While the world reaches an apex of chaos and cruelty, mankind can expect the riders of the Four Horsemen to begin their ride of destruction at any moment. Therefore, people must be armed with the truths of Scripture in order to withstand the onslaught of evil that will be released upon the earth. As such, Islamic Anti-Christ pulls back the curtain of mysteries surrounding the Anti-Christ. In order to understand the Anti-Christ we must examine the Book of Revelation in detail. The dilemma in understanding the Book of Revelation is going to be three-fold. Regardless, it must be understood.

Revelation has three different types of literature: literal, apocalyptical, and allegorical. An allegory is a parable that speaks about one thing and has multiple applications of another. On the other hand, apocalyptic literature thunders when you read it. If the material is not apocalyptic, the question arises whether an allegorical reference or literal one exists. In this case, anything that can be read as literal will be done in that manner. Whenever it is not literal, we will try to fit it into the apocalyptic or the allegorical category.

The imagery of the cosmic battle in heaven and on Earth makes Revelation a fascinating book to study. It has at least two fore-shadowed fulfilling’s and a futuristic, literal one. This is one of the things that make it so difficult to understand. Some parts of Revelation, are apocalyptic literature and do not have a literal meaning. A key is to understand when the writer is using apocalyptic imagery, allegorical (symbolic, metaphorical, figurative, representative, emblematic language), or if it may be taken in a literal fashion. Literal interpretation does not mean we ignore indicators in a slavishly literal fashion when the text indicates it is a parable, allegory, or a figure of speech. Be in tune to the speech.

The Book of Revelation was foreshadowed in AD 70 and again around AD 1000, which were types of fulfillments but, not literal fulfillments. With two predictions that are allegorical, it makes sense why some people see things different in the Book of Revelation than other individuals see it. Roman Catholicism seems to stand out in the Book of Revelation as well but probably has nothing to do with the end moments of time. All of that is covered in various terms, including using historistic, preterist, and futuristic views of the Book of Revelation while covering the different chapters.

In the Book of Daniel, he is told to close up the vision and that he would not understand the prophecies. They could only become understandable in the “time of the end” when “many would go to and fro and knowledge would be increased” (Daniel 12:4). Interestingly, the Hebrew verb for “run to and fro” is the same verb for “browsing the internet” in modern Hebrew.

With the modern internet (web) information is available for assisting people with understanding the Book of Revelation, the book is clearer than in the past. This is evidence that society has entered into that time of running to and fro, as well as increasing knowledge. Along with the ability to learn about the Book of Revelation via the internet, all the works of the early Church Fathers–a study known as “Patristics”–is also online. Works of the Fathers in early Christianity, prior to Nicene Christianity, were translated into English in a nineteenth-century collection called Ante-Nicene Fathers. Those of the First Council of Nicaea and continuing through the Second Council are collected in Nicene and post-Nicene Fathers. Nearly all of the nineteenth-century commentaries are online, as well as writings of all the “greats.” Almost any information one desires can be found by a simple perusal of the internet.

Studying the Book of Revelation is paramount in understanding the current times, lukewarmness of the Church, and things that are coming upon an unsuspecting church soon. Lukewarmness means having or expressing little enthusiasm or conviction, being apathetic toward God and His holy Word, gifts of the Spirit, and Christian witness.

And unto the angel of the church in Laodicea write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Revelation 3:14-17).

This is certainly the church in America today. Just as Laodicea was the banking center of Asia Minor, America has become the banking center of the world and has fallen into the same apostasy as Laodicea, which is said to be “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” when it thinks it is “rich, increased with goods and in need of nothing.” Unfortunately, at present, millions are out of work, food prices are higher than ever, crime is on the increase, and half of civilization is living off of government handouts. Society is blind because the churches are blind. Churches must wake up and throw off the mantel of lukewarmness. Otherwise, great judgment may be on its way to America.

Another important matter that needs to be studied, discussed, and understood is the rapture. Pre-tribulation rapture is commonly thought to be the next event in prophecy, and many have thought that the church would not be here for any of the events of the Book of Revelation. People with this view are typically unaware that there are other opinions on the rapture timing, or how a post-tribulation rapture literally fits the natural sequential timeline of Revelation much more than any other belief.

What about the prophecy writers and movies such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye which claim to interpret prophecy in a literal manner? Carefully look at those things and notice that they invariably deviate from the literal interpretation. For example, the argument for the pre-tribulation timing of the rapture, depicted in his book and movie, is based on typology (types and shadows) plus allegories. In fact, pre-tribulation rapture proponents lack even one literal verse for their position.

A principle known as Lex parsimoniae will guide this journey into the Book of Revelation. In the literal interpretation, we will lean upon what is known as “Occam’s razor,” a principle of problem-solving which states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
The Revelation of John is normally called the Apocalypse. It is the last book of the Bible and starts off with a famous opening that says: 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” (Revelation 1:1).

Look at seven churches called The Seven Churches of Asia Minor. These entities were located in Asia Minor (Turkey) but they no longer exist. Even though Asia Minor and its cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea are gone, their approximate locations are known. Inherently, society needs to look at these churches because they provide knowledge that people must understand. The churches provide a literal significance as well as apocalyptic importance.

John the apostle, while imprisoned on the isle of Patmos, wrote to the seven churches about the things that were happening in them at that time. Behind the scenes, seven spirits were taking their places over the churches. They also reference seven church ages, or stages, that the church experiences throughout history and seven periods of time in the lifetime of churches everywhere. Thus, the reason Revelation is not an easy book to read and clearly comprehend. However, we will do a thorough study of the Book of Revelation particularly as to the rise of the Anti-Christ and Mystery Babylon.

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