The Book of Revelation: What does it really say?
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When I attended Pentecostal sermons and read books by authors who interpreted the books of Daniels and Revelation of the Christian Bible, before and still after the breakup of the USSR, it was mostly the same rhetoric. I would question the people who held steadfast to these predictions and how they know this to be truth and they would answer,

“For the Bible tells us so”

Let us take a closer look from Revelation were a lot of this rhetoric comes from. First off let’s look at what the rhetoric is, it goes something like this;

The USSR (Russia) builds up a 200 million man army, with China’s help of course, how could Russia come up with 200 million, the whole population of Russia is quite a bit under 200 million, than they would occupy the Holy City of Jerusalem, pounding it for 42 months. God’s army headed by Jesus would utterly defeat the Russian (Soviet) army.

They know the Bible is speaking of Russia because it mentions a bear. Let’s not forget about the kings of the East after the Euphrates is dried up.

Than for the final show down with that nasty evil army of Russia (USSR) Gog and Magog will once again terrorize the earth being lead by Satan himself to do battle with the army of God after the 1000 years conclude and once again be consumed and defeated by Jesus in fire from the sky.

Let us now take a very careful look at the passages in Revelation were a lot of this thinking comes from, chapter by chapter. This pertains to Revelation only, after I have read Daniels thoroughly, we will go over that.

Chapter 9: 20 thousands of thousands

Chapter 11: Pounding of Jerusalem

Chapter 13: The Bear

Chapter 16: Euphrates River dries up

Chapter 19: Waging war

Chapter 20: Gog and Magog

What does Wikipedia mention about Revelation

The Book of Revelation is the final book of the New Testament. The title came into usage from the first word of the book in Koine Greek: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation" (the author himself not having provided a title). It is also known as the Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine or the Apocalypse of John, (both in reference to its author) or the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ (in reference to its opening line) or simply Revelation, (often dubbed "Revelations" in contrast to the singular in the original Koine) or the Apocalypse. The word "apocalypse" is also used for other works of a similar nature in the literary genre of apocalyptic literature. Such literature is "marked by distinctive literary features, particularly prediction of future events and accounts of visionary experiences or journeys to heaven, often involving vivid symbolism. The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon, though there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Epistles.

The author of Revelation identifies himself several times as "John." The author also states that he was on Patmos when he received his first vision. As a result, the author of Revelation is sometimes referred to as John of Patmos.

Development of the New Testament canon

Justin Martyr (c. 100–165 AD) who was acquainted with Polycarp, who had been mentored by John, makes a possible allusion to this book, and credits John as the source. Irenaeus (c. 115–202) assumes it as a conceded point. At the end of the 2nd century, it is accepted at Antioch by Theophilus (died c. 183), and in Africa by Tertullian (c. 160–220). At the beginning of the 3rd century, it is adopted by Clement of Alexandria and by Origen of Alexandria, later by Methodius, Cyprian, Lactantius,[citation needed] Dionysius of Alexandria, and in the 5th century by Quodvultdeus. Eusebius (c. 263–339) was inclined to class the Apocalypse with the accepted books but also listed it in the Antilegomena, with his own reservation for identification of John of Patmos with John the Apostle, pointing out there were large differences in Greek skill and styles between the Gospel of John, which he attributed to John the Apostle, and the Revelation. Jerome (347–420) relegated it to second class. Most canons included it, but some in the Eastern Church rejected it. It is not included in the Peshitta (an early New Testament in Aramaic).

The traditional theory holds that John the Apostle—considered to have written the Gospel and the epistles of John—was exiled on Patmos in the Aegean archipelago during the reign of Domitian, and there wrote Revelation. Those in favor of apostolic authorship point to the testimony of the early church fathers (see "Early Theories" above) and similarities between the Gospel of John and Revelation. For example, both works are soteriological and possess a high Christology, stressing Jesus' divine nature as opposed to the human nature stressed by the Synoptic Gospels. In the Gospel of John and in Revelation, Jesus is referred to as "the Word of God" (? ????? t?? Te??), although the context in Revelation is very different from John. The Word in Rev 19:13 is involved in judgment but in John 1:1 the image is used to speak of a role in creation and redemption.

Charles Erdman (1866–1960) advocated apostolic authorship and wrote that only the Apostle John fits the image of the author derived from the text.

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