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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Is there any exegetical reason for believing the seven churches of Revelation correspond to seven successive “church ages”?

The Book of Revelation self-identifies as a letter to seven churches: John to the seven churches that are in Asia -v.4 John explains his experience to them as follows: I, John, your brother and ...
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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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Does the 7th Trumpet really contain the 7 bowls of wrath? And what constitutes the third woe?

What is the scriptural basis for the teaching that the 7th Trumpet introduces and contains the 7 bowls of wrath? The Bible doesn't specifically say so. Revelation 10:7 says, "In the days of the voice ...
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Is the “ark of the covenant” mentioned in Revelation 11:19 same as the “ark” mentioned in Exodus 25:10?

Is the ark of the covenant mentioned in Revelation 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, ...
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Revelation given to Jesus Christ [closed]

Is it just me but Revelation of Jesus Christ only talking about male figures are present in the presence of God. In few visions of havens I had I only saw male figures, any thoughts?
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Why an equal number from each tribe?

"7 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I ...
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What is the “first resurrection”?

Finishing up the year in the Bible, I heard this passage: Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been ...
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Do we receive the full measure of God’s grace on earth? (1 Peter 1:13)

NASB translation of 1 Peter 1:13: “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” ...
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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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Revelation 13:18 Pronunciation Help

If you had to pronounce the Greek characters that form the 666 in Revelation 13:18, how would it sound phonetically? I aporecitae it's a non-word and so may be hard to say, but if you HAD to ...
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In Rev 19:16, why is the Name on the Word's thigh and robe?

The fact that the Name is on the Robe makes sense, because that's where the High Priest wore the Breastplate with the 12 Jewels and the Urim and Thummim; and the 12 Jewels are an echo and elaboration ...
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Who does the word “them” in Revelation 20:9 refer to?

Does the word "them" at the end of Revelation 20:9 point to those who "surround" or those who are being "surrounded"? Re 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters ...
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Are there connections between the woman fleeing the Dragon in Revelation 12 and the Great Whore in Revelation 17?

Are there any connections between the woman fleeing the Dragon in Revelation 12 and the Great Whore on the Dragon in Revelation 17?
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Is the beginning of creation at Revelation 3:14 the same as at Proverbs 8:22?

In Revelation 3:14 Jesus refers to himself as the beginning of God's creation: "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ...
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Does “second death” in Revelation 20:13-14 implicitly indicate “second Hades”?

In Revelation 20:13-14; And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death ...
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In Revelation 21:8, is “Fear” or “Cowardice” a Sin necessitates punishment?

A word aroused my attention when I was reading Revelation 21:8, this word is "δειλοῖς" which has the following translations in Arabic and English versions of the Bible: الخائفون. الجبناء. Fearful. ...
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What significance does the word order of people, tribes, nations, and languages play in Revelation?

Seven times in Revelation, John describes people in a fourfold manner: 5:9c For you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation ...
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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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Allusion between Revelation 17:10 and John 4:18, 25

In Revelation 17:10, John receives an explanation of the seven heads of a beast he has seen: They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, ...
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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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What does the "beginning of creation” at Rev 3:14 mean using a Biblical Hermeneutic?

In 1979 the 2nd edition Bauer-Arndt-Gingrich-Danker Greek lexicon (BAGD) said of “the beginning of creation” used of Christ at Rev 3:14 that “the mng. beginning=‘first created’ is linguistically ...
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Which beast does the number 666 represent

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the ...
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Who is speaking in Rev 1:7? The Angel sent in verse 1, John or Jesus?

I'm curious to know who is speaking in Rev 1:7 where is says that every eye will see 'him'. Is it the angel God sends, John himself or Jesus?
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Does John 12:31 refer to the event in Revelation 12:9?

What is the meaning of Satan being "cast out" in the following verse? John 12:31 (KJV) 31 Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out (ἐκβληθήσεται ἔξω). From ...
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Who is Gog of the land of Magog mentioned in Ezekiel Chapters 38 amd 39

Ezekiel 38 (NET Bible) A Prophecy Against Gog 38 The Lord’s message came to me: 2 “Son of man, turn toward[a] Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.[d] Prophesy ...
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Who is the angel in Revelation 11:1-8?

