Originally Posted by TPJCatholic
Revelation is a writing reflecting a divinely given vision. Much of it applied to the time it was written and much of it applies to a much later era when the world enters the last days.
[quote=vern humphrey]The problem is, most people who seek answers in Revelation forget the first part (the part that applied to the world as it was then) and seek to make it all apply to the present and future.
Remember also, the Church considers many of the things in Revelation to be outside of time – it is actually a heresy to attempt to impose a historical interpretation on those things.
Vern is exactly right. It is only the last two chapters of Revelation that are concerned at all with the “End Times.” So many Catholics these days, as evidenced by this whole converstation, have got caught up in the silly prognosticating of Protestant Dispensationalists that they erroneously try to find “clues” in Revelation and other prophetic books like they are not prophecy, but puzzles, that anyone can figure out. Sorry to come across as harsh and ruin the fun, but I am adamantly opposed to anything that dumbs down and trivializes the Faith.
To get a proper **Catholic ** understanding of Biblical prophecy, I recommend the following resources:
“Introduction to Prophecy,” CD series by Steve Wood
“Rapture: The End Times Error That Leaves The Truth Behind,” by David Curie
“The Rapture Trap,” by Paul Thigpen (study guide available)
The Navarre Bible Commentary On The Book of Revelation
“The End: The Book of Revelation,” tape/CD series by Scott Hahn (study guide available)
“Will Catholics Be Left Behind?” by Carl Olsen