New Testament Bible Dictionary Project

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BOOK: Revelation This is the final book of The Bible known as Revelations and John the apostle (Author) writes descriptive symbolic language by explaining what he heard and saw (Hindson & Towns, 2013). Written in AD 95 this book covers 3 literary genres: epistolary (letters), apocalyptic and prophetic. John mostly used apocalyptic writings encompassing the wide use of symbolism, visions and extreme events. Mostly referred to as “The Apocalypse”, meaning, “the unveiling” is identified by the prediction of the future and debatable visionary interpretations. The main purpose reveals the events leading up to the Second coming of Christ. Revelations can be divided into two parts, the letters to the seven churches (describing the judgment of non believers), and the message for the church (encouragement, and preparation when Jesus returns). The key theme is the number 7, used to interpret the number of churches, horns, eyes, angels, plagues, and more. Another key number is 12, depicting the twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles, twelve gates, and the twelve foundations of the New Jerusalem (Hindson & Towns, 2013). The most vastly known number is “666” the mark of the beast (Antichrist). Revelation 13:18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. Some other major events are: Christ conquers Satan (Revelation 6:1-2), Hail and fire mixed with blood (Revelation 8:7), Everything
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