Well, I wouldn't really say Revelation had anything to do with Salvation. It was a tome written by a hallucinating Rome-hating nutter in a cave over
a hundred years after Jesus died in a codified language. Most of it can be attributed to popular opinion on the Roman Empire at the time, and their
Let's consider a few things from your statement and see if we shouldn't consider that Revelation has any revelance to our salvation or your
insinuation that John was hallucinating.
1. The very first verse of the book says "The revelation of JESUS CHRIST"
Now if Jesus has nothing to do with our Salvation then you got me there.
2. Out of the 404 verses in Revelation, 278 of them can be found in other parts of the bible.
I'll provide an example in hope that maybe you'll have a different perspective other than that John was high that day.
e.g. Revelation 1:16 - And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun
shineth in his strength.
John must be crazy, he was refering to JESUS and saying Jesus had a sword in his mouth... but was John speaking literally? But then if you look
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Now does that make sense? John said in Revelation 1:16 that Jesus had a sword in his mouth and that sword represents the word of God
Anyone who reads the book of Revelation as a novel will not understand a thing.
Heck, the bible tells us how to read the bible....
Isaiah 28:13 - But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and
there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Now when John started seeing beasts coming out of the sea and the earth, was he still hallucinating? Were they literal beasts, or maybe just maybe,
they were a metaphor for something else kinda like the way the twoedge sword was used? Lets check the bible.
If you are familiar with the book of Daniel, Daniel had a vision about 4 beasts with different characteristics, and it goes on to explain what the
Daniel 7:23 - Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the
whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
Maybe John wasn't so crazy afterall.
Thelibra... we can agree to disagree, but i want you to keep in mind the fact that the Jewish nation had the Old Testament to prepare themselves for
the coming of the Messiah. They read in the books about the story of Joseph, who was one of 12 brothers, how he had his robe taken away, and sold for
the price of a slave, and afterwards thier brothers dipped his coat in blood (Gen. 37) What happened then? Joseph forgave his brothers and got them
through the famine in Egypt.
Then look at Jesus life and how he was sold to Judas for the price of a slave, how he had 12 disciples, got his garments taken away from him and still
forgave those that trespassed against him.
Then look at the story of Abraham and Isaac. This story prophecized what would happen to Jesus. God knew that one day he would have to offer Jesus for
the price of sin.
The Jews knew all this, they heard the stories growing up, and when it was fulfilled in Jesus life, they still didn't see him as the Messiah, and
Jesus put it clearly that they could not see the sign of the times.
So too will it be in our time. Most of the Jewish nation was not ready for Christ 1st coming, and most Christians will not be ready for Christ 2nd
coming, even when we have the Word, because you think that John was high when he wrote Revelation.