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Questions tagged [revelation]

The book of Revelation is the last book of the canonical New Testament. (This tag is NOT for questions about the revelation of God's will/plan/instruction in general).

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At which altar did the angel stand in Revelation 8:3?

Revelation 8 NASB [3]Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden ...
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What are John's sources for Revelation 10:7 and 22:10?

Disclaimer: I have no formal training in Biblical languages. In the Hebrew of Daniel 9:24 he is told that messiah was to חָתַם the vision and prophecy. As I have been told and have confirmed to the ...
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In Revelation 10:7 what is the “mystery of God” that was finished by the 7th trumpet?

Rev 10:7 KJV - 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. Is the ...
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Second beast or the image that will force the people to receive a mark on their hands or forehead in Revelation 13:15-16?

Revelation 13:15-16 NASB [15]And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the ...
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Are the four beasts in Revelation 5:8–9 humans or angels?

The four beasts that are mentioned in Rev 5:8–9 were worshipping the Lamb, "for [He] was slain and had redeemed [them] to God by [His] blood". Are these beasts humans or angels? Rev. 5:8–9 (ESV): ...
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What do the Heavens, and every Mountain and Island symbolize?. Revelation 6:14

Revelation 6:14 (KJV) 14 "And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places". The language is symbolic and does not ...
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Two words in Greek meaning “shame” - are they related?

I have a question regarding two words found in the Book of Revelation, that are both translated as "shame": Chapter 3 verse 18: συμβουλεύω σοι ἀγοράσαι παρ᾽ ἐμοῦ χρυσίον πεπυρωμένον ἐκ πυρὸς ἵνα ...
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Future vs Subjunctive in the promises to the seven Churches

I have a question regarding the significance of the Subjunctive tense comparing to the Future tense in examination of the promises found in the letters to the seven Churches in the Book of Revelation. ...
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Is “under the altar” in Rev 6:9 the same as “before the throne” in Rev 7:9 and 14:3?

Rev 6:9 (NIV) "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held". Rev 7:9 (NIV) "After this I ...
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In Revelation 2:4, to what does “first love” refer?

Revelation 2:4 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. KJV, ©1769 Δʹ ἀλλʼ ἔχω κατὰ σοῦ ὅτι τὴν ἀγάπην σου τὴν πρώτην ἀφῆκες. NA28, ©2012 To what ...
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In Revelation 1:7 is it “all the nations of the earth” that wail or “all of the tribes of the Land”?

[Rev 1:7 KJV] 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. mGNT Rev 1:7 ...
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In Revelation 7:15 what does it mean that ὁ καθήμενος ἐπὶ τοῦ θρόνου σκηνώσει ἐπ’ αὐτούς?

Does ὁ καθήμενος ἐπὶ τοῦ θρόνου σκηνώσει ἐπ’ αὐτούς suggest that in the new covenant, represented by the new tabernacle, all in the new covenant will dwell in God's inner courts? Notes: The reason I ...
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Does the naming of the „word of God“ in Hebrews 4:12 as a two-edged sword have a negative connotation?

In Hebrews 4:12 the word of God is told to be a two-edged sword: Does this indicate the bad consequences the word of God (which according to revelation 19:13 might be Jesus Christ) has to those who ...
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In Zechariah 1:7-8, are the horses that were “sent to go throughout the earth” the same as or similar to the four horsemen in Revelation?

7On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo. 8During ...
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Silence in Revelation 8:1

Revelation 8:1: When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour... Why silence in heaven for half hour? And why 1/2 hour? Is the timing is important? Thanks.....
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In Rev.5:6, is the “Lamb” one of the “four beasts in the midst of the throne” (KJV)?

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven ...
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Is the book of Revelation a Letter or Apokalypse (ἀποκάλυψις)?

Is the book of Revelation a Letter or Apokalypse (ἀποκάλυψις)? Because the Book of Revelation has the characters of an Epistel eg. Prescript, Sender, Receiver, Thanking and even with Final greetings ...
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What does the “Blood” & “Sea” & the “Great Mountain” mean?

John fortold events to come (Rev. 1:1) so what does this verse mean and what do the following stand for? A The "Blood"? B The "Sea"? C The "Great Mountain Burning With Fire"? D Why a "Third"? E ...
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Meaning of “pc” in the Nestle-Aland critical apparatus (Revelation 5.10)

In Which translation for Revelation 5:10 is correct?, this answer gives a helpful explanation of which readings appear in which manuscripts. I don't doubt the author's correctness! But I am struggling ...
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How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema?

How does the right hand and forehead for the mark of the beast correlate to the hand and forehead for the Shema? Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, ...
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The Mark of the Beast [closed]

I have been wondering if the Mark of the Beast has already happened. From Revelation: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or ...
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Which translation for Revelation 5:10 is correct?

Some translations of this scripture use the pronoun "us" but other ones use the pronoun "them". The use actually changes what is going on prior to this scripture in terms of who is singing the new ...
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What is the meaning of τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα ποίησον in Revelation 2:5?

In Revelation 2:5, what is the meaning of τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα ποίησον (ta prōta erga poiēson; the first works you-do)? I am suspicious of the phrase "τὰ πρῶτα ἔργα" because I don't see an explanation of ...
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What is the order of events in Revelation 12?

The events of Revelation 12 are not given in chronological order but are transposed by a figure of speech known as hysterologia, where something is put last, that in its usual order should be put ...
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What does “the key of David” imply in Revelation 3:7?

