Revelation:  Significance of the Book of Revelation - Last Canonical Book in the Bible, Testifies to Jesus the Christ, Celebrates the Saints, Te Deum, New Song, New Song in Scripture

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For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.  But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. (Isaiah 65:17-18/ESV)

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.  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2/ESV)

This book is known also as the Revelation of St. John and the Apocalpyse.

What Is the Significance of the Book of Revelation?

Interpreters of the Revelation should consider these passages. Much prophecy was obscure by design, but becomes clearer as we study Scripture and experience our lives.

Though you have not seen him, you love him.  Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.  It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.  He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:8-12, 20-21/ESV)

    And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.(2 Peter 1:19-21/ESV)

Last Canonical Book in the Bible

The Church placed the Book of Revelation at the end of the other Scriptures, because of our belief that it is the culmination of God's revelation, and that nothing more would be written. That relates to the purpose of this paper - to discuss the meaning of John's words recorded in Revelation 22:18-19 as quoted above.

Testifies to Jesus the Christ

Jesus told His antagonists:  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me ··· (John 5:39/ESV)  Jesus clearly referred to the Scriptures of Israel. However, we understand the books of the New Testament to be our Scriptures also.  And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters.  There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. (2 Peter 3:15-16/ESV) Also, the Book of Revelation is filled with themes and imagery found elsewhere in other books in Scripture.  With that understanding we recognize that the essence of the Book of Revelation, as with other Scripture, is the proclamation of the person, work, and truth of Christ.

Celebrates the Saints

The saints in Heaven, the angels, and the saints in on earth sing a great hymn of praise to God and the Lamb, Jesus.  In the apostle John's vision of heaven he saw testimony to Jesus' atoning work and heard a new song.  The song is new because it has never been sung before.  It contains no direct Old Testament quotes.  This new song is a great Te Deum whose other stanzas are found elsewhere in Revelation.  Merged together, those stanzas form the new song with the following hymns: the Opening Refrain, the Hymn of the Heavenly Choirs (to the Lamb), the Hymn of the Church, and the Hymn of the Bride (the Church).

See also the following

Interpretation  We shall interpret Revelation without reference to any millennial theology that attempts to assign actual historical and future values to the thousand years mentioned in Revelation 20.  Millennialism is a literal interpretation that an earthly 1,000 year millennial kingdom has yet to come but soon will.  There are two millennial views:

There is a pre-millennial view that Christ will return to this world, resurrect the righteous dead according to its interpretation of the ¹first resurrection¹ mentioned in Revelation 20, will reign in person on the throne of David in Jerusalem for a thousand years, over a world of men yet in the flesh, eating and drinking, planting and building, marrying and giving in marriage.  After the thousand years are finished the rest of the dead shall be raised. This the Premillennialists hold is the second resurrection mentioned in Revelation 20.  Christ will then judge the world.  The Scofield Bible and Dispensationalism, Accessed July 2018, http://www.the-highway.com/Scofield.html.

Adherents of post-millenial views believe that the millennium is an era (not necessarily a literal thousand years) during which Christ will reign over the earth, not from a literal and earthly throne, but through the gradual increase of the Gospel and its power to change lives.  After this gradual Christianization of the world, Christ will return and immediately usher the church into their eternal state after judging the wicked.  This is called postmillennialism because, by its view, Christ will return after the millennium. Theopedia, Postmillennialism, Accessed July 2018, https://www.theopedia.com/postmillennialism.

Introduction to the Book of Revelation

Introduction to the Book of Revelation  [January 2019]

Structure of the Book of Revelation - Summary  [January 2019]

Structure of the Book of Revelation - Graphic  [January 2019]

Blessings in Revelation  [January 2019]

Jesus' Title - Son of Man  [January 2019]

The Seven Stars of the Seven Churches  [January 2019]

The Seven Lampstands of the Seven Churches  [January 2019]

Bible Cross- Reference Links - Revelation  [January 2019]

Lessons Learned from the Letters to the Seven Churches  [35.5 KB PDF File]  [October 2017]

A New Song in Scripture for a detailed discussion of the new song throughout the Bible.  [Jamuary 2019]
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A copy of the New Song - the Te Deum - suitable for framing (first page).

A Bibiliography for Revelation  [February 2019]
Seven Churches of Revelation Resources  [February 2019]

Overview of the Seven Churches of Roman Asia

Jesus' Words to the Seven Churches of Roman Asia

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