First off, it's a prophecy, but unlike past prophecies, this one is left rather unexplained...most, in the OT were director expalined: some parts
are figurative (come on, unless you want me to believe that christ was a walking talking cornerstone (the load-bearing stone) instead of a live flesh
man, there has to be some symbolism going on, not all will be litteral...
Ch. 1 greetings, setting up...
Ch. 2-3 warnings to the established churches as to impropler conduct, as well as complements on what they are doing well
Ch. 4 description of heaven
Ch. 5 (not directly the breaking of the seals, but the finding of one righteous enough...) NOT THE END of the EARTH, but talking about Christ and the
fact that he died and was ressurecteted form the dead, of his own power, i.e. he's worthy to plent the seals, looks like he was slain...
Ch. 6 could still be an effect of the transition form the old law to the new, as Christ stated that he camen to pitt father against son, 2 against 3
in every home...
Ch. 7 who was there: the martyrs, those killed for God's Cause (OT prophets, for sure, and maybe a few early christian martyrs) those sealed by the
book, and a countless multitude washed in the blood of the lamb.
Ch. 8 (it is nice to note at this point that there were 7 seals, the 7 leading to the 7 horns--may be a reference to the prophecies concerning
christ--7th son of 7th son, or 7x7 generations...since there were 14 mentioned from David to Christ...in the geneologies) the first 4, more ground
Ch. 9 5th trumpet, 1st woe: locust, i.e., a plague, 6th trumpet, 2 woe: an army from the east...look at collosians, where they talk about collections
for the saints in Jerusalem, there was a famine (like what a locust plague would do),
Ch. 10 sidetrack, not really as much to do with the direction...
Ch. 11 two witnesses, hmmm... the 7th seal is about Christ's reign and how the world's reign is ended...with the death, burial, and resurrection of
christ, 40 days later (in Acts) the Kingdom was declared HERE. Jesus and his cousin John the Baptisit were declaring it at hand befre Christ's
death...oh yeak, Matthew, the book written the most recently after the events surrounding the cross--fragments no later than 25 years after the event
tells of more that just Christ getting up form the grave
Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to
the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 27:53 And
came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Revelation 11:17 "We give You
thanks, O R524 Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
Begun, as in the
complete transition from the old law to the new...
Ch. 12 backtracks through Christ's life: the woman (Israel), the Dragon (satan), the Child (Christ), the Angel Michael gets to throw Satan out of
heaven, (Look at Job, Satan went to heaven to talk to God...so apparantly, some time before the settling of the kingdom of God)
Ch. 13 the beasties form the sea--the number 666, i.e. Antichrist:
1Jo 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we
know that it is the last hour.
1Jo 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
1Jo 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming,
and now it is already in the world.
2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
This is the
deceiver and the antichrist. Apparantly the antichrist everyone was so worried about coming has been here since the founding of the church, and they
are plural, so again, something we still worry too much about, as for the specific one, 666, should be Rome we are talking about...
Ch. 14 back to those saved by God, then to an Angel spreading the word of God, more specifically, the GOSPEL--definition
one translated as Gospel):to
announce or promise glad tidings beforehand (the other two) to bring good news from the battlefield, to announce glad tidings, of the joyful tidings
of God's kindness, in particular, of the Messianic blessings, in the NT used especially of the glad tidings of the coming kingdom of God, and of
the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation
--that's all that thios angel is doing, the second angel
warning about Babylon's falling: i.e. Rome, (Look to the book of Daniel for this: ) and those who do not follow Christianity are like that Babylon
and will fall...and the reaping, but of what: we, beigh his children were never compared to harvesting wine--were to wheat, though
Ch. 15 the calming of God's wrath, in reference to how people treated his son, i.e. consequences of lifestyle that made it so that Pharisees and
Romans alike did not listen but set out to kill Christ and his followesr--over time, remember, we're pitting family against family...
Ch. 16 goes into the actual wrath against Babylon
Ch. 17 goes into the final destruction of the Roman empire: and concludes the Harlot "saga"
Ch. 18 declaration of their fallen state, and the time of mourning...
Ch. 19 FINALLY gets into the church and Christ's wedding. The fall of beasties mentioned agaain, as to their fate. then comes the binding, loosing
and throwing of Satan into hell.
Ch. 20 New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem, etc.
Ch. 21 Tree and Water of life, and the decision as to what to do with this book...left unsealed ince the time for much of it was at hand then--the
fall of Jerusalem to Rome after a plague--happened, and the fall of the Roman empire, no longer a World Empire, fallen...
honestly, much of this prophecy has already been fufilled..
Now, to Daniel, talking about the same prophecies, suprisingly similar:
Dainiel 12:11 "From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished [Hebrew sacrifice was "abolished" with the ressurection of the Messiah]
and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 "How blessed R596 is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1,335 R597
Read Daniel 9: 24-27...covers the messiah and Jerusalem's destruction...
Daniel 7: covers four kingdoms, which the fourth, looking at the timeline of Daniel, is Rome...2 in the OT (Babylon, Persians and Meades), 1 in the
1st book of Macabees (Greece), and the NT is Romans
Speifically, look at the similarities between what everyone knows of in Revelation to this:
Daniel 7:19 "Then I desired to know the exact F214
meaning of the fourth R357 beast, which was different from all the F215 others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze,
and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other
horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which F216 was larger
in appearance than its associates.
Daniel 2 covers the dream Nebuchadezer dreamed, concerning the fall of the Roman Empire, Head of Gold--Babylon under his rule, chest and arms of
silver--Meades and Persians, thighs of Bronze--Greeks, and Legs of Iron and feet partially Iron and clay--Roman empire, and the feet of Iron and Clay
repersents Rome weakened, which a stone not cut with hands crushes (being Christ--the Chief corrnerstone which the builders (jewish leaders)
Daniel 12:8 As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, "My lord, what will be the outcome F377 of these events?" 9 He said, "Go
your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed R591 up until the end time.
It does NOT state the end OF time, but the end time,
more likely referring to the actual prophecy's fulfillment. Now,
Revelation 22:10 And he said to me, "Do R1129 not seal up the R1130 words
of the prophecy of this book, for R1131 the time is near.
This one was not sealed, though it covered what Daniel's prophecies did, though
in less detal, because the time was almost NOW at it's writing, and remember, the antichrist was declared several times as HERE in I and II John.
Many Christianas hold to this viewpoint: that both Daniel and Revelation deals with the destruction of Jeruslaem and the fall of the Roman Empire,
which makes much of the end of the world specuations that have been happening SINCE this book had been written quite useless, based upon them.
Though it would more contradict Daniel than it would help, people still decide that much of Revelation covers the END OF TIME. Choose to believe what
you will, most people do, but I honestly doubt that this asteroid will fulfil the end of times prophecies that people claim from Revelation.
Honestly, this is not in depth enough, but it's a start...