I am reading through Revelation again, in the NKJV. I recently read chapter 11, and something stood out at me that I have never seen before. I want to ask about it, hence this post. Revelation 11:1-8 ...
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Revelation 20:12: “Books were opened”

Rev 20:12 says: And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged ...
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What or who is 'the god of the earth' Revelation 11:4?

Revelation 11:4 "These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the god of the earth" Why has this phrase the god of the earth been used to describe the being before whom the ...
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Is the fallen star in Revelation 9 the same as the angel in Revelation 20?

Revelation 9:1 NASB [1]Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. Revelation 20:1 NASB [1]Then ...
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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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“Seven spirits of God” - literal or numerogical interpretation in early Christianity?

In Rev. 5:6 "... a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth" and also 4:5 and 3:1 Bible speaks ...
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Is Revelation 3:14 saying that Christ was created by God?

Revelation 3:14 (KJV) 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Most ...
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Red-Letter King James Version: Who is speaking in Revelation 21:5–6?

Who is speaking in Revelation 21:5–6? From what I understand, the words of Jesus Christ are printed in red. It appears that Jesus may be speaking in these two verses. Revelation 21:5–6 5 And he ...
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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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Rev 9:4: Do not hurt the non-existing grass?

In Rev. 9:4 we read that it was commanded to locusts "that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree", but just nine verses earlier, in Rev. 8:7, we are ...
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Is the number “144,000” mentioned in Revelation 14 a literal number or a prophetic number?

Is the number "144,000" mentioned in Revelation 14:1-5 a literal number or a prophetic number representing a bigger multitude? 1 Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount ...
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What historical reasons resulted in Revelation being included in most Christian canons?

As a source, the book of Revelation is something of an outlier for a book of the Bible that got accepted into the canonical New Testament of most branches of Christianity: it is the only explicitly ...
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Are the “virgins” (παρθένοι) in Revelation 14:4 literally “virgins” or is it a metaphor?

Revelation 14:4 (KJV) 4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. Nestle GNT 1904 οὗτοί εἰσιν οἳ ...
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Were the trumpets in the NT actually shofars?

This is from the Jewish Encyclopedia article on "trumpets": In Shab. 36a (comp. Suk. 34a) it is noted that since the destruction of the Temple the names for the shofar and the trumpet had been ...
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Was it John who looked into the scroll in Revelation 6:1?

Revelation 6:1 NASB [1]Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, "Come." Its a little puzzling who ...
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What is on the sealed scroll in Revelation 5-8?

Revelation chapter 5: 1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming ...
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What is the symbolism of the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb?

In Revelation 15 v. 1-3, we read I saw in Heaven another great and marvelous sign: Seven angels with the seven last plagues — Last, because with them God's wrath is completed. And I saw what ...
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Does the voice of the seven thunders in Revelation 10:4 come from the throne of God?

Revelation 10:4 (KJV) 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders ...
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Who are the 12 apostles of the lamb?

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:14 KJV) To whom does the "twelve apostles of the Lamb" refer? Is this the ...
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Whose name is written on the twelfth foundation stone? Is it Judas Iscariot Or Matthias or Paul?

Revelation 21:14 says: And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (NASB) We pretty much know what the names of ...
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Hair Like Women's Hair - Revelation 9:8

Revelation 9:8 (ESV) 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth What is hair like women's hair? Is it in relation to length, something akin to Paul's argument from 1 ...
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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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What type of “dragon” is implied by the seven headed serpent of revelation?

In the context of the scriptures and culture that the vision was revealed, what was implied by "the dragon" which is also implied to be a serpent? At first, one might conclude a simple snake with ...
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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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Questions on the Trumpet and Vial Judgments of the book of Revelation

I have three questions: 1) What is the scriptural basis for the assertion that the 7th Trumpet of the book of Revelation contains the 7 Vial judgments? I am unable to find a satisfactory scriptural ...

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