The Book of Revelation also seen as the book most Christians are scared of, has other names too, which are as, Revelation to John, the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the Apocalypse of John or simply the Revelation. It is the final book of the New Testament or the Christian Bible. Its title is derived from the first Greek word of the texts ‘apokalypsis’, which means revelation or unveiling. But why does it have John’s name in it? It is there, because of the fact that the name of the book’s author was John.
Although it is unclear whether it was John the apostle or a different John, most believe him to be the exiled John, also called John the Divine. Due to the fact that this entire book is congested with symbolism, it is often not very well understood by everyone. The very reason for this book’s negative reputation is based on man’s oldest, most primitive reaction to the unknown — Fear.
The Book of Revelation throughout the years has been seen in many different ways:
To make this twenty-two chapter long book comprehensible, many school of thoughts have divided the book into three sections. For certain scholars, they slot down the book into present, past and future; while others more specifically see it as: Section One ‘all that John has seen’, Section Two ‘all the things at the present Church’ and Section Three ‘all that will take place’. Thus, categorically these are the past, present and future, respectively, with Section One being the First Chapter. Section Two encompassing Chapters Two and Three. And Chapter Four onwards till the end falls under Section Three, all of which is heavily packed with divinations and predictions.
Some disagree and believe the past is from Chapter 1 to 5, present from Chapter 6 to 11 and the future from Chapter 12 to 22.
Apocalypse, a Destructive Series of Events?
It would be wrong to say that most find the book to be rather fearful considering the linguistics used appear to be demonstrations of God’s wrath, while another big reason is the End of Times destructive predictions. But for those who have read through the books’ allegorically written pretexts and the heavy use of symbolism, understand that it isn’t literal but rather more analogical with codes that need to be deciphered.
Considering how the book reads on about the End of Times and the Apocalyptic events that may follow, it is natural for one to develop fear. This is due to the fact that an association with apocalypse is immediately assumed as great disastrous unfolding. But from the very beginning till the end of the book, it states that if you read it, then by understanding and following it in accordance to that, you shall be successful and you shall be happy.
Next on, we shall discuss further how this most widely misunderstood scripture should not be taken literally and how symbolism is used in the New Testament.