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Revelation : Breaking the Symbolic Code

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.” —Revelation 1:1

The Book of Revelation is a prophetic picture of the experiences and purpose of the Christian Age. Its symbols illustrate what the true Church would suffer at the hands of the false church and the glorious outcome of patient endurance through agonizing trials of faith. As with many prophecies, these events would not be fully understood by the Church until their fulfillment.  But now, at the end of the Christian Age, since many of these prophecies have been fulfilled, we should expect to have a clearer insight into what the signs and symbols of Revelation mean.  Indeed, this book itself reveals that the complete prophetic picture written in symbolic code should be shown only to the end time Church.

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5 comments to Revelation : Breaking the Symbolic Code

  • Anonymous

    revelations is a beautiful book thru it god judges his chosen ones and shows his children what will happen and what to fulfill in the world for his plan to finally be accomplished n so much more but we must be at least 17 years of age n baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

  • You say:

    “The Book of Revelation is a prophetic picture of the experiences and purpose of the Christian Age. Its symbols illustrate what the true Church would suffer at the hands of the false church and the glorious outcome of patient endurance through agonizing trials of faith.”

    I say:

    This is not true and it is misleading. The Book of Revelation is not about what the “true church” would suuffer at the hands of the “false church.” Churches have nothing to do with it. This prophetic book is about what Jesus prophetically said it would be at Revelation 1:1 and Matthew 24:7.

    At Rev 1:1,Jesus said the contents of the book would show his servants the things which must SHORTLY take place. Well, the Apostle John – one of those servants – died almost 2000 years ago and the expression “SHORTLY” could hardly apply to him. Jesus meant a “SHORTLY” from the reference point of a future time period where ALL of mankind will have been resurrected into his future kingdom of 1000 years. (John 5:28-29) The existing kingdoms (notice the plural) will have been destroyed.

    Matthew 24:7 mentions “Kingdom against Kingdom.” (Notice that it does not say kingdoms).

    The Book of Revelation is about what will occur after Christs future 1000 year kingdom will have run it’s course and ended. What happens when his 1000 year kingdom ends? Satan is released from the Abyss to mislead that future united world that Christ’ Kingdom will have established on the earth. (Revelation 20:7-8)

    The Book of Revelation is a warning to his servants (all of mankind born since Adam, to include that condemned man at Luke 23:43 who will go through Christs 1000 year paradise to learn to become his servants) what will happen AFTER his kingdom ends.

    After Christ’s future kingdom ends and Satan ascends up out of the Abyss, he brings up with him his Beast and established his own “beneficial” peaceful and secure kingdom over the earth. (Rev 2:13 and Rev 13:2)

    The Book of Revelation is about the contention between two kingdoms: The Kingdom of the Beast and the incoming Kingdom of God. (Kingdom against Kingdom)

    This is what Jesus is warning about.

    The Book of Revelation has nothing to do with the events of today. But no one is listening. The shoe (time period of today) does not fit.

    Breaking and cracking codes are not necessary. It is misleading people away from listening to God and Christ. Jesus said at Revelation 1:3:

    “Happy is he who reads aloud and those who hear the words of THIS prophecy, and who observe the things written in IT; for the appointed time is near.”

    It is a grave mistake to refer to the Prophecies of Daniel or the other Prophets to make since of The Book of Revelation. Again, Jesus said, “Happy is he who reads aloud and those who hear the words of THIS prophecy, and who observe the things written in IT.”

    At Matthew 24:3, if one takes a close look at the question Jesus’ disciples are asking him what will be the sign of his KINGDOM beginning (his return with kingdom power) AND in the same vein, when would his kingdom end. (Many think they are asking him about when this current world will end, that is NOT what they are asking him.) His disciples would not be interested in when “this” world would end, but the one that is to come: Christs future 1000 year kingdom that they would be in.

    The Book of Revelation would show them and many other servants what must SHORTLY take place after Christs “definite” kingdom of 1000 years ends.

    A deceptive operation is in work today and it has a tight hold on the many religious systems and their organizations that are teaching and applying the “The Revelation by Jesus Christ that God gave him” to our time period today.

