Tradition has considered this person to be John the Apostle, the son of Zebedee. 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). Remove the chapter divisions, and chapter three goes right into chapter four. Discover what the mysterious figures and images of Revelation mean and see how Revelation is more than an … On the “throne” we have Almighty God, who reigns over the world, and over the whole universe. Up to this point, much has already been revealed to John, and now he is about to be shown much more. Established as a major Catholic book publisher and still owned by the United States Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Ave Maria Press is home to Sorin Books, Forest of Peace, and Christian Classics. 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. This is simply a call to John to come up to the very throne-room of God to behold His glory, and to be given a front row seat of the events of this book. It’s ironic that premillennialists use Rev 4:1 to support the idea that the Church is no longer in view from this point forward, when the imagery of Exodus 19 and 20 so clearly reveals the very opposite. “and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty”. “The children of Israel” today are the people of God in Christ — the New Israel. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Prominent in the book of Revelation is false religion. Here are some that especially stand out: They seem to presume too much! The mention of “graven image,” in particular, reminds one of Rev 13:14 about “making an image to the beast.” Nowhere do we see the idea that the Church has disappeared from planet earth. (Ex 19:2-3) – 2 And when they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the wilderness of Sinai, they encamped in the wilderness; and there Israel encamped before the mount. This pictures our deliverance from sin and the world through Christ. A Testimony of Jesus Christ is a commentary that explains some of the mysteries of Revelation. Here we see that it was Moses (and Aaron) that went up to God, but the people did not go up. The writer of Hebrews reveals that God uses His angels to minister to His redeemed (He 1:14). We see the culmination of that plan in this book. I believe these “twenty-four elders” are high ranking angels, likely the highest ranking angels in God’s heavenly kingdom. The association is so clear that it behooves us to go there and look for the message that it brings forward to this book. This book is highly recommended to those wanting a better understanding of the Book of Revelation without an overly academic commentary. Summary. “Peter Williamson has written a balanced, clear, informative, and insightful commentary on Revelation that is both Catholic and catholic. If we get God’s character right, we’ll get His sovereignty right. The author of the book of Revelation calls himself John (Rev. 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.”. . But that is nothing more than pure assumption. Though these four living creatures are angels, I believe the description of them is intended to represent characteristics of Christ. 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 Punishment of Babylon and the Destruction of Pagan Nations (17:1–20:15) * 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. But John, too, makes that clear when he referred to us as “a kingdom, to be priests unto his God and Father” (Rev 1:6; 5:10). Naturally, Catholic scholars have liked this view because the Catholic church and the pope could not be foretold in such a view. They also “cast their crowns before the throne.” A crown represents authority, and here we see the twenty-four elders casting their crowns of authority (Rev 4:4) before the One who has all authority. Peter obviously understood the Church to be the new Israel in Christ, that Israel has its continuation as a spiritual nation. (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. Ron why would God do no harm to oil and wine I know you said it creates a paradox but only the wealthy would benefit from that order wouldn’t that mean that yet again the poor will suffer more from the brunt of this punishment on humanity I thought it would be an equal … 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). The “things” spoken of here are all the things that follow throughout the rest of this book. 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. Revelation 1, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest and biblical scholar Rev. He is King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Ti 6:15; Rev 19:16). The Book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse of John, Revelation to John or Revelation from Jesus Christ) is the final book of the New Testament, and consequently is also the final book of the Christian Bible. (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. Such thorough exegetical work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded … There is no higher throne or authority, for He is the Creator and Ruler of all things. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine: (Rev 1:1-4). It has been put together by Paul's brother-in-law, Steve Bowler, of Hudson, Mass. As a casual Catholic by upbringing, I was astonished at the depth and breadth of the argument. This tradition, however, is … Introduction. Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. Likewise, John – as the Church’s representative – was in the presence of God, while the Church is down (on earth) and away from Heaven. It’s rare, but there are times when the sea is perfectly still, not a single ripple anywhere. The Book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse of John, Revelation to John or Revelation from Jesus Christ) is the final book of the New Testament, and consequently is also the final book of the Christian Bible.Its title is derived from the first word of the Koine Greek text: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation. 1:9). Thus the time of, As I said in my introduction to chapters 4 thru 20, while I don’t believe we need an understanding of the OT to have an accurate understanding of Revelation, it, It’s ironic that premillennialists use Rev 4:1 to support the idea that the Church is no longer in view from this point forward, when the imagery of Exodus 19 and 20 so clearly reveals the very, When I was in the Navy, I saw what a sea of glass looks like. Indeed, God will not only destroy this present earth, but also the heavens, and will create a New Heaven and a New Earth (Rev 21:1; 1 Pe 3:13). The hunger as well as the thirst of the spirit is to be satisfied (Matthew 5:6). Contrary to determinists, God is not limited by man’s free will. He is as much in our future as He is in our past and present. People think they’re getting away with what they do, but one day they will find out that they didn’t get away with anything. 2-3 Seven Churches and Seven Ages of Salvation (Catholic Apocalypse Part 2 – TM077) Revelation Chs. The “house of Jacob” (Israel), the “children of Israel,” have their fulfillment in Christ and the Church, as the Apostle Peter makes clear in 1 Peter 2:4-10. He completely identifies with mankind; He’s able to relate to us on our level. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more — all for only $19.99... From the First Chapter 1. The Israel of the OT is a type of the Israel of the NT, which is the Church, the Kingdom of Christ. We are all accountable to Him. What a privilege! 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. Not only do these four living creatures symbolize the glory of God, but they give glory to God in worship, continuously saying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty.” Over and over and over they attribute holiness to God. To be more specific, the combination of the two groups of twelve is symbolic of the whole Church (assembly, congregation) in Christ. This scene here is similar to what we see in Revelation in several places (Rev 6:12; 8:5-8; 11:13,19; 16:18). Yes, that’s right, Revelation, the book of monsters and wonders is a biblical commentary on the Mass. They’re fearless and ferocious. This commentary on Revelation will prove, contrary to what most people think, that the Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is not difficult to understand if we will take a simple, face-value, common-sense approach to interpreting it. 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. I believe the reason for that is that these four represent or symbolize the, Though these four living creatures are angels, I believe the description of them is intended to represent, Not only do these four living creatures symbolize the glory of God, but they, While God has not revealed how He carries out His plan for the world, He, We see here the twenty-four elders joining the four living creatures in the worship of God. I simply mean that for those who walk in harmony with Christ, there is always the possibility of God working in our lives in unusual ways. This is significant because in this book we see the end of all things, how God will destroy this present earth and everything in it (Rev 6:12-17; 21:1-5; 2 Pe 3:10-13) — but not via a worldwide flood. Whatever persecution and suffering that is inflicted upon God’s people by unbelievers, they will give an account of it. In describing the Church, he uses terms normally used to describe Israel: “Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:”. Commentary by Scott Hahn and Mark Shea - presented by Fr. (Ex 19:15) – 15 And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not near a woman. Thus there is no good reason to separate the Church from the events of the rest of what follows. With those eyes they’re able to see and swoop down upon their prey. Though mighty and all-powerful, He is gentle (Matt 11:29), like a Shepherd among His sheep (Jn 10; 1 Pe 5:4; Rev 7:17). These read the book only as history. 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.'. This casting of the crowns may be merely symbolic, but either way, the message for us is clear: we’re to give the honor and glory to God that is due Him — CONTINUOUSLY throughout our lives…..for He is worthy of our worship. But from tradition we know that the Seer of the Apocalypse was John the Apostle the son of Zebedee, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus. As Peter revealed, all believers – Jew and Gentile – are “God’s own possession,” and we are to “obey God’s voice,” and “keep His covenant.” The Church of Christ must be present on earth in order to fulfill what we’ve been called to do: (Rev 1:6) – 6 and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. In particular, the idea of a “rapture” that occurs before the Judgement is a relatively new idea and new interpretation of the book. 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. The Book of Revelation G. K. Beale. … 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. In Christ there is no distinction between OT believers and NT believers. The Four Plagues (Rev 6:1-8/Ez 5) 4. The mention of. This refers to the things that was revealed to John in the first three chapters. 