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Book of Revelation.
Does anyone else have issues with this Book? I am currently coming to the Catholic church after avoiding it for many years.
This book still confuses me, I read it, dwell on what I read, pray, read it again, and still do not fully understand. Sometimes I think this book holds great meaning, more so that others, but the teaching is being lost due to the way it was written, like its almost, a maze, one must try to find their way through.
Maybe I am over thinking. Anyone offer advice on how to approach reading/studying this book?
Welcomed to the forum!
...and welcomed Home!
...here's my take...
Read Genesis 3:15 and Apocalypse (Revelation) 12... you will find the eternal battle, prophesied in Genesis, expanded and brought to its fullness (not end) in the final verse of Apocalypse 12... throughout you have various revelations, which includes the sanctioning of the Church (I don't believe it's exclusive to some 7 churches during the early Christian history but rather, as it happens with so many prophecies, it is a revelation within a revelation: the Eternal Church's Spiritual status throughout time), the assertions that Christ is God and that He and the Father are inseparable, we are even given a minor window into Heavenly affairs (4 living creatures, 24 elders, 144K, millions of Christian martyrs, super angels, God's Spirit, offerings changed from temporal animal sacrifice to prayers which are admininstered by the saints...); then there are the dark episodes: plagues, torment, wickedness, the work of the Beast, humanity's open rejection of God and its alignment with Satan... still throughout we continue to find Jesus as the Sacrificed Victor Who has Full Power and Authority and on Whom Believers find Solace and Salvation: even death is forced to surrender its captives and those who Belong to Christ are resurrected into Eternal Life with God...
In spite of all of hollowood's (and its satelites) morbid and defeatist vision, Good does overcome evil!