SS 190 THE BOOK OF REVELATION
The Book of Revelation has twenty-two chapters, four hundred and four verses, and about twelve thousand words. In my opinion, it is meant to be a guidebook with directives for the completion of our salvation journey. Revelation shows us this completion event will be more like the end of history, at least history as we know it. Revelation is also about the end of sin, death, the devil, the world economic systems, and world religion. From the destruction depicted in Revelation, God creates a new Heaven and a new Earth—He fulfills His part of the covenant. Every person has a soul that will spend forever somewhere—where a person spends eternity depends on how each one honors the covenant. The Book Revelation is easy to outline. It is divided into three sections, all focusing on Jesus—the key to the book. 1. The Person of Jesus—His heavenly glory (1:1-1:20)
2. The People of Jesus—His instructions to us (2:1-3:22) 3. The Plan of Jesus—His plans for the world (4:1-22:21) While some details from the Book of Revelation are discussed here, the reader of this paper should note that Revelation begins with Christ walking among the candlesticks (His churches) pouring out His Holy Spirit (the seven lamps and the seven spirits) upon His church and establishing the covenant with them. These early chapters in Revelation show Christ’s beginning work after His ascension as He brings all of us into Christianity. This is where the new covenant is established—Jesus as the Lamb sacrificed for us. Within this covenant relationship in Revelation, we see: * A call to faithfulness.
* Blessings for faithfulness in our relationship with the Lord, eventually blessed with eternal life. * Curses for unfaithfulness in our relationship with the Lord, eventually cursed with destruction. Revelation chapters four and five are joyous occasions praising God for the wonderful covenant He has made with His created beings. The following chapters also deal with the way people relate to that covenant. And it all ends with the judgment resulting in viewing two entities--one the redeemed, the other-- those who rejected God's covenant.
The author’s purpose seems to be to tell us all, how the world looks for someone who with the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, lives a Trinitarian life actively participating in God’s love. In the beginning of the narrative, Jesus appears to John who is in prayer on the island of Patmos. With this “preview of coming attractions”, John sees the glorified Jesus—not just the man who walked the land of Israel and was crucified 2000 years ago. Through the Book of Revelation, we discover the unveiling of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Because John was frightened by this vision, he was comforted by Jesus who promised a special blessing to anyone who studies and takes to heart the message of Revelation. This is evidenced in Rev. 1:3, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near”. The Book of Revelation is a series of visions, which John is advised to record so all will know what paradise will be like. This paper serves as a gathering of impressions and inspirations gleaned from lecture notes offered by Fr. Damien Dougherty (SS190), the Bible, as well as additional readings. The topics included in this paper begin with the authorship and writing style of this book of the Bible. Then within the Book of Revelation, I will examine our covenant relationship with God (introduced in the Old Testament), the Biblical significance of the number seven, and how celebrating the Eucharistic liturgy in its relationship to the Book of Revelation is an earthly experience in anticipation of our vision of paradise. Pope John Paul II described the Mass as "heaven on earth," explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly...
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