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. We, like the orignial audience, should recognize that the Book of Revelation was written for a … I believe it symbolizes God’s watchful care over His people. 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 file will be sent to your Kindle account. All are accountable to Him. Book of Revelation. Fourteen Recent Commentaries: Resseguie, James L.The Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary.Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. What an honor that was! In light of that fact, I believe we can confidently associate these words with Exodus 19 and 20. … Jesus said, “In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). We’re to live with eternity in view, and this vision of Heaven and of God’s glory, helps us to keep our focus where it needs to be as we go through the difficulties of this life. Its meaning is positive, not fearful or terrifying to those who serve God. This book, from chapters six thru twenty, reveals the difficult times that Christians experience throughout the Church age (gospel era, Christian era). The parallel between Rev 4 and here in Exodus continues with the mention of the sounding of the “trumpet” (Rev 4:1). In order to get God’s sovereignty right, we must get God’s character right. 2-3 Seven Churches and Seven Ages of Salvation (Catholic Apocalypse Part 2 – TM077) Revelation Chs. Polyvalent symbolism, in which symbols have more than one meaning, also is part of Revelation’s imagery. (Ex 19:8-11) – 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that Jehovah hath spoken we will do. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out… Just as we see the elders of Exodus gathered together, so we see the elders gathered together in Rev 4. There is nothing more grand than what takes place in Glory. All around the throne of God are no doubt, A distinction is made between these four angelic beings and the rest of the angelic host. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. "John to the seven churches which are in Asia" (Apocalypse 1:4). NET – 1 After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven! Revelation 12, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest … With the whole context of these texts and the comparisons between them, “stood afar off” (from the presence of God) suggests that the Church is still present on earth. ... Scripture, Revelation Catholicism. “in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, four living creatures full of eyes before and behind”. What we see throughout Revelation is a time of testing for God’s people. (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. Keys to understanding the book of Revelation. Dr. James Dobbins did a 12 week class on the Book of Revelation which is also available online **here ** (you’ll have to scroll down to the … It may takes up to 1-5 minutes before you received it. 10 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day Jehovah will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And Moses told the words of the people unto Jehovah. This is what Heaven is like, in contrast to what we have in this world. 17:9) and seven kings (17:10). “and the first voice that I heard, a voice as of a trumpet speaking with me”. Book of Revelation. Just as God revealed Himself to Israel, so does God reveal Himself to the world through His Son. 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. (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. Someday all the hardships of this life will be behind us, and all those who oppose us as followers of Christ, will answer to Him — not as Savior, but as Judge. Scripture, Revelation. Thankfully, we have the one true Church of Jesus Christ to interpret its dramatic signs and symbols. (Rev 4:4) – 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty thrones: and upon the thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting, arrayed in white garments; and on their heads crowns of gold. b 4 Its tail … This revelation of God and of Heaven continues in chapter 5. 2 Revelation and Ezekiel Parallels3 1. The book of Revelation, quipped Ambrose Bierce, is "a famous book in which St. John the Divine concealed all that he knew. 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. You can write a book review and share your experiences. Together they form true Israel in Christ of the New Covenant. These read the book only as history. 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. (Rev 4:5) – 5 And out of the throne proceed lightnings and voices and thunders. Such a notion has God working against Himself. In light of that fact, I believe we can confidently associate these words with Exodus 19 and 20. Someday all the hardships of this life will be behind us, and all those who oppose us as followers of Christ, will answer to Him — not as Savior, but as Judge. 25 So Moses went down unto the people, and told them. They apparently see all that goes on in our world, and no doubt have understanding of much regarding the plan of God as it relates to our world. The file will be sent to your email address. Egypt is a type of the world that Christians are saved out of, to live lives that are contrary to it. The similarities between Rev 4 and this chapter in Exodus continues. Symbolic language, however, is one of the chief characteristics of apocalyptic literature, of which this book is an outstanding example. 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