One third of the Bible is prophecy, particularly the prophets in the Old Testament–but the New Testament also has an entire book dedicated to prophecy. Revelation is more than prophecy – it’s God’s promises.
The Book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse of John, Revelation to John or Revelation from Jesus Christ) is the final book of the New Testament, written between A.D. 94-96.
The first two verses give us the vital information we need to understand as we begin to read this book:
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.”
– Revelation 1:1-2
In the third verse gives us another important message:
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”
– Revelation 1:3
In the opening of the book, we are being told that we are about to receive prophecy of the future – the near future.
Through both prophecy and miracles, God demonstrates the truth of his word. Jesus proved his divinity through miracles of a supernatural nature. Christ performed things that no mortal human being was capable of, such as healings, feeding the multitude, and walking on water. He proved his immortality and divinity by rising from the dead.
The Bible also offers a test to determine a true prophet of God: 100% accuracy.
“And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’ When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.”
– Deuteronomy 18:21-22
Hundreds of the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets have been verified as historically true from sources outside of the Bible, reinforcing the veracity of God’s word. In turn, this shows us why we can put our faith in God and the Bible.
Revelation is more than a book of prophecies – it is also a book of promises. And because history has shown we can trust God’s prophecies from the Bible, likewise, we can also trust His promises.
The Book of Revelation predicts some very dire and frightening circumstances to come in the future. In fact, it is the very worst times all living inhabitants of earth, humankind and creatures alike, will have ever experienced.
Despite this bleak scenario, there is also reason for hope. The book prophesies that ultimately, humankind will experience the greatest living conditions ever known. God promises that a time when all the struggles of human beings will be eliminated.
“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb [Jesus) in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
– Revelation 7:16-17
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”
– Revelation 21:1
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
– Revelation 21:3-4