Pastor Q's New Testament Bible Commentary

Revelation 21&22

The last two chapters of Revelation, the final revealed words of God, are a fabulous description of God's family, all believers, in heaven for all eternity.  Notice heaven's description -- the perfection and beauty;  notice the full number of believers there -- the number 12 is used at least eight times. Notice Jesus as the Alpha and Omega in both chapters -- and look up...

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Revelation 20

Revelation 20 begins the final section of this book, Jesus' victory over Satan. The big question that alwasy comes up is the "thousand years" in v.2 & 3.  Notice that in v.1 John says this is a vision and as is the case throughout Revelation the visions are pictures of things that will happen in the future (take a look at 1:19-20 again). 1,000 years is 10x10x10 and the...

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Revelation 19

This vision, the last of this section about Jesus and the Antichrist, shows the multitudes in heaven praising God. In this chapter the word "Hallelujah" found here four times, is the only place in all of the Bible where we find it.  It's a Hebrew word (pronounced exactly the same in Hebrew as in English) which is translated in the Old Testament as "praise the...

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Revelation 18

To understand this chapter, go back to the last verse of chapter 17. The prostitute from chapter 17 is the great city, "Babylon," symbolic of  the unfaithful church, who will finally be punished on Judgment Day. This chapter is really one big lament.  When John wrote this, the city of Babylon lay in ruins. But for centuries before that, Babylon stood for...

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Revelation 17

For three chapters here (17-19) we have visions about Jesus and the Antichrist. Chapter 17 begins with a picture of the great prostitute which symbolizes the false church that proclaims salvation through human achievement. Remember how the Bible constantly describes Jesus as the husband and his church as the bride/wife -- the unfaithful bride, here a prostitute -- is the unfaithful...

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Revelation 15 and 16

Chapter 15 has the 7th vision of this section (the seven visions). The song of Moses that they are singing in heaven (v.3-4) is actually the last of Moses' four psalms.  The first three are in Exodus 15, Deuteronomy 32, and Psalm 90.  The seven bowls that the four living creatures (angels, maybe archangels?) gave these seven angels are a series of God's judgments.  So...

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Revelation 14

Here we have the 4th, 5th, and 6th of this section of the seven visions. The Lamb and the 144,000 is simply Jesus with his full number of believers.  The three angels are reminders of how God uses messengers (the word angel means messenger) to proclaim his word throughout the New Testement era. And the harvest of the earth is simply judgment day. All are comforting messages of a loving God...

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Revelation 13

This chapter gives us the second and third vision of the seven visions (chapters 12-14). The beast out of the sea is an agent and ally of Satan, the dragon.  It wears crowns on its horns and it mocks God. It's very similar to Daniel's vision of the 4 beasts in Daniel 7. There it symbolized four world powers:  the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, and finally the Romans....

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Revelation 12

Revelation 12 has some vivid pictures which shouldn't be too difficult to understand. The enormous red dragon is no doubt the devil.  It's interesting that God describes Satan (literally "Adversary") in the Bible as a liar, a lion, a serpent, and a dragon. His pursuit of the woman about to have a baby certainly is fulfilled in Mary as the devil wished to destroy Jesus --...

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Revelation 11

This chapter shows what is happening from Jesus' first coming until his second coming.The measured out temple is a picture of God's church -- all believers. The 42 months (1260 days) is the New Testament era. The beast is Satan. Sodom and Egypt represent all the great enemies of God and his people.  Jesus sees to it that his two-fold message of law and gospel will be proclaimed...

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