The Bible speaks of "the Key of David" when it says: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that ...
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Is Revelation 17:12-14 describing physical war or is this metaphor?

Since the explanation given of the ten "horns" (which are symbols of militaries) is that they are "ten kings" should we assume that this is actual war between Jesus and actual kings? [Rev 17:12-14 ...
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Does the Sixth Seal in Revelation 6:12 refer to the Medo-Persian Empire?

Revelation 6:12-17 (YLT): ... And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and lo, a great earthquake came, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, and ...
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Revelation 9:14 - are the angels/messengers bound at the Euphrates, or released there?

Revelation 9:14 YLT: ... saying to the sixth messenger who had the trumpet, 'Loose the four messengers who are bound at the great river Euphrates;' ... Is it: ...'Loose the four ...
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Is the 'angel of the abyss' (Rev 9:11) the self-same 'angel' — who has the 'key to the abyss' (Rev 20:1)?

Rev 9:11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of ...
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What is the meaning of Rev 12? [closed]

I am baffled because the dragon is depicted the way Babylon- Rome is: the reign of Satan, trying to snatch a child, but this clashes with the fact that after 1260 years the rebellion of of Satan is ...
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Is the rider of the 4th horse in Revelation 6:7-8 a king of Egypt?

YLT Revelation 6:7-8 ... And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is ...
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Are the two riders of the fourth horse in Revelation 6:7-8 kings of Egypt and Cush?

YLT Revelation 6:7-8 ... And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, 'Come and behold!' and I saw, and lo, a pale horse, and he who is ...
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Is the third horseman in Revelation 6:5-6 a king of Tyre?

Revelation 6:5-6 ... And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, ‘Come and behold!’ and I saw, and lo, a black horse, and he who is sitting upon it is having a ...
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Is the second horseman in Revelation 6:3-4 Nebuchanezzar king of Babylon?

Revelation 6:3-4: ... And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and behold!’ and there went forth another horse – red, and to him who is sitting ...
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Is the first horseman in Revelation 6:1-2 a king of Assyria?

In another question I asked if the crown in Revelation 6:2 and the crown of Ephraim's drunkards in Isaiah 29:1 were the same kind of crowns. According to Dr Peter McGowan's (in my opinion really good) ...
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Are the crown given to the first horseman in Revelation 6:2 and the crown in Isaiah 28:1 the same kinds of crowns?

Are the crown given to the first horseman in Revelation 6:2 and the crown of the drunkards of Ephraim given to the strong one in Isaiah 28:1 the same kinds of crowns?
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How was the author's depiction of the sealed scroll in Revelation 5 influenced by the Old Testament?

Revelation 5:1 (YLT) And I saw upon the right hand of Him who is sitting upon the throne a scroll, written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals; ... For instance, the fact that the ...
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In Revelation 19:15 what kind of weapon comes out of the mouth of the rider?

KJV Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword (ῥομφαία), that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the ...
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Revelation 2:13 / Satan's earthly headquarter?

How do you interpret Revelations 2:13 "Pergamum...the place where Satan dwells"? Some interpret this to mean that Satan needs a physical headquarter on earth to operate. He did then, and he still ...
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In Revelation 3:20, is Jesus offering to have individual suppers or one collective meal?

Jesus makes this offer to the Laodiceans: Behold— I stand at the door. And I am knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I also will come-in to him. And I will have-dinner with him, ...
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Is Jesus speaking about the Eucharist in Revelation 3:20?

Behold— I stand at the door. And I am knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I also will come-in to him. And I will have-dinner (δειπνήσω) with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20) ...
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Who are the four angels in Revelation 9?

Revelation 9:13-15 NASB 13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard [a]a voice from the [b]four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ...
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How should Revelation 11:15 be translated (so the implied pronoun and expressed referent agree)?

Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants] Rev 11:15 Καὶ ὁ ἕβδομος ἄγγελος ἐσάλπισεν· καὶ ἐγένοντο φωναὶ μεγάλαι ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ, λέγοντες Ἐγένετο ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ κόσμου τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν καὶ τοῦ χριστοῦ αὐτοῦ,...
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In Revelation 22 is it twelve manner of fruits per month or one fruit per month for twelve months?

Revelation 22:2 ( KJV) 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and ...
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Did the same “John” write the fourth gospel and Revelation?

By John, I mean the author of the Gospel of John (whom I believe to be the Apostle John, the beloved disciple: cf. John 21:22). Anecdotally speaking, in my lay opinion, the same (I would say artfully)...
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How does Revelation 1:7 compare to Matthew 24:30?

In the Gospel of Matthew, 24:30 (NIV), Jesus says: Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the ...
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To what does “the word of God and testimony of Jesus Christ” refer in Revelation 1:2?

In the opening of Revelation we read (NIV emphasis mine): The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel ...
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Why does the Greek use different words for “like” in Revelation 13:11?

Westcott & Hort 1881 Καὶ εἶδον ἄλλο θηρίον ἀναβαῖνον ἐκ τῆς γῆς, καὶ εἶχεν κέρατα δύο ὅμοια ἀρνίῳ, καὶ ἐλάλει ὡς δράκων. Revelation 13:11-18 English Standard Version (ESV) The Second Beast ...
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What significance the text variant has for interpreting Revelation 13:1?

Revelation 13:1 (KJV) 1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of ...
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In Revelation 13:8, what is the exact meaning in Greek of the phrase “from the foundation of the world”? [duplicate]

Revelation 13:8 (KJV): And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Other NT ...