* 3 Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, * with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. (Ex 20:19-20) – 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die. As Moses was instructed to “charge the people,” so was John instructed to charge the Church as seen in Christ’s address to the seven churches. It has been put together by Paul's brother-in-law, Steve Bowler, of Hudson, Mass. “Peter Williamson has written a balanced, clear, informative, and insightful commentary on Revelation that is both Catholic and catholic. EWTN is a global, Catholic Television, Catholic Radio, and Catholic News Network that provides catholic programming and news coverage from around the world. 1 David Chilton argues that the Book of Revelation was intended to be read at Christian worship in tandem with the prophecy of Ezekiel. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more — all for only $19.99... From the First Chapter 1. He has no beginning and no ending. The only other clue to the author’s identity is that he states he received his visions while on the island of Patmos (Rev. In the book of Revelation, especially as we seen in Rev 4 and 5, we “meet God” through the revelation that is being shown to us through John, just as God revealed Himself to the people through Moses. They make the point over and over and over that God is altogether pure and clean and righteous and blameless and spotless, without sin, without darkness, perfect in every way…..and a God of justice. I believe what we’re seeing here is a description of the glory of God. This interpretive method robs Revelation of any meaning for those to whom it was written. We, like the orignial audience, should recognize that the Book of Revelation was written for a … This revelation of God and of Heaven continues in chapter 5. The “things” spoken of here are all the things that follow throughout the rest of this book. 1 Apparition of Fiery Christ (Catholic Apocalypse Part 1 – TM076) Revelation Chs. As with everything else we’ve seen up to this point, it strongly suggests that the Church is in view in the book of Revelation. The Woman and the Dragon. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him, and showed unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass, and signified it. 1:1; 1:4). This book is highly recommended to those wanting a better understanding of the Book of Revelation without an overly academic commentary. It may take up to 1-5 minutes before you receive it. (Ex 19:7) – 7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which Jehovah commanded him. Their time of “victory” is in. Converted file can differ from the original. It’s an act of honor that recognizes that we are all accountable and subservient to Him. To be more specific, the combination of the, This one sentence provides strong internal evidence (evidence in this book), and one of the strongest arguments that the Church is in view in the book of Revelation. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and told them. I will provide discussion as we go along: (Ex 19:1) – 1 In the third month after the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. The believers of Christ’s day transitioned from being OT believers to NT believers upon His resurrection. We may not be able to understand every word or phrase or sentence in this book, but we can rest assured that not one word is wasted, that it all has meaning. Not that every faithful Christian will be blessed in extraordinary ways or to the same extent as some. The historicist approach": Views Revelation as a panoramic view of church history from apostolic times to the present, seeing in the symbolism such events as the barbarian invasions of Rome, the rise of the Roman Catholic Church (as well as various individual popes), the emergence of Islam, and the French Revolution. The Book (Rev 5/Ez 2-3) 3. Just as God revealed Himself to Israel, so does God reveal Himself to the world through His Son. With scholarly precision, Dr. Hahn examines the various ways that Protestants and Catholics understand the Book of Revelation, revealing how the prophecies of the Book of Revelation were first realized in the first-century transition from the Old Covenant to the New. Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come is an intriguing eleven-session study program that shows how the kingdom established by Christ in his Church is intimately connected with the kingdom of heaven. They’re fearless and ferocious. These two chapters of Ezekiel are parallel passages to this one in Revelation. The revealing is done by the commentators, who know nothing." The idea that the Church will not go through the “great tribulation” is inconsistent. This one sentence provides strong internal evidence (evidence in this book), and one of the strongest arguments that the Church is in view in the book of Revelation. Bishop Barron will be commenting on subjects from modern day culture. And Moses told the words of the people unto Jehovah. In other words, the details of the previous revelation were all grouped together, and now he is about to be introduced to a whole new series — although still connected to the other. Thus the time of “testing” continues throughout the whole Christian era. The book of Revelation, quipped Ambrose Bierce, is "a famous book in which St. John the Divine concealed all that he knew. Another part of a video series from Wordonfire.org. Considering all the persecution and tribulation that this book reveals, this calming scene in Heaven is very comforting, knowing what we have to look forward to as we cling to our faith in Christ. I believe the mention of the “rainbow” also points to the promise that God made not to ever again destroy the earth with a great flood (Gen 9:11-17). Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. This continues the scene in Heaven from chapter 4. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before you, that ye sin not. 2 Revelation and Ezekiel Parallels3 1. I’ll let you be the judge of that. But notice what Jesus says: “I have overcome the world.” I believe this picture is given to us (Rev 4:6) to remind us that no matter how bad things get for us in this world, no matter how bad the persecution and suffering, Jesus has already overcome the world, and it’s just a matter of time that we are forever in His presence. Though these four living creatures are angels, I believe the description of them is intended to represent characteristics of Christ. Angels are the servants of God, who go about the world doing the will of God, especially among those who belong to Christ (He 1:14). (Ex 20:21) – 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was. In this case, a revelation. Furthermore, as a man, He completely fulfilled God’s will and all righteousness, doing for us what we are not able to do for ourselves (Matt 3:15; Ro 10:4; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9). It’s a total calm of the ocean. Revelation is one of the most confusing and misunderstood books of the Bible. Naturally, Catholic scholars have liked this view because the Catholic church and the pope could not be foretold in such a view. Please read those passages and compare. The “third day,” of course is significant in Christianity, because it was on the third day that Jesus rose from the dead (Matt 16:21; 17:23; 20:19). Library. A Commentary on the Book of Revelation Pastor Galen L. Doughty Southside Christian Church August 2015 INTRODUCTION: This commentary is based upon my personal notes, reflections and study of the Book of Revelation. A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them. One book that really struck Steve was The Book of Destiny, by Rev. Discover what the mysterious figures and images of Revelation mean and see how Revelation is more than an … (Rev 4:7) – 7 And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. The Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Faithful Witness has been granted an imprimatur and can be purchased from our website shop.If you have a question or comment about this Bible study, click on the “ask us your … (Rev 4:9-11) – 9 And when the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to him that sitteth on the throne, to him that liveth for ever and ever, 10 the four and twenty elders shall fall down before him that sitteth on the throne, and shall worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and shall cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created. Cory, Catherine A.The Book of Revelation. “and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne”. 1. And the first voice I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said: “Come up here so that I can show you what must happen after these things.”. While God has not revealed how He carries out His plan for the world, He has revealed that He is completely separate from all sin and evil and darkness, and requires the same of us. Faith. One Bible study guide has tallied at least 100 specific connections between the book and the liturgy. Persecution and suffering are themes of the seven churches that Jesus addressed in chapters two and three, and this vision of Heaven serves to comfort and encourage Christians in the midst of it. (Ex 20:1-2) – 1 And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am Jehovah thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Mitchell C. Pacwa, SJ, senior fellow, St. Paul … We are in the “great tribulation” now. (Rev 4:8) – 8 And the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. From this point forward, the focus will be on events associated with it. “him that sat on the throne” (God the Father) This seven-seal book is a book of revelation. All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. I don’t believe it’s possible to accurately describe the glory of God, so I believe what we’re seeing here is merely representative of something far grander and glorious than what we’re able to comprehend. The Throne-vision (Rev 4/Ez 1) 2. 11 'Write down in a book all that you see, and send it to the seven churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.'. There is no higher throne or authority, for He is the Creator and Ruler of all things. The mention of the “washed garments” is significant, as it refers to the salvation of God’s people (white garments), and mentioned in several places in Revelation (Rev 3:4-5; 3:18; 6:11; 7:9,13,14), including in our text of Rev 4:4. In other words, it was the Holy Spirit who opened his eyes to this heavenly vision. 2-3 Seven Churches and Seven Ages of Salvation (Catholic Apocalypse Part 2 – TM077) Revelation Chs. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Paul, too, was given a glimpse of Heaven (2 Cor 12:1-4). Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Revelation (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture). BOOK of REVELATION – A BRIEF BIBLIOGRAPHY . The message here is that such a holy and righteous God cannot be the originator of the sin and evil in the world. We may not be able to understand every word or phrase or sentence in this book, but we can rest assured that not one word is wasted, that it all has meaning. The Book of Revelation G. K. Beale. Again, just as Moses “went up,” so did John “go up” (Rev 4;1). I highly commend this commentary.” – Fr. That His address to the Church continues past chapter three should be clear by now. welcome to our study of the book of Revelation We invite groups and individuals doing this 23-lesson Turning to God’s Word Catholic Bible study to take advantage of our online study pages. Jesus said, “In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; “And out of the throne proceed lightnings and voices and thunders.”