    This same deceptive operation is misleading the masses NOT to listen to Jesus words at Revelation 1:3 to “hear the words of THIS prophecy, and who observe the things written in it.” Other Prophets and prophecies are being consulted to “crack” a nonexistent code or make sense of the Book of Revelation. It is an act of disobedience.

    The Most High God told us to listen to His Son. (Luke 9:35)

    Daniel and the other Prophets have nothing to do with “The Revelation by Jesus Christ that God gave him.”

    • Jacqueline

      Jerome, thanks for your view. Let’s see what others think about what you have presented.

    • Cazenovi (Bible Student & JW)

      Jerome: “This is not true and it is misleading. The Book of Revelation is not about what the “true church” would suuffer at the hands of the “false church.” Churches have nothing to do with it. This prophetic book is about what Jesus prophetically said it would be at Revelation 1:1 and Matthew 24:7.”

      What is your understanding of The Church that is mentioned throughout the scriptures?
      Let me share with you some articles to see if I could assist you. My own thinking was adjusted some time ago with references such as these (some recent WT considerations on the matter, please note that it is irrelevant to me if you still associate with the witnesses or not, just consider the content):

      Ephesians 1:22-23
      “And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church [ekklesia], which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

      In his discussion of these verses in Word Studies From the Greek New Testament, Kenneth S. Wuest writes, “The Church [ekklesia] is described as that ‘which is His body.’ The word ‘which’ is hetis ‘which is of such a nature as,’ and has a qualitative nature to it.” The nature of ekklesia in this context comes from the association with its head, Jesus Christ.

      Of the word “body,” soma, Expositor’s says:

      The word soma, which passes readily from its literal meaning [the human body] into the figurative sense of a society, a number of men constituting a social or ethical union, . . . is frequently applied in the N.T. epistles to the Church, . . . as the mystical body of Christ, the fellowship of believers regarded as an organic [living] spiritual unity in a living relation to Christ, subject to Him, animated by Him, and having His power operating in it. The relation between Christ and the Church, therefore, is not an external relation. . . . (vol. 11, “Ephesians and Colossians,” p. 56, emphasis mine)

      In other words, it is not bound by human convention. It is not bound by corporate laws that men establish, for Christ is in the ekklesia wherever its members may be.

      Continuing from Wuest’s:

      The relation between Christ and the Church, therefore, is not an external relation, or one simply of Superior and inferior, Sovereign and subject, but one of life and incorporation [within Him]. The Church is not merely an institution ruled by Him as President, a Kingdom in which He is the Supreme Authority, or a vast company of men in moral sympathy with Him, but a Society which is in vital connection with Him, having the source of its life in Him, sustained and directed by His power, the instrument also by which He works. (ibid., pp. 56-57)

      This is the usage of ekklesia in the New Testament. It is a mystical body with no external relations. It is something that is internal; it is something mental; it is something of the spirit. It is not bound by race, by language, by city or state or nationality. It is not restricted to the earth or to time.

      The word mystical means “having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses [an external relation, sensed by the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, touch] nor obvious to the intelligence; involving or having the nature of an individual’s direct subjective communion with God” (Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, 1985, p. 785). The church, the ekklesia, consists of those who have been called out by God, summoned by Him, to receive His Spirit and have direct communion with Him.

      Paul makes a similar statement to Ephesians 1:22-23 in I Corinthians 12:12-13.

      For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks [transcends national boundaries], whether slaves or free [transcends cultural or social status]—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

      The ekklesia is not a humanly defined corporation, but the spiritual body of Christ, having the Spirit of God.

      [The composite anointed congregation is “the Church”]
      w07 4/15 pp. 20-22 pars. 5-10 Let the Congregation Praise Jehovah

      5 The corresponding Greek word is ek·kle·si´a, from two Greek words meaning “out” and “call.” It can be applied to a secular group, such as “the assembly” that Demetrius stirred up against Paul in Ephesus. (Acts 19:32, 39, 41) But the Bible generally uses it for the Christian congregation. Some translations render this word “church,” but The Imperial Bible-Dictionary reports that it “never . . . signifies the actual building in which Christians assembled for public worship.” Interestingly, though, in the Christian Greek Scriptures, we find the word “congregation” applied in at least four different ways.

