The untold truth of the Book of Revelation: Exegesis-I
Contributions: Catholic Bishops Commission for Catechetics
Translation: Suzanna Joseph
As compared to other prophetic books in the bible the book of revelation is difficult to understand yet captivating for every reader. Common misconceptions have been spread about this book. Some think that it grips magic. Some advice that it should be read in a particular order, inferring that it can curb evil spirits. While others suggest that it should not be read at all as one can loose one’s mind after reading it. However today we are going to start an in depth study. Not only for clarifying the misconceptions spread by some religious scholars but also for revealing the purpose and the message of this book.
Title of the Book: Reflecting on the list of prophetic books in the bible we realize that it is listed not only as the final book in the bible but also the final book of the New Testament. In Urdu it is called ‘Muqashwa’ and in the opening chapters of the book it is mentioned that this is ‘Revelation from Jesus Christ’. Its title is driven from the first word of the Koine Greek text: apokalypsis, meaning “unveiling” or “revelation”, as Jesus Christ has unveiled many secrets in this book.
Author: Justin Martyr (100 AD- 165 AD) an early Christian apologist writes that the author of this book is none other than Saint John the Apostle. Referring to the reading, when Saint John was exiled on the Island of Patmos, ‘On the Lord’s day the Spirit took control of me, and I heard a loud voice, that sounded like a trumpet, speaking behind me. “It said, “Write down what you see, and send the book to the churches in these seven cities: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” (Revelation 1:10-11)
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