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It is populated by winged and wild creatures, locust plagues, and seven-headed beasts. Revelation is filled with obscure and fantastic symbolism, and it teems with mystical references.
However, it lacks any real internal structure. Unlike the other New Testament books, which tend to mix narrative with sermon-style preaching, Revelation is essentially a long, uninterrupted record of a mystical vision, offering little interpretation for its intricate symbols.
Revelation has been read for thousands of years as a code that, properly interpreted, can reveal the secrets of history and the end of the world. The numbers and symbols in Revelation have been read into any number of traumatic events in ancient and modern history.
Revelation was a product of this time of early growth and confusion, but also of a long Jewish tradition of apocalyptic literature.
The Old Testament books of Ezekiel and Zechariah contain long apocalyptic segments. The most famous Old Testament apocalypse, the Book of Daniel, was written circa b. The apocalyptic genre became more popular after 70 a. There is enough apocalyptic literature that it can be classified as a genre of its own, with its own particular characteristics.
Some of these common features are revelations made to a human emissary through a supernatural agency, heavy symbolism, numerology with obscure significance, extravagant imagery, and concern about a cataclysmic day of judgment or the end of the world.
Apocalyptic literature tends to take a deterministic view of history—that is, apocalypses are generally driven by the belief that history inexorably follows a set path ordained by God.
All of these characteristics of the apocalyptic genre are present in Revelation. Summary The introduction of Revelation names the author, John, and explains the immediacy of the message: John extends a greeting to the Christian communities in seven major Near East cities in the name of the God of history.
On the Sabbath, John falls into a prophetic ecstasy. He sees a vision of a shining Jesus, surrounded by seven stars and seven lamp-stands: Jesus reminds them that his coming is imminent. John sees God enthroned and surrounded by twenty-four elders. Lightning flashes and thunder sounds.
Old Testament angels with six wings and many eyes sing praises to the Lord. God holds a scroll sealed with seven seals, and nobody is worthy of breaking the seals except Jesus, by virtue of his sacrifice.
Breaking the first four seals, Jesus releases the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: When the fifth seal is broken, the souls of martyrs cry out for justice, but they are urged to have patience until the appointed number of people have been martyred.
The breaking of the sixth seal unleashes a massive cosmic upheaval that devastates the world. Before the breaking of the seventh seal, an angel markspeople—12, from each of the tribes of Israel—with the seal of God to protect them from the coming devastation. Other righteous people, too, are to be saved: Finally, it is time to open the seventh seal 8: But the opening of the seal is anticlimactic; when it is opened, it is revealed that there are seven trumpets that need to be blown.
Four of the trumpets blow, each bringing with it disaster and destruction, with fire falling from the sky 8: However, the survivors nevertheless refuse to stop worshipping idols and behaving immorally.
The prophet is ordered to consume a scroll, which will taste sweet but be bitter in his stomach 8: God will revive these prophets, and will strike Jerusalem with a powerful earthquake. The moment for justice, punishment, and triumph has arrived, with lighting, thunder, earthquakes, and hail.Young Children at the Seder: Age-Appropriate Activities • by Noam Zion: The seder is a highly structured activity with participants of many ages, representing multiple generations.
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