In part two of my Revelation series I will cover several prophecies’ which are not found in Revelation. Despite their being outside of this controversial book they are connected.
Below is a link to Part 1:
Part 1: Why Revelation?
The immediate issues at hand are these; are any of the prophecies in Revelation reliable? Is Revelation happening now? Finally, why should we believe or not believe anything from the Book of Revelation, or the bible?
Before I dig into whether or not Revelation is reliable, let’s see if the bible itself is a reliable source. It is said that the most important words in the bible are those that are highlighted in red, or read as direct quotes from Jesus. Personally, I would expect that an all-powerful god would have the courtesy to not allow his vile creatures distort his own words into something that would invalidate his message. So why then does the Book of Mathew Chapter 16:28 announce the second coming of Jesus, and why didn’t Jesus hold true to his own words?
I added verse 27 for context which verifies what Jesus is saying here. Jesus tells his disciples that he will be back before some of them experience death. From other Christian sources and some historical footnotes we know that all of these men met the same fate we will someday.
What does this tell us? Jesus Christ was mistaken; lying, a fraud, or his words were twisted in translation, or transcription. Any of these possibilities creates a plethora of problems for any prophecy in the bible. If we can’t trust the predictions of Jesus Christ himself, then why should we trust the rather unknown source of Revelation? Christ said he was coming within a generation, yet we should somehow believe that visions sent to a man about a distant future could be in any way legitimate?
Let’s just assume for a moment that the current doomsday Christians, or millennialists as they are. Let’s assume that they have found the perfect combination of worldly events which match up to the prophesies in the book of revelation. It is as if they fail to realize that there have literally been hundreds of notable Christians like Martian Luther, Irenaeus, Pope Innocent III, Saint Augustine, and many, many, many more, who have made the same claim. After centuries on top of centuries of these people creating a feeling of imminent doom upon the world you would think we as intelligent beings would have learned something by now. It doesn’t seem so bad, coming form Hal Lindsay, or TBN, that the “end is near”, but put yourself in the shoes of a peasant, in a kingdom where the papacy is the most powerful entity on earth. Imagine the highest priest who claims to have divine authority over the kings and queens of the world, announces the end is coming. Yet somehow, we have millennialists that think they have figured it out. They have found the exact formula, and “any day now”, the Jesus, God, whoever is going to make the nonbelievers pay. What a wonderful message, all thanks to the crap in the book of Revelation.
The interesting thing about Revelation in these modern times is the curious fact that many scholars now believe John the Evangelist didn’t author the book of Revelation, but now credit is given to an unknown source identified as John of Patmos. Why is this significant? Christian theologians are known for claiming that the validity of the bible comes from the sources themselves. If we are now to believe that the source of Revelation is unknown, and in fact not the guy who wrote John 1,2, and 3, then why in the world of damnation should we care about some unverified source? This is a major fallacy of Christianity, the appeal to tradition. They would rather stand behind a text that was originally thought to be valid, though after closer inspection is invalidated, than rethink their position. Don’t they realize that if they rewrite the bible they will make a lot more money? Isn’t that what this whole thing is about to begin with?
So what exactly is the book of revelation saying? There will be seven seals, and as they are opened before god, magical creatures materialize out of thin air. The sixth seal talks about earthquakes, and falling stars, and mountains moving, and people hiding in the mountains, and the sun turning black. Then there will be angels blowing trumpets to conjure even more hellish events upon the earth. It talks about a third of the sea creatures succumbing to a green burning mountain, along with a third of the ships at sea. A third of the ships at sea? What about the jets, and the satellites and the astronaut’s in space? What about cars and trains and buses? Here is an example of the type of imagery spoken of in Revelation.
“the child. However, when the child is born, it is caught up to God’s throne while the woman flees into the wilderness for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. (12:5-6). War breaks out in heaven between ##Michael and the Dragon, identified as the Devil, Satan.(12:9) After a great fight, the Dragon and his angels are cast out of heaven for good, followed by praises of victory for God’s kingdom. (12:7-12). The Dragon engages to persecute the Woman, but she is given aid to evade him. Her evasiveness enrages the Dragon, prompting him to wage war against the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (12:13-17)”, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Revelation).
If there was anything more cryptic than Nostradamus’s quatrains this would be it. Yet, somehow Christians manage to pull from this book while alluding to current events and come to the conclusion that all this stuff is happening. Never mind that 200+ Christians have predicted this very book coming to fruition before we were ever born. Never mind that this has been the number one selling point of the religion since the purported death of Jesus Christ. Forget about the fact that Jesus said he would be back in the First Century CE. Don’t worry about the fact that the guy who wrote this book doesn’t show up anywhere else in the bible. Let’s not ignore the fact that imagery like stars falling to earth, and ALL the mountains moving would pretty much obliterate the entire population of the planet. And all of this was created for us? Thank you early Christians for this wonderful story about a god and how it created me in its image, will punish me for being created, and then kill me for not believing this ridiculous story.
I suggest people search the web for videos of all of the congregations that use this book like a coupon. Just look at the worldly events they have been determined to be predictions of Revelation. Admire the number of accusations of former and current presidents of the U.S. and other nations that have been labeled as Antichrist.
Here is one example among thousands which impose prophecies from the bible onto our society. So I suppose my question is; how many times do you have to guess wrong before even you are convinced of the useless predictive capability of the bible, or to translate prophetic versus accurately?
The topic of this post was Failed prophesies of Revelation, so to sum it all up, the entire book has failed. The evidence is in Jesus saying he will be back in the 1CE, which of course didn’t happen. The verdict here is that the book of Revelation is a waste of time. It serves little purpose to historians, Christians, or anyone for that matter. So as I ended part 1; tear that waste of paper out of the book and use it to stoke your fire.
Next week in Part 3 of the Revelation series I will discuss “A God that loves to destroy his creation”