Is the book of Revelation symbolic or real prophecy ?

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes to both. As a vision, it is highly symbolic. But the things that were shown to John either have happened or shall happen. The four horsemen, for example, have come and gone. Rev. 14:6 has been fulfilled -- the everlasting gospel of Christ being restored to the Earth in the last days by angelic ministry.

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  • Joe
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    1 month ago

    Yes. That is a both/and, not an either/or.

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  • 1 month ago

    THEY are both because JESUS spoke of things in parables but also spoke literally of things to come by means of signs,IT takes great knowledge for one for one to prophesied of something not yet done but shall be done even one the odds are a billion to one,but taken into account there are over 75 present of all the prophecy's that are written in the BIBLE HAS already come to pass,BUT GOD.     

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  • 1 month ago

    The Book of Revelation is neither symbolic or real. 

    It is completely meaningless. Man himself can 

    do more than saviors, saints, promises, and fools. 

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  • 1 month ago

    A combination of both.

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  • yesmar
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    1 month ago

    It is all symbolism, of things happening then in the first century, save for parts of the last three chapters

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  • 1 month ago

    Symbolic - but not the way most people think.

    The book of 'Revelation' isn't about 'end times' - it was written about people and events contemporary to the writer and their target audience.  The apocalyptic imagery provided them with a kind of 'code' to allow them to talk about various political and religious leaders without those people (who would not take kindly to being talked about in a negative light) knowing about it.

    Centuries later, with all context gone, and nobody around who remembered the people/events that it was intended to describe, someone determined that it must've been an attempt at 'prophesying the end times' and they ran with that.  It's the perfect capstone to a collection of books that were written decades after the events that they supposedly recount (and since nobody actually knows who wrote any of the gosples - their authorship has most likely been mis-attributed).

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  • Bill B
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    1 month ago

    Symbolic.

    The book of Revelation was specifically written to an audience in the First Century in apocalyptic form.  That audience would have understood it was telling to them a story about their specific situation and, while that story would very well apply to others for inspiration, it was not predicting End Times.

    For centuries, millennia even, people believed Revelation NOT to be what is held as truth by so many today. Sometime in the 1800s, John Nelson Darby (born in 1800) interpreted Revelation to be a telling of future end of times accompanied by the Rapture. Propagated by Cyrus I. Scofield (born 1843), the concept got some traction and more people believed Revelation was about the End Times and Rapture. Before Darby came up with the idea and Scofield spread it, no one, NO ONE, believed that or the Rapture.

    I believe the book of Revelation is not a telling of the cataclysmic ending of humanity. I believe the book of Revelation is an apocalyptic work which was actually directed to the people in the First Century with a simple message:  

    Be faithful to God because God is faithful.

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    • River Euphrates
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      1 month agoReport

      Close.  It was to a specific audience in the first century, but the message wasn't 'be faithful to god'.  Instead it was a code to allow them to talk about various political/religious figures and events contemporary to the writer/audience without those people knowing what was being said about them.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Its just ancient superstition and should never be taken literally.

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  • 1 month ago

    REAL PROPHECY..

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