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the book of revelations...is it literal or metaphors?

so i'm currently reading the book of revelations & am kinda shocked about the stories of beast & dragons & the stars falling out of the sky & beast w/7 heads ect. it seems like a fairytale or script for a horror movie (no offense) and i was just wondering are these actual events that are suppose to happen at the "end of days" or are this just metaphors? im so confused!

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on Oct. 15, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I don't think every last word is symbolic, but I think a lot of it is....if you do some study of Hebrew symbology it's pretty interesting stuff what the critters can represent.

    wings- mean power to move quickly.

    eyes- mean wisdom or great knowledge.

    Horns - mean power.

    ....there's all sorts of cool stuff like that to learn.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:17 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • Revelations was given to His servant John, as a vision, dream....it's like when we have dreams of say,,,,,falling- it usually means that we don't have control of some part of our lives. But, when dreams or visions are given by God he will give His interpretation to the dreamer.
    IAmFreeToDance

    Answer by IAmFreeToDance at 10:22 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • The whole book is metaphors and symbolism.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:23 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • it is a fairytale just like the bible
    PURPULbutterfly

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 10:28 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • oooh thanx idk that is was a dream, honestly i was freaked out LOL because it just seemed crazy to me, idk what to think!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:28 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • metaphor. ive heard some scholars say its a metaphor for the fall of Rome. lucky for me the church i grew up in never taught Revelation as literal truth of the end of the times...it woulda given me nightmares!!
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 10:38 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • if you want real answers go to one or all of these- this can't be explained in one paragraph
    http://www.discoverrevelation.com/Rev_Links.html
    http://www.sistersofembracement.org/revelations.htm
    this one has video http://www.thercg.org/books/real.html
    maiahlynn

    Answer by maiahlynn at 10:44 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • The Book of Revelation is full of liturgical and heavenly images. Much of the symbolism references the persecution of the early Church at the time the book was written. Catholic writers have pointed out that the Book of Revelation as a model for the Catholic Mass (here's a brief article about it).

    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:59 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • its metaphors mostly... the only book written as such. in the other books when metaphors are used it is made obvious.
    though i wouldn't read into it like the catholics do. no one totally gets revelation. i guess we'll find out!
    however, i do know it mentions nothing of a rapture, like so many believe, and youll learn that as you study. good luck!
    missbreezy214

    Answer by missbreezy214 at 11:09 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

  • The book of Revelation is not just symbols and metaphor. It is easily interpreted when you look at it in context of the Bible as a whole (inductive study). It details the things that were, the things that are and the things that are to come. It is best known for describing the Great Tribulation, the rise and fall of the Anti-Christ and Satan, and of course Heaven : )


    Here is a page that might help you understand the people and things mentioned in Revelation, The ABC's of Prophesy. Don't give up and don't blow it off. It is mind blowing but if you are not familiar with the Bible yet it will be more difficult. Ask God to help you gain understanding.

    Cinnamon-mom

    Answer by Cinnamon-mom at 11:10 PM on Oct. 15, 2009

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