posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 02:51 PM
From the theological perspective, the Book of Revelation was not written to be a direct prophecy about the end of the world. Rather, like the Book of
Daniel in the Old Testament, it was designed to be a report on what was going on around the intended audience.
Like the Epistles, which were written to be read by the Churches to whom they were addressed (Romans, Hebrews, Ephesians... etc) and to take issue to
make corrections and to offer inspiration to the community (Romans, Corinthians 1 and 2, Philippians)... this was the intent of the Book of
Without a doubt in my mind, Revelation describes the geopolitical situation of Rome in c.a. 100AD. For example, 666 is Caesar Nero. Perform a simple
Google search to get the full proof and information about this topic, it is really fascinating and I cannot do it justice.
Therefore, whether you believe in the spiritual authority of the Bible, it is important to understand the historical relevance of the Bible.
Now, that having been established, I understand that a criticism of this point is to say that, "yes, it has happened before, and will happen
The only thing in Revelation that would support that fact is in the 21st Chapter of the Book which states that the Dragon will be released from the
pit once more before the end of time, at which, he will be cast into the lake of flame and destroyed forever. This "second coming" of Satan, is
covered in a few lines and is in the final part of the Book, and would be considered to be one of the only real prophecies being made.
Ok, I will grant that there is the possibility that history will repeat itself. However, it is best to have an actual understanding of the Bible
rather than just use it for fear mongering and political purposes. Not that I accuse the OP of making his/her argument in this manner, but, it is a
recurring fact that Revelation has been used for less-than-holy purposes in the past.