Does Studying the Book of Revelation Ruin It?

Posted: February 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

When I was a kid, one of my favorite TV shows was “In Search Of,” which was a weekly documentary style program hosted by Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and focused on the search for mythological creatures like bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster or delved into the possibility of UFO abductions. 

Even when I was 5-years old, I suspected that this was all bunk but it was fun bunk.  I drew a strange satisfaction from imagining that the dogs barking in the neighborhood in the middle of the night were reacting to the smell of Sasquatch rather than a family of deer or a racoon feasting on the garbage.

I’m not sure why so many of us prefer the idea of the bizarre and frightening to reality but it is the way it is.

The same holds true for studying the book of Revelation.  Once you dig in and find that the book is filled with symbols that made perfect sense to the original audience and that largely deal with the persecution they were facing at the hands of the Roman Empire rather than a distant foreboding future right out of a bad science fiction novel complete with a one world government run by a sinister son of Satan, etc. then a lot of people get bummed out.  It just seems to suck the fun out of the book.

I get that.

But what if the book of Revelation is a mix of past, present and future all rolled into one? After all, John identifies it as a prophecy and Old Testament prophecies seem to have more to them then meets the eye.

If you read Isaiah 7:14 it appears that appears that Isaiah is speaking to Israel at the time not to Israel hundreds of years later but, according to the New Testament, there was a fuller meaning to what God placed on the lips of Isaiah.

Perhaps the same holds true for the prophecy given to John. 

We shall see.

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