      The Anointed Congregation of God

      6 Applying David’s words found at Psalm 22:22 to Jesus, the apostle Paul wrote: “‘I will declare your name to my brothers; in the middle of the congregation I will praise you with song.’ Consequently [Jesus] was obliged to become like his ‘brothers’ in all respects, that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.” (Hebrews 2:12, 17) David had praised God in the midst of the congregation of ancient Israel. (Psalm 40:9) However, to what was Paul referring when he said that Jesus praised God “in the middle of the congregation”? Which congregation?

      7 What we read at Hebrews 2:12, 17 is significant. It shows that in an inclusive sense, Christ was a member of a congregation where he declared God’s name to his brothers. Who were those brothers? Those forming part of “Abraham’s seed,” the spirit-anointed brothers of Christ, “partakers of the heavenly calling.” (Hebrews 2:16–3:1; Matthew 25:40) Yes, the primary sense of “congregation” in the Christian Greek Scriptures is the composite group of spirit-anointed followers of Christ. These 144,000 anointed ones constitute “the congregation of the firstborn who have been enrolled in the heavens.”—Hebrews 12:23.

      8 Jesus indicated that this Christian “congregation” was to be formed. About a year before his death, he told one apostle: “You are Peter, and on this rock-mass I will build my congregation, and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (Matthew 16:18) Both Peter and Paul correctly understood that Jesus himself was the foretold rock-mass. Peter wrote that those who are built as “living stones” of a spiritual house on the rock-mass, Christ, were “a people for special possession [to] declare abroad the excellencies” of the One who called them.—1 Peter 2:4-9; Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 8:14; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.

      9 When did this “people for special possession” begin to be formed into the Christian congregation? It was at Pentecost 33 C.E. when God poured out holy spirit on the disciples assembled in Jerusalem. Later that day, Peter gave a masterful discourse to a group of Jews and proselytes. Many were stabbed to the heart over Jesus’ death; they repented and were baptized. We find in the historical report that three thousand did so, thereupon becoming part of the new and growing congregation of God. (Acts 2:1-4, 14, 37-47) It was growing because more and more Jews and proselytes accepted the fact that fleshly Israel was no longer the congregation of God. Rather, anointed Christians constituting the spiritual “Israel of God” had become the true congregation of God.—Galatians 6:16; Acts 20:28.

      10 The Bible often makes a distinction between Jesus and the anointed ones, such as in the phrase “with respect to Christ and the congregation.” Jesus is the Head of this congregation of spirit-anointed Christians. Paul wrote that God “made [Jesus] head over all things to the congregation, which is his body.” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23, 32; Colossians 1:18, 24) Today, there remains on earth only a small remnant of the anointed members of this congregation. We can be sure, though, that their Head, Jesus Christ, loves them. His feelings toward them are described at Ephesians 5:25: “Christ also loved the congregation and delivered up himself for it.” He loves them because they actively offer to God “a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips which make public declaration to his name,” even as Jesus did when he was on earth.—Hebrews 13:15.

      w60 9/15 p. 559 par. 7 Congregating All Nations at Jehovah’s House

      7 “Does this mean you view your Kingdom Halls as the true church?” No, the Kingdom Hall is not the “church.” Jehovah’s temple today is heavenly, spiritual. The English word “church” or “congregation” comes from the Greek word ek·kle·si´a, meaning “assembly.” Ek·kle·si´a or “congregation” is applied collectively to all Christians known as the anointed spirit-begotten class who are on earth at any particular time. Often it is applied to the local assembly in any place. Jesus called the members of his congregation a “little flock.” (Luke 12:32) Christ is the congregation’s Head. The members of his “body” number just 144,000. (Rev. 7:4; 14:1) …… God’s Word further identifies this little flock by various names, such as “anointed” ones (2 Cor. 1:21); “body” of Christ (Eph. 1:22, 23); “congregation of God” (Gal. 1:13); “heirs . . . of God” (Rom. 8:17); “holy nation” (1 Pet. 2:9); “holy ones” (1 Cor. 1:2); “holy priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:5); “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16); “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17); “royal palace of David” (Acts 15:16); “sons of the kingdom” (Matt. 13:38); “sealed . . . sons of Israel” (Rev. 7:4); and “temple of the holy spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19). Each year at the Memorial celebration of the anniversary of Christ’s death it is noted that the remaining ones of this “little flock” number only several thousands—just a remnant. Yet this remnant continue to spearhead the witness work, being first to sing the new song about Jehovah’s established kingdom under Christ.—Rev. 14:3.

