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The Prologue of Revelation (1:1–8)

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  Chapter 1 The Prologue of Revelation (1:1–8) At the beginning of Revelation, the apostle John revealed much information about the sender, the writer, the recipients, and the subject matter. He concluded by announcing the second coming of Christ in His glory and the glory of His Father (Luke 9:26) . His goal is glorifying God for His mighty works. 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, The Subject The word “apocalypses” appears eighteen times in the New Testament. However, only one of those times is in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 1:1). The Bible often uses it about the Second Coming of Christ or the judgment at the end (Rom. 2:5; 1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7). It also refers to a revelation from the Lord Christ (2 Cor. 12:1; Gal. 1:12). The expression “Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ” refers to His unveiling in the glory of God, in Chri

Q&A on the Book of Revelation (2): The Number of the Beast 666

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  Q  In Revelation, St. John wrote, “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Rev. 13:18). Why “wisdom” is mentioned here? In Revelation, what does the number 666? A John calls for wisdom: “Here is wisdom,” it belongs to the heavenly Father and the Lamb of God (Rev. 5:12; 7:12). Twice in the Book of Revelation, John calls for wisdom (Rev. 13:18; 17:9): “Here is the mind that has wisdom.” God’s revelation can be understood only when the reader receives wisdom from the heavenly Father, through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:30): “ If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). John calls anyone who has a mind to calculate the number of the beast (Rev. 13:18). Persons who have intelligence enlightened by the Spirit will be able to understand. Speaking of the importance of wisdom does not mean that only intel

La Revelación del Padre a través del Libro del Apocalipsis: Introducción

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  El libro del Apocalipsis es la culminación del Nuevo Testamento, las buenas noticias de Dios, el Padre celestial, en el Señor Jesucristo. Su mensaje, así como el de toda la Biblia, consiste en que «Dios amó tanto al mundo que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo el que cree en él no se pierda, sino que tenga vida eterna» (Juan 3:16). Este es un mensaje de amor, esperanza y ánimo. En el Apocalipsis, el Padre celestial revela su gloria, poder, amor y sus propósitos. Su voluntad es reconciliar al mundo consigo mismo, a través de la vida, la muerte y la resurrección del Señor Jesucristo, y hacer una nueva creación. Descubrir el significado de esta redención es crucial al estudiar el libro del Apocalipsis. El libro del Apocalipsis fue inspirado por Dios, al igual que todos lo demás libros de la Biblia. Es útil para enseñar, para mostrarle a las personas lo que está mal en sus vidas, para corregir defectos, y educar en una vida de rectitud (2 Timoteo 3:16-17). Aquellos que evitan leer e

La Revelación del Padre a través del Libro del Apocalipsis: Prefacio

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A lo largo de los años, durante mi estudio personal del libro del Apocalipsis, me resultó muy desafiante lograr entender todo el libro y expresar mis ideas. Para superar esta dificultad, compré libros y estudié muchas referencias que pudieran ayudarme. Sin embargo, descubrí que para llegar al significado que buscaba debía escudriñar la palabra de Dios en la Biblia. Además, debía usar los textos bíblicos en hebreo y en griego para descifrar el simbolismo del libro (mejor dicho, intentar descifrarlo). Hace más de diez años, comencé una serie de lecciones sobre el libro del Apocalipsis en la congregación de S. Marcos, en Jersey City, titulada « La revelación de Jesucristo » . Estas lecciones se grabaron y se transmitieron por muchos canales de televisión cristiana. Al mismo tiempo, preparé el borrador de un comentario sobre el libro del Apocalipsis, con el mismo título, pero no lo publiqué. Estuve esperando que el Padre celestial, a través de su Espíritu Santo, se revelara a mí con may

Q&A on the Book Revelation (1): The Truth About the Antichrist

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After publishing “Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation,” I received many helpful questions and comments.  The following comment is from a beloved Reverend Father: Q   There is one sentence that I object to: “Revelation 13 does not introduce a single person who will be called the Antichrist. Instead, it presents sin as king dominating over the whole of humanity until destroyed by the death of Christ on the cross.”  (Kindle Locations 4840-4841). I like your identifying the “Beast” with sin very much, but this does not mean that there is no man called Antichrist on the historical level. A As mentioned in the book’s introduction, “Revealing the Father through the Book of Revelation” does not deal with the "Historical Approach" of the Book of Revelation. To save time and energy, I abstained from commenting on any other approaches. I just presented the biblical view. The Lord Jesus Christ said, “ false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and w