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The revelation OF Jesus Christ. Not revelation FROM Jesus Christ.

John states in verse 4 that this is from " Him who is, who was, and who is to come." this statement coincides with v. 19 " write the things... have seen, things that are and the things that will be." Signified by his angel. Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary p. 1541 "to make known by signs or words" First definition of sign: "any symbol ...that represents an idea" That which, being external, represents or signifies something internal or spiritual. The synonym for sign is: symbol.

We will begin with FIGURES OF LIKENESS which include: similes (when something is like, or as something else, it is a simile rather than a metaphor) metaphors (where one thing is said to actually be something else) as in, "all life is grass" I Pet. 1:24. Therefore, the subject of this paper IS a metaphor and CANNOT be literal: John says, "...the lake of fire, This IS the second death" (Rev. 20:14), and "...the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which IS the second death" (Rev. 21:8) implications parables (there are many, the shortest one being, "Physician, heal Thyself" Luke 4:23) allegories (as in the two women standing for two covenants, Gal. 4:22-28) visions (as in a sheet let down from heaven, Acts 10:11-16) signs (as in the sign of Jonah the prophet, Matt. 12:39) types (as in Adam corresponding with Christ, Rom. 5:12-21) shadows (as in the law being a shadow of good things to come, Heb. 10:1) examples (as in the tabernacle vessels being examples of what is in

heaven , Heb. 9:23) images (as Christ is the image of God, Col. 1:15) impersonations or personifications (where things are spoken of as persons) condescension's (as where God takes on human attributes) diminutives (as in "little women, heaped with sins" II Tim. 3:6)

There are FIGURES OF ASSOCIATION which include: association or metonymy's appellations (as when a quality or office is used instead of a proper name, as in "Son of Mankind" instead of saying Jesus Christ) compound associations (as "the word of the cross" I Cor. 1:18, which has to do with Christs shameful and agonizing death) near associations (as in a phrase that is partly literal, "Then went out to Him Jerusalem [that is the people of Jerusalem]", Matt. 3:5) retention's (this one is too complicated to explain, but Ill give you an example, "the tablets of the heart" II Cor. 3:3) circumlocutions or periphrasis (what is "circumlocution"? Well, its a descriptive phrase in place of a name in order to emphasize the association. Examples, "the product of the grapevine [though not named is, wine]" Matt. 26:29, "the city of David [though not named is, Bethlehem]" Luke 2:11, enigmas, and symbols (where a known object or something else is used to typify something else, or even an intangible quality such as love, power, beauty, etc.)

Here are many of the words from the book of Revelation used as SYMBOLS: candlestick s horses locusts beasts birds animals dragons heads horns book of life hails tree of live songs water of life winepresse hours s days grapes months wine seasons balances rod of iron wheat sickle barley bow oil

teeth tails eyes mouths wings hair feet hands foreheads odours books gold seals crowns names cities nations kings tongues Nicolaitans Antipas Armageddo n Balaam Balak Abaddon Apollyon Babylon Sodom Egypt Jezebel

blades swords reap harvest grass trees thrones garments robes signs images wonders marks numbers vials trumpets winds rivers lakes seas waters clouds floods mountains islands lightnings voices thunders earthquake s

eyesalve pebbles manna wreaths palm fronds whores harlots fornications keys doors temples synagogue s pillars rich poor blind naked hot cold lukewarm blood deaths fire sulfur brimstone smoke sun moon stars

And even heaven and earth are used as symbols in this great book of symbols. There are also FIGURES OF OMISSION which include: omitted nouns (as in "the wicked [people is understood]," "the blind [people]," "the rich [people]," "the poor [people]," "the twelve [apostles is omitted but understood]) omitted verbs (as in incongruous omissions like, "Milk I give you to drink not solid food" The omission of "to eat" is understood, as one does not "drink solid food" I Cor. 3:2) unfinished sentences (the King James usually finishes sentences that are unfinished in the Greek, such as, "As I swear in My indignation, If they shall be entering into My rest___!" Heb. 3:11)

omission or non-sequence (as in "These which you are beholding___there will be coming days..." Luke 21:6)

verse 10 . "I was IN THE SPIRIT on the Lords day..." Beginning in verse twelve John starts to tell us what he saw and heard, "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me ... his eyes were as a flame of fire, and his feet like unto fine brass ... And he had in his right hand seven stars and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword..." notice the statement "see the voice". this is obviously symbolic because of v. 20 "The mystery [this is not literal--it is a mystery until God tells us that one thing really means or represents another and DIFFERENT THING] of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES." Chapter 4, Was a literal trumpet "talking" with John? Chapter 5, Is Jesus Christ literally a "Lion," an "animal?" Chapter 6, Are these literal "horses?" Do the literal stars of heaven fall on the earth? The smallest known stars are a million times larger than the earth. Chapter 7, Were angels literally holding back four "winds" on four literal "corners" of the earth? I thought the earth is round without corners? Can one literally wash his clothes "white" in red "blood?" Chapter 8, Will an angel cast a literal mountain burning with fire into the sea? Chapter 9, During the fifth trumpet will it literally be impossible for mortal men to die? Will there be literal locusts shaped like "horses?" Locusts that literally have "hair like a woman, teeth like a lion, and breastplates of iron?" LOCUSTS with breastplates of "iron?" Chapter 10, Did John eat a literal book? That was literally sweet in his taste buds, but literally bitter in his stomach? Why would anyone "eat" a literal book? Chapter 11, Are Gods two witnesses that prophesy, literally two olive trees and two candlesticks? But if we study Zechariah 4 we can determine what is meant by "two witnesses."

