Keys to Understanding Revelation By Lee Martone

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Keys to Understanding Revelation By Lee Martone

Post  Guest on Mon 24 Dec 2007, 4:28 am

Keys to
Understanding
Revelation

Why was the book of Revelation written? The book’s very name means to reveal-to unveil, to open to understanding what otherwise could not be comprehended. Yet most people believe that this final book of the Bible cannot be understood at all-that its language and symbols are too confusing to make sense. Revelation puts many of the earlier prophecies of the Bible into an understandable context and reveals a much-needed framework for prophecies relating to the end of the age. It accomplishes this partly through the use of symbols and figurative language that relate directly to some of the Bible’s other prophetic writings.
For example, the prophetic book of Daniel uses similar language and symbols. Many of its visions and figures of speech are clearly explained. But God revealed to Daniel that the meanings of others were to remain mysteriously obscured until the time of the end. Then they, took would be understood.
Revelation contains many fundamental keys to that understanding, and the book of Daniel contains keys that help us understand the book of Revelation. Notice Daniel’s explanation of one of his visions: “Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My lord, what shall be the end of these things?’ “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end” (Daniel 12:8-9, emphasis added throughout unless otherwise noted). Contrast this with God’s purpose for the book of Revelation. God the Father gave the prophecies contained in the book of Revelation to His Son, Jesus Christ. He passed it to Christ in the form or a scroll sealed with seven seals (Revelation 5:1. But as John-who wrote the book under God’s inspiration-tells us in his concluding chapter, an angel specifically commanded him, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book…” (Revelation 22;10). John explains that God the Father gave most of the book of Revelation to Christ in the form of a scroll sealed with seven seals. Jesus then broke those seals and opened the scroll. “And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne {God the Father} a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘ Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals? And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it… But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals”” (Revelation5:1-5 Here is the key to understanding the book. Jesus alone can unlock the meaning of its symbols, missions and descriptions. The first verse of this book announces that it is “the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him” (Revelation 1:1). Christ reveals its meaning. He unlocks its seals. But how does He do it? Two factors are crucial. First, the key to unlocking the content of seven seals must be explained by Jesus Himself in His own words. Second, the Bible tells us that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God”( 2 Timothy 3:16). Therefore we can expect clarification of some Symbols in the book of Revelation in other parts of God’s inspired Word. By relying on the Bible’s own consistent interpretations of its symbols and figurative language, we can have confidence that our understanding is based on God’ inspired Word rather that on our own opinions to him in visions were sealed, hidden until the time of the end. But then He added: ‘many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10). At the time of the end God intends that those He calls “the wise” will understand these prophecies. Who are the wise in God’s sight? Those who scorn the concept that the Bible is divinely inspired choose to see its symbols as contradictory and confusing. They perceive on value in them. Because they scoff at the idea of God’s inspiration, they are blind to prophetic understanding. They choose to be ignorant of what God reveals about the future.
More to come later on Revelation. Lee

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Re: Keys to Understanding Revelation By Lee Martone

Post  LivinginChrist on Tue 25 Dec 2007, 9:13 am

Revelation to me is great mystery and God gave few people its understanding. Personally speaking, I do not try to interpret the Book as I fear that I may not sin against God. But thanks to God who has blessed many people with understanding of Revelation so that they may teach people like us. I agree with the keys you have talked here to understand the Book of Revelation. I like reading commentaries and thoughts of various scholars on the Book but I keep a stance of the Book as great mystery of God which will be revealed to us someday by Jesus Himself.

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