. (Ex 19:21) – 21 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto Jehovah to gaze, and many of them perish. And Moses reported the words of the people unto Jehovah. That of course makes sense, because this is a scene in Heaven we’re talking about. Given that this reveals such a, As Peter revealed, all believers – Jew and Gentile – are, The parallel between Rev 4 and here in Exodus continues with the mention of the sounding of the, The allusion to Rev 4 continues with the mention of the, In the book of Revelation, especially as we seen in Rev 4 and 5, we, Again, both Peter and John refers to believers as, Here we see that it was Moses (and Aaron) that went up to God, but the people did, Prominent in the book of Revelation is false religion. 12 I turned round to see who was speaking to me, and when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands. This refers to the things that was revealed to John in the first three chapters. (Rev 4:3) – 3 and he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone and a sardius: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, like an emerald to look upon. These things are directly connected to the seven churches. The superstitious marks of the cross had their beginning from the beast's name, since the number of the beast's name in the Revelation of St. John is by these Greek letters, Greek: chxs. They also, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Commentary on Revelation — [Intro to Chapters 4-20]. The, I believe the meaning of this is that John was not in Heaven, This also serves as an encouragement to us as Christians, for no matter what trials and tribulations we may go through in this life, no matter what horrible things people may do to us, God is still on the throne. The idea that the Church will not go through the “great tribulation” is inconsistent. In other words, that it covers the entire Church age, that this book is not simply about the final years before the return of Christ. 17:9) and seven kings (17:10). (Ex 19:8-11) – 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that Jehovah hath spoken we will do. (Ex 19:17) – 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. For Christians living mediocre Christian lives, the opportunity to see God dealing with them in such a manner is not normally available to them — for we experience God on the level in which we seek Him. In this study, presenter Jeff Cavins pulls back the veil on the rich symbolism present in Revelation. Israel continues as a spiritual nation in Him as the Church. Chapters four and five are a vision of Heaven and the very throne of God. This is what Heaven is like, in contrast to what we have in this world. . (Rev 4:2) – 2 Straightway I was in the Spirit: and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting upon the throne; I believe the meaning of this is that John was not in Heaven physically, but was there by way of a vision. David E. Aune — Revelation 1-5; Revelation 6-16, and Revelation 17-22 (Word Biblical Commentary, 1997, 1998, 1998). We see here the twenty-four elders joining the four living creatures in the worship of God. (Ex 20:22) – 22 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye yourselves have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. It looks like a sheet of glass. … It’s difficult to say why these particular stones were chosen, but in combination with the rainbow, God’s glory is clearly depicted. Stephen, just before he died, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at His right hand ready to receive him into Heaven (Acts 7:55). The philosophy of history, or symbolic, view holds that the symbols in Revelation describe forces which are constantly at work in the world. —Fr. Revelation 12, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest … The Church is the “kingdom of priests” and the “holy nation” of the New Testament in Christ. Part of the Liguori Catholic Bible Study , a series of 21 books introducing each book of the Bible, providing insight into the sacred words of antiquity and inviting you to discover the living Word and its impact on our daily lives. The similarities between Rev 4 and this chapter in Exodus continues. They have a kingly and majestic way about them. For it sets the stage for the rest of the book by identifying the time period as the Church age, the gospel era. This also serves as an encouragement to us as Christians, for no matter what trials and tribulations we may go through in this life, no matter what horrible things people may do to us, God is still on the throne. Remove the chapter divisions, and chapter three goes right into chapter four. In particular, the idea of a “rapture” that occurs before the Judgement is a relatively new idea and new interpretation of the book. Agape Bible Study, in depth Catholic Scripture Study of both the Old and New Testaments, … These read the book only as history. The entire theology of the book of Revelation consists in an inspired poem about the Son of God. It’s not possible that such a holy God as He to put it into the hearts and minds of people to do these things. He completely identifies with mankind; He’s able to relate to us on our level. "John to the seven churches which are in Asia" (Apocalypse 1:4). “thunderings, and the lightnings, and the voice of the trumpet”. 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