Warnings and Assurances for the Future

Revelation
also known as The Apocalypse

Begins with messages and warnings to churches in various areas. The remainder is a series of symbolic visions of the future: Those who have been killed for their faithfulness to God call out, urging God to do justice.
God releases the four horsemen to kill a quarter of people with
war
famine
deadly diseases
animals
A terrible earthquake: the sky turns black and the moon appears blood red
God puts his mark on 12,000 from each tribe of Israel. These are special servants of his, male virgins who have never told a lie and are faultless
A vast, innumerable crowd from every race, people, language and nation who have been faithful to God despite terrible ill-treatment and have been purified by Jesus's1 death. Now God will look after them and they will never know sorrow again
1Throughout Revelation he is referred to as The Lamb, a reference to his final sacrifice during Passover, for all time.

The seven trumpets
Seven angels blow their trumpets:
1.Hail, fire and blood fall on the earth, burning up a third of the earth and the trees and every blade of grass
2.Something that looks like a burning mountain is thrown into the sea killing a third of marine life and destroying a third of the ships
3.A large star falls burning to earth and poisons a third of the drinking water
4.A third of the light of the sun, moon and stars are lost
5.The abyss is opened: its smoke darkens the air and sunlight. Poisonous insects give people stings that last for five months
6.An army of 200,000,000 kill a third of humanity: their ‘horses' breathe fire, smoke and sulphur, their tails look like snakes with heads and are lethal
Despite this, people do not stop worshipping demons and idols, stealing, murder, witchcraft or sexual immorality.

The heathen trample Jerusalem underfoot for 3½ years during which two messengers tell God's message.

7.The seventh trumpet: this proclaims that the world is now to be ruled by God and the Messiah. He will now do justice.

The war in heaven
Michael1 and the angels who follow him fight Satan and his angels and throw them out.

1Michael: one of God's top attendants (an archangel) and also the guardian of Israel.

The beast
This is a person or thing which gets its power from Satan and demands that everyone in the world worship it on pain of death. A second ‘beast', the false prophet, makes everyone in the world have a mark in their right hand or forehead without which they can't buy or sell. It contains 666, a number connected with the beast's name.

The three angels
Three of God's messengers fly across the sky, proclaiming:
1.Worship and praise God. The time has come for him to do justice
2.Babylon the great is fallen, which contaminated all nations
3.All who accept the mark of the beast and worship him will be tormented with fire and sulphur
The seven last plagues
John sees those who have endured the beast and remained true in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Then seven angels pour out their phials of God's final anger:
1.Painful sores break out on those who worship the beast and have his mark
2.The sea becomes like blood and every living thing in it dies
3.The rivers and springs turn to blood
4.People are burnt by the sun
5.Darkness and pain fall on everyone in the beast's kingdom
6.The river Euphrates dries up, making way for the army from the east. Evil spirits from the beast gather the armies to Armageddon
7.The biggest earthquake in the history of humanity destroys all the cities, and all the islands and mountains disappear. 50 kg hailstones fall

Babylon the great prostitute
This city appears as a prostitute who defiled the nations of the world with her iniquitous relationships with them. She is the centre of commerce and deals in everything, including human lives (‘souls of men'). She rules nations, has fabulous wealth and drinks from a cup full of her evil deeds. She has killed innumerable people for being faithful to Jesus and is covered with names of insult to God. God tells his people not to be part of her. The beast supports her but then turns and destroys her. She is ruined in an hour.

The wedding feast
God's people are invited to the wedding party of the Lamb. They are the bride, ready and in clean, shining clothes (their good deeds).

The rider on the white horse
The new ruler of the world rides out with his army. His name is "Faithful and True”. He defeats the beast and the false prophet and imprisons the devil for 1,000 years. Those the beast killed for their loyalty to Christ rule with him.

Satan released
Satan is released and draws all the nations together for battle but is defeated and thrown into the lake of fire.

The final judgement
The books are opened before God's throne, then everyone who has ever lived is evaluated and judged according to their deeds. Death is abolished and those whose names are not in the Lamb's Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire: the fearful, unbelievers, perverts, murderers, sexually immoral, practitioners of witchcraft, idol worshippers and liars.

The new heaven and the new earth
The old universe comes to an end and a new one is created containing the new Jerusalem where God and humanity will make their home: there will be no more death, no pain and no sorrow. The city is 2,400 km cubed and made with gold and precious stones. It is lit by God's glory. The water of life flows through it and a tree grows there bearing twelve different fruits and leaves with healing properties.

Summary of the prophecies and final warnings
Jesus says he is coming soon: then the chance to change will be gone.

If anyone adds to the words of this book they will suffer the punishments described in it; if they take away from it, God will deprive them of the rewards.

Quotes from Revelation
1:7Behold, he comes 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.
1:8"I am Alpha and Omega1, the beginning and the ending,” says the Lord. 1first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
3:20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with me.
4:11"you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.”
5:9"You are worthy ... for you ... have redeemed us to God out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
11:15The seventh angel sounded (his trumpet): and there were great voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
13:10He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
13:16-17He causes all ... to receive a mark in their right hands, or in their foreheads, and that no man might buy or sell save he that had the mark ... his number is six hundred threescore and six.
19:6and I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude ... saying, "Hallelujah2, for the Lord our God the omnipotent reigns.”
2Hebrew for "Praise the Lord!”
19:11-16He was called Faithful and true, and in righteousness he does judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns ... his name is called The Word of God ... KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
20:12-15I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God and the books were opened ... and they were judged every man according to their works ... and whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
21:4-5And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne said,

"Behold, I make all things new”


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