The Book ' Of Revelation, The Final Book Of The Bible

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The book of Revelation, the final book of the bible, is one of the most interesting and symbolic readings for many. With an unknown author, apocalyptic foreshadowing, and obscure meanings, it has been interpreted a number of different ways. Starting with the history, the symbolism, and ways to interpret it, the aim of this paper is to give the reader a better understanding of the book. We know for a fact that the book was written by John to the seven churches of Asia Minor "I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and kingdom and patience that are in Jesus, was on the island which is called Patmos, because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus." Revelations 1:9-10 There is speculation that John was imprisoned on Patmos for the crime of not worshiping the Roman emperor. It is a popular tradition for many to believe John the apostle to be the author of revelation, however the writer of revelation never claimed to be an apostle. The literary form in this book is called "apocalyptic" writing. This means that the book is not straight forward in delivering its message. The actual message is concealed in symbols, numbers, and images. It is also considered a prophecy by Catholics. This is stated in Revelation 1:3. "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein; for the time is at hand." The purpose of the letter was to contact the seven churches of Asia Minor, present day Turkey. It is
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