The

Revelation

of St. John the Divine

King James Version

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22 CHAPTERS

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Saint John writing with a symbolic eagle, one of the creatures envisioned in the Revelation to John (4:7) and also envisioned earlier by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 1:10. By Vladimir Borovikovsky (1804-1809) Image Source

Revelation Summary

The Book of Revelation is the final book of the Christian Bible and is a symbolically and metaphorically rich foretelling of the future of the Church.

The book begins, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" which refers to Saint John, on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, addressing a letter to the "seven churches which are in Asia". He goes on describing a series of prophetic and somewhat surrealistic visions, including four six-winged beasts and "a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth" as well as 24 elders ending in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Many view the imagery as representing the spiritual path and the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Others interpret the book as signifying political struggle between the Roman empire and Christians.

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Jesus Christ is depicted in the center of this Sistine Chapel ceiling painting to judge humankind. To the left of Jesus is Mary and they are surrounded by Saints awaiting final judgement including St Bartholomew to the lower-right of Jesus who holds his own skin and is thought to be a self-portrait of the artist Michelangelo who painted this along with assistants from 1536 and 1541. The final judgement and reward are covered in Revelation 21 and 22. This doctrine is also covered in the gospels of Matthew 7:13-23, Matthew 25:31-46 and Luke 13:23–28. For more information see the Last Judgement wikipedia article and for artwork details see The Last Judgement on the Vatican website. Image Source


Revelation External Links

Wikipedia Article on the Book of Revelation


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