Revelation .....the end of the Bible.........it speaks of the Church and the people at the end of times///////
The Study of the Book – The Signs of the End – The Time of the End – Attitudes to the End - The Nature of Prophetic Visions – The
Interpretation of the Book – The Sources of the Interpretation
I. The First Vision: The Seven Churches of Asia,
or: The Church in Time
he First Vision: The Seven Churches of Asia,
or: The Church in Time
Introduction: The First and the Last
1. The Church of Ephesus
2. The Church of Smyrna
3. The Church of Pergamum
4. The Church of Thyateira
5. The Church of Sardis
6. The Church of Philadelphia
7. The Church of Laodicea
. The history of the world is revealed in the Apocalypse in a very interwoven and complicated picture.
The book presents a series of separate visions which encompass now one and now another aspect of the events, sometimes returning again to one and the
same event, sometimes speaking earlier about an event that is chronologically later.
For some visions there is no chronology at all,
since they do not depict the earthly flow of affairs,
but the condition of things.
Many visions do not touch events here,
but the struggle of heavenly and hellish forces.
All this is so complicated and difficult for the mind that has not been enlightened by the same spiritual vision [as the seer himself] that one could
completely renounce the hope of penetrating into the mysteries of this greatest of visions.
But the Saviour Himself commanded that we should be attentive to the signs of the times so as not to be caught unawares by them.
And in the Apocalypse it is said: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Close the words, and seal the book
to the time of the end;
until many are taught and knowledge is increased
It should also be pointed out that the Lord Himself has reserved to Himself the right to change the times of the fulfilment of the prophecies in
accordance with the way in which men respond to His words.
Thus He changed the time of the destruction of Nineveh,
as conveyed through the Prophet Jonah.
And through the Prophet Jeremiah He says: The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom,
to pluck up,
to pull down,
and to destroy it,
If that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil,
I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.
And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it,
If it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice,
then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. (Jeremiah 18.7-10).
There's parts 1,2 and 3.............and 4
[edit on 6/14/2005 by helen670]