      Vol I SITS with NWT scriptures
      Paul tells us that God has made known to the Christian Church the mystery (secret) of his will which he had purposed in himself, and had never before revealed, though he had it recorded in dark sayings which could not be understood until due, in order that the eyes of our understanding should be opened to appreciate the “high calling” designed exclusively for believers of the Christian Age. (Eph. 1:9,10,17,18; 3:4-6)

      (Ephesians 1:9, 10) by making known to us the sacred secret of his will. It is according to his good pleasure that he himself purposed 10 for an administration at the full limit of the appointed times, to gather all things together in the Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth. Yes, in him

      (Ephesians 1:17, 18) that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the accurate knowledge of him. 18 He has enlightened the eyes of your heart, so that you may know to what hope he called you, what glorious riches he holds as an inheritance for the holy ones,

      (Ephesians 3:4-6) So when you read this, you can realize my comprehension of the sacred secret of the Christ. 5 In other generations this secret was not made known to the sons of men as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by spirit, 6 namely, that people of the nations should, in union with Christ Jesus and through the good news, be joint heirs and fellow members of the body and partakers with us of the promise.

      This shows us clearly that neither the prophets nor the angels understood the meaning of the prophecies uttered. Peter says that when they inquired anxiously to know their meaning, God told them that the truths covered up in their prophecies were not for themselves, but for us of the Christian Age. And he exhorts the Church to hope for still further grace (favor, blessing) in this direction—yet more knowledge of God’s plans. 1 Pet. 1:10-13 It is evident that though Jesus promised that the Church should be guided into all truth, it was to be a gradual unfolding.

  • Revelation is the culmination of 1st edition Israel’s convoluted Journey as they are led by the Jehovah’s angel* from Jehovah’s demand to Pharaoh recorded in Exodus 4:22-23:
    ‘And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith Jehovah, Israel is my son, my first–born: 23 and I have said unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me; and thou hast refused to let him go: behold, I will slay thy son, thy first–born.'(ASV) to when 2nd edition Israel takes their places of heavenly governance in Revelation as they enter the heavenly city, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb Rev 22:14, where the following translations also render it WASH THEIR ROBES: ASV 1901, BBE, DARBY 1888, DOUAY RHEIMS 1899, ERV 1852, ESV, GWV, HSCB, MESSAGE, NAS, NIV, NLT, NOYES 1869, NRSV, NWT, PHILIPS, ROTHERHAM 1902, RVSV, WEYMOUTH 1912, WILLIAMS 1936, which they must, because the Law was until John and finally terminated absolutely when nailed to the tree of Jesus’ execution.
    * (Most likely the Archangel) (Exodus 23:20-21) 20 “Here I am sending an angel ahead of you to keep you on the road and to bring you into the place that I have prepared. 21 Watch yourself because of him and obey his voice. Do not behave rebelliously against him, for he will not pardon YOUR transgression; because my name is within him.. . .
    Jehovah’s wrath was only ever with Israel for their disobedience of the law only they had and not mankind. That wrath continues until all of the little flock comprising second edition Israel, an amalgam of Jews and Gentiles, are seated in heavenly governance. That terminates Jehovah’s exclusive relationship with the Israel f the Exodus redeemed by the lamb but becoming a harlot just the same in an adulterous relationship with the secular state that has continued to this day save for a few of the many chosen, who have remained faithful to their bridegroom Christ.
    In the light of Israel’s OT history and purpose in the context of current fulfilment of the march of world powers, Revelation can be clearly understood without codes.
    Revelation is entirely about Abraham’s seed Israel (Galatians 3:18-19) who will ultimately become a blessing to all humans willing to yield to their benign but firm rule as the Kingdom of God under Christ.
    Can’t be all that difficult to get our heads around that.

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