Chapter 12, Will there literally be a pregnant woman "clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars?" Was this same woman able to literally "fly into the wilderness with wings of an eagle?" Chapter 13, Will there be a literal lamb that will speak like a dragon? Just how do dragons "speak" anyhow? Will people be literally tattooed with marks (bar codes, swastikas, Social Security numbers, implanted with computer chips or one of a hundred unscriptural marks being suggested by fundamentalist prophets) in their hands and on their foreheads so that men cannot buy or sell ice cream or automobiles without these marks? Self-appointed prophets of doom havent a clue as to what this mark of the beast really is or the number of his name. I have already been barred from buying and selling recently because I refuse to brandish this "mark of the beast"! Chapter 14, Does Babylon cause all nations to literally drink of the wine of the literal wrath of her fornication? I thought wine came from grapes not wrath (of course there is that famous novel, The Grapes of Wrath). Chapter 15, Are the seven last global plagues and catastrophes really contained in seven literal tiny gold vials or bottles? Chapter 16, Is Jesus Christ going to return to this earth as a literal "thief"? Will every island and mountain on earth literally disappear? Chapter 17, Will there really be a woman who will ride a literal scarlet coloured beast, having seven heads and ten horns. Can whole nations literally fornicate with a harlot? But here once more in this chapter God does reveal to us who this beast is and what the symbolic horns represent which again proves that ALL OF THESE THINGS are not literal but symbolic and represent things other than what is being described. Chapter 18, Will the entire social, political, and economic system of the world literally collapse in just one hour because one literal city (Babylon) is destroyed? Chapter 19, Will a literal prostitute "corrupt" the entire earth? Will a literal "lamb" marry a literal "wife?" Will the King of the universe really wear clothing dripping with literal "blood?" Is Gods wrath a literal "winepress?" Will literal armies of heaven follow Christ to earth riding on literal "flying horses?" No, NONE of these things are literal! Chapter 20, so are the beast and false prophet now a literal person or thing that will take place?

Chap 13, standing on the sands of the sea, beast rising up out of the sea, the WORLD FOLLOWED THE BEAST..... who is able to make war with him? v. 10 who leads into captivity, who kills by the sword..... HERE IS THE PATIANCE and the FAITH of the saints. CHapter 13 says no one can make war with this beast, but chapter 14 says if we don't over come the beast then we will be poured out the wrath of God on us. the beast is the beast was and the beast is to come...."But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and WORSE, deceiving and being deceived" (II Tim. 3:13). You will never understand the book of Revelation as long as you try to make it either "Preterism"of the past or "Futurism" of still-to-be-fulfilled events for the first time. The events of Revelation are neither, Preterism or Futurism, but rather things that "are, were, and will be." "Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and DOES THEM, I will liken him to a wise man, which build his house upon a [Gk: THE] Rock [Jesus is THE Rock]. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house [yes, it is through MUCH tribulation that we enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, Acts 14:22]; and it fell not: for it was founded upon The Rock. "And every one that hears these sayings of mine and does them NOT, shall be likened unto a foolish man [yes, there are foolish saints], which built his house upon THE SAND; And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and IT FELL: and GREAT was the fall of it" (Matt. 7:24-27). Mystery BABYLON THE GREAT, The Mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth" (Rev. 17:5). "And there followed another angel, saying Babylon IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN, that great city [For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children Gal. 4:25], because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Rev. 14:8). This then, is the condition of ALL the saints at some time in their life, as they along with John, "stood upon THE SAND OF THE SEA, and saw a wild beast rise up out of the sea" Now then, what are the options for all those who build their spiritual house upon the sand?

They can continue to build upon the sand until they die in their sins. They can build upon the sand until it falls, but forego any further spiritual house building and die in their sins. They can repent when their spiritual house falls, turn back to God, and begin building again on the only sure foundation, The RockJesus Christ, and be "SAVED; yet so as by fire" NOW, IN THIS LIFETIME, and "Inherit the Kingdom of God" with all of its colossal blessings and rewards in the "FIRST resurrection." We are standing DEFENSELESS on the sand of the sea! "Remember therefore from whence you are FALLEN, and REPENT" (Rev. 2:5). Repent of WHAT? Repent of "leaving your FIRST LOVE." "make war with the saints, and to OVERCOME them?" This wild beast from the sea is the only thing in all Revelation that "makes war with the saints" AND "OVERCOME them." Seven times in Rev. 2 & 3 were are told to OVERCOME seven categories of sins. Yet here we read that it is the saints themselves that are overcome.

"Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the NUMBER OF THE BEAST: for it is the NUMBER OF A MAN; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [666]" (Rev. 13:18). The Greek word used when only man is meant (always excluding woman), is aner. But the Greek word translated "man" in Rev. 13:18 is not aner, but rather the word anthropos, which means "a human being, male or female." Strongs Concordant. Furthermore, it is not the number of "a" anything. It is just the number of human or of mankind!