represent all believers everywhere since the creation of the world, that God will spare and take into Heaven.

    Source: Lumina and Mr. Webster

    Q2: Visions and dreams are found all throughout the Bible. Is this vision that John is having like those? And how do we interpret them?

  11. Question: In Revelations 1, it talks about sending letters to seven churches. Why were there only seven churches and why pick these specific churches?

    Answer: These were letters to seven historical churches at the time of John’s writing. These letters dealt with actual conditions of church life in John’s day. These letters are also representatives of all churches both in John’s day and at any time in the history of the church. Seven is the number of completion and it is suggested that these seven perfectly represent conditions that would be characteristics of various churches throughout history. Though each letter is written to a specific church, all the letters close with the words “let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Each message is relevant to all the churches, not only of John’s day, but of ours as well.


    Question: What is the significance of John eating the scroll in Revelations 10:9?

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